Our qualified and dedicated teachers are at the core of the program. The school employs two full-time preschool teachers and two part-time teachers, as well as three teacher's aides. All are native or fully bilingual German speakers and are also fluent in English. Every teacher/teacher's aide has extensive credentials in early childhood education. A high teacher-child ratio (1:6) ensures that each child gets the attention s/he needs. The monthly staff meetings and yearly staff training inspire new ideas and resources for the program. Each staff member brings special skills to the table, contributing with their unique rich life and work experience.
BAKS is administered by the director under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors made up of four parents.
Ute Dawe (director)
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Gabriela Gerlach (teacher)
Gabriela moved to the Bay Area 16 years ago. She took several early childhood classes at the community college and got her teaching diploma from the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California in 2004. During the training, Gabriela’s focus was on preschool, kindergarten and teaching foreign languages. She has been teaching all ages from preschool to high school and adults in various programs in the Bay Area. In past years, Gabriela worked for the GSEB, at the Goethe Institute and as a private tutor. At Kinderstube Gabriela works two mornings a week. She is currently our Pre-K teacher for the children who will enter Kindergarten next year. She also offers art once a week and helps takes care of all of the children.
Alexandra Aubertin (teacher)
Alexandra Aubertin is in her 6th year at Kinderstube. Alexandra was a teacher at Kinderstube when her daughter Fabienne enrolled and she is happy to be back in the team. Alexandra is originally from Germany (near Frankfurt) and grew up in Switzerland (near Zurich). She attended City College of San Francisco to study Early Childhood Education. She has also taken classes at Merritt College in Oakland. Alexandra enjoys the Kinderstube community very much and is always amazed how quickly children learn a second language. She likes that the children at Kinderstube not only grow up bilingual but also bicultural and she believes that it will help them to be open minded about other cultures. Since the parents of the Kinderstube come from different cultural backgrounds, some of our kids grow up trilingual.
Alexandra especially enjoys conducting the science class with the children and teaching them to be independent. Alexandra has a 15 year old daughter, Fabienne, and a little dog with the name Lolabella. She lives at Marina Bay in Richmond and has a scenic commute to Kinderstube on the days She takes her bike. In her free time She likes to explore new places in the Bay Area, go biking/hiking and spending time with her daughter. She also enjoys baking and she is looking forward to do some baking with the children in the future. Alexandra believes that the parents are the child's first and best teacher. Her role as a teacher is to create a partnership with the parents to continue to foster what the parents have already begun to teach them. Alexandra is looking forward to working together to help all children reach their full potential.
Sunita Bajracharya (assistant teacher)
Sunita grew up in Nepal and moved she moved to Germany where her husband after marrying comes from. She worked as an intern in preschools in Leipzig and in Vienna before moving to Berkeley eleven years ago, where she has studied Early Childhood Education. She has two daughters with whom she speaks German (and Newari, her mother tongue) at home. Sunita likes early morning walks, cooking, brewing beer, and spending time with her family and friends. She works part-time at Kinderstube and enriches the classroom with her warm and caring way.
Beatrix Lehmann (teacher)
Bea was born and raised in Austria, received a degree in economics at the WU in Vienna. She worked in marketing in Vienna and in various business capacities in San Francisco. She earned 12 ECE units at Merritt College in Oakland. At Kinderstube she is involved in cooking with the children, biweekly science projects with the foxes and the learning garden. She loves being around children and see them grow, and very much enjoys being part of the Kinder Stube community. Her work with children began as a teenager when she worked as a summer camp counselor. For many years she volunteered in the classroom at a Berkeley public school. In the Bay area she also volunteered at the San Francisco Zoo, the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors and at the moment as a feline foster provider with the East Bay Humane Society. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, bicycling, camping, sailing and gardening.
Hatun Tokatli (teacher)
Hatun was born and raised in Germany and grew up in a bilingual home. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics, Phonetics and Islamic Studies from the University of Cologne. During her studies her interest in language development grew, and when she moved to the Bay Area in 2013 she pursued a career in early childhood education. While working as a German instructor in San Francisco and assistant teacher she earned 12 ECE units from Merritt College. Now as a preschool teacher in Kinderstube she is happy to share her expertise in socio-emotional, cognitive and linguistic development of young children. Hatun enjoys working in the diverse and dynamic BAKS team. In her free time she is interested in photography, reading, baking and drawing.
Vanessa Wild (teacher)
Vanessa joined the teaching staff in December 2018. She moved from Germany to the Bay Area just a few months ago. Vanessa received her bachelor´s and master´s degree from the University of Mainz in Germany, where she studied to be a German, Biology, Politics and Educational Science teacher for secondary schools. She`s been working for several years with children aged two or more in a German Kindergarten and led early childhood development projects for the City of Mainz.
At Kinderstube Vanessa is happy to share her passion for teaching and foster the children in their social, emotional and language development. Therefore, she will lead the “Hasen” in special activities such as science and literacy class and share the other curricular activities with the rest of the team.