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 has been Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, and Technology for the Lower Moreland School District, where she currently teaches Physics and coaches Girls’ and Boys’ Tennis.

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.

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).

Andy Baker

Earned his B.A. in German Language and Literature from Boston University and his M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied German at the Technische Universität Dresden and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He is a member of the AATG and Vice President of the Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter. He teaches German 3 through AP at North Penn High School. Aside from teaching, he is pursuing a M.A. of German Language and Culture at West Chester University.

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 Fulbright Austria program in Innsbruck and is currently Director of Programs for the American Association of Teachers of German where she oversees the AATG’s summer study abroad program as well as the National German Exam.

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.

Ester Eichler

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Ester has been teaching German in the Abington School District. She attended the University of Munich. Ester participated actively on the AATG Kinder lernen Deutsch steering committee and chaperoned GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) trips. She is an AATG member.

Karen Eppinger

Is a Certified Public Accountant. Minored in German at Muhlenberg College. Previously a Trustee of the Vereinigung Erzgebirge Club and currently the Financial Secretary of the GTV Almrausch Schuhplattler club. Karen has taught our Pre-K class for over two decades.

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.

Sarah Klein

Graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. In Music Education, a B.A in Music, and a B.A. in German. Earned a M.S. In Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University and an Ed.S. from the University of Memphis in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. Completed course work at the University of Cologne and the University of Salzburg.  Taught high school German for 6 years and now teaches music at Swiftwater Elementary in the Pocono Mountain School District.

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.

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.

Margaret Stiles

Earned her B.A. in German and Political Science from Rutgers University and her Master’s degree in Education from LaSalle University. She teaches German in the Lower Moreland Township School District. Margaret has been teaching at Immanuel since 2004.

Sonja Ware

A native of Germany, she has Master’s degrees from the Theological Seminary in Herborn and the Philipps-Universität in Marburg. She is currently the Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reading, PA. Sonja has taught English and religion in a Realschule in Michelbach and has long been a favorite substitute here in the Immanuel German School. Sonja is also active as a volunteer in the Robeson Elementary Center. Her languages include English, German, and Spanish as well as Latin, Ancient Greek and Ancient Hebrew.