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German, French, Latin, Language Arts Teacher
Hibriten High School, Caldwell County Schools
Department Chair World Languages
Freedom High School, Burke County Schools
Joachim Koerner, the German teacher at Freedom, said German has been offered at Freedom for about 30 years while the exchange program has lasted for 20 years.
Koerner said to keep the program alive, the people in the community need to speak up because the decision is out of his hands. "I understand that there have to be cuts made and that we need to increase the enrollment in German," Koerner said. "It's very important at this time and day that if people feel strongly about the program, they need to go out there and recruit students to take German." Koerner compiled a fact sheet about the impact of the German program at Freedom. View More: Director Of Secondary Education, Education, Freedom High School, Germany, Joachim Koerner, North Carolina Virtual Public High School, Rexanna Lowman, Teacher, Usd
German/French language arts teacher at Freedom High School Joachim Körner asked the visiting students from Germany how many had attended the real celebration of Oktoberfest in Germany.
As two hands were raised, he commented, "I've never been to the real one myself." He additionally welcomed visitors to taste German foods, including pretzels one host family made. Körner said he purchased bratwurst and strudel from a local German grocer. Körner said efforts are ongoing to start a sister cities relationship between Morganton and Achern. This is the 21st anniversary of the German exchange, Körner said. Three of the students are attending Draughn High School and 12 are attending Freedom. He said, "We would love to develop this with all of the high schools and have the sister cities relationship." "We are trying to make Morganton and their hometown, Achern, sister cities and we think in the near future this will be possible," he said. There is a high interest in building up a program like this, Körner continued. During the past 20 years of travel between the two countries, Körner said two of his former students now reside in Germany and he, originally from Achern, now resides here. Geographically speaking, Morganton is similar to the Black Forest, Körner said. Having a great time was up to Körner, who coordinates the activities, which included a trip to Scarowinds, a fun day at Steele Creek Park, sharing information on Germany at local elementary schools and a college tour of Warren Wilson College. "We try to do things according to what they like to do," he said. Körner took 50 students to tour Warren Wilson College. "We did Contra dancing and they had a great time," he said. "It is fun to see the students make friends and get along with each other," Körner said. Körner will take a group of students to Germany in June 2011.
Lead Teacher in German in Burke County at Freedom High School, Joachim Koerner (an NC-AATG Past President)Burke County is located in the scenic mountains of western North Carolina and borders on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Linville Gorge.The largest big cities: Hickory (20 mins to the east); Asheville, NC (45 mins to the west).Interested?If you want to learn more about the terrific teachers who already work in Burke and the environment there, contact lead German teacher Joachim Koerner). Joachim Koerner, Freedom High School, Burke County, NC
Joachim Koerner (NC)