Deborah Backman grew up in Vermont, where she began learning German at Milton Jr./Senior High in the 8th grade. She majored in German and History at the University of Vermont and studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany during her junior year. After graduating, she spent a year in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant. Upon return to the states, she completed her Master's program in Education at the University of Vermont. She got her first job teaching middle school German at Maranacook Community School. She has been teaching at Cony since September 1999.
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8th Grade German
The German program at Cony
As students progress through the German program, there will be many opportunities for them, including the German Club, German Honor Society and the German American Partnership Program (GAPP). The German Club meets once a month and does cultural activities, such as games, movies and cooking. The German Honor Society is a way that students can distinguish themselves by maintaining an “A” average in their German studies. Graduating seniors who complete 4 or more credits of German with an “A” average wear an honor cord at graduation. Through GAPP, students from our partner school visit Cony and stay with Cony host families, and Cony students travel to Germany in the summer to stay with host families from our partner school. Our next GAPP trips are scheduled for summer 2019 and 2021. If you like to plan ahead, these trips are usually about 3 weeks long and cost around $2200.
PASCH - Partner Schulen der Zukunft (Partner Schools of the Future):
In November of 2017, the Cony German program was inducted into the global PASCH-Network of schools which have distinguished themselves through their strong German programs. Cony is only one of 13 schools throughout the United States to have earned this distinction. PASCH schools are supported financially by the Goethe Institut and Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. As a result, we receive about $15,000 per year for students to partake in German-related activities throughout the United States and Germany at no cost to them. It’s an incredible opportunity for Cony students and something to look forward to as your child progresses through the German program. Click here for more information about PASCH.