Administration & Faculty

Administration


Del Hausman, Ph.D. – Principal

Dr. Hausman has Master’s degrees from Villanova University in German and English and a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He has taught German in the Lower Moreland School District, Villanova University, LaSalle University, and Manhattan College; English in a German Gymnasium as well as graduate courses in Educational Administration at Penn State. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Language School Conference. He is the former Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Lower Moreland Township School District, and served as a consultant to the College Board for Advanced Placement German for over two decades.

Jeanette Hausman, Ph.D. – Head of School

A graduate of Temple University, Jeanette has Pennsylvania certification in physics, general science, mathematics, and the Principalship. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Arcadia University and a Ph.D. from Penn State. She is the former Science Department Head & Physics teacher at Lower Moreland High School.

John Scholtz – Treasurer

Earned his BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and his ASEE from Penn State. He serves on the finance committee of Immanuel Lutheran Church and is Treasurer of the Karpatendeutsche Landsmannschaft USA and Canada. He is a former student of the Immanuel German School.

Matthias Hausman – Director of Technology

Matthias has a B.S. in International and Global Studies and Mechanical Engineering with minors in German and Russian from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he was inducted into the national collegiate German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha. He spent a semester in Freiburg im Breisgau studying European Politics, interning with the city’s Gemeinderat (City Council). An Immanuel German School alumnus, he received the Gerhard W. Kalmus Scholarship and the Deutsche Sprachdiplom among other awards. Matthias is a Fulbright scholarship recipient, through which he served as an English Teaching Assistant at the Marie Curie Oberschule in Dohna, Saxony during the 2021-22 school year. For the 2022-23 school year he will again be an English Teaching Assistant in Saxony as part of the Foreign Language Assistant program of the German government’s Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (Pedagogical Exchange Service).

Marianne Haug – Chair of the IGS Committee

Education training received from Temple University. Taught German at the Immanuel Lutheran School in Burholme for 25 years. Co-author of Jump Into German textbook. AATG member. Former board member of the German Language School Conference. Founder with her husband, Hans R. Haug, of the Immanuel German School.

Faculty


Barbara Afanassiev

As a native of Munich, she was educated both in Germany and the United States with degrees in Business Administration and Marketing. Co-founder and President of the German-American Chamber of Commerce-Philadelphia for almost 25 years and simultaneously Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for 10 years. Served on boards of several German-American organizations, including the German Society of Pennsylvania, as well as on the Executive Boards of the National and Local Diplomatic Corps. She co-authored the textbook Jump into German, and has served as long-time supporter of and teacher at the Immanuel German Language School.

Handan Ayranci

A native speaker of German, who was born and raised in Germany. She completed Gymnasium in Wiesbaden and has a B.A. in Secondary Education/World Languages in German from Temple University. She joined Immanuel German School as a substitute teacher in 2016. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Imke Brust

Born and raised in Schleswig-Holstein, Imke Brust came to the United States in 2002 after receiving her first Staatsexamen, and MA in English from the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. After the completion of her Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University, she first taught for a year at Bucknell University. Since the fall of 2009, she has been teaching at Haverford College, where she currently serves as an Associate Professor and Head of the German Department. Her research and teaching interests focus on language instruction, 20th and 21st German literature and film, nationalism, globalization, European and African Studies. Her research engages issues of gender and race, and investigates the images of, and the tensions between, nation and state in contemporary literature and film.

Emma Cardwell

Is a graduate of Davidson College with a B.A. in English and German Studies. She has also studied at Drexel University and the Freie Universität Berlin. She served as a Teaching Assistant in the US Teaching Assistant program in Innsbruck, which is administered by Fulbright Austria. She was Director of Programs for the American Association of Teachers of German where she oversaw the AATG’s summer study abroad program as well as the National German Exam. She currently is a German and ESL Teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey.

Katie DeMarco

Is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a B.A. in German. In addition to her work at Lebanon Valley, Ms. DeMarco has participated in an intensive German Language Course in the Katholische Hochschule, Würzburg. She teaches German at Palmyra High School in Palmyra, NJ.

Julia Meyer Gross

In 2016, Julia Meyer Gross graduated from the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany, with a Master of Arts in German Linguistics and European Cultural History. Her studies focused on Modern Warfare and on Jewish History. She has published two books and is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis on Jewish Women’s History.

Roy Harvey

Herr Harvey has been a German teacher with the Council Rock School District since 1992. He earned a B.A. in Secondary Education (German, Russian, Social Studies) at Kutztown University and a M.A. in German at Millersville University. He has coordinated the German American Partnership Program (German Exchange) for Council Rock students for 25 years. Since 2001 he has been an adjunct professor of German at Bucks County Community College.

Saskia Kelter

Is a native speaker of German, who earned her title of Kommunikation und Mediendesigner, B.F.A. from the WAM (Die Medienakademie) in Dortmund, Germany. She joined Immanuel German School as the Kindergarten teacher in September 2017. Raising her own two children bilingually, she knows how important it is to expose children to another language early on.

Edward McKenney

Completed his B.A. in German at Temple University & M.A. in Education at Holy Family University. Has taught German for 45 years (Philadelphia School District 1969-1999, Pennsbury High School 1999-2006, and New Hope Academy 2006 – Present). Participated in the Fulbright Exchange Program (1989-1990). Co-author of the German Curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia. AATG member. Ed has been an Immanuel faculty member since 1980.

Elisabeth Reap, – Computer Resource Coordinator

Earned a Master’s degree in Education from Temple University. She attended the St. Henry’s German School for many years. She is currently the Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at Temple. Liz has been with Immanuel since 2005.

Petra Rieker

Graduated from the University of Bamberg, Germany, with the academic title Diplom-Kauffrau and graduated from Deutsche Akademie für Public Relations, with the title Public Relations Consultant (DAPR). She is a native German who currently works as a tutor, freelance translator, and journalist.

Olivia Simmet

Is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German Studies. While studying abroad in Freiburg im Breisgau and teaching English in Switzerland, she established strong connections to the people, community, and land there. She currently teaches in Chester County while working towards her Master of Arts in German Language Culture at West Chester University. She is passionate about furthering opportunities for American students to learn about German language and cultures, and is excited by the learning that occurs at IGS.

Ina Smith

Is a native speaker of German, who completed her education in Stuttgart, Germany.  She joined Immanuel German School as a substitute teacher in 2015. Seeing the need to help younger students retain and sustain their German over the long summer break, Ina founded and led the monthly Saturday Summer sessions for our younger learners.

Martina Steves

​​Ms. Steves has an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Agriculture, Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle an der Saale, Germany, and a Master’s degree from the same institution. She has an AA degree in Education and has been working with IGS since 2010. She is also currently employed at the Greater Philadelphia YMCA as a Yoga and Tai Chi instructor.