Anja Moore, Director

As the director of the German Academy 2019, 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. 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 fourth year, and my team and I are committed to bringing a challenging and authentic German experience to the campus of WLU.

Bettina Hoeninger, Lead Teacher

My name is Bettina Hoeninger. I am a native of Germany with teaching experience in Germany and the U.S. Currently, I teach German at Courtland High School and serve as the World Language Liaison to Spotsylvania County Public Schools. I am very active with my German students, and sponsor extra-curricular activities such as German Folk Dance and the National Gingerbread House Competition®. This will be my third year at the German Academy. I am married and mother of three children with one grandson. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and exploring countries and cultures.

Douglas Tibbett, Teacher

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 third consecutive year of teaching at the Akademie. I am an avid reader of poetry, a rapid consumer of television, and a fountain of puns.

Maria Diyakova, Teacher

My name is Maria Diyakova, and I am a native of Moscow in Russia. Here I attended University for Political and Environmental Science. As a PhD candidate, I studied at Karlsruhe University in Germany. Now I live in the U.S. with my husband and two children, where I discovered my passion for education. At Hampton City Schools, I teach German as part of the IB Program. I am very excited to introduce the students to Russian, and deepen their knowledge of German. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities with my family and love the arts.


Daniel Sheaffer, Lead RA

My name is Daniel Sheaffer and I'll be graduating from the College of William & Mary this May with a degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. This will be my third summer at Deutschakademie - I attended once as a student in 2013 and returned as an RA last summer. Most of my recent travel experiences have been in the Slavic world, either working or studying in Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, but I hope to move to Germany to teach English shortly after the conclusion of Deutschakademie. I am excited to once again reconnect with my heritage at the Deutschakademie!

Lillian Shankman, RA

My name is Lilly Shankman. I’m an alumna of the German Academy of 2015. My love for German started in middle school, and I continued to pursue the language through AP German in high school. After earning high marks on the AP exam and the National German Exam, I attended an exchange program in Soest and later received a scholarship through PASCH to study in Frankfurt am Main. This is my second summer as an RA at the German Academy, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to return!

Eva Nelson, RA

My name is Eva Nelson. I am a rising sophomore at Christopher Newport University, majoring in History and German with a minor in Political Science. I have been studying German for five years and attended the German Academy in 2017. I spent time in Freiburg Germany through the GAPP program. I love theater, doing crafts, hiking, and giving my heart to the German language and culture.

Jonathan Falls, RA

Hello! My name is Jonathan Falls and I am a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in International Relations and German. I began developing my passion for the German language and culture in middle school. In 2015 and 2017 I lived with a Bavarian host family for part of the summer. One day I hope to find an impactful career that combines my interests in global governance and German. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing trumpet, hiking, biking, and skiing. I am an alumnus of the 2016 German Academy and I am very excited to return to WLU and journey with you through this amazing opportunity!

Katy Kloc, RA

My name is Katy Kloc and I am a recent graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, where I earned a B.A. in International Studies and German. I have studied German since I was 13 years old, and I love the cultural knowledge I gained through foreign language education. Last year I studied abroad in Marburg, Germany, where I met wonderful people from all around the world and shared amazing experiences within the country. You can always catch me doing something creative; I love art of all kinds, especially graphic design and photography!