Sacramento Turn Verein German Language School



Jeanette Treiber - Jeanette grew up in Radevormwald, a small town in Nordrhein/Westfalia. After studying German and French at the University of Siegen, she came to the US and pursued a double career: with a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Davis she has taught literature and languages at UC Davis and other colleges.She also has a Masters in Community and Regional Development and has worked for an international development organization, doing program evaluation work in several African countries. She currently works on chronic disease prevention projects in California through UC Davis, while continuing to enjoy teaching language and writing classes. She lives on a farm near Sacramento and loves riding and playing with her horses.

 Our Teachers:

Tina Bruno - Tina was born in Starnberg, Germany. She grew up in the " Alpenvorland" . After graduating from the Gymnasium in Germany she attended Cerritos College. She graduated in 2009 with associate degrees in Math, Natural Science and Chemistry. Tina currently lives in Elk Grove, is married and spents her days raising her 3 beautiful children. Tina enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, running and keeping up with German current events.

Ingeborg Carpenter - Ingeborg, a native German, has worked intensively with the German language, through teaching, tutoring, translating, and studying at the university level. She earned a M.A. degree in German Language and Literature from California State University-Sacramento, where she also earned her California teaching credential. She received a Bachelor's degree in business administration from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. At Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, she studied Germanistik (German language and literature). Ingeborg, who has taught German at the high school and junior college level in the Sacramento area, is a veteran of the United States Air Force. At the two organizations with which she is closely allied – the Sacramento Turn Verein, and the Sacramento German Genealogy Society – Ingeborg has become the “go-to” person when it comes to questions of German language and cultural issues. For the genealogy society, she has taught the old German handwriting and performs German research and translation duties.

Andrew Graham - Andy first learned German right after high school as an exchange student in Switzerland. Later he lived, studied, and worked in Germany for twelve-and-a-half years. He moved back to the US last Summer, and lives in Sacramento. He has a BA in English with emphasis on World Literature from UCLA and a drama teaching qualification ("Theaterpaedagoge/in-BuT") from Theaterwerkstatt-Heidelberg in Germany. He enjoys any opportunity to speak German or Swiss German. His other hobbies include acting, traveling, dancing and going to local breweries with friends. 


Jasmin Kosydar - Jasmin spent most of her life at the foothills of the Black Forest. She was raised in a small town near Baden-Baden and later moved to Freiburg im Breisgau where she received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies as well as in Modern and Recent History at the Universität Freiburg. After extensive travels in the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, Jasmin and her husband settled down in Sacramento in 2014. Jasmin loves the outdoors and often goes for hikes or bike rides along the American River. She also frequently indulges in world cuisine


Michael Mayer-Kielmann - Michael was born and raised in Germany and became a US citizen in 1966. His education includes a BA in foreign languages (German and French) from New Mexico State University, 1968; an MS in Systems Management from USC, 1982; and several advanced degrees from Armed Forces Universities. He is a veteran, having served a tour in Viet Nam and several in Germany while in the U.S. Army. Michael is also a volunteer mentor for German genealogy at the Elk Grove Family History Center and the Sacramento German Genealogy Society. He is an excellent and very thorough teacher.

Román Munoz - Román is a native of Mexico and a native speaker of Spanish and English. As a child, Román quickly became fascinated by the connective power of language and learned French, Italian and Japanese. As an adult, Román set out to study German which he recently put to the test while roaming Germany, especially Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, and Cologne.

Roman is a founding member of the @buildingskillspartnership of Northern California, a board member at the @alliancefrançaisedeSacramento, and a language instructor for: English, French, and Spanish. When he is not teaching or learning languages, Román likes to help connect people in the community, whether it's through volunteering, fundraising or language themed karaoke. His hobbies include traveling, art and wine


Isabelle Riviere - Isabelle grew up in a bilingual German-French household in Darmstadt, Germany.  She graduated from Passau University with a  Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Master's Degree in International Economics. She included languages (English/French/Spanish) in her curriculum and enjoyed living and traveling abroad. She worked 2 years at the University as a teacher and researcher before moving to the Sacramento area. She worked with a German nature immersion preschool in Davis and now works with a California-based insurance firm as a compliance analyst. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing soccer and tennis and likes to play new classical music and jazz standards on the piano.  __________________________________________________________________________________

Elina Wakker - Elina was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and relocated to Sacramento in 2017. She is a native German speaker and is a Dutch and German citizen. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015 and works for a Digital Marketing Company in Sacramento. When she is not working, she loves to hang out with her friends, go for hikes and snowboarding-trips at Tahoe. 

Sonja El-Heliebi Wissink - Sonja was born and raised in Graz, Austria, has Egyptian roots, lived in Spain for a few years and moved to Sacramento in 2017. She is a native German speaker and is also fluent in English and Spanish. After traveling through Europe, Sonja returned to Austria in 2006 to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and American Studies as well as her teaching degree in German, English and Applied Ethics at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz. Back in Austria she worked in the field of telecommunications for 10 years and started teaching German and English as a Second Language in 2010. Sonja considers herself being a “tech-nerd” and she currently works as a “Mad Scientist,” teaching STEM related classes in after-school-programs all over the Sacramento Valley. In her spare time, she loves long runs along the American river, reading books, online gaming and watching movies with friends and family.