Mission Statement: A core passion for student learning drives my ambition to teach.
Even after five years at NC State and many more years as a high school and middle school teacher in the Intermountain West, it is a joy to facilitate student learning from the beginning to the end of each semester and to celebrate the progress each student makes.
In addition to my own family travels throughout Western Europe, Tanzania, and New Zealand, I have taken more than half a dozen groups of students to France and Quebec for 1-3 weeks at a time. It is inspiring to see the confidence levels rise as each student uses the language in day-to-day situations such as the market, a store, or a bank and finds that native speakers understand them and are grateful for their perseverance and eagerness to communicate in French.
Language study opens the door to travel, culture, and new ways of thinking about and looking at our world. It can bring new relationships, personal awareness, and a fresh understanding that we are more alike than we are different. Your study of French will give you back more than you ever thought possible!
Pre K-12 Principal Certification Educational Leadership University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho)
Specialist in Education Instructional and Curricular Studies University of Nevada Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)
M.A. French Literature University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
B.S. Education (French) University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
B.A. French Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington)
Diplôme de langue et civilisation française, Certificat de langue française Université de Paris, Sorbonne (Paris, France)