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Our Team

Svenja Iglesias, Principal

Svenja IglesiasSvenja Iglesias was born in Essen, Germany, and has lived and worked there until the year of 2000. Now she lives with her husband and two daughters in Sunrise and enjoys life in the Sunshine State.
She attended the 'University Comprehensive University Essen' and passed the ‘First State Examination for Elementary School Teachers’.
Following that, she concluded a two year internship at the ‘Study seminar for Elementary School Teachers – Essen’ and passed the ‘Second State Exam for Elementary School Teachers’, which is the equivalent of the US degree 'Master of Science in Elementary Education'.
Svenja has been principal and teacher of the 'German School of Ft. Lauderdale' since 2002, loves her profession and is a teacher with 'body and soul'.

Our Team in Ft Lauderdale

Olga Bacher
olga bacherMrs. Olga Bacher was raised in Augsburg, Germany.
She graduated from the Leopold-Mozart-Conservatory in Augsburg with the ‘State Exam for Music teachers’ and went on to teach at the Music School of the City of Königsbrunn, Germany.
She met her husband Neil at the New Jazz School, Munich, where she completed a two year program.
After moving to the USA in 2005, Mrs. Bacher became a certified Early Music and Movement teacher through extensive additional training by Musikgarten, a foundation that is concerned with music-based learning since the 1970s. She also graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music. Mrs. Bacher has two sons, Jonathan and Joshua, who were both born in Germany.

Since her arrival in the USA, Mrs. Bacher has been teaching at Miami Dade College, St. Ann Catholic School in West Palm Beach, the German School of Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the School District of Palm Beach County. She also has been performing with various orchestras and ensembles.

Nina Schwerling
Nina SchwertlingNina Schwerling comes from Hessheim, a small village in the beautiful ‚Pfalz‘, Germany. She met her husband in New York, where they were both working in an institution for adults with disabilities. For the last three and a half years, she has been living in Miami Beach with her husband and two daughters. She attended the Pedagogical University in Heidelberg, passed the first state exam as a special needs teacher and then taught children with special needs at an elementary school in Ludwigshafen for one year. She then successfully completed her internship at a school for children with special needs in the ‘Pfalz’, and passed the second state exam. Nina Schwerling has been with the ‘German school of Ft. Lauderdale’ for years.

Angela Masak
angela masak Angela Masak was born and grew up in Dresden, Germany.  She is married, has two grown children and one grandchild. Mrs. Masak worked with children ages 3 - 10 in Germany for over 20 years. She worked as an elementary school teacher and taught art and music, worked with children in aftercare, as a preschool teacher, as well as an independent educator.
At the institute for teacher’s education ‘Loebau’, she earned her degree as an art and music teacher for Grades 1-4, as well as her degree as an aftercare teacher. Later on, she extended her professional knowledge once more and passed ​​the federal state exam for educators for children aged 0-21 years.
Mrs. Masak has been teaching at the ‘German School of Ft. Lauderdale’ since November of 2011. She is our lead preschool teacher and enjoys bringing the children closer to the German language and traditions in a very motivated and fun way. At the same time she can be closer to her daughter and grandchild who live in Florida as well.

Heidi Pöppinghaus
Heidi PoeppinghausHeidi Pöppinghaus comes from Venezuela, and was born to parents native of Düsseldorf / Germany. Married, with two children ages 9 and 11 years. Heidi attended Kindergarten through High School at the German School in Caracas (Colegio Humboldt), and graduated with High Honors in Bachelor of Education in Special Education at the J.M. Vargas University (Caracas, Venezuela). After more than 10 years of working as a teacher in different classrooms and with children of different ages, Heidi was promoted to the German Language Coordinator at the Caracas German Preschool, helping with the immersion program for German as a second language.

Heidi and her family moved to the US in July 2014, seeking a better future for her family, she lives in Weston and is currently taking the Child Care Training for the State of Florida. Heidi really enjoys working with young children and loves to teach through play music and laughter.


Ramona Suprinvil
Ramona SuprinvilRamona Suprinvil comes from Edelsfeld, which is a small village in Bavaria.

She moved to Florida in July 2014, she is currently living in Tamarac with her Husband and her daughter.
Ramona graduated from the professional academy for social work in Nuremberg. She received a degree in
dental assistant before she became an educator. While attending the professional academy in Nuremberg,
she worked in a sports kindergarten. Her experience in the educational field include: After care, youth club,
daycare, and kindergarten.


Juliane Roberts
Juliane Roberts
Juliane is very excited to be in the team of the German-American School of Fort Lauderdale.
She studied Elementary Education with ESOL endorsement at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she graduated in April 2015 with Honors.
She completed her student teaching internship where she taught a kindergarten class which she enjoyed immensely.
Juliane was born and raised in Germany where she studied Social Studies at a University in Germany. She also studied English as a second language in school for many years. This helped her pursue her dream of traveling all over Europe and the US to meet and learn about people from other cultures.
She built strong relationships with many friends in the US and eventually decided to move to Florida in 2008 to further explore her understanding of the American culture and language. She believes that in todays increasingly interconnected and globalised world it is important to learn about and understand people from other cultures. She is excited to share stories, sing songs and nursery rhymes in the German language with the children and foster global awareness and international collaboration in her classroom.
Over the last couple years she has built her life and family here in Florida and enjoys reading, going boating, snorkeling, bike riding, and swimming. She has a five year old son who will be going to kindergarten this August.


Elisa Iglesias
Elisa IglesiasElisa Iglesias was born in Essen, Germany but has lived most of her life in sunny South Florida. She has gone through traditional American schooling along with being a student at the German school of Fort Lauderdale herself for 13 years. she is one of the first graduates of the German school and has completed the "Sprachdiplom" with us, which is the equivalent of a German high school diploma and allows her to attend university in Germany. Elisa has been an assistant in our German preschool for five years, and has completed an associate in arts degree at Broward College and childcare training. Elisa now attends Florida Atlantic University and hopes to complete her directors credentials. Elisa enjoys teaching and sharing German language and culture as it was taught to her.




Our Team in Naples / Ft Myers

Barbara Elisabeth
CatharinaEibergerBarbara Elisabeth was born and raised in the Ruhr area, the industrial heart of North Rhine-Westphalia.
She studies German and Social Studies at the old Wilhelm’s University in the beautiful city of Muenster.
After graduating, she went to Joensuu, Finland to teach German to university employees and students.
She continued her education and received her Master’s degree in teaching.
Barbara has been a life-long educator; she enjoys teaching all age groups and many subject areas,
She is thrilled to work with the wonderful children in Naples who are willing to learn a second language or want to perfect their German.



Petra Gerstenberger
Petra_Gerstenberger_Germanschool_FL Petra Gerstenberger taught for nearly twenty years in Bayern Germany, the subjects German and physical
education at the secondary school . >She has been in Florida for 10 years now, and has held various
seminars on " helping people to help themselves " and holistic treatments.
The school has her back ! Petra enjoys teaching, and therefore is happy, to familiarize children the
German language and culture here in SW Florida (Naples).