Evelyn Limehouse (Hasenstall - children ages 4-5) was born in Heidleberg, Germany to a native from Mannheim. She spent the first six years in Germany before moving to Washington State. Evelyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German from the University of Washington as well as her Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound with an endorsement in German. Evelyn has been employed as a full-time teacher with the Tacoma Public Schools from 2001 to 2015. She received her English Language Learners endorsement July 2011. Evelyn has received her Principal Certification through Western Washington University and is now in the Auburn School District as an Assistant Principal.
Evelyn started as a substitute teacher in spring 2010 for the Tacoma German Language School and has been a full-time faculty member since fall 2010. She also taught during our one week summer camp “Campingplatz Katzenkopf” every year from 2010 – 2015, and served as camp director in 2016.
Andrea Sprott (Dinosaurierhalle – children ages 6-7) is a German native who moved to the USA in 2012. She received her Fachhochschulreife in 1999 in Germany and after that started an apprenticeship at City Hall, where she worked until the birth of her daughter in 2008. She also served as an interpreter for weddings at her City Hall to assist English-speaking foreigners and Germans. In her teenage years, she taught Fasching dances to children in her hometown. She was also a troop leader for a Malteser youth group, which is an organization comparable with the American Red Cross. She has always loved working with kids. Her daughter, who is now seven, still speaks German fluently and is able to switch between English and German without any problems; her four-year-old son is still learning but she is confident he will get there. Andrea is looking forward to teaching the kids in Dinosaurierhalle this semester.
Ericka Baird (Adult Intermediate Class) received her Bachelor’s of Arts in German from Pacific Lutheran University in December 2007. After receiving her degree, Ericka received a Fulbright scholarship to work at the Goethe Gymnasium/Rutheneum seit 1608 in Gera, Thuringia, teaching English as a foreign language to German students. While in Gera, Ericka worked with 5th-13th graders, volunteered at schools in Leipzig, Rudolstadt, and Lusan. Ericka spent all of her free time traveling throughout Germany with her friends and colleagues, learning things only the locals know.
Ericka started her relationship with the German language and culture at the age of four, when her mother was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. She learned the language in school from native speakers and spent a great deal of time traveling with her father, who also spoke German. While in college, Ericka also participated in German immersion programs in Berlin and Portland.
Ericka’s greatest passion is teaching German and music. She also has experience teaching elementary school music, private musical instrument lessons, and tutoring students and friends in English and German. Ericka joined the faculty of the Tacoma German Language School in September 2010. She assisted the teacher in the Hasenstall (children ages 4-5) during fall term 2010 and has been teaching German to adults here at TGLS since Spring 2011.
Karin Wilcox (Adult I)
Nicole Jensen (Denkmalstube – children ages 11-15). As a native of Washington State, Nicole started learning German in 9th Grade. Her German education continued through the rest of high school and into college. After two years of college, she took a break from her formal education to serve in a religious service mission in Saxony and Thuringia (1995-96), spending most of her time in Dresden, Leipzig, and Magdeburg. After a year and a half, she returned to Brigham Young University, where she continued her education while teaching at the Missionary Language Training Center in Provo, Utah. In 1999, she finished her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a second major in German. She was hired as a biology teacher at the International Studies Academy in Glendale, AZ, where she taught all levels of science (7th–12th grades), and German 1 and 2.
After starting a family, Nicole took a break from formal teaching but retained her love for learning and specifically a love for the German language and culture. She seized every opportunity to enhance her language skills while raising a family. The years 2008 and 2011 were spent in Rheinland-Pfalz, where her family was stationed. There, Nicole had the opportunity to be part of the German community while volunteering at the local Kindergarten (preschool). She was part of the parents’ organization and was given the task of managing the accounts as treasurer. Nicole was a teaching assistant in Hasenstall (children ages 4-5) during the fall term of 2012, and taught during summer camp 2013. She was also a substitute teacher before she started teaching the older kids in Denkmalstube regularly.
Linda Killingsworth (Waschbärenzimmer – children ages 8-10) received her Bachelor of Science in German from Kent State University, Ohio. She has lived a total of 16 years in Germany - one year as a college student at the Universitaet Trier, three years as an aircraft maintenance officer at Ramstein AB, and twelve years as a civilian at Spangdahlem AB. During her twelve years at Spangdahlem, Linda gave German lessons to members of the military community, worked as a translator for base functions, and provided weekly tours to Trier, Germany's oldest city, to newly arrived personnel and their family members.
Karin is a German native with a passion for teaching. She has been tutoring and teaching German students for four years, both privately as well as a teacher for homeschooling co-ops. Karin received her Fachhochschulreife in Germany and is currently enrolled to receive her Bachelor in Education. Having married a US-Soldier, the couple was able to be stationed in Germany for a second tour, allowing Karin to bring her own culture and language to American families stationed overseas. Karin believes in a multi-angled teaching approach that focuses on the nitty-gritty grammar rules as well as having fun with application of the acquired knowledge.
Homeschooling her own children, she is always eager to find new methods and ways to make language and learning as fun and effective as possible.
Linda is currently employed as a substitute teacher in the Bethel School District and maintains her Washington State Teaching Certificate with endorsements in German, English, and History. She taught beginning German at Tacoma Community College in fall 2010.
Linda has been teaching the children in the Waschbärenzimmer (children ages 7-10) since fall term 2003. She has also taught summer camp every year from 2006 – 2016, was the summer camp director in 2013, and has been teaching our summer adult evening classes for beginners since 2010.
Christine Johnson (Adult III), has been actively involved with the Tacoma German Language School since 2001, first as a teacher for seven years, then as a board member and later board president, and now as principal and also teaching the Adult III class until another teacher is hired to take over.
Christine has been working as a freelance German translator for many years, received her translator certification from the American Translators Association in 1997, and was one of the first interpreters in Washington State to pass the formal court interpreter exam in the German language in 2008.
In Germany, after finishing her Fachabitur, she attended a private language school for two years (Nürnberger Fremdsprachenschule) and later the IHK translator course, a two-year course, which she was able to condense into one year, after which she passed the final exam as the best of 20 students in 1997. Christine loves languages and has learned English, French and Spanish, besides her native language, German. She also loves teaching children and adults alike, which presents her with a welcome opportunity to “get out of the office.”
Christine Johnson (Principal) – since January 2015.
Linda Killingsworth (Vice Principal) has been serving as vice principal since fall 2009.