Faculty

The Principal heads up the faculty at the German Saturday School Boston, and is responsible for developing and overseeing the curriculum. The school has historically employed native German speakers as faculty members, many of whom hold academic credentials from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as from the US. The faculty consists of 36 classroom teachers as well as two music teachers. Our faculty members attend regular educational seminars to familiarize themselves with the latest teaching methods and materials in foreign language instruction. The school maintains an active institutional membership in the Association of American Teachers of German (AATG), the German Language School Conference (GLSC) and the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA).

 

Schulleiterin/Principal: Claudia Bonmassar

Our principal brings with her more than 20 years of teaching experience, along with advanced education degrees from Tufts University and Innsbruck University, Austria. Claudia is well-versed in the program and culture of the German Saturday School: After joining our faculty in 1992 and leading a classroom for 10 years, she was promoted to Head Teacher and then took on her current role as Principal. Claudia, a native Austrian, has a solid background in foreign language instruction. She has taught middle school, high school, university, and adult education classes in Austria, France, and in the Boston area. As an administrator both in Europe and the U.S. she has coordinated study tours, facilitated guest speakers, organized teacher workshops, and served as a university supervisor, managing and evaluating student teachers. As an educator and mother of two children, Claudia has chosen this path because she truly appreciates the German Saturday School as a place for people to stay connected. Claudia is currently also a staff teacher for German at the International School of Boston/Lycee International de Boston.

According to Claudia, “The German Saturday School is a place for students and their families to stay connected to their heritage, but also opens the door to families for whom German is a new and exciting adventure. Our challenge is to provide every single student with the appropriate tools to achieve our main goal: the ability to actively communicate in German.”

Stufenleiterinnen/Head Teachers 2015-2016

In 2010, we named head teachers for specific grade levels who are are instrumental in helping their respective teachers addressing curriculum or student specific questions. If you have a child at our school and have a curriculum or student specific question that cannot be answered by your child’s teacher, you can contact the respective head teacher:

Preschool & Kindergarten Head Teacher:

Silvia James

1st & 2nd Grades Head Teacher:

Uta Fuchs

UTA has been on the faculty at the German Saturday School since 1999 and for many years has been teaching 2nd grade there. Uta is also a full-time faculty member at the German International School Boston, where she teaches 1st to 6th grade. She brings with her an impressive background in education, as well as many years of experience working with children. Uta and her family moved from Frankfurt, Germany to Chapel Hill, NC in 1994 before moving to the Boston area.

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Head Teacher:

Petra Hundemer-Friedman
PETRA joined the German Saturday School faculty in 2005 as a third grade teacher. Her background includes language studies in German, English, Spanish and German as a Foreign Language, as well as teaching experience at various language institutions. In addition to teaching at the German Saturday School, she also teaches grades 2-5 at Newton’s “German Club” as part of the IES After School Foreign Language Clubs, works as a private tutor for ESL and German and teaches German for the Goethe-Institut Boston.

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Head Teacher:

Christine Schumann 


9th, 10th and 11th Grade Head Teacher and in charge of Deutsche Sprachdiplome IVA, DSD I, DSDII:

Hanna Luecke