Petra Götzen was born in Bremerhaven, Germany. She has a Bachelor Degree in Management Information Systems and a Master Degree in Teaching. She moved to the USA in 1998 where she got diagnosed with cancer. During the remission period she completed her Master Degree and worked as a teacher. She returned to Germany in the year of 2008 and got employed at an International School as a teacher and German Department Team Leader as well as was involved in the language learning council committee which reviewed, evaluated, and finalized the effectiveness of the German immersion program/Integrated German and the English as a Second Language Program.