I am a new mom and am taking a little time away from classroom teaching to get used to my new role. It is SO strange to be taking a step back from a 12-year career and I definitely have mixed feelings about it. For my entire 12 years, I taught French 1-4 in a large and diverse public high school. During that time, I successfully in grew the program by 3 full sections of students. I was also the leader of a long-standing DIY exchange program with a high school in Grenoble, France, and have led over 200 high school students on educational trips in France. Prior to getting my teaching certification, I lived in Chartres, France, for one year as an Assistante de Langue Étrangère and later participated in a three-week stage at Université de Montréal with French teachers from all over the world. I have also served as a member of the Executive Board of the AATF Chicago/Northern Illinois chapter.
Very student-centered. I believe that the students need to be doing more work than I do! I love doing units using the simulation globale method with my upper-level students and getting lower-level students excited about the link between communication and culture. I am passionate about broadening students horizons through the study of other languages and other cultures and I believe that is reflected in my classroom.
Member, AATF Chicago/Northern Illinois Chapter Executive Board; Recipient, AATF Bourse to summer program at Université de Montréal; Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society
BA English and French, St. Olaf College; MEd Teaching and Learning, DePaul University; Certificat de FLE, Universté de Montréal
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