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.
Mirko Kusuma Widjanarko
PE Teacher Grade Vs-4 & Hort Teacher
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.
First Grade Assistant & Hort Teacher
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.
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.