m.kley [at] uni-heidelberg.de, mkley [at] heidelberg.edu
Martin Kley studied at the universities of Augsburg, Pittsburgh, and Texas at Austin. Following his Ph.D. in German Studies, he was Assistant Professor of German at Gettysburg College from 2008 to 2013. Upon returning to his native Germany, Martin served first as Academic Director and then Center Director for CIEE’s Global Institute Berlin. Combining his pedagogical and scholarly background with administrative experience in the field of international education, Martin works with AJY participants in various capacities – as teacher, academic advisor, mentor, and liaison to the University of Heidelberg.
m.escher.eisel [at] web.de
Having studied German language and literature, and European Art History, Michaela Escher-Eisel received her Magister Artium degree from the University of Heidelberg. She teaches German as a second language at a variety of institutions and companies. She helps students prepare for language level placement tests, such as the DSH assessment here at AJY. As a trained guide, with a certificate from the German Association of Tour Guides, she also leads educational excursions in and around Heidelberg. Her educational background allows her to provide extensive information with regard to history, art, literature, and music, as well as the city of Heidelberg as a modern center of scientific research.
Oksana Lustenhouwer hails from Ukraine. She holds a Master’s degree in Germanistik from the University of Bamberg and is currently writing a dissertation in German as a Foreign Language at Uni Heidelberg. In addition to teaching courses at AJY, Oksana teaches German language at the Uni’s Internationales Studienzentrum (ISZ). She is also co-founder and CEO of the German-Ukrainian educational foundation “Freundschaft kennt keine Grenzen e.V.” and author of the miniseries “Invitation to Ukraine” for students of Ukrainian language. She absolutely loves teaching language and is extremely devoted to the progress of her students.
Verena Zimmer teaches German Language and History at AJY and the Uni Heidelberg’s International Study Center (ISZ). She holds a Master’s degree in Germanistik and History (University of Trier), has worked in journalism, and is also a certified Heidelberg tour guide, allowing her to bring her courses to life through regular (and excellent) co-curricular excursions. Her motto: “Da ist mehr als du siehst!”
Julia Pinkow started as the AJY Program Assistant in February of 2002 and has since become an invaluable member of the team. She is pursuing her B.A. in Geography and English with the goal of teaching these subject in High School. In her role as Program Assistant, Julia helps students get to know Heidelberg and university life, plans and participates in excursions and events at the AJY Study Center, and assists Martin and Cara in running the Center. Julia is planning to study in the U.S. for a semester next year, and we are currently deciding on whether or not to let her go.
Administrative Assistant for the Owen Center
Amy is a 2007 graduate of Heidelberg University (Tiffin, Ohio), with a degree in communication and media. She returned to campus in 2020 to work in the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning as an administrative assistant. In 2022 she added the role of Coordinator of Study Abroad and AJY to her portfolio. Before returning to higher education, Amy worked in travel for 10 years and is excited to continue to share her passion for travel with current and future students.
American Junior Year at Heidelberg University
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, OH 44883-2462 USA
Toll-free telephone: 1-800-925-9250
ajy [at] heidelberg.edu
ahammitt [at] heidelberg.edu