Hallo und Willkommen auf meinem Webblog des Memorial High GAPP-Austausches!!
(Hello and welcome to my blog of Memorial High’s GAPP exchange)

My name is Kerri Patton – otherwise known as Frau Patton – and I am the GAPP-exchange coordinator at Memorial High School (MHS) in Eau Claire, WI.  I took over the MHS GAPP exchange when I became the new German instructor at Memorial in 2010.  Over the past seven years coordinating the exchange with my German counterpart at the Gustav-Heinemann Schule (GHS) in Rüsselsheim, I’ve learned a lot about navigating the waters of international exchange, both domestically and abroad.

As a seasoned GAPP coordinator, I am known to provide: domestic and international travel planning services, GAPP program management, host family coordination, translation services, tour guide dexterity (artistry with bravado!), crisis negotiation, medical liaising, travel counseling, gummy bear advising, souvenir-shop speculating, and the list goes on. One never knows what might come up while hosting domestically or traveling abroad, but you can be guaranteed, I’ll do my best to figure out an answer!

I’ve created this page as a simple way for you to get the most updated information about the MHS-GHS GAPP exchange as well as access important forms, see what we’ve been up to all these years (check out the photo section!), and get your questions answered.

I hope you enjoy the website, and thank you for trusting me as your fearless GAPP exchange leader!

Kerri “Frau” Patton
MHS Deutsch / GAPP Coordinator

UnicornIndeed, that is me on a unicorn in Salzburg, Austria 😉


5 thoughts on “Willkommen

  1. What a great program you have at your school. I would have love to have a program like that when I was in high school. I traveled to Germany when I was younger. My family is from the Landstuhl area. We spent an entire month traveling around mostly south Germany. My favorite part by far was all the amazing food. Looking forward to reading further posts.


    • Cool! Landstuhl is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes from our partner city of Rüsselsheim. I love that area of Germany. Was your family, by chance, in the military? I ask, because Ramstein airbase is right there as well as the Landstuhl Medical Center, which serves as the largest American overseas hospital for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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