Miranda Emre is a German native speaker who grew up in Berlin/Germany. She holds an MA in German Studies, Political Science and German as a Foreign Language (DaF) from the Freie Universität Berlin and University of Sussex, UK. Miranda started her career at the Berlin International School and the Goethe-Institut Berlin. In 2005, she moved to New York where she continued to teach as an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College, at Columbia University and Montclair State University. Since 2005 she has been teaching at Deutsches Haus at NYU. She currently holds the position as the Language Program Coordinator. She teaches all levels, supervises Goethe exams and is an active member of the Goethe-Institut "Trainernetzwerk". Her interest is teaching German through art, film, and audio- books.
Tina Samartzi is a Greek native, but she was born in Ulm/Germany, where she was educated bilingually (German Gymnasium and Greek Lyzeum). She received her B.A. in German Language and Literature from the Kapodistrias-University of Athens, Greece (1995), and also earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation from the Ionian University of Corfu, Greece (2001). Tina has been teaching German since 1989 to all age groups and language levels. She taught German as a Foreign Language at Language Schools and Public High Schools in Greece, as well as a Private Instructor (1989 - 2003). She then moved to New York and became part of Deutsches Haus at NYU in January 2005, first as an Adjunct Instructor and from July 2007 to April 2011 as the Language Program Coordinator. After an almost three-year career break which she dedicated to her family, she is looking forward to starting as an Adjunct Instructor at Barnard College at Columbia University in January 2014.
Maria Grewe received her Ph.D. in German literature in 2009 from Columbia University in the City of New York. Maria has taught German language and culture courses at all levels at Columbia University, Barnard College, The Cooper Union and Hunter College-CUNY. Since 2005 she also teaches literature and freshman composition at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY. In addition to her research and scholarship on contemporary German-language minority literature by authors such as Herta Müller and Yoko Tawada, Maria is working on black German literature and activism and its intersections with the U.S. black feminist movements since the 1970s. Other interests include teaching and technology, writing across the curriculum, and cross-disciplinary pedagogy and course development.