TAs and DSA

Teaching Assistants

Sandra Oechler


Hey, my name is Sandra! I am studying English, Economics, German and Physical Education in Erlangen (Germany) to become a teacher one day. I really enjoy exploring new places, new cultures as well as meeting new people. I love doing sports, especially playing Tennis and dancing. I am very excited to meet the students of Kalamazoo and help them to get to know the German language and its culture a little bit better.

Tashina Voit

Hey! My name is Tashina and I am studying German and English to become a teacher. I love watching movies and going to the theatre. That’s why I have already studied theatre and media science in Germany. In the past, I used my experiences from these fields to create exciting lessons for the students I worked with. Now, I am really happy about getting the chance to continue this passion at the Department of German Studies. ​

Annarosa Whitman

Annarosa Whitman in Berlin
Annarosa Whitman ’20 in Berlin

Annarosa Whitman is German-American and grew up in Portland, Maine. She is triple majoring in Anthropology-Sociology, German Studies, and International Area Studies concentrated on Western Europe. She studied abroad in C​áceres, Spain during her junior fall. She plays intramural soccer and is active in the International Student Organization. 

Departmental Student Advisor (DSA)

Katie Miller-Purrenhage

Katie Miller-Purrenhage
visiting Schloss Neuschwanstein

Hi, my name is Katie and I’ll be the DSA for German Studies this year! I have a double major in German and Music and a minor in Philosophy. I studied in Erlangen, Germany for six months during my junior year and hope to return someday! I also participate in various music ensembles on campus and enjoy cooking and hiking. I’m excited about this year and hope to everyone around! 

Student Assistant

Grace Stier

Grade Stier

Hi, my name is Grace and I am the German Departmental Aide this year! I am a German and Biology double major. I was the aide my sophomore year (2018-2019), then I studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany, and now I’m back! I also work for the Admissions Office and I love to experience the great outdoors in my free time! I look forward to seeing you on campus!