Ms. Karlena Sakas



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Karlena Sakas

Position: Teacher of German and English Language Learners (2007-present)
Location: JHHS Room 2402
Phone: 540-662-3471 ext. 45192
Pride Time: Class of 2020
Google Classroom: Please email Ms. Sakas for both student and parent/guardian access.


Service and Experience

Professional Development Highlights

  • Intermediate Spanish Immersion at ECELA Language School (Level B1), Buenos Aires, 2018
    Good Company/In the Company of Women, Washington, 2016 & 2018
    "Mehr Autonomie für die Lerner", Goethe-Institut Munich, 2015
    Wild+Free Homeschooling Conference, Williamsburg, 2015
    Beginning Spanish I & II, Lord Fairfax Community College, 2014-2015
    Differentiated Instruction Graduate Course, Shenandoah University, 2013
    "Unterrichtsprojekte im Erwachsenenbereich", Goethe-Institut Mannheim, 2011
    National Teacher Training Institute, Harrisonburg, 2010
    "MUTPED: Oral-Verbal Competence and Communication in German Instruction at American High Schools", Universität Leipzig, 2008
    AATG-VA Immersion Weekends, 2001 - present


Honors and Awards

Selected Presentations

  • "Setting Healthy Boundaries", Richmond Zinefest, Richmond, 2018
    "Vergleich: Deutschland, Côte d'Ivoire und USA" (Co-Presenter), Establishment Application Jean Piaget, Abidjan, 2016 
    "Dare to Differentiate" (Co-Presenter), Foreign Language Association of Virginia , Williamsburg, 2014
    "Little Strategies, Big Results", Student Virginia Education Association Convention, Charlottesville, 2013
    "Technologie im Deutschunterricht", AATG-VA Spring Workshop, Charlottesville, 2009
    "Germans in the Shenandoah Valley", AATG-VA Spring Workshop, Williamsburg, 2008

Languages & Travel

  • English & German (bilingual) & Spanish (intermediate) 
    Travel to five continents, 25 countries, and 28 US states