|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.