Faculty

The Principal leads 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).

Stufenleiterinnen/Head Teachers 2019-2020

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

Silvia is an early childhood educator and joined the faculty of the German Saturday School in 2003. She started out teaching seventh grade before moving in to an open Kindergarten teaching position two years later. Silvia has been in the field of early childhood for 25+ years. Throughout the years her roles included that of teacher, director as well as high school student instructor in Child Development at a vocational school.

Silvia and her family (husband, two children) moved from Berlin, Germany to Massachusetts in 1985. She also teaches adult evening classes for the Minuteman Community Education Program (German for Beginners, Intermediate, Conversation).

 

 

 

 

 

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 part-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 at Boston University and the Goethe Institut Boston. She is also a teacher trainer in the professional development program DLL (Deutsch Lehren Lernen – Learn to Teach German) of the Goethe Institut and teaches online courses in didactics and methodology to German teachers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Heidi Singh 

Heidi Singh received her educational background to become a foreign language instructor from the University of Greifswald and taught Russian and English at schools in Germany. After completing additional studies, she became certified to teach German as a foreign language. Since 2006 she has been with the German Saturday School, where she has taught grades 5, 6, and 7 and is currently teaching grade 6. Heidi is passionate about teaching and greatly enjoys sharing with students the language and culture of German speaking countries. She also works as a German language instructor at other institutions in the Boston area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Hanna Luecke

Hanna’s professional background includes cultural and language studies in Arabic and German, and many years of teaching all ages and levels at numerous schools and universities in Bonn, Cairo, New York, and Denver, including teacher’s training. Starting out at the GSSB in 2005 as a 7thgrade teacher, she took on the DSD exam classes in 2009, later also AP classes, and was appointed the head teacher for the 9ththrough 12thgrades and Director of Exams. Since she spent several years in the Middle East and Africa she feels passionate about intercultural matters, and in her classes  especially enjoys hearing the students perspectives on the sophisticated and controversial exam topics. She is also a faculty member at the Goethe Institut Boston.