2017-2018 German Saturday Language Program Staff


Brigitte Bonfield, Language Program Director

Frau Bonfield is from Nürnberg, Germany, where she studied Art & Design at the Georg Simon Fachhochschule.  Before living in Portland, she was an au-pair in London and then worked as a children's book illustrator for the Tesslof Verlag.  She loves children and with her own child, began working in Kindergartens in the US and Germany.  Upon arriving here in Portland in 2001, she connected with the German American Society and started teaching here.  She was also the lead teacher for the Kinderschule, a German Immersion program, where she taught 3 to 5 year olds. Frau Bonfield has intensive training in early childhood development and in 2010, started with Waldorf Early Childhood Education at the Michael Institute, gaining over 300 hours in teacher's training as well as lessons in Eurythmy and Anthroposophy.  Besides teaching at the GSSOP, Frau Bonfield has her own early childhood program at Shining Star Waldorf School, located in NE Portland. She loves working with this age group and continues to educate herself to understand the young child and bringing the German language in a fun and interactive way.  In fact, she just returned from another early childhood conference in Eugene which was filled with puppetry and circle activities.

Frau Duncan, 5-6 Year Olds Teacher

Brigitte Duncan is a native German speaker from Rosenheim, Bavaria.  She graduated from Nursing College which included training in the treatment of children. There she gained insight in children’s physical and mental wellbeing. Helping in her own daughter’s co-op preschool in Portland, Brigitte assisted teachers in the classroom through elementary school. This was the time when she experienced the benefits of teaching a second language.  She attended workshops, conferences and classes for early childhood education and became the lead teacher at the Portland Kinderschule, a German immersion program. Brigitte firmly believes it is important to begin bilingual education at an early age for maximum benefit. She thoroughly enjoys teaching children and providing an environment where they can thrive and learn to express  themselves in a second language. Brigitte has been working for several years at GSSOP, where she continues to provide a nurturing foundation for children to learn the German language.


Frau Rask, 7-8 Year Olds Teacher (Bio coming soon)


Herr Grobey, Younger Heritage Speakers (A2 Vergleichsarbeit)
Tod Grobey has a bachelors degree in German Language from Oregon State University and with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Lewis & Clark College has been a high school language teacher of German and Spanish since 1995. His first words in German were spoken in a high school production of Cheaper by the Dozen, when he also began his study and love of languages. His first exchange with the German-American Partnership Program (GAPP) also began in high school and maintains a friendship with that partner now for more than 30 years. This is also fortuitous, since his friend lives in Hannover where Tod has taken many students on GAPP exchange as well. While most of his ties are in the north, his year of study during the Wende took place in Baden-Württemberg in lovely Tuebingen. He loves to sing and play guitar, teach language and culture and to coordinate exchanges. He enjoys cooking, reading and being out in nature. That his initials spell TAG, that his first name looks like a rather ominous German word and that his last name sounds like a Sesame Street character are all coincidental.


Frau Luppertz, Older Heritage Speakers (DSD1)
Ute Luppertz is from Köln and has an M. A. in special education and German. Ute moved to Oregon in 1994. She taught German as a second language for Turkish teenagers in Köln and later moved to München, where she was a language instructor at the Goethe Institut for many years. In Portland she taught at Portland State University, mainly at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik. Currently she is also teaching German at a Portland area Waldorf School. When she does not teach, Ute does healing work with animals. Ute is passionate about foreign languages and excited to be a staff member at the GSSOP.


Frau Rose, Beginner Adult Instructor
Margaret Rose is a native German speaker who was born in Chicago and raised in Hamburg, Germany. After studying the violin from an early age and earning a degree in violin making, she relocated to Chicago and worked in a violin shop, repairing, restoring and building string instruments. Since 2006, she has been teaching German as a foreign language to students of all ages and levels at German Culture Centers and language schools. Prior to moving to Portland she taught at the Chicago DaVinci and Four Winds Waldorf Schools. She has attended foreign language seminars for Waldorf teachers and conferences for the German Central Agency of Foreign Schools Abroad and the Goethe Institut. She enjoys celebrating German culture through German Club, theater camps, and Christkindlmarket caroling. In addition to being a professional violin maker and teaching, she offers violin lessons to children and adults and enjoys performing chamber music, playing in an orchestra and traveling.


Dr. Prinz, Advanced Adult Instructor

Lynn Prince was born in England and grew up in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, the daughter of parents who worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. She attended German schools from pre-Kindergarten through Gymnasium, then moved to the U.S. to attend university at the age of 17. After obtaining her BA and MA degrees from the University of Oregon, she completed a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts. As a graduate student she taught French and German language classes as well Comparative Literature courses. She also worked as a lexicographer on Merriam-Webster’s first French-English dictionary, and taught English while living in Paris. Lynn worked for many years as a project manager in the field of translation/localization, and also was a founding member, and director for the first year, of Le Monde, a public French immersion elementary school in Portland. Most recently she has returned to her early love of teaching languages: She is currently a German instructor at PCC.


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