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Speakeasy office team

The speakeasy spirit is equally important to our office team, who, above all, is here to make your life easier as a student here. Whether you're at the stage of booking a course, or perhaps before that you need advice about getting a visa to come to Germany, or once you've started your class you need help after missing a lesson – our staff will help you!

We have already helped many students learn German and other languages and assisted with all sorts of issues along the way, so don't be afraid to come talk to us or drop us an email if we can possibly be of service.

The team is truly international and speaks German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Farsi and Hebrew!

The speakeasy office team

The team introduces itself

Office Team - Grant

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English Speaks Swedish

Grant | Coordinator private classes

I was born and raised on the East Coast of the US and lived in New York and Atlanta for most of my life. While studying art at university, I spent some time in Paris and Stockholm before ending up in Berlin a few years ago. At the school, I arrange the private lessons as well as serve as our graphic designer and event planner.

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Office Team - Yvana

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English

Yvana | Student-Service & Front-Office

Hi! My name is Yvana. I grew up in a small town in the Republic of Ireland before moving to London to study Music. I spent 6 years in the UK before making the move to Berlin. I’ve fallen in love with the city and love discovering something new on every corner. You can find me at the front office, so if you have any questions about courses I am here to help!

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Office Team - Travis

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English

Travis | Student Service & Visa support

Though I was originally born in Canada, I’ve travelled the world to pursue my passion of rock climbing; I’ve even worked as a climbing guide in numerous countries including Canada, Vietnam, and China. I’ve now found my way to speakeasy in Berlin where I assist students with any and all inquiries. I’m the school’s resident visa expert so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding visas for Germany.

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Office Team - Jan-Philipp

I speak:

Speaks English Speaks Spanish Speaks German Speaks Chinese

Jan-Philipp | Special projects

Originally coming from the middle of Germany, I went out to see the world after I graduated from school. For many years I lived in China and Latin America. I have seen that not only can it be incredibly fun to learn new languages, but it also gives you the great opportunity to discover new cultures, make new friends, build bridges and broaden your worldview. As part of the speakeasy team, I am now looking forward to sharing the same joy with you in discovering a new language.

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Office Team - Karoline

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English Speaks Spanish

Karoline | Head of teaching department

I was born in Berlin in the 80s and have lived many places such as Madrid, Lyon and Naples, before returning to Berlin in 2013. Since 2015 I’ve worked at speakeasy organising and allocating courses, as well as looking after the teachers. Sometimes you can also find me teaching in a classroom or as an examiner for the telc exams. I’m always interested in finding great new teachers and look forward to interesting applications.

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Office Team - Yvonne

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English

Yvonne | Head of Teaching Department

I was born in a town called Halle/Saale about 2 ½ hours south of Berlin (on a good day on the Autobahn). However, in 2000 I started a 17-year hiatus and lived, studied and worked in the USA (e.g. California, Oregon/Washington, and Montana) where I taught world literature, film and German language classes. Since summer 2017 I’ve worked at Speakeasy as a language teacher and recently, I have been tackling administrative work as well to fill in for one of my colleagues who is on parental leave. My responsibilities include organizing and allocating courses, aiding my colleagues during Telc exams, as well as expanding our team of awesome teachers. Sometimes you will also see me in the classroom.

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Office Team - Shervin

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English

Shervin | School Director

Having studied German Philology, I know about the importance of language and language teaching. My work experience in the education sector lead me to speakeasy in 2015. Since then, I have been responsible for the smooth organisation of our language school and the planning of exciting future speakeasy projects.

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Office Team - Konstantin

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English Speaks Greek

Konstantin | Head of Student Service

Always happy to see old and new faces at the school, you can be sure that I will greet you with a smile and try to help out - whatever the issue might be. With an international background and experience both in language teaching and the German industry, you can contact me with any questions related to your classes, visas, employment or studies in Germany. Welcome at speakeasy!

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Office Team - Katharina

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English

Katharina | Business Courses

I grew up in the very West of Germany and then studied German as a Foreign Language and Political Science in the middle of the country. I also spent time in Australia, England and Peru. After university, I found my way to speakeasy where I am the head of our office team. If you are looking to start a business course or are interested in a strategic partnerships, I’m the right person to talk to. Occasionally, you can also find me teaching in one of our lovely speakeasy classrooms!

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Office Team - Kelsey

I speak:

Speaks German Speaks English Speaks Japanese

Kelsey | Exam coordinator

I originally hail from the picturesque hill country of the American Midwest, where I studied Japan Studies and Comparative Linguistics. After two exchange programs in Japan, I came to Germany as a language teaching assistant in 2005 and worked for many years as an English teacher in Leipzig. But after my M.A. studies in Konstanz and my return to Leipzig, I could no longer deny my true love – Berlin! At speakeasy, I take care of the invoicing and exam registration, and mostly spend my free time with travel, art, dancing and music.

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