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School Director
Dr. Lynn Ries

Lynn E. Ries, Ph.D.
Director, teacher
Born: Wisconsin
1st formal exposure to German: 4th grade
Degrees: B.A. in German from Iowa State (after a false start in Engineering), including one year at the Universität Hamburg
Internship: John Deere-Lenz Mannheim
M.A. and Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Oregon

Since I’ve been in Oregon, I’ve taught teens and adults at a variety of institutions: I love taking my students step by step to the next level.
My other driving passion is community: if I am part of one, I get involved, often as an organizer. For me, a key element of community building is listening to its members and using their skills and knowledge.

Who am I? An educator, but also a language learner. (Ask me any time what I just learned.)
A parent who works to motivate her family to come to school on Saturday.
I get excited about grammar and historical connections, but often teach from articles I find about everyday topics, like recycling, or the slightly offbeat, like how fish leather is becoming a hot fashion item.
I believe learning German isn’t just about school—it can enrich your life, open doors, set you on unexpected paths!

 

School Staff
   
 
 
 

 
 

 
Angelika Angelika Gorman
I grew up in Germany but have been living in Oregon since 1991. While I was a teaching assistant at Portland State University, I discovered the joy of teaching my native language. Since then, I have taught German classes at various language levels, mostly to adults but also to children and teens.  In my classes, I stress speaking and lively role-play while making sure the students acquire a solid grammar base.  I hold Master’s Degrees in both History and German, and my love of history carries over into my classes. I enjoy incorporating historical knowledge and German culture into my teaching while letting myself be guided by the interests of the class.
 
Verena Hutter Verena Hutter
Originally from the Lake Constance region in Germany, I hold an M.A. and PhD. in German from the University of California, Davis. I've taught all levels of German, and am excited about the enthusiasm learners bring to Sophie Scholl Schule. Learning a new language means learning about a new culture and ultimately oneself. I stress reading and writing, but ultimately the student's ability to express themselves and find joy in German is paramount.
 
Heather Kalowsky Heather Kalowsky
I began my German studies as a high school freshman and since then German language and culture have become a large part of who I am. I have a BA in German Studies from Lewis & Clark College and an MA in German from University of Colorado. I also have an MA in TESOL from Portland State University. I have been teaching German to adults for over well over a decade. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with younger learners here who bring their own gifts (and challenges!) to the language learning process.
 
  Manuela Musolf

 
Iris Noack Iris Noack
I bring my aesthetic as a trained graphic artist and art teacher at the German American School of Portland to my Saturday classes as well. My students can expect readings and worksheets, but also a lot of hands-on learning: maybe we’ll write a play to go with the story we read, or crafts that tie in to the topic.
I grew up in Heidenheim, and lived in Ulm, but particularly enjoy Oregon’s natural beauty. When travelling, I always have my camera with me.
 
     
     
Anna Washburn Anna Washburn
 
Claudia Werner

Claudia Werner
I am native German and live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for over a decade. My passion is teaching, and I teach German Language Arts, Beginning German and Social Studies at the French American International School. In addition I have been teaching German at a Saturday school setting for years and enjoy the eagerness of the students to embrace the German language.
I love the outdoors and travel a lot. I read, write, love music and photography, and skiing.

 
     
School Steering Team    
 

Iris Noack, Chair (teacher)
Sophie School Schule co-founder Iris Noack was a longtime teacher at the German International School. She originally got involved as a parent of 2 bi-lingual students to keep their German heritage and language alive. She has taught adults as well as grade schoolers, and has many years' experience with summer camp. Her background is in Graphic Design and she has run her own Design company for over 20 years.

 
 

Anthony Sutherland, MBA, Treasurer (parent)
Anthony applies his background in finance and business management to his role as school treasurer, as when he helped to establish a professional budgeting process for the program. He has always been interested in German culture and history. He is the parent of a German immersion student and active in German school activities, and is gratified that the program is growing in a way that supports his son's academic needs.

 
  Angelika Gorman, secretary
I grew up in Germany but have been living in Oregon since 1991. While I was a teaching assistant at Portland State University, I discovered the joy of teaching my native language. Since then, I have taught German classes at various language levels, mostly to adults but also to children and teens.  In my classes, I stress speaking and lively role-play while making sure the students acquire a solid grammar base.  I hold Master’s Degrees in both History and German, and my love of history carries over into my classes. I enjoy incorporating historical knowledge and German culture into my teaching while letting myself be guided by the interests of the class.

 
  Dieter Cohrs (parent)

 
  Bernd R. Ferner Ed.D., Chair of the Zeitgeist NW Education Board
Sophie School Schule co-founder Dr. Bernd Ferner is an Assistant Professor at PSU’s Graduate School of Education. His teaching & research focuses on World Language Methods, Action Research and Multicultural Education. He has served German Saturday schools boards since 2005 and has established German immersion afterschool programs for adults and middle school students. Holding degrees in education and teaching credentials from Portland State as well as the University of Education (Paedagogische Hochschule) Freiburg, Germany, Bernd has taught grade school at the German American School of Portland and at secondary Schools in Worms and Saarbruecken.
 
  John Peters (parent)