Lehrkräfte und Betreuer


Anja Moore (Director)
Willkommen zur Deutschakademie! As the director of the German Academy 2017 I would like to introduce myself. I am a native of Germany and grew up in the eastern state of Saxony not far from the Czech Republic. There I attended the world-renowned Leipzig University. I have lived in the United States for more than twenty years, and have taught foreign languages at the Hickory Schools in Chesapeake for almost that long. Languages have always been a passion of mine, and I love teaching my students not just German but also the culture and perspectives of my native country. I am absolutely thrilled to be leading the Academy a second year in a row, and my team and I are committed to bringing an authentic German experience to the campus of Washington & Lee.
Frau Bettina Hoeninger (Lead Teacher)
Bettina Hoeninger
My name is Bettina Hoeninger and I am a native speaker of German with two decades of experience as a German teacher in Germany and one decade of teaching German as a world language teacher in the United States. My husband and I have raised our three children bilingually to the point that all of them communicate in English and German at the advanced proficiency level. I currently teach German I, II, III, IV, and AP German at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County, VA and supervise the 54 world language teachers of our school division. Furthermore, I have served on several committees at the Virginia Department of Education revising Standards of Learning and selecting students for the Governor's Foreign Language Academy. I am the sponsor of the German club at my school who won the National Gingerbread House Competition for the last four consecutive years. Our folk-dance group of the program also has received nationwide recognition by being part of the German-American Steuben Parade on 5th Avenue in NYC, and we have been involved in teaching German Folk Dance at several colleges.
I gain my immersion experience from summer immersion programs as well as from years of participation in the yearly student exchange of the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP). I am very excited for the opportunity to teach Virginia's finest German students this summer.
Herr Dave Benson (Teacher)
My name is Dave Benson and I am a Berliner to the core! I have been teaching for nine years and have enjoyed them all. I currently teach in Culpeper, Virginia where I have increased program participation by two-and-a-half times and have a wonderful exchange program with a small town in Baden-Würtenberg. In my private life, my favorite football club is Hertha BSC Berlin, and Die Mannschaft and I love the group Söhne Mannheims. My wife Kayla and I have three children, Ashlyn (6), David (3), and Haydn (1). I will be teaching a class on Arab and African immigrants to Germany, with a focus on the last 50 years. I am looking forward to all sorts of fun and educational activities as we all grow together in the German language and culture!
Herr Douglas Tibbett (Teacher)
My name is Douglas Tibbett and I am a German teacher with Chesterfield County. I graduated from The College of William and Mary, first with a Bachelor's in German Studies and then with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. I received a few grants and scholarships to study at Universität Potsdam during one of my Summers as well. I started learning German in the 7th grade at Oak Knoll Middle School in Mechanicsville, VA because I wanted to take a class with my friends, and I have stuck with it ever since. I attended the Deutschakademie in 2008 when it was at VCU in Richmond and it was the coolest experience I had in all of high school. I enjoy biking, cooking, reading/writing poetry, videogames, and listening to music.
Jasmin Wagner (Assistant Teacher)
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My name is Jasmin Wagner (22). I live and study in Köln, Germany, the city in which the German part of my family originates. Since 2013, I have been studying German and English literature and linguistics at the University of Cologne. During the 2016/2017 academic year, I participated in an exchange program at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Along with studying English at Allegheny, I was employed as the German Teaching Assistant. My job consisted of preparing live labs on the German language and culture and hosting authentic German events throughout the semester, such as "Karneval", "Weihnachtsmarkt", and "Oktoberfest". In addition to my time at Allegheny College, I participated in an exchange program in 2015 at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. This experience was especially meaningful to me since my mother originates from Turkey, and it had always been an aspiration of mine to explore Turkey's culture and language more than I already had during summer vacation. I think that understanding the Turkish culture and language is essential to gain an overall knowledge about Germany and its people. This summer, I hope to give you an exciting glimpse into the oriental flair of Turkey that continues to influence Germany today.

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.