meet the team
All of our German educators has an extensive background in teaching and are very excited to work with you and your student! You may choose to work with one or multiple educators. Please contact to inquire about tuition waivers and scholarships via email.
Rosemarie Penã, PhD
FOUNDER | BGHRA & BGHRA ACADEMY
Rosemarie Peña, PhD is the founder and president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA). In this role, she has co-produced and hosted four international academic conferences since 2011. Rosemarie has presented at numerous conferences and as an invited keynote internationally. She is a contributing author in several edited volumes published in both German and English. Her peer reviewed articles appear in The Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood, Genealogy Journal, and the Journal of Adoption and Culture.
EDUCATOR | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Daphne Warren is an educator of German certified in K-12 instruction for Plano Independent School District in Plano, Texas. She is a native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and of Memphis, Tennessee. Her 10 year experience in the field of World Languages includes writing curriculum and assessments for levels I, II, IIH, IIIH, and Advanced Placement across languages, operating as the College Board Advisor for the AP German Language and Culture Development Committee, and sponsoring as a steady community builder for the Black Student Union on her campus. The Alternative Classroom Environment is her ongoing collective design of eliminating the standard disciplinary setting to a space where students are coached with the communicative tools to transition back to the classroom for the successful completion of their high school graduation with set post-secondary goals.
of our team are native speakers!