Susan (Sue) Wernhoff
I was born in Nottingham, England in 1966. After completing my A Levels in 1984, I went to University in Salford and Manchester where I qualified as a primary school teacher in 1988. I did my probationary year at an infant school in Derbyshire where I continued to work for a further year as teacher of a class of 5-6 year-olds. I then moved to London where I worked as a reception class teacher (4-5 year-olds) at a first school in Ealing. Having met my husband who is German, I moved to Germany where I continued working as a teacher in both adult education and with children, teaching English as a foreign language including business English. Prior to joining Pelita’s Kindergarten I worked as a supply teacher at the primary school in Arnum for 5 years covering all subjects in the primary curriculum. I am now very pleased to have the opportunity to work with young children again in my mother tongue and within a pre-school environment. It is very rewarding to have the chance to teach children a foreign language when they are at their most receptive.
After my secondary school diploma and a one year professional nursing school internship in a hospital, I attended Elisabeth–Selbert Technical High School for social educational theory in Hameln. I graduated as a state approved fully qualified social assistant. My main focuses lie in the areas of movement and music education as well as in the areas of linguistic support. Through the scope of my educational training I have completed periods of work experience within a variety of kindergartens including disabled and integrative facilities and have collected a lot of different and rich experiences. In June 2007 I got to know my partner who comes from Wales.After working for Pelita’s Kindergarten for almost two years (April ’08 – December ’09) I decided to move to Great Britain to work within an English kindergarten/nursery setting. During this time I gained a lot of experience and confidence in working with the English curriculum as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from birth up until 5 years. I returned to Germany in summer 2011 and I am delighted to be working at Pelita’s Kindergarten again.
My name is Kerstin Thrift. I was born in Hannover in 1963, and after passing my A-levels I studied psychology in Trier, Manchester and Bielefeld. Upon completion of my studies I worked as a scientific assistant at the University of Manchester and completed an internship in the Psychosomatic Department of Hannover Medical School. After having lived in England for several years, I returned to Germany in 1990. I am married to an Englishman and our three sons are fully bilingual. My children are now older, but it is still important for me to have a type of employment that fits in with my responsibilities as a mother. I have experience in supervising the homework activities of primary school children and also in the teaching of adults, and recently completed a TEFL course specially devised for young learners. Currently, I am also employed part-time in a translating business with very flexible working hours. Pelita’s Kindergarten is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with young children again and I am delighted to be able to contribute to realising this pre-school concept.
I was born in 1961 in Akrotiri, Cyprus. Having spent most of my childhood education in a private English boarding school, whilst my parents moved around Africa, I left school, and attended Beautyschool in London. After I qualified I continued traveling, working in Bahrain, Dubai and then working on cruise ships for 5 years. I moved to Hannover in 1987, where I was an aupair for a year and started to learn German. From 1988 – 1995 I worked at the Parfumerie Liebe until my first son Aaron was born, my second son Laurent was born in 1999. January 2001 I founded the “Spielsprachschule Abrakadabra”, a new challenge, the work with children and the English language has made me rich in new experiences, motivating me to take the whole thing a step further and founding “Pelita’s English Kindergarten” in August 2007.