owner & teacher

"Learning English is an Art"


My name is Shelley H. Gutknecht-Stöhr, but you can just call me Shelley. I was born and raised in N.Y., I'm, 36 years old, and have been living in Hamburg for 4 1/2 years now. And yes, I moved here for love.


What I brought to Hamburg is my love of teaching language through art and creativity. I founded Studio 42 - the creative studio of Art and English, in 2016. It happened like this:


From 2009 to 2012, I was a class teacher at the Otto Specht Waldorf School in Spring Valley, New York. Among other things, I taught German, History, and Art to my students, always using creativity as a means to deepen their understanding. For example, History classed included replicating clay figures of a particular time in history, drawing technical geometric forms, and painting related images. Artistry and creativity is intrinsic in the Waldorf curriculum, which I, myself, had the fortune of experiencing as a Waldorf student myself. 

In language class, instead of cramming vocabulary students learned the language intuitively which layed the groundwork for later success in language aquisition. When teaching through creativity language can be learned in a playful way. Hesitation and insecurity dicipates, and self-esteem is developed. This frees positive emotions and has been proven to have a great impact on our ability to learn.

They say about us New Yorkers, that we are always open for new things. That is what I am bring to you. With gratitude and excitement: "Welcome to Studio 42!"  


Milestones in my career:

English teacher, freie Waldorfschule in Stade                                                                                  2012 – 2016

Main Lesson and German teacher, Otto Specht Waldorf School, New York                                2009 – 2012

Art Therapist, Rudolph Steiner Fellowship Community, New York                                               2008 – 2009

Masters degree in Psychologie & Kunsttherapie, Scool of Visual Arts, New York                        2006 – 2008

Executive Administrator, Harlington Realty, New York                                                                   2003 – 2006

Bachelors degree in German Language & Lit, Hunter College, New York                                    1999 – 2003

painting teacher


"Painting is a First Language"

Stephanie spent most of her life in the Midwestern cultural hub of Kansas City, Missouri; but found her way overseas to Germany when her love of painting met her love of travel. Since her early life, she found that the most natural and rewarding way to say something is with a brush and a bit of color. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Kansas with her degree in Painting and Drawing. There she spent countless hours observing models in the classroom, painting her own vision in the studio, and also working outdoors, painting plein air in the early mornings.


Stephanie moved to Hamburg in August 2017, and she currently teaches English privately, works with children in a Kita, and instructs art through the English language at the Studio. She is excited to share her interests, knowledge, and passions with all of her students. 




"Photography helps me show others how I see everything around me"

Mohsen is an photographer, a graphic designer, and world-traveler. Originally from Tehran, Iran, he began photography as a hobby in his teenage days with analog cameras and eventually migrated to digital photography entirely. In his early 20s, he started photographing professionally and owned his own studio for about a year before leaving Iran to start his traveling journey. After two years living in Turkey, he finally landed in Hamburg where he is now teaching and sharing all his experiences with those who are interested. With an extensive background in digital software and a degree in graphic design also, he offers his students from start to finish, an exceptional journey through photographing.