Heather Kalowsky – Teacher and Director

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.


Yvonne Bahlmann – Teacher

I am born in Meissen, Germany and came to the United States in 1995. I taught at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio while earning my M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature. As a native of Dresden, Germany, I also hold teaching certificates in Germany.

My family and I lived in Olympia, WA for 17 years and moved to Banks, OR in 2015. For many years, I taught German at various language levels to children and Adults in the Olympia / Tacoma area. My experiences include: Teacher at Tacoma German Language School, Instructor at Ft. Lewis Language Training Center (including online classes), tutor at Saint Martin’s University. I also served as the director and summer camp director of the Tacoma German Language School for more than 10 years.

In my free time I enjoy anything outdoors, especially hiking and camping, spending time with my family, gardening, running and reading.

During my classes I emphasize communication as well as teaching German culture. Most of all I try to make language learning a fun and enjoyable experience. I am very excited to have the opportunity to teach at the Sophie School Schule and to be part of a German Language Saturday school again.


Angelika Gorman – Teacher

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 – Substitute Teacher

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.


Vera Jackson – Teacher

After living in Germany for a quarter of a century, traveling Europe extensively and studying four languages and earning an MBA, I moved to the US in 1993.  My husband, two sons and I have since moved between a few states and traveled the country.  Every other year, we have visited my family in Germany.  I have worked as a German teacher for BASF and the Sophie Scholl Schule and interpreted for SolarWorld during their employee exchange program.  In addition, I have had several tutor students of all ages.  When I don’t teach, I rent out a building for private and business events or organize people’s homes.  In my free time, I like to travel, work in my yard, help in a horse barn for therapeutic riding and sing in a choir, for which I am also on the board.


Iris Noack – Teacher

I bring my aesthetic as a trained graphic artist 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 traveling, I always have my camera with me.