|Direcktorin - Anja Moore
Willkommen zur Deutschakademie! As the director of the German Academy 2018, I would like to briefly introduce myself. I am a native of Germany and grew up in the eastern state of Saxony not far from the Czech Republic. There I attended Leipzig University with the goal of becoming an English teacher. Little did I know back then that I would end up across the Atlantic, teaching my native language to high school students in America. Life is unpredictable and full of many wonderful surprises. The USA has been my home now for more than twenty years, and I have taught German to more students than I can recall. Languages have always been a passion of mine, and I love teaching my students not just German but also the culture and perspectives of my native country. I am absolutely thrilled to be leading the Academy for a third year, and my team and I are committed to bringing a challenging and authentic German experience to the campus of Washington & Lee as we are also getting ready to defend our title as Academy Soccer Cup Champions!
|Hauptlehrerin - Bettina Hoeninger
My name is Bettina Hoeninger. I am a native speaker of German with teaching experience in Germany and the U.S. I teach German I - AP German Language and Culture at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County. Extra-curricular activities include our German Folk Dance Group which preserves and performs dances from German speaking countries. Our German students are also the four-time winners at the National Gingerbread House Competition®. In addition to teaching, I serve as the World Language Liaison to Spotsylvania County Public Schools. In this capacity, I oversee curriculum and provide professional development for 56 world language teachers.
At the 2018 Governor’s German Academy, I will teach a class on German immigrants and their contributions to the U.S. throughout the centuries. Project based learning will provide the students with an effective way to improve their language proficiency combined with developing deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life.
I am married and mother of three children with one grandson. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and exploring countries and cultures.
|Lehrer - Dave Benson
Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Dave Benson and I am a Berliner to the core! I have been teaching for 11 years and have enjoyed them all. I currently teach in Culpeper, Virginia where I have increased program participation by two-and-a-half times and have a wonderful exchange program with a small town in Swabia. This Spring Break I took 20 students to Berlin and Munich for a wonderful survey tour of Germany. In my private life, my favorite football club is Hertha BSC, and Die Mannschaft and I love the band SPD. My wife Kayla and I have three children, Ashlyn (7), David (4), and Haydn (2). I will be teaching a class comparing old German myths and modern German soccer heroes. I am looking forward to all sorts of fun and educational activities as we all grow together in the German language and culture!
|Lehrer - Douglas Tibbett
I am Douglas Tibbett, German teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools, and only slightly less accurately, professional goofball. I graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in German Studies and then the following year with an M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. I am a 2008 alumnus of the Deutschakademie and maintain to this day that it was the most formative, exciting experience I had in high school. I have spent time in Germany twice in recent years and will be entering my second consecutive year of teaching at the Akademie. I am an avid reader of poetry, a rapid consumer of television, and a fountain of puns.
|Hauptbetreuer - Davis Alliger
My name is Davis Alliger and I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in both German and Philosophy. My passion for German culture and language began in high school during a three-week exchange program in Munich. During my time at W&L I have had the opportunity to continue my studies of German, which included a month-long home stay program in which I studied business culture (among many other things) in Berlin. Whether through living in Germany, or casual study, I hope to continue learning about German language and culture throughout the rest of my life.
|Russischlehrer und Betreuer - Daniel Sheaffer
Hello, my name is Daniel Sheaffer and I am a rising senior at The College of William & Mary double-majoring in International Relations and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. I began learning German in 7th grade and continued with it throughout high school and in college, though my language focus has since shifted more towards Russian. I am an alum of 2013's Deutschakademie and have had the opportunity to travel to Germany a few times - mainly to Berlin where my mother was born. I've also had the opportunity to study abroad twice: last summer in Saint Petersburg, Russia and last fall in Krakow, Poland. I'm a big fan of hiking, cooking, and television, and I absolutely cannot wait to return to Gov School after five years of being away!
|Betreuerin - Grace Bruce
My name is Grace Bruce, and I just completed my first year at the College of William & Mary. I began learning German in the 7th grade, and have since continued to foster an interest in the language and culture. I am currently majoring in German Studies and Government. I hope to one day attend law school and study immigration law. This May, I will be studying abroad in Germany and the Czech Republic to learn about the rise of national socialism and the Holocaust. I am an alumnus of the 2016 Deutschakademie and am absolutely thrilled to come back!
|Betreuer - Ryan Eric
I am Ryan Eric and currently a student at the University of Mary Washington pursuing a German Major with a Linguistics Minor. I began learning German at Chancellor High and I am also an alum of the Deutschakademie 2014. Over the summer of 2015, I assisted a German Immersion Week over at Courtland High and am currently an active member of the German Club at UMW. In my free time, I enjoy writing, making videos, photography, making music, learning languages, photo editing, and reading.
Let's get this Summer started off right!
|Betreuer - Jared Nickodem
My name is Jared Nickodem and I am a rising junior at Washington & Lee University. I am double majoring in European History and Politics and minoring in German. I began learning German at the beginning of my high school career in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. I spent four weeks in Graz, Austria in April-May 2018 studying German and Austrian language, history and politics. I am a member of the men's swimming team at Washington & Lee, and I also enjoy hiking, movies, and rap music. This is my first year with the Deutschakademie.
|Betreuerin - Lillian Shankman
Hey everyone! My name is Lilly. I’m currently in my first year of college at NVCC, and I’m studying German and Religion. I was part of the German academy in 2015, and I also received a PASCH scholarship to study in Germany for 3 weeks during the summer of 2016. I have been to Germany twice, and I have participated in an exchange program 3 times (twice receiving, once going). In my free time, I love to play guitar, sing, travel, and take tons of pictures. I’m excited to meet you and learn all about you!