Hello, my name is Katrin Huelse and I’m originally from Germany. I grew up multi-lingual, speaking German, French and English. I came to the U.S. in 2006 as an AuPair and lived with a family in Marin. In 2008, I started studying ECE (Early Childhood Education) at local community colleges and graduated in 2013. I have been working with children of various age and developmental levels in a variety of settings for about 10 years and have been loving it since.
I am a spontaneous, creative and active person and I love to travel. Working here I am looking forward to expanding my horizon and knowledge and enrich your children’s experiences and relationship and make it memorable. My favorite quote is: “A great life isn’t about great huge things; it’s about small things that make a big difference.”
My name is Franziska Braunstein. I grew up in a very small town in the beautiful black forest (Germany).
I received my Child Development Diploma in 2010. After my education as a preschool teacher I took one year off from university and became an Au Pair in Woodside where I took care of four lovely kids.
After my Au Pair year I worked from 2011- 2012 as a preschool teacher in Germany, before I started an advanced training in Cologne to become a therapist for children with special needs.
During my Au Pair year I enjoyed working and living in the Bay area. That’s why I decided to come back and work as a teacher at GAIS. I’m very proud and happy to be part of the GAIS team.
Hi! My name is Jennifer Porscha.
I grew up in a small town between Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, Germany.
After finishing my Child Diploma in 2010, I came to the US to be an AuPair. I took care of two wonderful twin-girls in the Bay Area. During that year I met my husband. We recently moved to Redwood Shores and enjoy going for walks or runs with our dog.
I’ve been working at GAIS since May 2012 in the afterschool care (Hort) for the school kids. I am very excited to be working in the Preschool now and be part of the Team.
I grew up in a small city in the beautiful wine region of Pfalz in Germany.
I received a masters degree at the University Koblenz-Landau in Educational Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Intercultural Education in 2011. After my graduation I worked as a socio-pedagogical family assistant with troubled families. Then I worked as preschool teacher at a German kindergarden and after school child care. I also provided educational counseling for the families there.
Since I began my studies, I have worked with children and their families in a professional setting. Now I am very happy and excited to work in an international environment like GAIS!
In my free time I like hiking, listening to and making music, baking and cooking.
I am originally from Poland. I attended the University of Warsaw and earned two Masters degrees: German language and Musicology.
After graduating, I worked as a German language and music teacher in an elementary school and a high school in Warsaw. My family and I came to the United States in 2011 and currently live in Sunnyvale. I joined GAIS in 2014 as a preschool assistant. Working with the children in the Preschool is a lot of fun and affords me the opportunity to take additional classes in early childhood education at De Anza College.
I grew up in a small village between Linz and Salzburg in Austria.
After graduating from college with a degree in Social Occupations, I started working as a pre-preschoolteacher in my village in 2010. I really loved my work there as every day was a new experience; I never knew what would happen next. Kids have a way of making you feel happy and always give you an honest feedback. That´s what I really loved about my job.
In 2013 I decided to come to the US as I wanted to increase my English knowledge and I also wanted to learn more about the American way of living and their education system. So I came over in August and took care of 3 wonderful boys in the Oakland hills. During that year I got the chance to work in a German summer school for about four weeks, which led to me working at GAIS. I am very excited to be working in the Preschool and being part of the GAIS team.
I was born and raised in Hessen. My first career was in an entirely different field than education. In 1987 I received my degree in agriculture, specializing in cattle embryo transfer, ethical husbandry and organic cultivation farming. I also have experience in direct marketing of agricultural products, under USFDA standards.
After a few years, I decided it was time for a change and so in 1992 I completed my training as a preschool teacher. Since then, I have been working for and with many families and children with special needs, at centers and schools practicing the Reggio Emilia approach for education.
I am a very positive-spirited person, enthusiastic and always eager to find new and interesting ways of approaching and involving the children in my care.
My hobbies are: traveling, horseback riding, cruising on my motorcycle and… I LOVE to cook!!
Hallo zusammen / hello everybody! My name is Florian Busch and I am very happy to be part of the GAIS team starting with the school year 2014/2015. I was born and raised in Bonn, Germany, and as a child, often went to summer camps – an activity I enjoyed so much, that I decided I wanted to be one of those child care workers that had made possible so many wonderful moments of my childhood.
I started working as a volunteer for summer camps in the Netherlands and the South of France, then managing them, and quickly arrived to the conclusion that I not only wanted to be part of children’s social development, but also their educational one.
I made my official “Staatlich anerkannter Erzieher” Diploma at the prestigious Alice – Salomon – Berufsbildende Schule in Linz am Rhein in 2008 and since then, I’ve been working at public elementary schools around Bonn as an After School Teacher and Teacher Assistant, and continued organizing summer camps in the South of France.
It’s been a wonderful six years, working alongside teachers to support learning activities, giving extra support to students with special educational needs, running After School Clubs like Computer or Soccer… Now the time has arrived for me to start a new chapter, doing what I do best in a foreign country, none less than the United States! I am happy to have found a place at GAIS, eager to exchange my ideas with the teachers and try out all the activities I have in mind with the students and hopefully confirm once more that the joy to learn is universal.
My name is Mirko Widjanarko and I will start at GAIS in the upcoming school year. I was born in a small city near Bremen, but grew up in a bilingual environment in Indonesia. After 18 years I went back to Germany where I finished my education as a „Heilerziehungspfleger“ in 2010. After that I worked in Cologne for two more years until I started advanced training in 2012 to become a therapist for children with special needs. In the same year I successfully completed my qualification as a sport instructor.
Recently, I was working in a preschool in Düsseldorf where I also taught PE. In my spare time I like to draw, listen to music and do all kind of sports, like slack lining, soccer, tennis, cycling, swimming, and juggling. I am happy and very excited to be part of GAIS.