Ein Montessori Programm in deutscher Sprache für zweisprachige Kinder

Wortspiele, Brooklyn


As Wortspiele founder, director and head teacher, Christine has been the driving force behind Wortspiele since day one.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, she holds a degree and “state” (federal) license in social pedagogy from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg/Germany.

Christine has lived and worked in Edinburgh/Scotland, London and Berlin before settling down in her husband’s native, New York, in 1999. She discovered her passion both for teaching and the Montessori approach at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS), where she worked until the birth of her first child in 2002.

Christine received her training in Montessori Early Childhood Education from The Center For Montessori Teacher Training (CMTE/NY), a Montessori teacher training institute fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in 2001.

With over 15 years experience in early childhood education, Christine is currently pursuing her Master´s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Bank Street College to obtain NYS certification.

Christine is also the co-founder and founding member of the board of directors of the German School Brooklyn (GSB) which opened its doors in September of 2014.

Program Director

   Christine Krabs

Coming to us from Madison, WI, Amy is our first German preschool teacher born and raised in the US.

Amy studied Early Childhood Education at Sarah Lawrence College with a focus on Bilingual

Education and German. She started learning German in middle school and her passion for the

language lead her to study in Germany for high school (Schweinfurt) and college (Dresden).

She also worked in Halle (Saale) at a bilingual German kindergarten.

Amy is currently pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood education from Hunter College.

Born and raised in Germany, and the mother of two bilingual daughters, both Wortspiele students at the time, Judith joined the Wortspiele team as administrative assistant in 2016 after a break from her career in hospitality management.

This year Judith will also support Amy as our assistant teacher for the Two’s. 

You can contact Judith for all inquiries, including admission at office@wortspielebrooklyn.com during Wortspiele office hours: M, 1 - 3 pm and  Th, 9 - 11 am


    Judith Sloan

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Our staff

Head/Group Teacher - Two’s

   Amy Stiegler

  Katja Nagy

Assistant Teachers

   Corinna Förster

Educational Director 

    Gayle Shalom

Gayle is a NYS certified early childhood & elementary school teacher (preK-6th grade) with over 17 years of experience as both teacher and administrator/director.  

Prior to joining Wortspiele, Gayle worked as the educational director of a large daycare center/preschool with Universal Pre-K. She received a Master’s Degree in Education (1998) and a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Administration/Management (1995) from The New York Institute of Technology.

As our educational director Gayle conducts daily classroom and building inspections and takes care of all student and staff screenings to make sure the school is in compliance with the regulations of the NYC Department of Health.

Corinna was raised bilingually in Heidelberg, Germany and moved to the US in 1998.

While earning her BA in Visual Arts & Design with a minor in Psychology Corinna worked as a German speaking babysitter for a German-American family. She then went on to work as an Early Childhood Educator at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

After moving to NYC she continued working as a German speaking babysitter and worked as a teacher in Thailand last year for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Katja recently relocated with her family to Brooklyn from the Czech Republic, where she worked as a German teacher in a High School.

Fluent in several languages, and a German-as-a-foreign-language teacher by education, Katja has worked both with young elementary and high school students in various countries throughout Europe before moving the the US.

She is also the mother of a three year old son and Wortspiele student.