I started learning French in forth grade in a public elementary school. I continued to study the language by taking a few steps that many students who are interested in languages do in high school and college. I took AP French classes in high school and participated in a school exchange. At college, I spent my junior year studying and living with a family in Avignon, France and senior year back in the States I lived in the French house, where we spoke the language for all our interactions. Then, the year after I graduated, I taught English in a French high school in Carcassonne, France, for a program funded by the French government. You never know where life will take you!
Though not French related, I also lived in Colombia for a year while teaching English in a bilingual high school. That was the only time in my life that I have lived in a developing country and I would highly recommend it as an experience. I found a group who was visiting families in a small town without electricity and started going with them to bring food and play with the children.
Then my husband’s job took us to Paris for three years, during which I helped start a company where a colleague and I taught English to business people. Here I am in a recent picture back in the neighborhood where I lived in Paris.
For years, my husband and I have taken many trips around France, including ski holidays and biking trips. I have three kids and they are good travelers too. This is a picture from when they were young. They loved taking the Eurostar, the train that runs under the English channel between England and France. It is my passion to meet people while traveling and speak to them in their language!
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