Our Staff


Our warm, enthusiastic and highly skilled staff members and teachers are one of our most important assets. These experienced professionals have been selected not only because of their excellent academic training, but also because they truly care about the development and happiness of our students. KinderHaus has successfully established itself as the only German school in NYC that is a visa sponsor organization of teachers from Germany, enabling it to staff its programs with the most qualified native German teachers, all with pedagogical degrees of either kindergarten / preschool teacher (“Erzieherausbildung”) or elementary school teacher (“Staatsexamen” / Master of Education). 


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Nadine was one of the first KinderHaus teachers and has been working at KinderHaus and subsequently in Germany teaching children ages 3 through 10 years old. She has studied Educational Science and earned a diploma as a fully certified Kindergarten teacher. She additionally furthered her education by studying Integrative Pedagogy and working with children with special needs.  Nadine believes in the importance of promoting children’s development with age-appropriate offerings in every range from gross to fine motoric, linguistic, cognitive, emotional and social skills. To achieve certain educational objectives, Nadine sees the importance of watching the children in her care and recording their behaviors in order to support them in their own development. Nadine has worked with the “Montessoripädagogik” which is based on a self-developed education. One of the main ideas is derived from the Montessori principle is “Help me to do it myself”.  Also very important to Nadine is transparency and strength in communication with every parent. Having confident cooperation with the parents concerning their child’s extensive development is a significant part of her work.

 


Pauline is a Certified Preschool Teacher from the Evangelische Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik Schwerin. She is highly experienced in teaching children ages 2-10 in a variety of educational settings and institutions. Pauline has worked in different kindergartens, preschools and primary schools in Germany. It was during a year she spent in Harlem, when she worked with bilingual children, that she developed a great interest in multilingualism. In her work with children, Pauline believes and emphasizes giving them the opportunity to discover and learn through play. In her pedagogical beliefs, she places tremendous importance on building childrens’ self-confidence, helping them believe in their own abilities and encouraging them to experiment on their own. Pauline always ensures that children appreciate and respect one another and honor individual people’s differences. She integrates her passion for dance, music and photography into her daily routine with the children.  Overall Pauline also enjoys cooking, baking and reading. 

 


Annemarie, originally from Saxony, Germany, moved to NYC in 2013.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Social Services and studied fashion design in Berlin.  With a passion for knitting, she designs knitwear and eventually started her own knitwear line for children.  After becoming a mother herself, she has been taking on children in a Tagesmutter/Nanny setting in her own home. These experiences have led Annemarie to develop a teaching approach that emphasizes active learning, cooperation, and independence.  She finds teaching most efficient when done with each child’s unique pace of development and style.  Annemarie has a two-year-old daughter whom she is raising bilingually.

 


Anna is from North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, where she completed her education as a state-approved educator in 2015. In the past she gained professional experience with children aged 1-10 years in a variety of educational settings and institutions. Anna was an Au Pair on Long Island, New York from 2015-2017, following her personal interests in bilingual education. Before joining KinderHaus she worked in a kindergarten of the German Red Cross (DRK). One major focus of her activities was creative and practical life education, especially in the field of food and health by cooking and baking together using organic and nutritious food. She strongly believes in the holistic development of children and the pedagogical approach of learning abilities through play. In her free time, Anna likes to spend time with her family and friends, experiment with new recipes and travel and explore new areas.

 


Julia graduated as a certified Kindergarten teacher from “Paedagogische Fachschule Troisdorf”. She has worked with children ages 2-8 years for many years. During that time she gained a lot of experience while working for different institutions with different pedagogical concepts, such as integration pedagogy and Waldorf. She also worked as an Au Pair in Harlem, where she took care of bilingual children. Furthermore, Julia decided to take her career a step further, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood at the Alanus University in Germany, with a focus on Waldorf pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies. She also holds a certificate in animal assisted pedagogy and has used those methods to work with children in need. Julia believes that children learn best while being close to the outdoors and using hands-on methods. Julia is passionate about arts and crafts, and she also strongly believes that nursing the variety of the senses has a major impact on children’s development.


Karin a swiss-born, Brooklyn based, Preschool Teacher and Art Therapist joined the KinderHaus team in early 2021. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Education Karin taught for 10 years in public, private and special education schools around Switzerland. In her work as a teacher, Karin focuses on a holistic curriculum that meets the students individual learning needs, inspires curiosity, and cultivates independent thinking skills.
In 2020 Karin completed a second degree in Creative Art Therapy in Zurich. These studies enriched her work as an educator and fueled her passion for the arts. At KinderHaus Karin coordinates the Art, Music and Movement Enrichment Program and teaches one day a week in Ladybug classroom. At the newly opened Art Atelier (inspired by the Arno Stern method) Karin offers painting sessions, that encourage the children to express themselves freely, creatively, and courageously. In her free time, Karin loves to work on artistic projects herself. She also plays the piano and is a sports enthusiast. For further information on the Atelier program and schedule please enquire here atelier.kinderhaus@gmail.com

 


Lisa is a Certified Preschool Teacher from Stuttgart in Germany. For the past 6 years she worked with children between the ages of 1 and 6 years in a German Kindergarten. During this time she learned a lot about the development of children and how to promote them individually. From 2019- 2020 she volunteered as a Teacher in an Orphanage in Peru. This year showed her how important it is to promote children in their strengths and help them believe in themselves. Lisa enjoys traveling and is interested in other cultures and languages.

 


Pia comes from Austria (Carinthia) and completed her “Bachelor of Education for children with special needs” degree in 2016. Since then she has been working with children between the ages of 4 and 14 and has been able to gain a lot of experience and ideas through various institutions with different teaching concepts. It is important to her to look at each child individually and to respond to their various needs and puts an emphasis on Playful and independent learning. Pia likes to spend her free time with family and friends, loves to travel, make music, sing, and tries to discover new ways of learning and new learning concepts. As a paramedic with the Red Cross, she also tries to expand her knowledge in other subject areas.

 


Khatuna is from Georgia (from the stunning Caucasus mountains). She received a Magister Degree in Foreign languages and became a certified German language Teacher. She has experience in teaching children in public schools. She has a passion for music and graduated from music school with a diploma. She also went to Germany to further her education and got to work at different German companies such as Arvato Bertelsmann. She moved to New York in 2018 and has experience at being a Nanny. She has two daughters of her own and is currently a substitute teacher at Kinderhaus.

 


Laura is from Wittlich, a small town in Germany close to the border of Luxembourg. She moved to the US in 2019 to be with her American husband. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Fitness economics and has worked in a physical therapy clinic, where she would be in charge of rehabilitation, strength training and also handle all administrative work for the past years. Since she was very little Laura played handball and once she got older decided to pass on her passion for sport and trained a child handball team. She has a passion for sport and physical activity and knows how important it is for all ages, but she believes that it should be reinforced, especially with children. Laura was also an Au Pair in North Carolina for a year, loves to travel, eat good food, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog.  Laura recently moved to Austin, Texas and remains part of the Administrative Team.


 

Lucas is an amateur astronomer, a highschool Physics major and founder of Future Astronomers. Since childhood he has been fascinated by the universe and built a model to demonstrate how  stars seemingly endlessly orbit black holes, and the orbit axis “precessed” just as Einstein predicted. His model was featured in the Amateur Astronomy Association’s Eyepiece newsletter by his professor, Dr. Kiefer. He loves attending astronomy lectures at Columbia University and through the Amateur Astronomy Association. As a high school physics major, he’s also President of the German club, a delegate at Model UN and leads bi-weekly sidewalk astronomy viewings for the general public.  Lucca loves bicycling and when not working on his backyard radio telescope or reading his favorite authors such as Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman, he can be found going on 100km bike rides through the countryside.