OUR TEAM

The team of Villa Luna Düsseldorf Südring consists of qualified, loving and professional pedagogical team members who have a lot of fun at work!
Heike Prüssing
Kindergarten Manager

I have 20 years of professional experience as a qualified kindergarten teacher in various institutions. Since 2013, I have been contributing this experience as a kindergarten manager. Happy children and relaxed parents are both very important to me. What I like about Villa Luna is the high level of commitment and the open cooperation between parents, staff and the institution bearer. True to the motto “A good start lasts a lifetime”, I am happy to accompany your children and you every day.

Sam Schulz
Kindergarten Manager & Pedagogical staff member in the purple group

Since the summer of 2016 I have been working at Villa Luna as an educator and since 2020, I’m part of the management team. My strengths are educational discussions, natural sciences and media education. Through a close relationship work I would like to give your children the security to develop freely, as well as to try new things and try out themselves. For me it is especially important that your children grow up as self-confident and strengthened individuals in order to be able to master the later tasks within society.

Lara Kloss
Pedagogical staff member in the red group

I am a trained social assistant and have been working at Villa Luna on the Südring in the red group since September 2019. What I appreciate about working with the children is that you learn new things and gain experience every day. There is nothing more beautiful than to see a child laugh while working and growing.

S. B.
Pedagogical staff member in the red group
Christiana Huege
pedagogical staff member in the red group
Abigail Fox
English speaking staff member in the red group

I’m from North Carolina. The excitement and happiness of children sparks joy for me, which is why I decided to work with children. I enjoy that Villa Luna supports creativity and education in German and English. I’m looking forward to have a great time with the children and of course the parents.

Sarah Gernand
Pedagogical staff member in the blue group

Since 2015 I have been part of Villa Luna on the Südring. I am always happy to accompany young people on their way to adulthood by meeting them with my open, patient and calm manner. It is also important to me to support each child individually on his or her path and to assist in the development of their abilities and needs. It gives me great pleasure to see how my work is appreciated by the children with a smile.

S.W.
Pedagogical staff member in the blue group

I am a state-certified educator and have been working at Villa Luna since August 2020. An important goal for my work with children is to support their independence and self-image. In addition, I want to encourage and stimulate the individuality of each child, because every child is special and it is important to show this to the children. It is wonderful to support the children in their development and to accompany them for a certain time on their path of life.

M. M.
Englisch-speaking staff member in the blue group

I was born in Southern Serbia, but in 2018 I completed my studies in Düsseldorf as a master student and speak English at C1 level. During my first studies and some internships I completed the following fields: social pedagogy and social work with children without parents as well as psychology. I appreciate working with children, watching them learn through play. Working with children requires creativity because every day offers new challenges. Villa Luna is exactly the right place for such tasks. Above all, the friendly working atmosphere appealed to me very much. I am aware that the task of bringing up children requires a lot of diligence, care, reliability, independence, but also teamwork. Therefore I am very happy to belong to this team.

A.S.
Motopedist in the blue group
Bárbara Pena
English-speaking staff member in the purple group

I come from Chile and I have been working at Villa Luna since October 2017. I graduated from university with a bachelor and teaching degree in English. I was working as a teacher for about a year in Chile, when I decided to come to Germany, initially for only one year, but then I found this work at Villa Luna and the kids stole my heart, so I decided to stay. Knowing that my job is to help kids achieving their full potential and to help them feel happier and better about themselves, brings a huge smile to my face, so I am truly blessed to have being able to find this job and not only teach, but also learn more aspects about myself and witness my own imagination and creativity come alive.

M. B.
Pedagogical staff member in the purple group

I am a state-certified educator and have been working with your children at Villa Luna since 2015. Through my training as a gymnastics teacher I have set a further focus for my work with the child. My goal is to convey joy in movement, creativity, motor skills and a good social interaction. I meet the children at eye level and support them with heart and patience in their daily tasks. It is a great pleasure for me to get to know many little personalities and to be allowed to accompany them on their way.

Laura Püschel
Pedagogical staff member in the purple group

I have been a state-approved children’s nurse at Villa Luna Düsseldorf-Südring since May 2017 and I particularly appreciate the fact that every day brings new tasks. Our profession is a versatile and varied one. The children develop and make progress every day and it gives me great pleasure to be part of their development. My pedagogical focus is the social-emotional development. In an atmosphere of security and trust, the child can develop optimally and take advantage of learning opportunities to develop self-confidence and self-esteem.

Simona Fröhlich
Pedagogical staff member in the purple group

In the summer of 1995, I graduated as a state-certified educator and have now been working full-time in this profession with love and passion for 25 years. Since the concept, as well as the openness and friendliness of the team, which I was already able to get to know through a job shadowing, appeals to me very much, I am very much looking forward to working in this house. Children only have one childhood. And it is especially important to me to make it unforgettable together with them. My motto in life: “You can only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).

Stefan Molnar
English-speaking staff member in the green group

I come from Romania and I have been working at Villa Luna since August 2018. I graduated from university with a bachelor and teaching degree in English and history. I have been involved in children’s education as a teacher, project manager for a foundation and as a summer camp counselor for many years, so it seems perfect for me to continue with this path by working at Villa Luna Düsseldorf-Südring. The opportunity to work with children in a bilingual environment seems to be the perfect setting for a fun, educational and rewarding workplace. Being of curious nature, I love trying new things in life and I am not afraid to take on challenges that are bigger than me.

K. E. H.
Pedagogical staff member in the green group

At Villa Luna I have been working as a state-approved educator since 2018. Privately, but also professionally, I am very committed to animal-supported education and I find the positive effects of animals in educational processes very interesting. It is amazing how the accompanied handling of animals promotes the social and cognitive skills, as well as practical experiences of children. I think it’s great that I can bring animal-supported education to life here and that children can gain their first experiences at the group aquarium. It is important to me to help children to develop self-confidence and independence, as well as to experience values and norms. In my opinion, early promotion of social competence is particularly important in this respect. What I really appreciate about working with children is that every day is different. It is fascinating to see how the children develop and make progress every day. Every day is like a little adventure!

Pauline Hülsen
Pedagogical staff member in the green group

In 2020 I successfully completed my studies in childhood education. Due to an au pair stay in England I came into closer contact with the English language and knew that I wanted to integrate it into my job. It gives me great pleasure to accompany and support children in their development and to learn something new from them every day. I am very happy to have found a place at Villa Luna where I can realize all this.

Bettina Brand
Pedagogical staff member in the green group and instructor of the “Malort”

I am a qualified social pedagogue. I have been working at Villa Luna since January 2011 and since 2013 I have also been accompanying the children in the painting place (after Arno Stern). It is great to accompany the children in their time in the day care centre, to support them individually and to experience something new with them every day!

Roya Hashemi
Pedagogical staff member in the orange group

Since January 2017, I have been working as an educator in the U3 area of Villa Luna Düsseldorf Südring. As a mother of two and a person with professional experience, I have had the experience that children are curious by nature and enjoy challenges! I accompany the children through individualized educational work in their development and discovery of the world as a trusted caregiver with head and heart. Creativity, music and movement are an important part of my daily work with the children.

Anna Iliadou
English-speaking staff member in the orange group

I have finished studying in 2000. Since then, I have been working as an English teacher and in 2018 I have started working at Villa Luna. During these years, I have discovered that I have a passion for teaching, and working with children was and is the only career path that gives me a sense of accomplishment. I am constantly educating myself through seminars and books in order to gain deeper knowledge in aiding and motivating children to reach their full potential according to their age and at the same time learn new ways, games and especially experiments that inspire the love for science in children. Children have a natural curiosity and that is exactly the best incentive for learning. Keeping that intact with stimuli, experiments and fun games is what motivates them further and lays the foundation and gives them a head start for their later academic development.

Jennifer Gorris
Pedagogical staff member in the orange group

In 2018 I completed my training as a nursery school teacher and my daughter, who also visits Villa Luna, was born. Already during my internship I learned to appreciate the cooperation at Villa Luna, especially the open communication. I enjoy working with children in order to accompany their development and to support them in their perception as well as in promoting their skills. My life motto is Hakuna Matata: “There are no problems or difficulties, there is always a solution!

Carmen Sanchez
Pedagogical staff member in the orange group

Since April 2020 I have been working at Villa Luna. I am a certified social worker with further training as a care pedagogue. I speak fluent German, English and Spanish, but I can also communicate in French and Italian. My pedagogical focus is language and creative work. I especially appreciate the children themselves in their plurality and with all their curiosity for life. Every day at Villa Luna I am happy to carry out my work with my heart and soul.

J. R.-K.
Pedagogical staff member in the yellow group

The training of the state-certified nursery school teacher had been completed since July 2001. I have been working in the yellow group at Villa Luna Düsseldorf-Südring since August 2017. The decision to become a kindergarten teacher was made at a very early age, because I love children, the work with them and their unconsciously joyful nature as well as the small steps on the children’s path to independence. It is very important to me to be a positive role model for the children and to build a bond with them. My greatest concern is to pay attention to the well-being of the children. My focus is on creative design, music, stories and spontaneous games.

Luisa Fischer
Pedagogical trainee in the yellow group
R. L.
Pedagogical staff member in the yellow group

As part of my training as a state-certified educator, I have been working at Villa Luna on the Südring since August 2019. I always find children fascinating. To be allowed to observe and accompany them in their development is what I appreciate most about working with children. I am a reflective person who has a very empathic attitude towards children and prioritises their self-efficacy as well as their right of co-determination.

Susan Nordström
English-speaking staff member in the yellow group

I work at Villa Luna Südring since september of 2019. I am from Finland and I hold two B.A.s, one in physical therapy and one in physical education. I have worked with children of different ages as a sports instructor/coach (children´s sport clubs’ instructor, swimming teacher/coach, dance instructor and yoga instructor) and as a physiotherapist, so supporting the development of children’s motor and emotional skills is my expertise. Working with children for me means to live the moment and have unlimited creativity. Each child is an individual and person to-be, whose development is the most important goal to support.

V. S. 
English-speaking staff member in the multicolored group

I am a graduated anglicist and German philologist from Düsseldorf and I have been working at Villa Luna Südring for more than seven years. I speak English and German fluently. Music and languages are my pet projects as well as animal protection and sustainability. I play the piano and everything I do – I do it singing. I have attended many children and families during my years at Villa Luna Südring. After all this time, I can really say that Villa Luna is not a job – it is my family.

Louisa Schlüchtermann
Pedagogical staff member in the multicolored group

I have been working at Villa Luna Düsseldorf-Südring since August 2016. I decided to take up this profession and completed training as a nursery school teacher, as I find it an enrichment to accompany the children in their development and to put a smile on their faces. Because if the children are doing well, I am doing well too. My strengths lie in the areas of exercise, nutrition and in dealing with stories interactively with the children.
“Children argue and still play with each other afterwards. Why?- Because happiness is more important to them than their pride” – Author unknown

Lena Friedrich
Pedagogical trainee in the multicolored group

Since September 2019 I have been completing my year of recognition for my training as a teacher at Villa Luna. I like working with children because I want to support and accompany them in their development. I support each child individually and in a participatory way and I appreciate it when child and educator can learn and experience together, grow together and laugh together.

Joana Schulze
Intergroup student assistant

I study social work / social pedagogy in the 5th semester at the university in Düsseldorf. Working with children gives me great pleasure. I enjoy responding to each child individually, putting myself in their shoes and motivating them. I particularly like the bilingual concept at the Villa Luna daycare center, which allows the children to learn a foreign language at an early age.

Vera Sternkicker
Graduate chemist, Science for kindergarten children

My name is Vera Sternkicker and as a graduate chemist I take care of the concept and implementation of the science courses for children from 3 years of age at Villa Luna.

Marek Majer
Music teacher

I’m Marek Majer, guitar teacher, music school teacher. With my music studies I turned my passion into my profession and have been teaching for many years now, among others at Villa Luna. I take great pleasure in introducing children to music through dance, singing and rhythmics and lay the first foundations for further musical education.

Manuel Busemann
Cook
 
Fatma Kural
Housekeeping
Olena Titarenko (absent)
pedagogical staff member in the orange group
Nina Franken (absent)
Pedagogical staff member in the red group
Sarah Fleischer (absent)
Manager
Jennifer Andres (absent)
Manager
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