I teach all levels of French to grades 6-12 since 2002 and moderate an engineering co-curricular at an all-boys school in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. I love to ideate, create and fabricate combining my prowess of French with my technological know-how.
I strive to engage my students on a daily basis in French. I have Ben Franklin's quote "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." up on my whiteboard in front of my class and try to remember to involve my students as much as possible each and every day. Some days I am more successful than others!
I am the Air Force Association MN STEM teacher of the year for 2016. I am the American Association Dorothy S. Ludwig French Teacher of the year for the secondary level in 2015. I am one of 74 educators from 15 different countries to become part of the 2015-2016 Prezi Educators Society, a program for educators around the world to share their ideas and knowledge via the Prezi platform. I am the Minnesota American Association of Teachers of French Teacher of the year in 2010. In 2009 I was awarded the Mike Rongitsch Faculty Award given by Saint Thomas Academy Father's club.
I have a Masters of Arts in Education from Saint Mary's University and a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. I studied abroad at l'Université de Caen in Normandy France when I was a sophomore in college.
Along with teaching French I moderate my school's Experimental Vehicle Team, which gives students a real-life, hands-on engineering experience. I love to draw, write, run, and cook with my daughters. I am passionate about bringing STEM into the foreign language classroom.