Oduma Tom Adelio was born in Marburg, Hessen, and moved to Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2008 where he spent four and a half years at an American middle/ high school. He eventually completed his high school degree in Paderborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen. After various trips and longer stays in anglophone countries, such as Ghana, Canada, the US, and the UK, he had found his passion for the English language and literature. Oduma started to pursue his degree in English, Philosphy/Ethics, and French at the University of Tübingen in 2017. In his spare time, he loves to read all kinds of literature with a political, historical, and biographical background. He also enjoys any type of sports and outdoor activity as a compensation to his daily uni life.
Kuan-Chun Chen was born and raised in Taichung City, Taiwan. It took him six years to complete his B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics. He spent four years in Taipei, one year in Washington D.C., and one year in Tübingen. Kuan was fond of the serene yet vibrant university town and decided to pursue a M.A. in English Literatures and Cultures in Tübingen. He used to think that he would pursue a M.A. in Linguistics, but he somehow discovered the beauty of literature. Kuan enjoys listening to songs in foreign languages he does not know.
Hannah Schaeferjohann was born in Göttingen, Niedersachsen, and moved to the Black Forest in 2003. After having completed her high school degree in 2012, she spent a year in Redlands, California, to work as an Au Pair. There, she audited an English theater and improvisations class at the University of Redlands and discovered her love for the English language. Hannah started studying English and German for a teaching degree in 2013 and was especially intrigued by the variety of English culture and its multitude of accents. After spending a semester abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she showed a great interest in the coexistence and communication of different cultures and communities, as well as its unique history, she traveled to Bristol and Edinburgh to dwell in the realms of great writers such as Sir Arthur Scott and Robert Burns. Hannah is looking forward to working together with students and to continue to grow as a writer.
Sarah Scholte was born in Heilbronn and basically raised "bicultural" – Schwäbisch and Norddeutsch. To enrich this mix, her parents took her to the U.S.A. as a fetus and again as a toddler. Somehow, little Sarah was so enchanted by these experiences that she went on to spend a school year in Minnesota. After the Abitur in 2012, she worked as an Au Pair in Washington D.C. and started pursuing her teaching degree in English and Political/Economic Sciences in Tübingen in 2013. In her free time, she loves to volunteer for her exchange organization, read Young Adult novels and Shakespeare, sing under the shower, and attempt new hairstyles with YouTube tutorials.
Anna Skene-Hill was born and bred in Surrey, England, where she lived until moving to Gloucestershire to study History and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Having completed her undergraduate degree, Anna decided that she wanted to experience life somewhere else and began au-pairing for a family in Germany, with whom she remains today. She quickly decided that she wasn't ready to finish studying but thought it was maybe best to choose a course with a shorter title, thus beginning her Masters in English Literatures and Cultures in Tübingen. When not spending time with her German family, Anna likes reading, meeting friends for tea, arguing about what constitutes a 'proper cuppa' and, when time and budget allow, trying to visit new places.
Petra Sonntag was born and raised in a small town not far from Tübingen. She first discovered her love for English and anglophone culture during a high school year in Auckland, New Zealand. After having passed the Abitur, she spent a year working as a Foreign Language Assistant in Lyon, France, before moving on to study at the University of Tübingen and the University of Leeds. Petra currently pursues a M.A. in American Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys going for extensive walks and hikes with her dog, play Squash, crazy-dance to her favorit 90s music, care for the jungle in her flat, and spend time with family and friends.
Shawn Raisig has been teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language since 2003. She taught English in the U.S. at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), and the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR). She also taught a variety of academic English courses at the Sprachenzentrum for the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and she has been an instructor for academic English at the University of Tübingen since 2007.
In addition to teaching ESL/EFL, Shawn co-founded the Research and Writing Center for the English Department at the University of Tübingen in 2008, and she has been the acting director ever since. She is currently an active member of the European Writing Center Association (EWCA) and the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW). Her research interests include writing methods and pedagogy as well as teacher and tutor training.
Shawn received her B.A. in German from the University of Michigan and spent one year studying abroad at Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. She received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University and was actively involved in the professional organizations MITESOL (Michigan TESOL) and TESOL.
In her spare time, Shawn enjoys almost any sports-related activity (running, biking, swimming, and hiking are her favorites!), reading, and drinking coffee and tea with family and friends.