12 years as a French classroom teacher, teaching ages 12-18.
I believe kids learn best through as much immersion as possible, so I like to teach as much in French as I can, from day one. I've taught traditional FSL and also immersion, and I pull from those experiences as I create resources. As a teacher who did not like (or did not have!) textbooks, I created most of my own units for many years. Because my lessons were fun, the kids loved to learn, and they learned so well! I love project based learning and learning through real life experiences. I'm the mom of a child with ADHD who NEEDS to move, so I strive to create resources that will be effective and fun for a variety of learning styles.
The best honor I have ever received is when my students reach out to me after graduating from high school or college. Knowing I have made an impact on someone is the highest honor I could receive. I love to hear that my students have continued to study French in college! When I taught high school, my students won the citywideFrench trivia competition at a local university several years in a row, and each year, I had numerous finalists and several winners in poetry performance at the same university.
I grew up in the U.S., but I spent part of my high school and college years in Europe. In college, I planned to be an English teacher in France, but when I got married, I came back to the U.S. where I've been teaching French and English ever since.
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English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, World Language, French, Spanish, EFL - ESL - ELD, Foreign Languages, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, en Français, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Early Intervention, End of Year