Teachers

Pit Pletz

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Pit Pletz and I teach English and PE at our school. I went to school in Bremerhaven, studied in Bremen and Maynooth, and now live in Ritterhude. I have always felt at home in this region, thus I am more than happy to work in Lilienthal.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    True story: I had very good teachers and wanted to be like them.
    Additionally, I believe it is the best job in the world: Nothing is more satisfying than seeing children achieving something due to your impulses.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    1. I consider myself a "European".
    2. As teachers we must not remain in the past nor present, but have to make sure we prepare for the future.
    1.+2. = my reasons

Michael Hacken

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Michael Haken and I'm nearly fifty years old. Following a business career in logistics,  I studied to become a teacher, a profession which I've been gladly practising for more than fifteen years. I live in a small town close to Bremen, in the north of Germany.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    Day in, day out I’d like to teach the students all the skills they need to embark on a future professional career. To see students succeed in developing such skills is the driving force of my daily doing.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    Actively engaged in this project, I seek to broaden my horizons in terms of teaching methods and further intercultural aspects. This new knowledge I want to use at school to the benefit of our students so that they can progress. I too desire to kind of escape this isolated routine job and to keep on working together with my colleagues on a professional level. Moreover, personally speaking, I’d like to elaborate on further teaching units within the context of CLIL lessons. Such units should be subject- and target driven and aiming at fostering students‘ competences.

Arno Schiffler

  1. Who am I?
    I’m Arno Schiffler, teacher of English and Physical Education.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    As a teacher I can pass on certain knowledge, values and attitudes that may help young people to find their place in today’s world. At the same time, working with young people helps me to remain open to new ideas and ways of thinking and, thus, stay young myself.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    As head of the English department I wish to implement the idea of European values and 21st century skills in the school curriculum and, finally, in the classroom.

Vivien Stevens

  1. Who am I?
    I teach Englisch, History and History CLIL at Gymnasium Lilienthal.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I have always been interested in the English language. I started teaching when I was 14 years old and it seemed like a good idea.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    The only way to learn a language is to speak it. This is why am convinced that an exchange programme is a great opportunity for students and teachers alike. Apart from that, I consider it my duty as a teacher to enable my pupils to become fully-fledged citizens of Europe. The Erasmus Plus programme offers intercultural learning which is a vital part in successful European communication. 

Kerstin Bollhorst

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Kerstin. I am a teacher at Gymnasium Lilienthal for English and History (CLIL).
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I was inspired by my class teacher in grade eight. His name was “Mr. Freitag” and he was great. I wanted to be just like him.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I was one of the first ones involved in the Leiden-Lilienthal exchange and I think this project a first-hand opportunity to get engaged in cross-cultural learning.

Matthias Pöplau

  1. Who am I?
    My name is Matthias Pöplau. I am a teacher at Gymnasium Lilienthal, Germany. My subjects are English and Art.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I am a teacher because the job is quite versatile. Moreover, I like working with students to prepare them for the challenges ahead.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I am in this project because exchanging teaching experiences with European colleagues helps me with my teaching and broadens my horizon. Additionally, I hope the project enables my students to European citizenship in times of shifting values.

Thomas Brauer

  1. Who am I?
    I’m Thomas Brauer, member of the school administration, and in general responsible for the lesson plans, working hours and financial aspects, for instance, the Erasmus+ grant. Apart from that, I’m 47 years old, married and have got four children.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I like the idea of constant development and improvement. As a teacher you never stop learning. Hence, one stays younger, more open-minded and in touch with modern influences than most other people.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    Since I’m a member of the school administration, I was involved in the students’ exchange at a very early stage. Originally we were looking for an English-speaking exchange, only. Now this perspective has changed to some extent and we are part of a rather ambitious Erasmus+ project. However, my main focus still remains with the students.

Knut Egbers

  1. Who am I?
    M name is Knut Egbers. I teach sport and politics at Gymnasium Lilienthal and I am the head of the politics department at our school. I play soccer and I am a Werder Bremen Fan.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I can.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I am in this project because I am interested in different systems of education and because I want to support Michael and Thomas.

Alexandra Wellbrock

  1. Who am I?
    I am Alex and I teach English, Politics and Politics in English at Gymnasium Lilienthal. Before I started my teaching career, I worked as a freelancer for the German Federal Agency for Civic Education in southern and western Africa. Besides I am a mom of little twin boys who rock my life every day.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I became a teacher because I like working with young people and teaching them. Being a teacher is never boring and you hardly ever do the same thing twice – which is great.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I am in this project because I believe in the European dream. I am convinced that cross cultural learning will become more and more important – not just for teachers but especially for our students.

Josephine Baumann

  1. Who am I?
    I am a teacher at the grammar school in Lilienthal teaching English (as a second language), history as well as history as a CLIL subject.
  2. Why did I become a teacher?
    I think I actually became a teacher because of some of the times I'd been asked to teach at a youth group meeting when I was younger and really enjoyed it.  I helped disabled kids with their homework, their daily lives and did some tutoring as well.
    In additon, I became a teacher because I was disappointed in the education I received and knew that there was/is a better way.  After high school I was researching things one can teach and I eventually found my niche.
    Eventually my goal is to guide students helping them to find their own path in this world, see them grow and inspire them.
  3. Why am I in this project?
    I have always been interested in cultural project. I believe that this programme offers everyone an additional educational and cultural experience one wouldn't otherwise be able to gain.
    It helps us and our students to learn more globally and offers new opportunities such as the integration of new learning approaches or topics.