Board of Directors

Marlene Daniel – Registrar/Administration
Lives in Atlanta since 2005. Joined the German School in 2005 and started working for the school as the Registrar in 2006.

Susanne Estrella – Principal
Susanne was born in Wolfenbüttel and grew up in Harxbüttel, a tiny suburb in the north of Braunschweig, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. She received her MBA from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and worked as an accountant and tax consultant for over ten years. She joined the GSA Board of Directors in 2012, and the Faculty in 2013, and is the school’s Principal since July 2016. Further, Susanne is a faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages, German Studies, at Kennesaw State University. Susanne lives with her husband and their two children in East Cobb and both of their children are attending the German School of Atlanta.

Carsten Alting – Legal Counsel
Carsten Allting is a U.S.-German attorney/Rechtsanwalt who has been living and working in the U.S. since 1996. He is married and has 3 children. His work focuses on advising and assisting foreign companies, namely from Germany, doing business in the U.S.

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Michaela Claus-Nix

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Sven Olensky

Katja Lauterbach – President
Was born and raised in Berlin. Holds a degree in Business Administrations and Industrial Engineering. Married, 2 children, and lives since 2005 in the USA, running her own business. ”With two children at the German school of Atlanta it is important for me to support the school in every way possible.” For the school year 2012/13 she was helping to implement an online platform for E-Learning to establish online classes at the school.

Christine Mathews – Secretary & Librarian
moved to US in 1990 got BS in Hotel & Restaurant Administration at UT Tennessee, Knoxville married with 2 children have been at GSA since 2006 currently responsible for the library at GSA, along with wonderful volunteers.

Peter Noelle – Technology & Fundraising
Peter was born in Berlin in 1963. He is the Executive Director of PROPLANT, Inc., a company that designs and implements integrated processes and systems for production and logistics worldwide. His ties to the German School go back to 1998 when his oldest daughter joined the GSA as a student. Peter is a board member since 2002.

Nadine Vaughan – Treasurer & Volunteer Coordinator
Nadine Vaughan grew up in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt and after her bank apprenticeship with Norddeutsche Landesbank earned her Bachelor in Business-Law from Anhalt University, Bernburg, Germany. She moved to the US in 2002 and has since continued her banking career with Wells Fargo Bank N.A., where she works as a Trade Finance Relationship Manager in the Global Banking Group. Nadine first came in contact with the GSA in 2009 when her daughter started in the Spielgruppe. She has served on the board since 2011.


  • Germany: Making Choices

    Posted on September 12, 2017

    •           Kennesaw State University is once again, and for the fourth time, bringing the annual “KSU German Culture Week” to the GSA Campus. This year’s topic is “Germany: Making Choices”. Please join us on September 30, 2017, in the Cafeteria. 11:00-11:30 KSU Quiz Bowl “Germany: Making Choices” 11:30-11:45 Parade 11:45-12:00 Making *healthy* Choices Celebration

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  • Spielstrasse 2017

    Posted on May 2, 2017

    • You are cordially invited to be part of this relaxing and fun German morning. School starts as always at 9:30am

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Contact Us

The German School of Atlanta, Inc
P.O. Box 2548, Stockbridge, GA 30281

(770 ) 670-2908 (Telephone)

Classes are held at

East Cobb Middle School, 380 Holt Road NE Marietta, GA 30068