Gary Shipp

Gary A. Shipp

Teacher of German

Willis High School, Willis, TX

After graduating from Brandeis University with degrees in economics and German, Gary Shipp had a life-changing experience at Middlebury. “After starting the master’s program, I began to really think about what I could do with my German. I knew that I wanted to do more than just live in Germany—I had done that before. So I decided to pursue my doctorate.”

Completing a doctorate while living in Germany will be difficult, but Gary feels Middlebury has equipped him for this challenge. “I don’t think there’s anyone who can say that this is not a rigorous curriculum. To be quite honest, when it comes to preparing me for doctoral studies, Middlebury has gone above and beyond.”

Barbara Giegerich

Barbara Giegerich

Teacher of German
Lyons Township High School, La Grange, IL

To do their job well, teachers need to learn more than just pedagogy, says Barbara Giegerich. "I believe you become a better teacher by also learning more about your subject matter. And Middlebury offers phenomenal courses taught by incredibly talented and gifted instructors from all over the world."

What does the future hold? After finishing her MA, Barbara plans to move to Berlin and look for a teaching position. But she might not stay away long. "I am very much considering the DML program. My bachelor's is in French, and I really do see coming back to Middlebury."


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