Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Hildegard Sellner, immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. A first-generation university graduate and a non-native speaker of English, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University-Billings in 1998, and a Master of Arts (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in German Literature at the University of Oregon. She moved to Juneau in 2005 and started working in the Learning Center in 2006. In 2008, she stepped into the role of manager. In this role, she oversees the center's tutoring operations, testing services, and general academic support functions.