Meet the GSM Teachers

Please meet our team of highly qualified and motivated teachers and administrators. We are very much looking forward to building this school with the support and enthusiasm of such a fine group of educators!

Admin Team

  • Kayleigh Chen

    Class Teacher 2nd and 3rd Grade | English Language

    kchen@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Kayleigh was born and raised on the beautiful island of Taiwan. She later moved to New York where she received her B.S. in both Childhood Education and Special Education at New York University. She spent the past two years assisting teachers in New York Public Schools, and is excited to begin her journey at German School Manhattan.
    As a prior student and teaching assistant at an international bilingual school, Kayleigh identifies as and with third culture individuals, “third culture” being the mixed identity that a child assumes, influenced both by their caregivers’ culture and the culture in which they are raised- similar to that of the students and staff of German School Manhattan. She is dedicated to empowering students through building an inclusive, student-centered, and culturally responsive environment, and to foster a sense of belonging whilst affirming each students identity.

  • Lydia Chrisman

    Class Teacher 1st grade, Music Teacher | German Language

    lchrisman@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Born in Chicago and raised in Zurich, Lydia grew up in a bilingual home filled with music, dance and art. After graduating from a specialized music high school, Lydia moved to Vermont to study dance and voice at Bennington College. Lydia moved to NYC in 2012 and has been teaching music and movement in public and private schools grades PreK – 4th grade through Third Street Music School and Turtle Bay Music School. Lydia is excited to broaden the curriculum to include German songs.

  • Nicola (Nici) Davis

    Dance Teacher

    nicidavis.contact@gmail.com
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    Nicola (Nici) grew up in Germany and moved to NYC four years ago. She has always been passionate about working with children and gained most of her experience from teaching dance to children of all ages (3 y/o – 12 y/o) for the past 10 years.

    Nici’s academic career has supported her teaching skills during this decade as Nici graduated from a technical high school with emphasis on psychology and pedagogy and from a vocational school for performing arts and dance pedagogy, both in Germany. Nici is currently attending an online Bachelor’s Program, studying Social Work at the IUBH – Internationale Hochschule.

    Besides teaching dance, Nici worked at a German Pre – School in Brooklyn, teaching a class of 12 children (ages 2 – 5), which inspired her to emphasize her studies to Early Childhood Education. Having a positive impact on young children is very important to her as well as creating a nurturing environment in which children love to learn and play.

    Nici will be teaching Dance at GSM. Dance and movement not only brings a lot of joy, it also teaches us coordination, rhythm, group dynamics and improves our fine and gross motor skills and even our memory, when we learn choreography.

  • Leonie Dionisio

    Class Teacher 4th grade | German language

    ldionisio@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Born and raised in Salzburg, Austria, Leonie has always been passionate about language and cross-cultural learning having spent material parts of her adult life in Austria, France and the US.
    Leonie obtained her masters degree in childhood education, bilingual-bicultural education and special education at Teachers College Columbia University.
    She worked in the French-English classroom at PS84 teaching 5th grade.
    Leonie is excited to work with the GSM students. Her goal is to foster deep understanding and critical thinking by creating authentic and real life learning scenarios in a bilingual environment.
    Leonie resides in Greenwich Village with her husband and their two boys, who are being raised as true bilingual and bicultural kids.

  • Martina Doppler

    Class Teacher 3rd Grade | German Language

    mdoppler@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Martina is originally from Graz, Austria, where she studied at the University of Graz and earned her degree in German and History. Following her studies she taught fundamental and advanced German, history, social studies and political education at a Gymnasium (Middle and High School) in Graz. Furthermore, she was responsible for the German placement tests in DaF and DaZ, and was an active member in the school’s bullying prevention team.

  • Maryam Farshchi

    Pre K Teacher | German Language

    mfarshchi@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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  • Julianne Garofalo

    Head of English & STEM Department, ELA, Social Studies 2nd, 3rd grade, Science Teacher | English Language

    jgarofalo@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Hunter College. Originally from Pennsylvania, Julie moved to NYC in 2018 and has been teaching in the city since. Having undergraduate experience teaching English in The Netherlands and receiving her International Baccalaureate certificate, Julie values inquiry-based learning, children’s natural curiosities, and bilingual education. Julie is extremely excited to teach at GSM where a child-centered and bilingual curriculum helps shape future global citizens.

  • Aurelia Ott

    Class Teacher 2nd grade | German Language

    aott@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Aurelia Ott was born and raised in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Primary Education. Early in her career she was a Lower School teacher in a small Swiss village for 9 years where she also shared her joy of teaching by training future teachers.

    Later, she was a teacher at the German International School in White Plains, NY and a substitute teacher at over 25 schools in Zurich.

    She is excited to help build the young and thriving German School Manhattan with her professional knowledge and to work closely with the staff and families.

    Aurelia feels that successful learning happens through personal connection and individual coaching for each and every child. Her classroom is cheerful and playful, with the right amount of structure and rules to ensure a safe and homey atmosphere for everyone.

  • Sydney Rivera

    Preschool Director, ELA, Social Studies grades PreK, K, 1st grade | English Language

    srivera@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    As a born & raised New Yorker, Sydney holds a unique perspective on what it means to live in a city that has such rich history. She holds a B.A in Sociology from SUNY Purchase and earned her M.S degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in 2020. Throughout her studies, Sydney has taught young children from all walks of life and makes it her mission to incorporate diversity & inclusion into her daily pedagogical practice. Sydney values the importance of every child’s feelings, experiences, and culture. She makes it her mission to foster a classroom that is full of independent, empathetic, and curious learners.

  • Juliane Ryll

    Preschool and Theater Teacher | German Language

    jryll@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    After graduating in theatre acting in Berlin, Germany Juliane participated in several artistic projects, among them her work at children’s theatres where she performed fairytales for children. Parallel to her work as an actress, Juliane was active as a tutor for children of all ages and school types for English and German. In addition to this, she worked as a Nanny.

    She began her study of Cultural Science at the „Fernuniversität Hagen“ which she continued after her move to Nashville, TN in the USA. Together with a close friend and a team of talented artists, she developed a German audioplay for children, that is called „Julie&Cara“.

    Recently, Juliane moved to New York City in order to persue her dream of combining the fields of child education and theatre/acting. She is very excited to see how she and the team of the GSM and the Galli Theatre will inspire each other to let the theatre flow into the school and vice versa.
    Juliane is eager to work with children and let them grow, especially through art

  • Lara Winnesberg

    Head of German Department, Class Teacher 4th grade | German Language

    lwinnesberg@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Having moved to NYC only in 2019, Lara is a “freshly-baked New Yorker.” She holds a B.A. and a Masters of Education from Cologne University (German and English literary studies and Special Education) and she has taught at elementary and secondary schools in Germany and also at the German School Nairobi. Her teaching experience includes teaching social and behavioral skills to underprivileged children, children of refugees and students with learning difficulties. Lara trusts that every child is a capable learner. She strives to foster individual and independent learning to empower and enable students to make socially responsible and conscious decisions.

  • Beatriz Borobio

    Spanish Teacher, Grades 3-4

    bborobio@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    Beatriz Borobio has a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Barcelona – UNIBA (Spain). Her Master’s final thesis was a study of oral interaction through interactive activities with young learners in the online classroom. She has a large experience in the educational field, teaching both Spanish and French in Singapore, as well as in various private centers in New York City.

    She is an associate teacher at Instituto Cervantes in New York, where she teaches Spanish to adults, teenagers and children. Beatriz is also accredited as an examiner of the DELE A1-A2 and B1-B2, the official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish.

     

  • Barbara Remus

    Theater Instructor & Managing Director Galli Theater New York

    galliny@gmail.com
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    Barbara Remus is the Managing Director of the Galli Theater New York, a theater that is located within the German School Manhattan. Barbara, born and raised in Germany, has been living in the US for 20 years, and calls New York City her home. She and her team are excited to be hosting theater classes not only as part of the school’s afterschool program as well as camps and workshops for kids and adults in German as well as English and Spanish. The Galli Theater NY is also offering live fairytale-  and educational performances for families as well as shows for adults on their stage within the GSM. Please see their website for further details: www.gallitheaternyc.com

  • Max Shire

    Music After School

    mshire@germanschoolmanhattan.org
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    I was born in the United States and raised in Austria. Going to a Steiner School fostered my interest in many fields such as craft, communication and music. After finishing my apprenticeship in carpentry I started studying Medicine and Math in Graz and Vienna before I chose Music and Dance Education at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. There I finished my Masters in Early Childhood Music Education and focused my final thesis on how to teach a second language with the help of music & movement. I put this into practice teaching English in a preschool in Barcelona for 2 years, using my own language-teaching program.

    In New York I’ve worked as a performer, music and German teacher (in preschool, music school and giving private lessons).

    I’m classically trained in piano, violin and percussion and love to make music in my free time. I also love being outdoors doing sports such as sailing/surfing, skiing or rock climbing.

    Max also offer private instrument lessons.

  • Beatrice Beckmann

    Librarian (Kinderbooks), After School Teacher

    beatrice@kinderbooks.nyc
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    Beatrice Beckmann is the founder and director of KinderBooks NYC, a subscription based library for German children’s books.
    Born in London, raised in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, she grew up in a bilingual household surrounded by books.
    After graduating from University of Passau (M.A. in American and French Literature and Italian Linguistics), she worked for many years in publishing as a publicist and literary agent, before coming to New York in 2013.  Today she is the mother of two bilingual boys. Frustrated with the choices for children’s books in German she found in New York, she founded KinderBooks in late 2016, to share her passion for books and language and help other parents on the sometimes difficult quest of raising a bilingual child.
    She offers afterschool classes at GSM, and German story times in NYC. For further information see: www.kinderbooks.nyc