Evelyn Limehouse (Hasenstall - children ages 4-5) was born in Heidleberg, Germany to a native from Mannheim. She spent her first 6 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 Tacoma Public Schools since 2001. She received her English Language Learners endorsement in July of 2011.
She substituted for TGLS in the spring of 2010 and has been a full-time faculty member since the fall of 2010. Evelyn also taught during our week-long summer camp “Campingplatz Katzenkopf” every year from 2010 - 2015.
Christine Johnson (Dinosaurierhalle - children ages 6-7), now principal, 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 as well as teaching in Dinosaurierhalle until we find another teacher who can take over the class.
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 German. She also loves teaching and working with children, both of which present her with a welcome opportunity to “get out of the office.”
Ericka Baird (Adult Advanced 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 and 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 participated in German immersion programs in Berlin and Portland.
Ericka’s greatest passion is teaching German and music to children. She is currently looking at universities in Washington to acquire her Master’s in German Education. 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 Hasenstall (children ages 4-5) during fall term 2010 and has been teaching German to adults here at TGLS since Spring 2011.
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 degree 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.
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 also taught during summer camp 2006 – 2015 and was the summer camp director in 2013.
Christina Manetti (Adult Beginner Class) began teaching German at TGLS in September 2015. She received her Doctorate in Eastern European History at the University of Washington in Seattle, and studied Russian Studies and history as an undergraduate at Brown University. After graduating, she was lucky enough to spend six months studying German in West Berlin just as the Wall came down, passing the Goethe Institute's Mittelstufenprüfung there in 1990.
Dr. Manetti has taught Polish at the University of Washington, and Polish to English translation at the Institute for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw for three and a half years. Since 1993, she has worked as a translator from Polish and Slovak to English. She began her study of German at the age of nine at TGLS in 1977.
Christine Johnson (Principal) – since January 2015.
Linda Killingsworth (Vice Principal) has been serving as vice principal since fall 2009.