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)

Matthew Flotemersch

Matthew Flotemersch

Hello, my name is Matthew Flotemersch and I will be the DSA for the German department during the upcoming academic year! I am a senior majoring in German with a minor in philosophy and am currently working on my SIP. I studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany for 11 months as part of the extended-term program there and am exploring fellowship opportunities to return and further my studies. See you on campus!

Student Assistant

Amanda Garder

Hi my name is Amanda Gardner and I am the German Studies Department student assistant this year! I’m a senior chemistry major with an environmental studies concentration. I spent my senior year of high school in Ulm, Germany as a foreign exchange student, and studied abroad in Thailand my junior year at K. I’m currently working on my SIP and exploring options for continuing my education abroad.