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.
Yvonne Beils (director / head teacher)
Yvonne Beils was born and raised in North Rhine Westphalia/Germany. Yvonne received her Bachelor and Master's Degree in Special Education with a major in Art Therapy from the University of Cologne, Germany, in 1997. Right after completing her studies she fulfilled her dream and lived many happy years in Mexico City. Her marriage brought her back to Germany for a while, where she completed professional development training as an educator in soft skills. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriela Gerlach (assistant 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 moved to California from Switzerland (Zurich). She is originally a German citizen (from Frankfurt) and also became a Swiss citizen later on. She took her early childhood classes at City College of San Francisco and Merritt College in Oakland. She was working in play-based preschool settings. While her daughter was enrolled as a student, she started working as a part-time teacher at BAKS. Later she worked as a substitute preschool teacher at BAKS, and also at various other play-based and Montessori preschools. Alexandra is very happy to be back at BAKS as a full time teacher.
Sunita Bajracharya (assistant teacher)
I grew up in Nepal but after marrying I moved to Germany where my husband comes from. I worked as an intern in preschools in Leipzig and in Vienna before moving to Berkeley eleven years ago, where I have studied early childhood education. We have two daughters with whom we speak German (and Newari, my mother tongue) at home. I like early morning walks, cooking and brewing beer, and spending time with my family and friends.
Beatrix Lehmann (teacher)
Beatrix joined the BAKS staff in 2005 as a teacher's aide. In her native Austria she worked frequently as a camp counselor while attending the University of Economics. She also enjoys volunteering in the classroom of her older child. Beatrix has two children, and lives with her family in Berkeley.