School Coordinators and Teaching Staff

Many of our teachers are German native speakers and all are fluent German speakers and are happy to share some insights around the German culture and the region they are originally from.

Our two school coordinators will happily assist you with any questions about the German classes and cultural activities we offer.

Adriane Faulkner – Adult Coordinator [email]


I am from Frankenthal in the picturesque German wine region of Rheinland-Pfalz. In 2003 I came to Brisbane to work in biomedical research at the University of Queensland. I am a registered pharmacist and have been teaching university students in Germany and Australia for many years. After I took my Australian husband to Germany for two years, I started teaching at BGLS in 2020. I love creating interactive lessons where students have fun and are motivated to learn quickly how to master real everyday situations in German with confidence. In my spare time I like to watch the wildlife during sunrise on my little chicken and vegie mini-farm.

Sandra Macha-Peck – Youth Coordinator [email]

I am a native German speaker, as well as a Registered Nurse from Thüringen and have been living in Brisbane since 1995. My husband is an Australian from Sydney but Brisbane is now home for us. Since our three children came along, I have worked part time at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where many students come through my ward to get work experience to become nurses one day. For many years I led and coordinated the Monday German Mothers Group in Brisbane. I started teaching at the BGLS in 2011 and really enjoy  interacting with children and watching them discover their talent for language learning.

 

 

Anita

I am originally from Namibia (Africa) where German is one of the national languages. I am a native German speaker and have been teaching at German Schools overseas and in Australia. 

I joined BGLS in 2018 and thrive on the enthusiasm and keen participation of the students I teach every Saturday in my Junior group. It is a privilege to be able to teach German and share my culture with young Australians. My passion is to promote learning for young people enhancing their interest. My free time is dedicated to my family, animals and garden.

Bea

I am a native German speaker and grew up in the beautiful region of the Black Forest – near Freiburg im Breisgau.

My husband and I fell in love with Australia whilst travelling and decided that this would be the place to be. After getting the paperwork done we migrated to Australia in 2004. Since then we founded a family and have lived in the area around Brisbane. When my kids were younger I founded a bilingual playgroup (KinderSpiel) and realized how fascinating languages are and that it is fun to teach it.

My former working background is IT which gave me the opportunity to teach adults computer related topics.

Birgit

I am originally from Vienna in Austria where I tutored high school students in German during my university studies. I met my Australian husband whilst travelling in Africa and subsequently moved to Australia in 2000. In 2015, I started tutoring adults and home-schooled children on the Gold Coast. I came to the Brisbane German Language School in 2020. I thoroughly enjoy teaching German and seeing the progress students make. In my spare time, I enjoy pilates, bushwalking, movies and planning my next travels.

Christian

Hi, my name is Christian and I’m Australian. I’ve been a teacher since 2007. I studied at the University of Queensland and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, Germany.

I’ve taught German Immersion and I currently teach German and Social Sciences at a private girls’ school in Brisbane.

In my spare time, I like to read and go to the theatre.

Cornelia

I am a native German speaker from a city near Köln in Germany. I first came to Australia to study Psychology. After completing my degree and marrying an “Aussie”, I became a mum of twins.

During my studies at the University of Queensland, I was a tutor for undergraduate psychology students. This sparked my interest and love of teaching. I now enjoy being a teacher at BGLS, where I strive to create engaging and interactive lessons for kids.

I love spending time with my family, our dog and chickens, as well as doing sports and travelling.

Elke

I am a native German speaker and have been teaching students at High School and Primary Level, including the German Immersion programs in Brisbane since 2003. Originally from Melbourne, I have spent my childhood and some of my adult years in Sachsen-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bremen.

I love teaching German to foster the language in creating interesting and exciting classes for the students.

In my free time I like to hike and go to the theatre.

Heidi

I was born in Austria. My love of travel brought me to Queensland where I raised my family. When my son and daughter were studying at the University of Queensland I joined them as a mature age student. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies.

I have been with the Brisbane German Language School for 22 years as a teacher and 13 years as youth classes coordinator. Now I am semi-retired (relief teacher only) but still passionate about teaching the German language including the German culture.

Holger

I come from Frankfurt am Main in Germany. In 1998 I completed my studies in business administration and have worked in this area since. I commenced teaching at BGLS in 2015.

One of my favourite parts about teaching is showing kids how to have fun whilst learning. I have a wife and two children.

 

Jennifer

I am a native German speaker from the Duesseldorf area in Germany where I taught English to German secondary school children as a tutor. I enjoyed seeing the progress my students made.

I am currently studying my Master of Business degree at the University of Queensland. Besides my studies I play volleyball and volunteer for a university club. I am passionate about travelling and living abroad. Before commencing my Master studies in Brisbane, I have lived and worked in New Zealand and China.

Johanna

I am originally from a small town close to Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg, the hometown of Daimler Benz and Porsche in Germany. I studied German, English and Politics in Freiburg to become a teacher. During my studies and after I was fortunate to combine my passion for teaching and travelling and have taught German as a Foreign Language in China, USA and New Zealand. I lived in Hong Kong for almost a decade and taught at the German International School. I met and married an Australian in Hong Kong and we started a family. We recently moved to Brisbane and enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife. In my spare time I love to bake and be creative. I am looking forward to finding creative ways to share the German language and culture with its many seasonal festivals and traditions.

Maria

When I left my German home town Münster in 2006, I was planning to stay in Brisbane for five months only. Now I am still here enjoying the Australian sun and the laid-back lifestyle. With a background in education and journalism, I started teaching German in 2005. I enjoy getting to know adult learners from all different walks of life.

Besides teaching, I like getting out and about with my family, and I also like creative writing.

Ruth

I grew up in the Franconia region of Bavaria and studied English and French, linguistics and literature at the University of Würzburg. I taught English and French at several secondary academic schools in Germany before my passion for travelling and teaching languages brought me to Sydney in 1995 as an exchange teacher. 

I have been a member of the Brisbane German Language School for almost 20 years, first as the mother of twins attending the youth classes and then from 2007 as a teacher and for many years as adult classes coordinator.  For a few years now I have been learning Italian, my fifth language, and I enjoy being a student again. It also makes me more appreciative of all the time and effort our courageous students here at BGLS put into learning a foreign language.

Sabrina

Hello everyone! I had been living in Aachen, Germany for 25 years when I came to Brisbane in 2018 for my studies and decided to stay for the sunshine and the people! I have been teaching German since 2015 when I was giving German classes to refugees as a volunteer back home and do private and group classes at BGLS.

During the week, I work and study in the medical engineering sector and I like to paint and play video games in my free time.

Silja

I was born in Giessen (near  Frankfurt) where I went to university to be a secondary teacher (with English as one of my subjects). I grew up in a semi-rural area, spending lots of time in nature – riding my push bike, going for walks, riding horses and other outdoor activities, and the passion for nature-based activities has remained with me to this day. Whilst at university I had the opportunity to participate in an exchange program with an American university where I was able to teach German and complete a degree in German literature and language acquisition. My permanent move to Australia came unexpectedly after traveling to Tasmania where I met a handsome Aussie guy who became my husband and father to our three children. I started teaching at the Brisbane German Language School in 2020. I enjoy sharing the language and culture of Germany with other people and I like to add some games and songs to our classroom.

Tanja

I come from the beautiful mountain-country Austria and moved to Brisbane in 2019. I love to teach German as a foreign language and share my passion for the German culture, literature, food and traditions.

I am a high school teacher for German and French and did my Diploma in Austria. I used to live in France for some time and am now happily adapting to an English speaking country.

I love dancing, yoga, drawing, cooking, and experience Australia’s fascinating nature.

Zack

I was born in England and I speak fluent German!

My Aunty “Silke” lives in Bremen (in north Germany) and she speaks “Plattdeutsch” to me. I lived in Cologne from 2006 – 2016, so I can understand the Kölsch dialect quite well. During my childhood I spent every summer in Austria. You can imagine, I’m used to all sorts of German dialect!

I’ve been teaching all my adult life, and I really love it. My arrival in Brisbane in December 2016, felt like a stark contrast to Germany! No more Glühwein for me at Christmas-time. Much more appropriate is an ice-cold soda! All the same, I do miss the German drink “Apfelschorle”— Have you tried it?

In my spare time I enjoy writing poetry, pop-music and japes in German and in English. My subject matter is mostly “die Umwelt (the environment)”. Next time you see me in person, ask me to sing you my German song about solar-power!