The German School of Madison is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, led by a Board of Directors. All directors volunteer their time. Directors normally serve for two years and can be re-elected. If you are interested in supporting the school in this capacity, please let us know. Our Board is supported by school administrators –Mary Ellen Rutemeyer, who is also one of our teachers and Nancy Muehllehner who is our incoming administrator.

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Berkelman (Treasurer) works as a technical writer.  She lived in Munich for several years in the 1990s, and recently spent a semester in rural Bavaria with her husband, Jim, and two sons, who attend our school.

Krista Bultmann Spiro is from Madison and works as a physical therapist. Her father is German and she lived in Germany for a year after high school and college. Her two children have participated in classes at the German School of Madison for the last four years and this has been a wonderful way for her family to maintain the connection to the German language and culture.

Iris Hengst was born in Frankfurt/M, Germany, and has lived far and wide around the world before moving in 1994 with her American husband to beautiful Madison. Iris and Robert have two German speaking daughters at East High School. Iris also served the school as a co-teacher of the Youth Group and as teacher of our preschool class in the past.

Axel Junker (President) was born in Bonn, Germany, and has been living in Madison since 1988. He works as an outreach specialist for the UW Waisman Center and has two children, who have taken classes at the German School of Madison as long as they can remember.

Silke Schmidt (Secretary) grew up in northern Germany, met her future husband Dan during a study-abroad program in Ames, Iowa, and has lived in the States continuously since 1999. After more than ten years in Durham, North Carolina, the family moved to Madison in 2012. Silke is a science writer and has two kids (3rd and 8th grade) in the GSOM.

If you would like to get in touch with the Board, please email

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