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STV-German Language School


Tina Bruno - Tina was born in Starnberg, Germany. She grew up in the “Alpenvorland” and has been to many Oktoberfests in Munich. After graduating from high school in Germany she moved to the US and attended community college in Cerritos. She met her husband in a speech and debate class and graduated in 2009 with associate degrees in Math, Natural Science, and Chemistry. Tina has since then moved to Elk Grove and raised her 3 children. Last year she earned her BS in Human and Family Development from ASU. She currently works as a community trainer and in-home living skill specialist for adults with disabilities. She is also a local coordinator for Greenheart, facilitating short-term and long-term language exchange programs for high schoolers. Tina enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, running and watching German movies.

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 Magister / 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 currently works as German instructor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton as well as “A Mad Scientist,” teaching STEM related classes in summer camps all over the Sacramento Valley. In her spare time, she loves long runs along the American river and to cook for and with friends and family.

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:

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.

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.

Jasmin Kosydar spent most of her life at the foothills of the Black Forest. She was raised in a small town near Baden-Baden and later moved to Freiburg im Breisgau where she received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies as well as in Modern and Recent History at the Universität Freiburg. After extensive travels in the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, Jasmin and her husband settled down in Sacramento in 2014. Jasmin loves the outdoors and often goes for hikes in the Sierra Nevada or bike rides along the American River. She also frequently indulges in world cuisine and loves spending time with her son. 


In Memoriam:

In Memoriam: Michael Mayer-Kielmann

In December 2018 we suddenly lost one of the Sacramento German Language School’s (GLS) most active and supportive members as a result of sudden illness. Michael was one of the Sacramento GLS founders and served as a teacher, board member, treasurer, and in any capacity where help was needed. In his retirement years, Michael spent endless hours at the J Street building, either at meetings, helping out at registration, reporting to the members and the board, volunteering at the Maifest or the Lanternparade, and substituting if a teacher was sick. One could say that he dedicated much of his late years to the STV and the GLS. His strong business skills helped to lead the school to sustainable success. Members also remember his keen sense of humor – he always had a joke to tell at meetings, and he liked to laugh. He is greatly missed.