Hello! My name is Brenda Bauske, and I am the German teacher at THS. I teach all of the German courses offered (German 1, German 2, German 2 Pre-AP, German 3 Pre-AP, and German 4 AP) and also act as the faculty advisor for the THS German Club and National German Honor Society chapter, Texas Theta Epsilon. I am also the Adjunct Professor of German at Lone Star College-Tomball. I have been an educator for 20 years and bring a passion for teaching to the classroom every day.
I am from Wisconsin and attended Ripon College there where I obtained a major in German and a minor in English. I spent my Junior year in college studying abroad in Bonn, Germany, at the Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhlems Universität. I also have a master's degree in German Studies from the University of Northern Iowa; during my graduate school studies, I participated in UNI's Study Abroad Program in Klagenfurt, Austria, for six summers.
One of my greatest joys is travel. I have traveled extensively all over Europe. The German-speaking countries are my favorite destinations. I encourage all of my students to travel in their futures. I firmly believe in the value of travel for learning and personal development and subscribe to the messages in two of my favorite quotations: "travel is the best teacher" and "travel is an endless university." Since we can't board a plane and fly off to Europe together, I hope instead to provide a passport to learning and academic adventures for all of my students.
My love for all things German comes from my father, a native German who emigrated to the USA when he was in his 20s. I have relatives in Germany whom I visit often; truly, Germany is my second home.
Please use this site to check on homework assignments, assessments, projects, and helpful learning links for my classes. I also encourage you to review my guidelines, classroom expectations, and much more!