I have been a private French tutor for four years. I have eight years of experience teaching French in New Jersey public schools. I have taught levels 1 through AP. I received a Fulbright in 2011 via the “Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program”. I have a BA in French from Rider University, where I was awarded the “Foreign Language Study Award” and received a “Certificate of Merit For Outstanding Achievement in French” during my senior year. I have worked and traveled extensively in Southern France, where I spent a full school year working as an English Teaching Assistant in a French high school. I had a wonderful experience in France. I played tennis for our town; I played piano and sang with the school’s gospel choir, and even had my own radio show. I return often to keep my language skills sharp.
With regard to my teaching philosophy, to me a great teacher is one that supports and encourages first, freely exhibits passion for the chosen subject area, and prepares meaningful relevant lessons - ideally new or tweaked, for every student. Even when you think you have planned and researched enough about how to make your lesson more communicative in nature, more challenging, meaningful and 100% engaging, you can always tweak things. A great teacher never stops creating for students. A great teacher creates a comfortable, non-threatening learning environment, where students feel at ease when sharing and participating. A great teacher goes above and beyond what is expected, to excite students about learning. There is nothing more difficult than learning another language and then having to speak that language in front of teachers and peers. I believe that when foreign language students feel like they are free to speak the language at any time, when they feel encouraged and at ease, when they can connect to a culture, they are more successful.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rider University - Bachelor in Arts, French
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