I am a passionate audiophile with a very eclectic music taste, with a concentration in classical music. I grew up in Normandie, France and also in Code d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I have resided in France, the UK, Germany and in the USA since 1996. I have worked in sales management most of my career.
I am now a dual French/USA citizen. I enjoy French culture very much and love to share that passion with others.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Lutheran University - Bachelors, Business
Graduate Degree: Ecole de Commerce, Le Havre, France - Masters, Business
Music (many genres), travel, world affairs, food & wine, audio.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the person, their passions, and their objectives in working with a French tutor.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Providing fun assignments.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Engage in interesting conversations about his/her areas of interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Provide multiple examples.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them, their areas of interests, and their objectives in hiring a tutor.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to relate the subject to something they like or can relate to.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Illustrate with concrete examples, related if possible to the student's interests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Repeat, repeat, repeat.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking questions, in writing or verbally.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By asking him/her questions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends. French children books for basic levels, more advanced ones otherwise. Songs or podcasts from French radio stations.