Teacher

Sylke Simons, Class teacher Kindergarten
Sylke Simons, Class teacher Kindergarten

Sylke Simons, Class teacher Kindergarten

Sylke has not only five years of experience in teaching at a full German immersion preschool (Pusteblume International Preschool) but has also worked 11 years as a Registered Nurse in various settings. Sylke holds a B.A. in Special Education and a M.A. in Psychology. Born and raised in Berlin, Sylke came to the US 13 years ago and is a mother of a 10 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. She is very much looking forward to creating a warm, inclusive, empowering and exciting learning environment.

Tina Hernaiz, Class teacher Kindergarten

After a successful career in fashion design Tina has gained experience in teaching last year at Pusteblume International Preschool and is now very excited to nurture your child’s ever growing curiosity and experience their growing confidence throughout their first year of school. Tina is originally from Hamburg and mother of a 5 year old child. She is also a certified yoga and kid’s yoga teacher and can’t wait to pretzel with the children during Wednesday after school.

 

Tina Hernaiz, Class teacher Kindergarten
Tina Hernaiz, Class teacher Kindergarten
Amy Stiegler, English/Science Teacher
Amy Stiegler, English/Science Teacher

Amy Stiegler, English/Science Teacher

Amy studied at Sarah Lawrence College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Bilingual Education. She has 10 years of experience working with young children in a variety of educational settings, mainly German/English schools. She has worked at the Deutsche Preschool in White Plains, in Halle/Saale, Germany at a bilingual kindergarten, and most recently, as a Head teacher at Wortspiele Preschool in Brooklyn. Although she speaks fluent German, she is a native English speaker and will be teaching the Kindergarten students in the subjects of English and Science this year. She is currently finishing up her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College and is very excited to share her passion for learning and reading with your children.

Shelly Wade, Music teacher

Shelly is an artist, songwriter and vocal coach in NYC. She holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied voice with Arthur Levy and Cynthia Hoffman. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (K-12 Certified, NY) and has been teaching privately for over ten years. Shelly works with students of all ages, who have written and recorded their own songs. Her vocal coaching empowers singers with a natural, supportive and safe technique as they discover their unique sound.

Shelly Wade, Music teacher
Shelly Wade, Music teacher