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Sacramento Turn Verein German Language School



Jeanette Treiber - Jeanette grew up in Radevormwald, a small town in Nordrhein/Westfalia. After studying German and French at the University of Siegen, she came to the US and pursued a double career: with a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Davis she has taught literature and languages at UC Davis and other colleges.She also has a Masters in Community and Regional Development and has worked for an international development organization, doing program evaluation work in several African countries. She currently works on chronic disease prevention projects in California through UC Davis, while continuing to enjoy teaching language and writing classes. She lives on a farm near Sacramento and loves riding and playing with her horses.


 Our Teachers:

Tina Bruno - Tina was born in Starnberg, Germany. She grew up in the " Alpenvorland" . After graduating from the Gymnasium in Germany she attended Cerritos College. She graduated in 2009 with associate degrees in Math, Natural Science and Chemistry. Tina currently lives in Elk Grove, is married and spends her days raising her 3 beautiful children. Tina enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, running and keeping up with German current events.

Román Munoz - Román is a native of Mexico and a native speaker of Spanish and English. As a child, Román quickly became fascinated by the connective power of language and learned French, Italian and Japanese. As an adult, Román set out to study German which he recently put to the test while roaming Germany, especially Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, and Cologne.

Roman is a founding member of the @buildingskillpartnership of Northern California , a board member at the @alliancefrancaisedeSacramento, and a language instructor for: English, French, and Spanish. When he is not teaching or learning new languages, Roman likes to help connect people in the community, whether it's through volunteering, fundraising or language themed karaoke. His hobbies include traverling, art and wine.

Sonja El-Heliebi Wissink - Sonja was born and raised in Graz, Austria, has Egyptian roots, lived in Spain for a few years and moved to Sacramento in 2017. She is a native German speaker and is also fluent in English and Spanish. After traveling through Europe, Sonja returned to Austria in 2006 to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and American Studies as well as her teaching degree in German, English and Applied Ethics at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz. Back in Austria she worked in the field of telecommunications for 10 years and started teaching German and English as a Second Language in 2010. Sonja considers herself being a “tech-nerd” and she currently works as a “Mad Scientist,” teaching STEM related classes in after-school-programs all over the Sacramento Valley. In her spare time, she loves long runs along the American river, reading books, online gaming and watching movies with friends and family.

Karin Root - Karen grew up in a small village in Franconia in Northern Bavaria and earned a business degree there.  She moved to the U.S. as a young adult and raised her children here. Karin is a PhD Candidate in Sociology, and has taught at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.  She teaches German for adults and children, as well as, a class on German Holiday Traditions at the Sacramento German Language School; she also enjoys singing in the Harmonie choir.