Steven Alexander

Steven Alexander

Steven is a GTA, and is returning to UA after a year in Düsseldorf with the exchange program through the Federation of German-American Clubs in Germany. He already completed one M.A. degree in English Linguistics, and is now pursuing a second one in the German program with a third to follow in French. He obviously enjoys the study of languages. This semester he will be helping with tutoring German.


Zemas AndargachewZemas Andargachew

Zemas is a second year graduate student, and a member of the Army ROTC program. He most recently was stationed in Alaska from where he moved to Tuscaloosa. He hopes to earn a commission as a second lieutenant after completing his Masters in German. In his rare spare time, he likes playing volleyball and watching football, and he is definitely a Crimson Tide fan.


Diane BeerDiane Beer

Diane is a GTA, and completed her Staatsexamen in American Studies and German as a Foreign Language at the University of Regensburg in Germany. She joined the UA German program in January 2016 and is thrilled to be back in the South after having spent a year at Murray State University in Kentucky as an undergraduate. She enjoys the weather in Alabama, as well as working with the students at UA. Diane will be teaching GN 102 this semester.

Berni BeringerBerni Beringer

Berni  is a GTA, and a native of the Black Forest area. He joined the UA German program in August 2016 after graduating with his Staatsexamen in English, Geography and History from Freiburg / Germany. After completing two internships as a German teacher at Loyola Blakefield High School (2011) and McDonogh High School (2013) in Baltimore, MD, he was working as a Teaching Assistant for German at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, in 2013. Besides school, Berni worked as a soccer coach in Germany, and he enjoys all sorts of sports activities. Berni will be teaching GN 101  this semester.

Jeremy ConnorJeremy Connor

Jeremy is a GTA, and a native of Northern Alabama. He completed his B.A. in Music at UA, and decided to brush up on his German. He just returned from a year as an au pair in Essen, Germany, an experience he highly values. He loves music, plays various instruments, enjoys singing, but also shares an interest in soccer.  The next language he wishes to learn is Swedish. He is living in the German House and will be tutoring this semester.


Annika FetzerAnnika Fetzer

Annika is a GTA, and grew up in Southern Germany and completed her BA in Media and Communications at the Universität Augsburg. She later decided to go back to school to pursue a MA in American History, Culture and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Annika spent a year at Central Michigan University through the Federation of German-American Clubs in 2012-2013. She is  happy to be back in the US and joined the German program at UA. This is her second year in the South, and she enjoys the school spirit and attending football games. Annika will be teaching GN 101  this semester.

Lena GoermannLena Görmann

Lena is a GTA, and joins the UA German program this year as one of the exchanges through the Federation of German-American Clubs from the Universität Hamburg, where she completed a B. A. in English and American studies. She enjoys reading, traveling, and learning languages, and is excited about the opportunity to participate in this cultural exchange.  She is the German House Director for this Academic Year, and will help with tutoring this semester.


Gaby MarcksGaby Marcks

Gaby is a native of northern Germany who has been living in the US for a number of years. She finisher her B. A.  (Independent / Cultural Studies) here at UA, and is employed by the University Libraries in the Interlibrary Loan Office – a great resource for all of us. She is specifically interested in German linguistics, and enjoys also gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with her two grown children.


Michael MenaseMichael Menase

Michael is a GTA, and a native of Maryland. He is about to finish the MA program in History, and is currently pursuing his second MA at UA in the German program. During his undergraduate years he spent two years in Germany, studying in Freiburg and Tübingen. He is a soccer fan, and his favorite club is the VfB Stuttgart. Michael will be assisting the program in various ways.


Ian SamlowskiIan Samlowski

Ian is a GTA, and grew up in Northern Alabama and completed his bachelor’s degree in German and biology here at UA this past May. He is excited about joining the graduate program and looking very much forward to graduate studies, and is planning on spending the following year in Germany. In his free time he enjoys XYZ. He will be tutoring this semester.



Bria SamuelsBria Samuels

Bria is a GTA, and grew up in the US and Germany. … She will be tutoring this semester.





Ann-Sophie RöhmAnn-Sophie Röhm

Ann-Sophie is a GTA, and completed her studies in Germany for teaching History, English, and Geography in the schools. As an undergraduate she had the opportunity to spent some time in Tuscaloosa studying the history of race relations in Alabama, and decided to return if at all possible to UA. She joined the program in the beginning of 2017. In her free time she enjoys sports, reading, and everything related to history. She will be tutoring German this semester


Lisa SteinerLisa Steiner

Lisa is a GTA, and a native German and graduated from the University of Education in Freiburg in the Black Forest area of Germany with a degree in Biology, English and Geography (First State Examination). After participating in a High school exchange with a school in Tasmania she spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. In Freiburg, she taught German to refugees as a member of a volunteer organization. She enjoys reading and traveling and \tutoring the undergraduates in the UA German program. This semester she will be teaching GN 101.

Sabine WaasSabine Waas

Sabine is a GTA, and completed her BA in North American Studies and Communication Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München before joining the UA German program in August 2016 through the exchange with the Federation of German-American Clubs. She is a native of Bavaria, and a true fan of Bayern München, the famed Munich soccer club, never missing a game, now watching online from afar. She also loves to travel, and her dream is a road trip through the US. She served as German House Director for Spring 2017, this semester she will be teaching GN 102.