Gretchen is our new Administrative Assistant in the Birmingham campus office.
I was born in New York City, grew up in New Jersey, attended college and graduate school in Massachusetts, married and started a family in Germany, and lived in New Hampshire for seven years before landing in southeast Michigan in August of 2014. I must admit that we were devastated when my husband found out he would be transferred to Michigan for work, since we did not have a single friend to welcome us to the vast Midwest. However, once we discovered the Roeper School for our son, we all agreed that this move was meant to be! (And we really like Michigan pasties, the wide variety of squirrels that live here, and, most importantly, the religious, racial and cultural diversity of Metro Detroit)
Before taking this position at Roeper, some of my favorite experiences have included portraying a seventeenth-century indentured servant at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts; teaching outdoors and in every possible weather at a “Waldkindergarten” (forest preschool/kindergarten) in Bruchsal, Germany; and transporting the Peace Light from Bethlehem from JFK airport to Bedford, New Hampshire, while stopping to share the flame with Polish, Ukranian and US Scout groups at highway rest stops throughout New England.
When not at work you will find me catering to every whim of our beautiful and demanding cat, Gracie, and (when Gracie permits) reading, baking, sewing and teaching myself traditional European crafts – with mixed results. I’m currently learning to tie German straw stars and I’m looking forward to trying my hand at creating Ukranian Easter eggs (Pysanky), although I fear the combination of delicate egg shells, hot wax, and a jealous cat could well end in disaster. Please wish me luck.