I was born in France, and raised in the United States. I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in French and a minor in Spanish. Since graduation, I have lived and worked in both France and the U.S. During my time in France, I also studied fine and graphic arts. I have several years' experience as a teacher and tutor. Having traveled extensively around the globe, I am very passionate about the connection between tourism and language, which led to my creating a French for Travelers class. I return to France regularly to visit family and friends. My other interests include writing, acting, and anything else related to filmmaking/theater, as well as art/illustration, flamenco dance, and yoga.