Who we are – Meet our Staff

Our Teachers

Birgit Priester Birgit was born and raised in a village near Koblenz, Germany. She graduated 1992 with a teaching degree for elementary and middle school in Germany. She has been working as a teacher for more than 20 years in Germany and in the United States to children and adults.
She is a licensed teacher in Germany (elementary and middle school) and Colorado (pre/elementary to high school) and holds a Music Lingua license to teach German through music to children. Birgit teaches children and teenagers at the Boulder German School. As the director of the school, she leads the board meetings and oversees administrative operations in the school.
Pia Pia grew up in the Swiss countryside near Zürich. At 16 she moved to the French part of Switzerland. She earned a B.A. in French and a Master of Arts in Teaching German from the University of Illinois. She taught French and German for more than 20 years from Preschool to College.
In her free time, you can find Pia in the great outdoors. In the winter she is a passionate skier and the rest of the year you find her either backpacking, biking or canoeing. Pia is currently the assistant director of the German school and organizes the cultural events of the school.
Kandace Dr. Kandace Einbeck was born in the US, and has lived at numerous places in Germany and Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in German. She has taught German language, literature and culture for more than 40 years in high schools, universities, the Goethe-Institut, and privately in the US, Germany, Austria and China.
She and her cat enjoy singing German songs, reading German novels, and baking and eating Austrian pastries.
Rebecca Rebecca is an experienced teacher who has taught German, Spanish and geography at the undergraduate and graduate level in Germany, Central America and in the US. She serves as a treasurer on the board of the Boulder School for German Language and Culture. Currently she is the Director of Education and Outreach at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, responsible for the center’s public outreach and K-12 education activities, leading workforce development programs, and supporting the geoscience university community through faculty training and research sabbaticals. Rebecca has extensive experience in providing students and early career scientists with relevant skills and training to have successful careers in the geosciences.
She serves on several education and workforce related national boards, and is a leader in geoscience workforce development, advancement of diversity and promoting best mentoring practices. In addition to her graduate degree in geography and cultural anthropology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, Rebecca is a certified mediator and has extensive training in employment law, diversity, student mentoring, and counseling.
Sabine Sabine was born in Mosbach, near Heidelberg, Germany. She obtained a teaching degree for elementary and middle school at the Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg. Sabine traveled to many places on the globe as a flight attendant for Lufthansa. She taught in elementary and middle schools in Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart.
She and her family lived for 9 years in Bahrain (Persian Gulf), where she tutored children and adults in German. In Colorado, Sabine worked in a special-needs school and tutored German privately. Her teaching philosophy is “learning something new is always fun”. Currently, Sabine fills in for teachers who need a substitute teacher.
marion Marion was raised and educated in Germany. Blessed with rewarding careers in Germany and the USA, she is bilingual and loves to share her deep understanding of language, culture, and business. People are her passion – on both sides of the Atlantic. A bilingual German native, former ranked Officer for the German Federal Ministry of Finance, she is teaching with enthusiasm paired with experience. A good combination for what you would like to achieve! Customized German language training is her specialty. In her career as a private German teacher, she has enjoyed providing Fortune 500 executives and their families with the necessary tools to live and work in Germany, developing and teaching a 6-year on-site customized German program for a Denver global market leader in the solar industry, being part of the Corporate Training Department at Community College of Denver (CCD), and getting young minds excited about speaking German and appreciating the culture. Marion teaches adults at the German school.
Ulrike Ulrike received her teaching degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, where she taught English as a Second Language as well as P.E. throughout the 1990s. When her husband’s career brought them to Boulder in 2001, she started volunteering at her children’s elementary school and middle school.
When her children were attending high school, she helped them prepare for the Advanced Placement test in German, which they both did very well in. Since then she has had the pleasure of helping several BVSD students prepare for this test. Currently, Uli teaches children and adult classes.
Anna Linnemann was born and raised in a little town called Amberg located in Bavaria. She is a licensed teacher in Germany and taught in highschool and middleschool. She and her husband moved to the Unite States in the summer of 2017, and she started teaching at our school that December.
Teaching has always been a big part of her life no matter the age of her students. Anna serves on the board as a director for social media.
Karen Karen Howl came to us from Fairfax County, VA, where she has been a teacher, substitute teacher, and tutor in the German language for many years.  She grew up bilingually in Ulm, Germany and the U.S. and has an M.Ed from Boston University.
As 28yr army spouse, Karen has lived in many places and appreciates the value of immersing oneself in local languages and cultures.
ANNA Anna grew up in the industrial city of Lodz in central Poland. One of her earliest childhood memories is listening to her grandfather’s songs and stories about his youth in Germany. The sound of German Christmas carols and the loss of the beloved grandpa early on were forming experiences for Anna‘s interest in the German language and culture. After high school, Anna moved to the West to study Comparative Literature and USA at the University Duisburg-Essen.
After her Magister degree and a translator certification, she headed to Bremerhaven to work in public and media relations for a museum of European emigration history to the US. Some years as a freelance journalist followed, as well as the publication of a book with a series of her articles for the Nordsee-Zeitung: “Von Menschen und Werften, About people and shipyards”.
In 2014, she followed her husband to Boulder. Her favorite quote is by one of the most important German reporters, Egon Erwin Kisch: “Nothing is more amazing than the simple truth, nothing is more exotic than our environment, nothing is more imaginative than objectiveness and there is nothing more spectacular in the world than the times we live in!”
Sarah was born and raised in the beautiful Rhineland. She lived in Germany, Chile and Switzerland before moving to the USA with her husband in December 2017. Sarah holds a master’s degree in special education and worked for seven years at special schools and elementary schools in Germany and Switzerland, where she also taught German as a Second Language.
Here in Boulder Sarah works in addition to her occupation at the Boulder School for German Language and Culture, in childcare and museum education. In her spare time she loves to hike, sew and travel. She is enthusiastic to learn about other cultures and languages, as well as to teach her mother tongue and culture to interested people.

Our Administrative Staff

Gabriele Gabriele was born in Austria and has traveled the world with her family. As a retired accountant, she supports our treasurer, Rebecca, in making the right choices regarding the school’s economic and financial decisions.
She is also the school’s dedicated librarian.
Regula Dr. Regula Mueller grew up in Basel, Switzerland and came to the US in 2006. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Basel and works as a Program Director for a large Clinical Research Organization.
She has been a board member of the school since January 2017 and is responsible for grant writing and the newsletter.
Dennis Dennis is an educational technologist with over 15 years experience managing online and traditional educational programs for K-16 educators as well as public outreach at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder, CO. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver and the University of Northern Colorado, where he taught courses in cartography, GIS, and geosciences.
In addition to being a student, Dennis serves as Registrar of the Boulder School for German Language and Culture, responsible for course scheduling and registration.
Barbara Dr. Barbara Ervens grew up in Essen, in the Ruhr Area, Germany, and came to the US in 2002. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Chemistry from the University Leipzig, Germany. She works as a Research Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As the former secretary of the Boulder School for German Language and Culture, she took care of all administrative matters in our school, and answered all questions regarding registrations, classes and anything else. We wish her the best in France!