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Joshua Simmons (Lead RA)
My name is Joshua Simmons and I have just graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a B.A. in both German and Mathematics. I began learning German in the 8th grade and have been studying the language ever since. As a result, I was given the opportunity to live in Germany for 4 months during the fall semester of 2015 to study at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg im Breisgau. I was blessed with the chance to be an RA at the Governor's German Academy in the summer of 2016, and I am looking forward to working with this year's students as the Lead RA. I am currently employed at the Virginia Wesleyan College Learning Center as a subject tutor, am still working out what life will be like for me in the near future. My dream is to build meaningful relationships with people all over the world, professionally and personally. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing video games, photography, travelling and stringing up hammocks in the great outdoors.
Vanessa Simpson (RA)
Vanessa Simpson
Hello, my name is Vanessa Simpson and I am currently a sophomore at James Madison University pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and German. My choice to start learning German happened on a whim in 8th grade and since then it has rewarded me with a multitude of opportunities. I was a student at the 2013 Deutschakademie and participated in the CBYX program as a youth ambassador in the 2014-2015 school year where I spent a year in Germany as an exchange student attending a Gymnasium in North Rhine Westphalia. I'm an involved German student interning through JMU with the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation translating historic German letters from post WWII, a member of the JMU German Club's exec. team, and I presented in JMU's annual Foreign Languages Conference for this year's topic of Fear and Terror. I hope to one day incorporate my German speaking into my future career. Aside from my studies and academic life, I enjoy journaling, listening to music, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Milena Kagel (RA)
Milena Kagel
Hi! My name is Milena. I just finished my first year at Oberlin College in Ohio, where I am studying History and German Studies. My father grew up in Oldenburg, so I started learning German as a child. In 2014, I participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, and spent a year living with a host family and attending a German high school. I enjoyed this cultural immersion immensely, and have since become very interested in foreign language education and the promotion of exchange programs in general. In my free time, I like to read, go to the gym, play music and travel.
Jonathan Fritz (RA)
My name is Jonathan Fritz and I am currently double majoring in Computational Physics and German Studies with a minor in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I started German language studies in middle school and pursued classes in German through high school and into college. I attended the Deutschakademie in 2015 and I would define it as one of the most rewarding experiences to my development as a foreign language speaker, reader, and writer. I have my eyes set on spending a summer semester in Germany as well as completing an internship abroad that would challenge my skills as a scientist and a speaker. When not in the lab or attending classes I like to play the piano, explore downtown Pittsburgh, read (especially Star Wars books), play video games, or hang out with friends.
Lenny Enkhbold (RA)
Hello! My name is Lenny Enkhbold and I double majored in German and computer science with a philosophy minor at Washington and Lee. Over my time spent at university, I worked two years at the German academy and volunteer taught German at local elementary schools. Oh, I also am an alumni of the 2012 German Academy! I am super eager and excited to work with everyone to make sure this is the best academy yet! After the academy I will be a software engineer in DC, but I hope to teach and continue using German throughout my life.