Our Mission: The Treffpunkt Language School aims to foster engagement with the richness of cultures of the German-speaking world through a focused and rewarding study of the German Language. Offering classes and tutoring geared toward heritage speakers, German language enthusiasts, academics, business people, and children, we help any one interested in cultivating their German language skills to achieve increasingly greater fluency.
Melanie Mello is from Pforzheim and has been teaching German as a foreign language at all levels (from middle school to collegiate level) since 2008. Currently, she teaches German I through AP/International Baccalaureate-HL at Chandler High School. In 2019, Melanie was a finalist for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ Teacher of the Year Award after she was chosen as the South-West Conference On Language Teaching and Arizona Teacher of the Year. In her roles as German-American Partnership Program coordinator, coach in the Goethe-Institute’s Coaching Program, SPARK coordinator and Past-Presidents of both the AZ Chapter of AATG and the AZLA, Melanie promotes and supports the teaching and learning of the German language and its cultures, customs, and traditions here in the USA. Melanie is excited to direct the Treffpunkt Language School and to contribute to its mission to help foster and grow the German community in Arizona.
Simone Richert was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She moved to Arizona in 2002 and became active in the German community in 2009 by founding a group called „Deutsche Familie“, where she organized numerous events for German families throughout the valley. She started to teach German for little ones and adults in 2013. She worked with a dual Kindergarten immersion program at the Hills Arts Academy in 2013 and also led a group called „Singen, Spielen und Lernen (Sing, Play and learn) that school year. In 2014 Ms. Richert started teaching German at Eduprize jJunior High and High School where she developed and taught German within the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. She organized an exchange with German students through a program called „Explore“ and traveled with her students throughout Germany and Austria in 2017. Currently she is serving as the Secretary of Arizona Chapter of American Association of Teachers of German. Simone is looking forward to teaching and organizing events for the German speaking community at the Treffpunkt Sprache.