Our awesome German teacher, Whitney, is the newest teacher at CS#1. Let's get to know her, shall we?
How long have you been teaching at CS#1?
Just since January of this year!
What interested you about the school/what drew you to teaching here?
I love the sense of community the school has, as well as being able to teach such a wide age group. It’s a great challenge and fun!
Have you always lived in the Kansas City area? What places in KC do you enjoy exploring?
I was raised in Kansas City, but I’ve also lived in Philadelphia, Buffalo, Dallas, Madison WI, Bloomington IN, as well as Munich, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. I love visiting the Crossroads area and Brookside.
When you’re not in the Kansas City area, what places do you love visiting/exploring?
Anywhere there are mountains and lakes - Salzburg is my spirit home. The hills are alive!! ;)
What is your background in the subject you teach?
I took German in High School and a few semesters in college, but I didn’t become fluent until I lived in Salzburg and Munich. I studied abroad in Salzburg and worked as a media consultant in Munich - both in Germany and then back home in the States. I recently got my Post-bacc in German to add real cred to my street cred. ;)
What is your favorite CS#1 quality?
The awesome cooperation the kids have - they look after each other so well.
Is there something that the CS#1 students have taught you? A funny story about teaching that you’d like to share?
They’ve taught me that 5-year-olds to 13-year olds can all learn together in one room and from each other in such a positive way. I don’t have any funny stories yet, because I’m so new. I do know they love puppets, to sing and they love long German words like Kraftfahrzeugsinnenausstattungsneugeruchsgenuss.
Kids love knowing about their teachers' personal lives. Are there family, pets, special hobbies or family traditions wouldn’t mind sharing with parents and students?
My husband is from Manchester, England and is now a U.S. citizen. We have a 16-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. We also have 2 old dogs (Herman and Millie) and 2 baby guinea pigs (Ginny and Bee). On New Year’s Eve, we celebrate the German New Year at 5pm (it’s midnight then there), the UK New Year at 6pm (it’s midnight then there). We dress up for each hour in clothes that represent each country and then have fondue. I also love to cook and bake.
Words of advice or mottoes you’d like to share?
Aus Schaden wird man klug.
And lastly, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw or none at all and why?
Hufflepuff because I’m hardworking, loyal and went to UW-Wisconsin for undergrad, whose mascot is the same as Huffelpuff’s - a badger!