Bärbel Thoens-Masghati is an Assistant Professor of German at College of DuPage. Native of Nauen, Germany, she immigrated to the U.S. as a child. She holds a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI, an M.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, has completed 65 hours of Post Graduate work at The Ohio State University. She studied a year at the University of Munich, in Munich, Germany and also earned a K-12 Illinois Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Thoens-Masghati taught as a Graduate Assistant at Wayne State University and The Ohio State University, where she received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. She also taught as an Adjunct at Hope College and as a junior high and high school teacher in the Naperville School District 203. In 2005 Thoens-Masghati came to COD as an Adjunct in German and in 2012 she joined the COD faculty as Assistant Professor. Thoens-Masghati has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Iran, to Dubai, Hong Kong, China, and to the Caribbean. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys a variety of music, films and reading, as well as traveling and exploring different cultures, and relaxing at the family home in Michigan.
Christiane Knapp-Andrews is a Chemistry High School Teacher at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, where she has taught Chemistry for the last 22 years. She is a native of Berlin, Germany, and has grown up in this fantastic city. Berlin is her hometown. Christiane Knapp-Andrews holds a B.S. from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, where she had the honor to study as an exchange student. She has a M. Ed and M.S from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Masters + 65 post graduate hours. In addition, she is the Chemistry PLC Chemistry Leader, as well as on several committees at the high school level. Christiane Knapp-Andrews joined COD in 2014 as an Adjunct Professor. She was the Co-Director for the Germany Summer Study Abroad Program in 2015. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, and China. In addition to her academic interests, she enjoys the fine arts and museums of Chicago. She enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga, spending time with her family spread out all over the world, and travelling the world while learning about new cultures and customs.
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