ADULT GERMAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS
DANK Haus is proud to welcome teachers with many different German dialects and mother tongues. Our committed faculty members are diverse in their educational background and life experiences, well-qualified and highly motivated. And they all share the same passion: passing on their love of German language.
Paulina Broda joined our team in early 2017. She has always been interested in the German language. Therefore, after graduating from High School in Poland in 2003 she moved to Stuttgart to pursue Linguistics (German) and Italian Studies at the University of Stuttgart. Paulina worked as Product Manager of magazines for children and teenagers for over three years. In 2015, she graduated from Fachhochschule für Ökonomie und Management with a Master of Business Administration. Currently, Paulina is discovering her passion for teaching German. In her free time, she enjoys German food and events, Zumba, traveling, and snowboarding.
DR. MONICA FELIX
Monica is excited to bring her lifelong love of German literature and culture to managing the museum and collections at the DANK Haus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in German Language & Literature from Lawrence University in Wisconsin. After spending a year as an English teaching assistant at the Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg in Hesse, Germany, she moved to Chicago in 2008. She later obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago with concentrations in German and Russian. She is also an avid chess player and can be found playing in the occasional tournament.
Isabelle is from what she refers to as “the former island” of West Berlin. As a teenager in high school, she witnessed the bewildering and exciting time leading up to the taking down of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification first hand. She studied French, Spanish and Biology at The Freie Universität Berlin. At that time she become an environmental organizer with the Young People’s and Artists’ Climate Summit, which hosted 30 activists from 15 different countries during the UN summit in Berlin. Instead of starting an internship in the Brazilian rain forest as planned, she chose to swap one concrete jungle for another and moved to Chicago, where she has lived and worked in multiple fields. She had her own import business, is a doula, a certified health coach and workshop instructor. Given her interest and passion for languages and cultures, she became a German teacher 7 years ago and has taught both adults and children at the University of Chicago, Language Loop, Kinderwerkstatt, Dankhaus and as a private tutor.
DR. MIGLENA NIKOLOVA
Miglena joined DANK Haus in August of 2015 with vast experience in teaching English and German language and culture at various higher level academic institutions. Born in the town of Vidin, Bulgaria, she began her studies of German at the local School for Teaching Foreign Languages. In 2003, she finished with a BS in Applied Linguistics and Germanic Studies at the South-West University "Neofit Rilski" in Bulgaria. After moving to the Chicago area in 2004, Miglena earned her MA in Germanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009 followed by a PhD in Germanic Studies with Concentration in Second Language Acquisition at UIC from 2015. When not teaching German, Miglena enjoys a good book and spending time with her family.
DR. CARINA STAUDTE
Carina Staudte is “nordisch by nature” as she grew up in the most northern part of Germany. She got her first taste of the US as an Au Pair in California, then studied Anglo-American Studies at the Martin-Luther Universität in Halle a.d. Saale, in Germany’s former east. Carina is most interested in literature and cultural studies and has taught English and German to adult learners since her student days, and also loves to expand her own language skills in various language forms including American and German Sign Language. She moved to Chicago around 2008, but bounced back and forth between the US and Germany to finish her PhD. After having received the degree in 2013 she finally settled down in Chicago for good.
Shortly after moving to Chicago from his native Bavaria, Daniel joined the DANK Haus in Fall 2017. He received degrees in German & English Education from Universität Regensburg, with additional concentrations in Cultural Studies and Spanish. Prior to graduation, Daniel spent a year abroad in Nashville, Tennessee, working as a graduate teaching assistant at Vanderbilt University, where he first became acquainted with fried chicken, country music, and his future wife. In addition to foreign languages, Daniel is passionate about cooking, traveling, and Fußball (Bayern München – mia san mia!).