My wife and I moved to the U.S. in 1993. I have been teaching at NIU since 1998.
I am glad to have the opportunity to live in a different country and that I can teach. It has broadened my horizon. I enjoy the interaction with my students. It is my goal to create a relaxed atmosphere in my classes by combining solid academics with humor, real-life materials, cultural information, and by sharing my own experiences of a transcultural, bilingual life. Aside from classroom teaching, I have developed several DaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache – German as a Second Language) publications with a friend and colleague in Germany, co-authored a book for German students to prepare for the Advanced Placement test, developed German with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)- teaching materials in cooperation with several colleagues and enjoy translating old documents whenever the opportunity arises.
Since 2014, I am the director of the NIU Study Abroad Germany Program “Deutschland heute-Facets of Contemporary Germany”: For three weeks, we explore and experience Germany and travel along the German Fairytale Road. If you are interested, check out our video on YouTube under that title!
There are many good reasons to learn German – go for it!
- Philipps-University, Marburg (Hesse, Germany)
- University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
- Studienseminar Bensheim/Bergstrasse (Hesse, Germany)
- History, religion and education
- Major subjects in school: English and German