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Faculty

Director(s):

Tina Bruno - Tina Bruno was born in Starnberg, Germany. She grew up in the “Alpenvorland” and has been to many Oktoberfests, Christkindlmarks and other traditional Bavarian celebrations. After graduating from high school in Germany, she moved to the US as an Au-pair and attended community college in Cerritos, CA. She met her husband in a speech and debate class and graduated in 2009 with an AA degree in Math, Natural science and Chemistry. Tina has since moved to Elk Grove and is raising her 3 children. She earned her BS in Human and Family Development from ASU in 2018. She is currently working on her MSW with ASU ( class of 2023), while interning for clinical social work at UC Davis and working with people with disabilities. Tina is also a local coordinator for Greenheart, facilitating short and long term international student exchange for high schoolers. Tina started teaching at the Turnverein in 2015 and is currently Co-Director for the German Language School.Tina enjoys spending time with her family& dogs, exploring the 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 speaker of German 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 works as German instructor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton as well as a lecturer of German at the Sacramento State University. In her spare time, she loves long runs along the American river and cooking for and with friends and family.


 Our Teachers:

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.


Barbara grew up in the small town of Ansbach in Bavaria, Germany. After earning a vocational education as a dental assistant, and working as a dental hygienist for several years, she went back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Her background here lies in the validation and accreditation of medical devices. Barbara moved to the United States in 2015 and has lived in Roseville since 2017. The pandemic motivated her to stay at home and spend more time with her two young children. Barbara enjoys the outdoors, hiking and exploring, as well as trying out the area's wineries and breweries. 


Chad Riding grew up in Fresno, California. Chad had his first experience with the German language at age seven, when local high school kids began teaching German before school once a week. He continued his studies throughout middle and high school and college and trips to Germany. And of course he's made a lot of German friends here in Sacramento, where he's lived for the past thirteen years.

Chad works for the State of California as a transportation planner. He recieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban, Rural, and Environmental Planning from Brigham Young University in 2007 and his Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Florida in 2009.

In his spare time, Chad enjoys reading, hiking, exercising, spending time outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. You may also find him at a local art museum, looking at pieces he's seen several times before.


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.