Team

Vilma Winter

studied German and German as a foreign language in Vienna. Since 2002, she has been teaching the basic levels at the Aristoteles Institute. She is also a licensed instructor for integration courses.

“I teach because I truly enjoy it.”

Katja Mrotzek

was born and raised in the Thuringian Forest. Out of fascination, she began studying Finnish Studies at the University of Greifswald. She has always been fascinated by languages. Therefore, she chose German as a Foreign Language as a useful minor and crowned the language trio with a minor in Scandinavian Studies. She has been teaching German as a foreign language at Aristoteles Institute since 2010, is an examiner for the Deutsch Test für Zuwanderer and telc A1 - C1 and works in the office for organizational purposes.

“Honestly, I never imagined becoming a teacher, but right now it's the best thing that could have happened. Foreign languages connect and bring the whole wide world into your life. 'Live small, think skies'. (Patrick Jones)"

Klaus Kron

studied Social Sciences at the University of Bremen and, for many years, worked as a researcher and teacher in the fields of Sociology, Political Science, Economic History, and Internal Business Communication as well as German as a Foreign Language for several universities, such as Bremen, Stendal, Groningen and Bremen. Born in Aachen, Klaus has been working at Aristoteles Institute since 2010 teaching German as a foreign language at the intermediate level and organizing corporate trainings. 

“For integration courses, I don’t even mind missing the home matches of Werder Bremen (the local soccer team).”

Max Klaus Schmidt

was already interested in the exploring the world at a young age and moved from the Palatinate (Southwestern Germany) to Berlin where he studied Political Science and Journalism. For several years, he worked as a local environmental advisor, a museum education officer, in the field of public relations, as a househusband, as a journalist and as a research assistant training teachers. Since 2002, he has taught German as a foreign language, and since 2012 at Aristoteles Institute. 

“In my leisure time, I like to read, ride my bike, dance, write, cook, play guitar and duduk. I am still fascinated by the wide world. It is present, every day, in my classes and otherwise.”

Natalia Salustowicz

studied German (including a teaching certification) at the University of Wroclaw in Poland as well as music with an emphasis on singing at the Music Academy in Wroclaw. She worked as a German teacher at several schools before beginning to teach integration courses at Aristoteles Institute in 2013. 

“I enjoy passing my positive energy on to others.”

Antje Gothe

studied Political Sciences, Cultural Sciences and Journalism. She loves working with people, languages, and text. Furthermore, she believes in diversity and humanities eher. Therefore, she also works as a freelance instructor for human-rights causes and in the field of political education. Since 2014, she has taught German as a foreign language from A1 to B2 at Aristoteles Institute. 

“It is great to accompany people who are taking their first steps in the German language. And while doing so, it is beautiful to travel around the world myself – in my mind.”

Sven Montagne

studied English, Cultural Sciences and Romance Languages at the University of Bremen. As a native of Hanover, he has worked in the field of adult political education (Ecology, Transportation, Europe, Irish History). Since 2008, he has been an instructor of German as a Foreign Language and German as a Second Language. Since 2015, Sven has taught all levels at Aristoteles Institute as well as C1 German for medical professionals. Furthermore, he is the Institute’s quality assurance manager. 

“If I am not in Germany, then I am in my second homeland, France.”

Bryan Brody

is American and studied French and English as a Foreign Language at the University of Minnesota. He worked as a German and English teacher at the partner school ZWEI in Sao Carlos, Brazil. Since 2015 he has been teaching German and English at the Aristotle Institute and is a certified integration and adult literacy teacher.

“Languages are my passion.“

Michaela Neuke

studied Cultural Sciences and German at the University of Bremen before she worked as a TV editor and journalist. She enjoys the exchange between various people and cultures. As the management assistant, this Bremen native always has a friendly ear for students and those interested in languages. 

“The motto of my life is: everything will be okay in the end, and if it isn’t okay, then it isn’t the end.”

Erich Kück

is responsible for finance, accounting and controlling. He trained as a financier in Bremen public service and then worked in financial administration. He later switched to tax and management consulting. From 1994, he worked as a self-employed accountant and management consultant.

“In my work, I have always put people at the center of everything I do.”

Dario Landau

has been working at all levels as a German teacher and as a certified telc-examiner at Aristoteles Institute since 2016. After his professional stay at the partner school, ZWEI, in Sao Carlos, Brazil, he moved to the northern German city of Bremen, where he now teaches the German language with pleasure and ease.

“Climbing a mountain brings you closer to freedom.”

Sven Andreßen

studied language and cultural studies (Indology) in Hamburg, Islamabad, and Cologne. He has worked as a lecturer, marketing consultant and journalist specializing in South Asia. As a licensed teacher for integration courses, he has been teaching German as a foreign language at Aristotle Institute since 2016.

About his work: "I am constantly reminded of how a new language opens horizons and hearts."

Ellen Knorr

has been working in the office of Aristoteles Institute since 2017 and has since been the first point of contact for all those interested in courses and exams, as well as our language students. She studied biology in Greifswald and Bremen and worked in Bremerhaven, Buenos Aires and the Antarctic during her doctorate. In addition, she did a master's degree in “Sustainability and Education” at the University of Rostock. With her degree in Biology, she is a bit of an unique figure at our institute.

“I like working with the many different people, and I am happy when I can help those who come to us.”

Solveig Lamp

studied German and Design in Münster and Wuppertal and has taught German as a second/foreign language at various institutions from 2014 until joining Aristoteles Institute in 2018. There she has worked as a instructor for various levels. Native to Bremen, she is a telc-examiner for all levels, as well as an assessor for the B1/B2-exam. She is also responsible for evaluating the level of new course participants at the institute. In her work, the particular motivation of each individual is especially important to her.

“Nothing falls into one’s lap, but everyone has the opportunity to give his or her best!”

Evgenia Maibaum

studied Translation (Russian / German / English) and Translation Sciences at the University of Moscow as well as German and Political Science at the University of Cologne, after which she worked as a translator for international companies. Evgenia has been teaching German as a foreign language at the Aristoteles Institute since 2019. She regularly takes part in various advanced training courses. She is also a telc-examiner for the Deutsch Test für Zuwanderer as well as the B1 / B2-exams.

“The glass is always half full.”

Eduard Schreiner

has been teaching German as a foreign language for several years. At the University of Bremen, he studied to become a schoolteacher of Spanish and Political Science. Before studying in Bremen, he lived, studied, and worked in Guatemala, Spain, and Ireland. Eduard teaches at all levels and is also certified as a telc-examiner.

“You can only learn a language by laughing.”