Madlen grew up and studied in Germany and has been living and teaching in New Zealand since 2011.

Madlen is passionate about languages and trained to teach ESOL, German and Geography. She has also studied Spanish, Russian, Latin and some Mandarin. MadIen has taught at a variety of schools in Germany and New Zealand and completed the programme Transforming Practice in Language Teaching (TPLT, formerly TPDL). She has worked with Asian languages teachers at International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP) as a Teacher Development Adviser providing e-tools and support. Madlen has delivered e-learning and language pedagogy workshops and worked with teachers individually.

Madlen's free time is spent playing the viola in an orchestra, reading and travelling the world to experience new cultures and languages. 

Madlen will be teaching the Spanish extension class while Sofie Jacobs is on leave and supporting VLN Primary school e-teachers and students online.