National Louis University, Heidelberg, Germany |
|B. S. Liberal Arts,
Sociology & Psychology, Regents College, New York, USA |
of English/German, Darmstadt, Germany|
I am holding a Masters's Degree in Education
in Heidelberg, Germany (former name: National Teacher's College),
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with majors in
Sociology and Psychology
from Excelsior College, New York
(former name: Regents College).
I am a member in good standing of the
American Association of
Teachers of German.
By the Texas State Board for Educator Certification I am
certified to teach
German language, Psychology and Sociology.
I am authorized by the German Government as
a "Certified Translator
of the German
and English Language",
and I hold a
Certificate of Proficiency in English from the
University of Cambridge, Great Britain.
Before teaching High School, I worked as a free-lance Translator
for the languages German and English and I gained experience in Adult Education:
- From 1991-1999 I taught classes in German language, as well as
Functional Academic Skills in English language and Remedial Mathematics,
at the U.S. Army Education Center in Darmstadt, Germany.
- From 1990-1994 I taught basic and advanced German language courses
at Big Bend Community College
in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
- From 1987-1994 I taught classes in English language at the
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I first learned about accounting and income taxes in Germany in 1971-1973,
as a part-time accounting apprentice to a Certified Public Accountant.
From 2007 on I prepared individual income taxes for a Jackson Hewitt franchisee,
reviewed individual income taxes for a Liberty Tax franchisee,
prepared individual income taxes for Certified Public Accountant companies.
As an Enrolled Agent I use my expertise also to provide high-quality tax assistance
at no cost to low- and moderate-income clients and the elderly.
From 2010 on I volunteer for the IRS programs
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) as a tax preparer and quality reviewer.
I moved from Germany to the United States in 1999 after arriving at the disappointing realization, that
the Germans never changed after 1945.
Neither the touted "Re-Education" of Germans after the end of World War II,
nor the "De-Nazification" did succeed.
Dating back to the harsh Prussian parenting techniques,
the Nazi ideal of the emotionally unavailable mother (Johanna Haarer) was not reversed after 1945,
and as a consequence, German children until today continue to be raised to become
avoidant attached adults
(Bowlby, Main, Ainsworth).
Worldwide a high percentage of secure attached adults are usually found in a country.
The prevailing form of attachment forms the basis of the core value system of a country,
determines the core elements of a personality in a country,
and is the basis of all human communication.
Some chracteristics of avoidant attachment to be found in Germany are:
a negative world view, limited emotional and reflective abilities, lacking authenticity,
lacking self-esteem, and low social competence.
Interpersonal contacts are low-quality: low levels of trust, self-disclosure,
mutuality, and satisfaction (Mikulincer, Shaver).
Since values of securely attached individuals are incompatible with values of avoidant attached individuals,
as a securely attached individual I realized late in my thirties
that despite all my efforts in translating between value systems,
communication could not be successful.
From 1973 to 1998 I worked as a computer scientist
at the Deutsches Rechenzentrum,
National Research Center for Information Technology,
My professional emphasis was on portability of software,
on compatibility between computer systems,
and I continue to view and support the "World Wide Web" concept as a set of open,
global, independent, portable specifications that were never intended
to be abused and perverted by certain software and hardware manufacturers.
I am a retired Certified Computing Professional
with 25 years of experience with computers and software. I hold
ICCP proficiency certificates
for Business Information Systems and for the programming languages
BASIC, COBOL, PASCAL, and C++.
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