Herne Hill Team


bettina sebek

Bettina is the director of The German Kindergarten. She could not find a bilingual nursery for her own three children so founded this one. She holds an MA in German Linguistics and is particularly interested in children’s communication and language. Her aim is to create a rich bilingual environment for children to play and have fun.


Anika Duenbostel

Anika has trained as a nursery school teacher in Germany. She has previously worked at the German Kindergarten and now has completed her Montessori Training and worked in two English Montessori nurseries in London. Her area of interest is body and movement for early years. She believes strongly in project work with children and she is herself a compelling storyteller.


Patricia Sokoll

Patricia has trained as a social worker in Switzerland. Being a keen basketball player she worked in a social basketball youth project in Basel. She has also worked in the UK as a nanny. Patricia is responsible for our art room activities and is interested in creative and open ended play.


Vanessa Werner

Vanessa is newly qualified early years teacher. She has worked previously in a family centre in Gutersloh. Vanessa is interested in drama for young children. Her strength is to engage children in role play and her compassion and friendliness make her a much thought after play partner.

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Angela Schmid

Angela is our Kindergarten cook. Originally from Berlin she is passionate about food. She cooks delicious fresh food. The favourite pudding of all times is German waffles and raspberries. Lecker! Yum!




Lisa Seifner

Lisa was educated in Germany as a Kindergarten teacher. She has worked in Cologne, Barcelona, and Manchester and now in London. She has experience with children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. (Lisa is currently on maternity leave).


Nico Schober

Nico is with us for one year to finish his training as a nursery school practitioner. He comes from Essen has loves sports in particular football.


linda hillman

Linda is a nursery teacher from Berlin with an Early Years Education MA. She enjoys working with bilingual children and helping them develop in a individual and playful way.

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Priscilla Akyeampong

Priscilla joined the Kindergarten full time. She is a qualified nursery teacher. Originally from Ghana she grew up in Germany. Her interests are in creative arts and design and she enjoys dance with the children.