About me

Three times, my interest in people of all cultures led me abroad for longer stays between between 1995 and 2000. I worked as an assistant teacher both in Prague and at Mick Jagger's former school in Dartford near London. Between those stays I also spent almost half a year in Stirling (Scotland). I maintain contacts to people in many areas and cultures of the world and think in various languages.

In November 2014 I co-founded the new initiative Demokratische Schule München e.V..
Between February 2008 and November 2014 I had been a member of the school-founding group
Sudbury München e.V.
. Following the model of the Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts (founded in 1968), a democratic school near Lake Ammersee, about a one-hour drive outside Munich was founded in September 2014 (see my article in AERO's newsletter from the same month).

During the International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) in Israel in 2010, I had the opportunity to visit the democratic schools in Hadera (the second largest in the world with 350 students) and Bat Yam. (Under the following link you can find a
German article that I wrote on the positive experiences with processes of democratization inside the Israeli school system.)

In the following months, the international contacts I made there led to insights into two democratic schools in the Netherlands: De Ruimte in Soest and De Kampanje in Amersfoort. I have visited De Ruimte three times so far (twice as an intern and once as a temporary staff member) and will continue to contribute to language learning, everyday school life and the school's development as a temporary staff member − whenever a colleague seeks a substitute and I find time in my diary. At De Kampanje and at the Democratic School of Roskilde/Denmark I took part in three-day European Sudbury School workshops in 2010 and 2012 respectively. 

Because of my touching, moving and convincing experiences with kids and adults in democratic schools and school founding groups from all parts of the world, which focus on the human being and his or her personal needs in striving for knowledge and experience, I left the regular school system in July 2011.

In 2011 I joined the European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC) and the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO), and have become representative for Germany for the latter.

With my engagement as a private language teacher I want to help all young people to be properly prepared for daily external assessment and marking as well as announced and unannounced class tests. Beside the basis of a deeper insight into English grammar, I systematically foster a broad knowledge of vocabulary and a higher flexibility in the use of the language with the help of various learning and communication techniques. For the increasing focus on oral skills, the latter is an important tool for communicating with any person in a confident and relaxed manner.

I draw on my experience from eight years of teaching English. At the Private Commercial School begemann in Munich, where in my final year I was head of the English department, I also worked together with my late friend and colleague Guido Hubel on the creation of our own English workbooks, from which I supply much of my practice material.

I speak Italian and French because of my family background and my own time as a school pupil, where I chose the latter as a final examination subject − in both, my knowledge is not perfect, but it suffices for helping beginners and intermediate students have a good start in learning these languages.

In addition, I have a basic knowledge of Spanish, Czech and Latin. Since the summer of 2011 I have occasionally studied Dutch, as the whim takes me.

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Outline of Studies and Work Experience as a Teacher

Since June 2018 SchuleEins, Berlin
Social Life Coordinator, Teacher of English and History
   
Since August 2012 Self-employed teacher of English, German, Italian and French
Teacher of German for several schools and associations in Munich
See co-operation partners
   
October 2011 - June 2015 Democratic School De Ruimte in Soest (Netherlands)
Regular stays as a temporary staff member, lessons in English, German, Italian, French and Social Studies.
   
September 2005 - July 2011
Private Commercial School begemann, Munich
Teacher for the main subjects English (as head of department during my final year),

History and Social Sciences, the optional subjects Italian and French as well as
the project "Training of Mental Powers"
   
September 2002 - July 2004
Teacher Training in the Subjects English and History
Adalbert-Stifter-Gymnasium, Passau

Theresiengymnasium, Ansbach
Ludwigsgymnasium, Munich (additionally employed in the neighbouring
after-school care institution "Albertinum")
   
October 1999 - May 2000
Dartford Grammar School, Kent (England)
Assistant teacher for German and Italian
   
February - May 1998 University of Stirling (Scotland)
Socrates exchange student focussing on English literature
   
April 1996 - July 2002 University of Passau
Studies of English and History for "Gymnasium" level teaching
Oct. 1998 - Aug. 1999 Assistant to Prof. Dr. Günther Jarfe
(Professor for Teaching the English Language and Literature as a Foreign Language)
   
October 1995 - March 1996
POLYGLOT Language School, Prague (Czech Republic)
Teacher of German
Gymnázium Jana Palacha, Prague
Assistant teacher for German