Hello and Guten Tag! I am Brigitte Storey and I am a member of the World Language Department at the Camp Hill School District. My background is somewhat eclectic and I came to the teaching profession in quite a roundabout way.
I was born in Berlin, Germany, and was raised in a small town in what was then West Germany. If you are interested in taking a look at my hometown, click on the link here.
After finishing high school I came to the United States in an informal type of au pair arrangement and subsequently decided to start my life here in this country. I got married, went to college (La Salle University in Philadelphia) and earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. For a while I worked as a social worker and then devoted a number of years to raising my three children. During that time I taught childbirth education classes (which got me hooked on the idea of teaching) and I later earned my social studies teaching certificate (Seton Hill College in Greensburg) and a Master's degree in German Studies (Millersville University).
Finally, here I am in my 15th year at Camp Hill, after teaching German and Social Studies at the West Shore School District for several years. During those years I have had the opportunity to teach civics, American history, World History (parts 1 and 2), Psychology and four levels of German, including Advanced Placement. So, I have become - quite literally - a jack of many trades and a Master of German. I love what I do! I love teenagers! And I can't think of anything I would rather be doing professionally.
In my personal life, I love to travel and I have had the good fortune of being able to take several extensive trips around Europe, most recently during the summer of 2018. While in Germany in 2004 I was married at the church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther preached during the Reformation. What a fantastic experience!!
I also accompanied a group of students (including 3 Camp Hill students) on a study trip in the summer of 2007, a group of 7 Camp Hill students in the summer of 2008, a group of 16 Camp Hill students in the summer of 2011, a group of 12 Camp Hill students in the summer of 2013, a group of 18 students in the summer of 2015,a group of 19 students in the summer of 2017, and a group of 22 students in the summer of 2019. In the intervening years I visited Germany several times due to family concerns and for vacations.
My next favorite pastime is reading. My children are all grown and I have several adorable grandchildren. Unfortunately, many live quite far away. My son, as well as my son-in-law, have served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fortunately, both are home safe and sound at this time.
I love being at Camp Hill and am excited about the successful continuation of the German-American exchange program which will be in its seventh exchange cycle this school year.Thank you for having me here at Camp Hill!