Meet the GSM Administrators

Please meet our team of highly experienced administrators.

Meet the teachers

  • Julia Stratmann

    Director

    jstratmann@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Julia passionately advocates for bilingual education. After graduating from LMU in Munich (M.A. in Theater, English Literature + Pedagogy), it was her passion for acting that brought her to NYC. In 2014 she started teaching at the German School Brooklyn (GSB), where she transitioned from class teacher to administrator. In 2018 she helped to establish the German School Manhattan (GSM) and took on the role of director 2 years later. Being a school leader has given Julia the opportunity to mentor teachers and bring a creative approach to curriculum blending. Julia lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Lumi.

  • Ute Zimmermann

    Administrator

    uzimmermann@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Ute has worn many hats throughout her career since getting a degree as an elementary school teacher for Art and English in Berlin. She started in programming at the American Academy in Berlin, which brought her to NYC over a decade ago, followed by many years in the arts non-profit world. With the birth of her son Ute transitioned to free-lance web design and most recently founded the Gowanus Souvenir Shop. Raised bi-lingually herself, she is now raising her son, who goes to the German School Brooklyn, bilingually. Feeling at home in both the US and Germany has brought Ute unique opportunities and perspective. She is excited to support the German School Manhattan school kids with their bilingual education and also to get back to her academic roots.

  • Kathrin Nagle

    Partner

    knagle@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Kathrin is the founder of the first two German bilingual schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In her role as partner, former principal, and executive director, she was responsible for real estate search, school and business implementation, development, finances, operations, as well as strategic planning. Prior to her career in education, Kathrin worked for the German Mission to the UN and the German Consulate General in New York. Kathrin was born and raised in Munich, Germany and has lived in the US since 2006.

  • Dr. Christian Engel

    Partner

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    Dr. Engel, CO-Founder of GSM, resides in Germany and frequently travels to the U.S. He began his career in the field of education in 1992 when he took over the private Kombrecht-Engel-Schule, which was founded by a member of the Engel Family in 1945. He established the DR. ENGEL EDUCATION GROUP, headquartered in Ulm and open colleges, vocational schools, middle and high schools as well as daycare centers with the brand names miniGenius, POLIGENIUS and ProGenius. GSM is his first international project. Dr. Engel is a graduate from Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Virginia Tech, U.S.A., and holds a PhD from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He serves as a board member of the German Private School Association (VDP).