Our Teachers

All of us are experienced teachers who for many years have taught German as foreign language on all levels with great motivation and enthusiasm. Part of our work has also been giving seminars on teaching methods and intercultural communication.


You learn from us - we learn from you
We all love the cooperation and interaction with our students who come from many different countries around the world. Therefore, we understand our profession as an important opportunity to support intercultural understanding between people of different nationalities and different backgrounds, thus contributing to open, tolerant and respectful interaction with each other.

Heike Baumgärtel

At the University of Heidelberg I studied history, German and English. After my graduation, however, I began my career in another direction. For many years I worked in the crafts and creative field. In 2010, postgraduate studies on German as Foreign Language followed. Since then, I am a passionate teacher. I have been teaching at Goethe Institutes both in Germany (in Freiburg and Frankfurt) and abroad (in Bangalore, India and Manila, Philippines). Immersion in a different culture as well as interaction and exchange with people from other countries I feel as a great personal gain. My former creative profession is now my hobby. In my free time, I also love to spend rainy Sundays with a good book, sunny weekends in nature and cozy evenings with friends. 

Franziska Becker

I studied at the University of Mainz and majored in English, General and Comparative Linguistics and French. Since 2005, I've been a teacher for German. For the last 6 years, I've worked for the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt and regularly attended trainings in methodology and didactics.
To me, not only tolerance and intercultural understanding are very important, but also working with people of different ages. I led workshops with young students themed around "open minded thinking regarding different cultures". Two of my favorite movies are "Black Driver / Schwarzfahrer" and "Almanya". I love my job and I enjoy working with people from all over the world. I am calm and patient and I'm willing to explain things ten times.
I like to go to the market and buy delicious cheese and sausage and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine.

Kerstin Kyra Wagner

From 2011 to 2014 I completed my Bachelor's degree in ethnology and Slavic studies in Freiburg. In 2015 I taught German as a foreign language for refugees in Freiburg as part of a four-month internship. From 2015 to 2017 I studied "Intercultural German Studies/German as a Foreign Language" as a Master's degree in Göttingen. Nowadays, I consider it necessary to learn foreign languages and to get to know cultures in order to develop a better understanding of the people.

During my studies I had the opportunity to attend many different language courses. This way, I was able to find inspiration for my own lessons and I was sensitized to better understand the perspectives of adult foreign language learners. I find internal differentiation in class and the focus on the special needs, goals and wishes of the individual learners important. Apart from that, I am interested in politics and enjoy sports in my spare time.

Franziska van Elten


I come from Cologne and studied German, Romance studies and German as a foreign language in Bonn, Florence and Marburg.

Because I have always enjoyed learning languages and had great language teachers, I decided to also become one myself. I like this sparkle in the eyes of my course participants when they notice: Now I understand that and I can use it.

My studies and profession brought me to Italy, Seweden, Greece and Serbia and finally to Frankfurt. I taught at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the Goethe Institutes in Belgrade and Frankfurt.

In my spare time, for example, I like baking and I'm outdoors. You can always meet me on my bike.

Andrea Thiel

Since I have always been interested in other cultures, I wanted to follow a professional career, which would give me the opportunity to get in contact with people from different countries. This has always been an inspiration and motivation to me.

After studying economics here in Frankfurt, I acquired the additional qualification "Methodology and Didactics of Teaching German as Foreign Language " at Goethe-Institute. I taught German as foreign language at Volkshochschule for several years, as well as in integration courses. In my courses, it is especially important to me to provide and support a respectful and pleasant learning atmosphere. This, in my opinion, is vital to learn a new language successfully. Language learning connects and enables people to get to know other cultures. This is the reason why I like living in Frankfurt. Here, you find people from170 different nations in one city.

In my free time, I often walk through the city and watch the city life. I also like taking photos and I am interested in yoga.


Melanie McLoughlin


Following my secondary education, I left my hometown of Paderborn in 1993 to au-pair in Dublin, Ireland, over the summer. As it turned out, I stayed for several years, completing a degree in English, German and Linguistics at University College Dublin, and gathering initial teaching experience. The opportunity to immerse myself in a foreign language and culture along with the famous Irish hospitality has left a fundamental impression on me. Today, creating a warm, welcoming and positive atmosphere in the classroom is a core element of my teaching.  


Having completed a Master in Linguistics and the Higher Diploma in Education, I spent several years teaching English and German at secondary level in Dublin as well as the European School in Frankfurt. I also worked in the translation industry for some time. Since I love interacting with people from all over the world and have my heart set on convincing them of the beauty of the German language, I recently completed the Goethe Institute’s university certificate course in Teaching German as a Foreign Language.


As a very active person, I simply love being outdoors in my spare time – riding my bike, running or tending to the fruit and vegetable plants in my garden. In addition, I like relaxing with a good book or enjoying the fantastic cultural facilities and resources Frankfurt has to offer.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


In 1765 I started to study law in Leipzig. However, my skills and my passion lie in literature, so I wrote several books, such as the sufferings of young Werther and Faust. I like to exchange ideas with friends about the art of writing and regularly participate in literary training. I see my travels to distant countries like Italy as a chance to find my fulfillment mentally and emotionally in my profession and to live it completely.


In my free time I deal with colors, go out into nature or enjoy a glass of cider and Frankfurt green sauce.