Justyna Feldman ~ Lead Teacher
I was born in Poland and grew up in Stuttgart, Germany. I started babysitting when I was 15 and through that I discovered my passion for working with young children. After completing my degree in Early Childhood Education in Tübingen, I decided to travel and improve my English. I knew I also wanted to work with children so I spent the next 2 years as an Au Pair on the east coast. I was living with families in Philadelphia and Baltimore and cared for their children. After meeting my husband, I continued working with children while getting my Bachelor‘s degree in Psychology.
With that diploma I worked for 3 years at The Center for Autism in Philadelphia, providing therapy to preschool age children on the autism spectrum. In the summer of 2019 it was time for a change and my husband I moved to sunny San Diego. I have been the Löwen teacher since that fall and I feel very fortunate to have found die Rasselbande where I can continue doing what I love!
In my spare time I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures and trying new foods!
Eleana Whyte ~ Teacher
I grew up in a small town (Laufen an der Salzach) in southern Germany, right on the border to Salzburg in Austria. When I was a teenager my family moved to the U.S., from the Alps to the plains of Kansas. I earned a B.A. in French and Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in Art History from Boston University.
I began my post-graduate career working first in the arts and art museums, and then in university administration. After the birth of my son in 2015, I became interested in early childhood development. When my husband’s academic career brought my family to San Diego in 2017, I enrolled in the AMI Primary Montessori training course at the Montessori Institute of San Diego, earning my AMI Diploma in 2018 and concurrently my 12 ECE Credits from the University of San Diego.
I have been a preschool teacher ever since and have also been teaching German to preschool through elementary school students at the German Pacific School San Diego. I am excited to be part of the Rasselbande team and to be sharing my love of the German language and culture with this community.