Jamie has been working in the DAI Kindergarten since September of 2007, and she is one of the teachers that helped to build up the Kindergarten from the very beginning.
She is a fully qualified and educated teacher, who continues to build upon her qualifications by participating in professional development courses and seminars.
Most recently she received a qualification for children from 0-3 years old.
Jamie was born and raised in Germany, in a German-American family and spent three years of her childhood in the USA. She has a passion for working with children and loves and enjoys the fun and laughter that children give us every day.
Jamie is teaming up with Theresia Wernher to lead the DAI International Kindergarten.
Theresia completed her early year childhood studies in 2008. After graduation, Theresia spent a year in the South of England to work as an au pair while attending Kingston College.
After travelling in the USA, she joined the DAI Kindergarten in 2010. Theresia has gained experience working with different age groups while leading the nursery and the three and four year old group.
She is teaming up with Jamie Kurt to lead the DAI International Kindergarten.
English father of two, Jon Heath shares his time and passion within the kindergarten and life as an artist. His DAI Kindergarten life stretches over 5 years, and as a qualified “Tagesmutter,” everyday sets a new, exciting and energetic challenge.
Life as an artist allows Jon to formulate a balanced life, a reflective perspective, and his art has been seen amongst places such as the USA (New York), Germany, (Heidelberg) and Holland (Middelburg). The other few hours during the day are spent with the extensive love of music.
Ruth was born in Heidelberg, Germany, raised by a British father and German mother. She spent her childhood growing up in Schönau, a small town outside of Heidelberg. Ruth moved to England after graduating high school, where she completed her studies in Early Childhood Education. She has been working for the DAI Kindergarten since 2010.
Jason was born in Philadelphia, PA in the ‘80s, and spent the first 27 years of his life in the U.S.A. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and had 3 semesters of Child Psychology.
He has been with the DAI Kindergarten since May of 2010, and has been a qualified Day Care Specialist since 2012.
In his free time, he enjoys walking, reading, and playing frisbee. He is goofy and energetic at the kindergarten, and works hard to get the children to become better, stronger individuals.
Juliet was born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany. She is half English and grew up in a bilingual family. Juliet has been a fully educated teacher for children and young adults since 2008.
She worked in a boarding school with handicapped children from 2004 until 2012. She has been working at the DAI Kindergarten since January, 2013.
Juliet is very passionate about art and her curiosity to learn is always burning. She likes music, reading and being creative. In her free time she makes tattoos and likes to spend time with her friends.
Katja joined the DAI Kindergarten in the summer of 2013 right after graduating from the university in Frankfurt where she studied Educational Science (Erziehungswissenschaften/Bachelor of Arts).
Before she went to university, she became a European Secretary (staatlich anerkannte Europasekretärin) with the languages English, Spanish and French.
Katja then worked abroad as an entertainer for children at a hotel and gained work experience at a law office where she was responsible for English correspondence for several years.
During her studies she completed a university project where she taught English for children with immigrant backgrounds at an “integrative Gesamtschule” in Frankfurt. She continues to improve her teaching skills by participating in professional seminars about creativity, theatre pedagogy and child psychology.
Katja very much enjoys the warm and open atmosphere of this Kindergarten and the happy hearts of children. In her free time she likes to learn about culture and arts, practice Yoga and sew with friends.
Jeanne comes to us from sunny California. She is an English native speaker who also speaks fluent German and has an extensive background working with children teaching gymnastics, rhythm and music, and storytelling. After completing her B.A in Ethnology at the University of Heidelberg in 2014, she began teaching at the DAI to share her love of different cultures with our children.
Jeanne loves the outdoors and her hobbies include backpacking, rock climbing, and gardening.
Sam grew up in the bay area outside of San Francisco, California. He then moved to Chico, California where he obtained a degree in Humanities and worked in elementary schools, primarily with first graders. He started working for the DAI in 2015.
In his free time he enjoys reading and being outdoors. His passions include: gardening, hiking, kayaking, working with kids and traveling.
From: Springfield, Illinois
I grew up in Springfield, Illinois and moved to Oklahoma to study my passion, writing and performing music. In 2014 I spent 4 months learning German in Heidelberg, and when I went back to Oklahoma to finish my Bachelor’s in Music Composition I knew that 4 months had not been enough. I came back to Heidelberg in the summer of 2015 excited to fully experience all that the language, culture and people have to offer.
Since the beginning of 2016 I have been working an internship with the DAI, teaching English Intensive Courses and leading English Language Holiday Camps for local children between the ages of 5 and 12. During my studies I directed choirs and taught music lessons, and I look forward to encouraging children to follow all of their creative impulses, the same way that my family and my teachers supported me.
In my free time I like to read, play games, and play music with my friends here in the Heidelberg area. I also play Ultimate Frisbee with the Heidees, a club team sponsored by TVE Eppelheim.
From: Originally from Lublin, Poland. Moved here from London where she lived for 5 years.
I am 18 years old and a determined, confident and open person. I grew up in Lublin, Poland. When not at school I loved to read books, sing and ride on my roller skates.
When I was 13 years old, my family and I moved to London, England. That´s where I completed my GCSE´s. After finishing secondary school, I applied for college at NVQ childcare workforce apprenticeship lever 2. I was working at the nursery for 13 months with children at of 8 month till 4 years old, but I prefer working with toddler age.
Since I remember I loved playing with younger children. I have 3 siblings. Their smile, curiosity and imagination has always made my day.
I moved to Germany on the 3rd of December 2016 and I am looking forward to getting to know the language as well as the city and new people.
From: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Amber was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, but has done quite a lot of moving around, both in the United States and in Germany. Amber is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in English and Ethnology at Heidelberg University. She first began working with children in the United States, where she worked in a Day Care Center for three years. She has spent the last years in Germany learning German and taking courses in preparation for her studies here in Heidelberg. Amber has also been working at the DAI Language School for two years and has been one of the go-to “FerienCamp” (holiday camp) teachers, alongside with teaching several classes to children aged from three to thirteen. Amber continues to improve her teaching skills by regularly taking part in seminars and courses, like the TEFL, which she completed in November 2014. It’s very important for her that she incorporates learning and fun into her plans for the children, while also helping them grow into the best they can possibly be.
In Amber’s very little free time, she enjoys reading books by her favorite authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Sedaris, traveling to or with her three sisters, who also live in Europe, and trying out new recipes for those with a sweet tooth and savory one.
From: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
I’m Alvino Johnson and I’m originally from Shreveport Louisiana. I spent many years living in New York City working as a T.V. commercial actor and pre-school teacher. Once my wife gave birth to our daughter I decided to become a stay at home dad for almost 3 years. During this time I really enjoyed building a strong bond with my daughter. I’m honestly overjoyed with the work and fun I have here at DAI. I’m very excited about being with a like-minded group who take proud in what they do. I’m working on my Bachelors of Science in Educational Studies. During my free time I enjoy listen to jazz, camping and ice cream with the family.
On maternity leave:
Elif was born and raised in Heidelberg. She gained her very first experience in teaching at
“Regent” language school in Cambridge (UK) as an intern 2005.
She has always loved an international und multicultural atmosphere as well as travelling the world (Asia, AUS, NZ…).
Elif has gained different experiences in education and child care (i.e. AG’s at schools, daycare for disabled children) during her studies “nutritional science and horticulture” in Bonn.
She joined the DAI Kindergarten Team in Neuenheim in 2013/14. With additional “Tagesmutter” education from the SRH, she tries to combine nutrition with education for a healthy everyday life. She believes that nature, body and mind awareness combined with the curiosity and instinct of the children gives new and positive perspectives to children and grownups every day.
Elif enjoys working at the DAI Kindergarten and loves to be with the children. Since she has become a qualified Children’s Yoga Instructor she shares this joy with the kids in the Yoga Club. As a nutritionist she is really excited about the children’s “Abenteuer Essen” program 2016/17.
Dirk first joined the DAI Kindergarten in 2008. He did a 4-month internship and in that time he developed a love for working with children and the English language. After his internship he went back to studying and completed his education as a qualified Kindergarten Teacher at the F+U Academy in Heidelberg. The Kindergarten was very happy to have him back in January 2014.
Dirk has a passion for rock climbing, mountain biking and enjoys listening to and playing music.