Johannes Froebel Parker is a New York State certified teacher with a long career, teaching English as a Second Language.

When I was a child, Lina Froebel sang to me in German, and told stories from her native Thuringia about my ancestors.

This inspired me to study at the Julius Maximilians Universitaet in Wuerzburg and visit the places remembered by my great grandmother.

Later, when I taught English as a Foreign Language at Marie Curie Oberschule in Berlin, I was able to make frequent visits to Thuringia and the places where Friedrich Froebel lived and created the first kindergarten.

These experiences inspired me to create a picture book for children about the first kindergarten with text in English, German and Spanish.

My mother and I traveled to the Froebel birthplace of Oberweissbach in 2013 for the start of the Froebel Decade. This visit inspired me to annotate a classic reference work about Friedrich Froebel with notes, illustrations, and information gleaned from my visits to Thuringia and genealogical research.

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