Our Teachers 2018-2019

New Teacher Bios coming soon!

Read about our fabulous teachers of last year:


Jo Drury

Jo 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. This is her fifth year with our school.

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




Hayden Godfrey (Möwen/Seagulls) is a current 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. There Hayden completed extensive pedagogical training with experience in teaching up to the equivalent of the fourth semester of undergraduate German coursework.  Hayden completed my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, where he graduated with distinction in general scholarship in the fields of history, Germanic linguistics, and vocal performance. This is Hayden’s first year teaching at GSoM.

Delaney Jacobson (co-teacher for Falken/Falcons) is 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. She has also been a Sommercamp counselor for our school since 2016. She is excited to be back for her third year with us!

Our Entchen/Ducklings teacher is 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 attends our school. This is 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. This is Kirsten’s first year at our school!


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Mary 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. She is happy to return to her third year of teaching for us. Additionally, Mary Ellen is 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.