Our Teachers 2021-2022

Ester Loeck

Esther Meier is a native German speaker who moved to Wisconsin in 2017.  She is currently Montessori Assistant Teacher in Lake Geneva.  After enrolling her son in the German School of Madison for the last three years, she has been a wonderful Pre-K instructor for advanced and beginner German speakers. This is going to be her second year at GSoM teaching our K-1st grade Spatzen class.


Image (2)Isabella Lund is a student at the UW Madison German department. She received an Undergraduate Achievement Award for excellence in German. Bella has been a Summer Camp Assistant teacher at Madison Country Day School and is looking forward to teaching our 2-3rd grade Falken class this year.


Originally from Weissenfels, Germany, Fabia Ziegler has been living in Wisconsin for 16 years.  She lives and works for LeMans Corporation in Janesville,WI. Fabia has 2 bilingual daughters and has led classes at the Kindergarten and 3rd grade level in financial literacy at Washington Elementary.  The whole family enjoys traveling to Germany once or twice a year to visit family and friends. This is Fabia’s third year at the school teaching the 4-5th grade Eulen class.

Anika Scholz-Ruf grew up in Madison with her German speaking family. She currently goes to school at UW-Madison for People Environment Geography, and completed her German certificate last year. She is looking forward to teaching the 6/7 grade class

Anastasiia Stolyarova comes from Russia. She has been living in Madison for the last two years and enjoys this picturesque city very much! She holds a position of Russian Flagship tutor at UW-Madison and is in the process of getting her PhD in Germanic languages at Moscow State University. Learning German has always brought happiness to her, and today, as a teacher, she is glad to share this happiness with her students.

Fabulous prior teachers:

Kathy Arnold, a previous teacher for our 6-7th grade students, also teaches German at Sun Prairie High School.  She has lived and worked in Germany for almost 2 decades, with many years spent at a private school teaching English.  She has a BA in German and political science and an MA in special education.  In the US, she has been a special education teacher in the public schools for 9 years.  


Aaron Greenberg (3)Aaron Greenberg has served as an assistant teacher for our 1-2 grade and lead teacher in grades 3-5 Falken Class.  Aaron is a senior majoring in German, Linguistics and Russian.  He has received multiple language awards and credits his German skill due to his participation in an immersion program in Frankfurt, Germany.


Lisa Yager 2Lisa Middleton holds a PhD in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the morphology of Wisconsin German. Lisa spent five years studying, living, and working in Mainz, Germany and has seven years of language teaching experience. She has taught English as a second language in Germany as well as German language courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught our adult courses during the 2020/21 school year.


Leighty Hanrahan (2)Leighty Hanrahan graduated from UW Madison majoring in German, International Studies and Political Science.  For her exceptional German Studies, she was awarded the Lisbeth Pisk Scholarship in 2018 as well as an Undergraduate Achievement Award for Excellence in German in 2017


Jo DruryJo Drury (Schwalben/Swallows) has a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is also certified in Wisconsin as a Teacher for German (grades 6-12). She has taught German at several middle schools in Wisconsin and currently teaches German at the Madison Waldorf School. She  also has extensive teaching experience through the Concordia Language Villages immersion program (Waldsee).  As someone who has lived and worked in multiple cities in Germany for over a decade she is very familiar with German culture and Germany as a workplace.


Connor Fuglestad (Falken/Falcons), originally from Green Bay, and was a student at UW-Madison, majoring in German and Economics. He spent one semester at the Universität Bonn and was an officer of the German Club at UW. Connor returned for a second year with the German School, after helping in classes last year and working with our 2018 Sommercamp.


Hayden Godfrey (Möwen/Seagulls) was a graduate student with the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin, before which he served as an Instructor of Record for the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona.

Delaney Jacobson (co-teacher for Falken/Falcons) was a German and anthropology major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as the president of UW’s German club. She has spent an extensive amount of time in Germany, including a semester spent studying at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, Germany.  After teaching with us, she moved on to be an  educator at a German Immersion School!

Our prior Entchen/Ducklings teacher was Michelle Kästner, who trained as a preschool teacher in Germany before she moved to the US.  She spent the academic year 2015-16 in Germany, connecting with her family and teaching P.E. at a German elementary school.  Her son also attended our school and she recently enjoyed her third year as a teacher for our school.

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Kirsten Koehler (Eulen/Owls)
, originally from DeForest, Wisconsin, is in her fourth year at UW-Madison in the World Languages Education undergraduate program. Kirsten just recently came back to Madison after spending a year studying in Freiburg, Germany through the Academic Year in Freiburg (AYF) Program. 

2016-09-05 04.31.18 pmMary Ellen Rutemeyer (Adult Classes) has an M.A. in German Studies from Ohio State University. She has taught German in the US and in Germany in many different environments, including to immigrants in Berlin. After teaching her 3 years, she left to pursue a Ph.D. in German.  Additionally, Mary Ellen was the school’s administrator.

If you are interested in joining our teaching team, please email us at germanschoolofmadison@gmail.com. We are always looking for substitute teachers.