Co-creator and project director
Working on Auf geht’s! and Weiter gent’s! feeds into my interests in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and technology-enhanced language learning. These projects are a chance to apply my research and thinking about learning interactions to real curriculum, with the freedom to reshape everything. Publishing though an independent multimedia company also frees us from the control of a textbook Marketing Department. This ‘flattened hierarchy’ allows us to incorporate recent research and ideas very quickly, keeping the curriculm current in both approach and content.
Professor of German, Hope College. Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, UC Berkeley (1992)
Operations Manager, Evia Learning
My unique perspective on the Evia team is that of a person who originally encountered Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s! as a college student using them as my textbooks. I joined Evia Learning in 2011 and have assisted on a wide variety of projects including office and inventory management, tech support, audio engineering, document layout, and English-language content creation. As Operations Manager for Evia Learning, I strive to ensure an optimal customer experience and to foster a creative and welcoming environment in our workplace.
Co-creator & creative / technical director
The intersection of pedagogy, technology, and the visual arts has always been one of my passions. My job is twofold: collecting the visual and audio materials that provide a framework for cross-cultural learning, and guiding and programming the results into a user-friendly hybrid of a book and interactive program. I started Live Oak Multimedia in 1993, and my first CD-ROM was called 4 Paws of Crab – this was an early attempt to explore cross-cultural interactive media.
President, Live Oak Multimedia. M.B.A. (1985), M.A. Intl. Relations (1987), UC Berkeley
Working on the team of Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s! since 2008, my involvement grew out of my fascination with Lee and David’s vision of truly cultural and communicative textbooks. I contributed to the AG textbook and the AG/WG Interactives, as well as the Teacher Editions for both books and the grammar handouts and explanations. In my professional life beyond these textbooks, I also wear many hats. I am the Director of the German Language Program and a senior lecturer in German at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Director of German Language Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ph.D., German Literature, UC Los Angeles (2004)