Manuela Koenig Shepherd was born and grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Communist East Germany.
When she was 14, she and her family watched the live broadcast as, just 80 miles away in East Berlin, the Berlin Wall came down.
In the months to come, she would also witness the Soviet Army leave their military base in her home town before Germany finally reunified in 1991.
She and Jason met in Atlanta in June 2001 and have been married since March 2004. Manuela graduated magna cum laude with her teaching degree from Kennesaw State University.
She has spent most of her teaching career working with children suffering with Autism. She currently teaches physical education at Devereux Georgia, a facility for at risk youth located in Kennesaw.