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Our Team

The GPSSD faculty consists of experienced, qualified teachers of German. Our teachers maintain close ties with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and share their knowledge of current events as well as the culture of the German-speaking countries to supplement and enhance the language instruction programs.

All our teachers are background checked and certified in CPR and First Aid.

Wiebke Elbe

Wiebke Elbe is co-founder of GPSSD and has been the director since November 2013. Born and raised in Northern Germany, Wiebke and her family moved to San Diego in 2003. She lives with her husband and two bilingual children—a high school and a college student—in North County. Wiebke holds an advanced degree in pharmacy and a California teaching credential. She is a teacher with heart and soul, has extensive experience and loves teaching all levels from pre-K through adults.

As director Wiebke puts all of her energy into the school. Because of her background as a scientist, she enjoys organizing many science and art oriented extracurricular events for her students, as well as the school's innovative full immersion summer camps.


Eva Fischer

Eva Fischer, a German native, holds an advanced degree in teaching grades K-9. During her studies she had the opportunity to apprentice in both Australia and later the United States, teaching German along with the core curriculum to elementary students. Upon completing her degree she was offered a position in Stuttgart teaching 3rd and 4th grade until moving to San Diego, with her husband and children where she earned a teaching certificate in Redirecting Childrens Behaviour. Since arriving in San Diego she has worked at the Kinderwerkstatt and German Pacific School. Eva continues to tutor, mentor and teach children of all ages.


Maike Adami

Maike Adami was born in Germany and raised in Canada. She studied in Northern Germany and holds a Masters degree in Cultural studies and American studies. After a decade of working as an information designer for renowned partners and exhibitions in Tel Aviv and Berlin, she gained several years of experiences as English and Art teacher at elementary schools in Berlin. She is spending this school year, 2015/2016, in San Diego with her husband and two children. It is a joy and a privilege for her to teach German as a foreign language at the German Pacific School and the Sanderling Waldorf School.


Barbara Sands

Barbara Sands is a native of Freiburg (Baden- Wuerttemberg) and is our German adult language teacher. Barbara has spent much of her life on both continents. Her tenure at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg was focused on professional translations and during that time Barbara tutored several adult scientists from Russia, Israel and the United States. Upon her return to the United States, Barbara has taught and tutored privately and publicly to both children and adults. Her style is innovative, interactive and goal oriented. Her mission for adult learners is to improve language fluency thru speaking, reading comprehension and writing. She currently serves as a Board member with the German Pacific School San Diego and lives with her bi-lingual family in North County. Barbara holds degrees from Penn State University and is a Wharton Academy Fellow, University of Pennsylvania.


Sabine Böhl

I am a native German speaker and grew up in a village close to Bad Dörkheim in Germany. Later I moved to Frankfurt and studied German and American literature and culture as well as Art History. I graduated from Frankfurt University with a Master of Arts Degree and a Master's Degree in Education.

I have teaching experience in German in both worlds, Germany and the US. I taught German in Frankfurt for 12 years in different elementary schools, before I moved to San Diego in August 2011, together with my son Marlon, who is a senior at San Diego High School. Since February 2012, I am working at Albert-Einstein in San Diego and teach German as a foreign language at different grade levels. I am holding a California teaching credential and love teaching German and Art at all grade levels. Besides that, I like travelling, reading, walks on the beach, hiking and cooking.


Beatrice Manneh

Beatrice Manneh is a native German speaker and holds a 1. and 2. Staatsexamen in Teaching German and English language and literature from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in München and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom where she lived for a couple of years on and off. She loves and has extensive experience teaching all levels of German from young children (Kinderwerkstatt, German Pacific School), teenagers in England, Germany and at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, to adults at various colleges and universities (e.g. Palomar College, UCSD, Cal State LA). A full-time German Professor at Palomar College since 2015, she now works for the GPSSD only in an advising role, as Pedagogical Advisor and member of the Educational Committee. Wiebke and Beatrice enjoy organizing German events that bring their diverse student populations together and introduce them to a wide variety of German immersion opportunities. Beatrice lives with her husband, son and dog in Leucadia.


Tina Soebbing

Tina Soebbing was born and raised in a small town in northwestern Germany. After she graduated from university with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration she emigrated to sunny San Diego in 2009.

For the past 6 years she's been working as a German translator with a major video game company and started teaching German to children in 2012. She has enjoyed working with children for many years in this country and abroad, whether as a tutor for different subjects or as a nanny, and when the possibility arose to combine this, her great interest for languages as well as teaching her native language and about her home country and culture, she seized the opportunity with pleasure.

In her spare time she can usually be found somewhere outdoors - running or hiking the trails with her dog, climbing up mountains or exploring new areas of this beautiful city.


Heather Sander-Heinz

Heather, a California native, worked, lived and taught in Germany as a student, teacher, translator, mother, and as an human resource manager for many years. After returning to the USA her desire to share the German language and culture with her children and other children grew. She has taught in the German language: at a preschool, led after school culture and language classes, ran summer camps and has given private lessons. Heather enjoys using art, music, theater, manipulatives, meaningful tasks and fun to make the language come alive. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and interest in the German language and culture with children and adults alike. She is a proud mother of two bilingual children.