Désirée Kim - Lead Teacher
I grew up in Cologne, Germany and after working as a preschool and kindergarten teacher for several years I was looking for a new challenge. In 2009 I moved to China where I had the great opportunity to be part of the German International School in Changchun and Shanghai. After meeting my husband I called Los Angeles my home for the following two years where I raised our daughter Maila and taught German to preschool children. But Asia was calling again and this time we took off to Seoul, South Korea where I worked for the preschool at the German School Seoul International. As much as my family and I love exploring, travelling and living in (fast moving) Asia we now appreciate being part of a wonderful community in San Diego.
Nadine Najera - Teacher
I was born and raised in Amberg, it´s a small city between Nuremberg and Regensburg, in Bavaria.
I studied in Regensburg and attained my BA in Social Science 2015; I had previously completed my schooling in Early Childhood education, September 2010 (Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik).
My experience working with children included a toddler program at a “Kinderkrippe”, preschool (for kids with handicaps), and after school programs. During my studies I worked as an intern for 5 ½ months at a kindergarten in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a very interesting work and I gained a lot of experience.
From September 2015 through July 2018 I’ve worked as coordinator for a state sponsored inclusion program and facilitated extra support for special needs children. This included working with the parents, visiting and observing the children at the different schools and collaboration with the teachers.
My priority in my work is to have the well-being of the children in mind, to respond to their personal strengths and to build on them. I want to accompany and support the children along their path. Cooperation with the parents and communication around their children’s development is also very important to me. I am very happy to be a part of the Rasselbande.