University of Connecticut Ph.D., Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (2009) Specialization in Medieval Literature.
Dissertation: "Ronsasvals and the Origins of the Chanson de Roland"
Université de Paris X - Nanterre
Completed all courses for an M.A. in Medieval History, 1995-96.
New York University M.A., French Language and Civilisation (1996)
Awarded a full academic scholarship to NYU-in-Paris
Studied at both the NYU-in-Paris and the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
Master's thesis subject: Language acquisition and The Natural Approach
Carla Rossi Academy (in Monsummano Terme, Italy)
Dante: La Divina Commedia, six-week summer program, 1995.
Université de Paris III - Sorbonne
L'Enseignement de FLE (Teaching French as a Foreign Language), Summer 1990.
University of Connecticut B.A., English literature (1984)
École Bilingue Berkeley, CA
Aug, 2021 to present
Carmen Arace M. S. Bloomfield, CT
2020 - 2021
Middlesex Middle School Darien, CT
2019 - 2020
SUNY - Purchase Purchase, NY
2018 - 2019
Adjunct Professor of French
B. Dover Jackson MS New London, CT
2018 - 2019
New Canaan HS New Canaan, CT
2016 - 2018
French teacher (AP French, UConn ECE)
KING'S ACADEMY Madaba, JORDAN
2014 - 2016
French teacher, French club organizer, and student advisor
EASTCONN Hampton, CT
Dec, 2013 Oct, 2014
Employed as a consultant to create an exchange program for the Windham Academy for Humanities and Arts (Willimantic, CT) Details below.
STMHS New London, CT
Jan, 2012 Sep, 2013
Employed as a consultant to create an exchange program for the STEM Magnet High School (New London, CT) Details below.
Waterford Public Schools Waterford, CT
2003 - 2014
French teacher ('04 - '14) Latin teacher ('03-'04)
New Haven Public Schools New Haven, CT
2001 - 2003
Wheeler High School N. Stonington, CT
1999 - 2001
Eastern Connecticut State Univ. Willimantic, CT
Jan, 1998 Jul, 1999
French instructor Introductory and advanced levels
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
Sep, 1996 Dec, 1997
French instructor Beginner to upper levels FREN 267 (French Theater)
Université de Paris Nanterre, FRANCE
Oct, 1995 Jun, 1996
Instructor - English-language courses in American government, American media
Lycée International St-Germain-en-Laye, FRANCE
Sep, 1993 Jun, 1995
7th - 10th grade teacher American lit., Anc. and Medieval History
FRENCH & ARABIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM (2016) Developed an exchange program and school partnership between King's Academy and the lycée Lucie Aubrac in Courbevoie, France. The lycée Aubrac is one of the few high schools in France which offers Arabic language instruction. The partnership is starting in 2016 with online support (a closed FB group and school blog pages) and videoconferences between participating classes. In 2016/17, the schools are planning to send students on family-stay exchange trips.
INTERNATIONAL FRENCH TRIVIA NIGHT (2015, 2016) Developed a regional French Trivia Quiz in 2015, with five schools from the Amman area participating, represented by 60 students competing with our 15 students from King's. The second iteration of our contest had two overseas schools (New London High School in Connecticut, and the collège Henri Guillaumet in Blagnac, France) participating in our Kahoot! quiz in an online chat room.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL KARAOKE @ KING'S (2015, 2016) Developed a popular karaoke activity as weekend entertainment for permanent boarding students. The first event saw students perform in 14 different languages; the second time, 20 languages.
Mythes, Légendes, et Folklore (2014) Worked with Ms. Hélène Papper (United Nations, Chief of Radio - Mali) to develop a francophone radio program. The program solicited contributions recorded by students from all over the world, recounting favorites stories from their homelands.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (2013-2014): Arts and Humanities Academy in Windham, CT and the colegio Los Angeles in Madrid, Spain Worked as a consultant for the New London Public School system. Coordinated administrators and art and foreign language teachers in Windham to develop the format for a year-long, interdisciplinary research project. Traveled to Madrid to coordinate this program with the Spanish counterpart.
DEVELOPED PLATFORM for FOREIGN LANGUAGE PATHWAY (2013-2014): All-magnet school district in New London, CT Worked as a consultant for Dr. Stephen Adamowski, Special Master of New London Public Schools. Developed vision for a new Foreign Language program. Coordinated with system administrators and BOE members and made a public presentation for the New London Board of Ed.
INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (2012-2013): Science and Tech Magnet High School in New London, CT and the Liceo Scientifico in Montecatini Terme, Italy. Worked as a consultant for the New London Public School system. Coordinated with science and math teachers in New London and Montecatini to develop a family-stay exchange trip. This relationship has continued, with trips happening annually for the last seven years.
The Center for European Partnership (2010 - 2011) Developed charter for non-profit organization to advance the following programs: EuroCONNECT and A-B-C Exchanges (Academic, Business, and Cultural exchanges.) These programs seek to introduce a new model for teaching foreign language in Connecticut using foreign language programs as a platform to attract European business investment to our state.
International video-conferencing (March 2010 - June 2013) Initiated a program of video-conferences between students from Waterford's Contemporary Affairs classes and students from our partner schools: Geschwister-Scholl Gymnasium in Lebach, Germany; Liceo Scientifico Salutati in Montecatini Terme, Italy; and Collège Henri Guillaumet in Blagnac, France.
International exchange programs for WATERFORD HIGH SCHOOL (Oct 2006 - 2014)
Established permanent exchange programs with our partner schools in France, Germany and Italy, including an official exchange of "twinning" letters between our town halls. On alternate years, Waterford students participated in exchange trips to the schools in these towns. Starting in 2006, WHS ran exchange trips with our partner school in Poitiers, France, the Lycée Victor Hugo. As part of this exchange, our students' civic engagement in the community included volunteering for the "Caravane des Sports", teaching young French children fencing, golf, and softball.
In February 2010, our students spent two weeks in Germany. In October 2010, 30 Italian students came to Waterford High, and 18 French students came in May 2011. In April 2011, 33 Waterford students traveled to Montecatini Terme, and 16 more spent two weeks in Blagnac, France. All students attended classes and educational programs in the host schools and the surrounding areas.
Waterford High School, (Aug 2002 - Jun 2004) Director of High School Drama Program.
Eastern Connecticut State University, (Aug 1998 - May 1999) WECS, 91.7, Campus radio station; produced a weekly, one-hour, French music show supported by a website with lyrics and vocabulary notes.
Institut de La Tour, Paris, FRANCE, (1990 - 1993) Director of the Bilingual Section
Lastours, FRANCE, (1996 - 1999; 2004 - 2006) Archeological excavation of medieval village, under direction of Marie-Elise Gardel
Reggello, ITALY, (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000) Archeological excavation of medieval oppidum, under direction of Pr. Guido Vannini.
Multilingualism Conference (United World College of South East Asia, Singapore) Presentation title: Teaching second languages like first languages. CLICK HERE for conference web page
Regional Professional Development Conference Presentation title: Using online pedagogical resources (TV5, lyricstraining.com, Voicethread, VOKI, Quizlet, etc) in your foreign language classes.
WPS Professional Development Meeting Presentation title: CBLI in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Regional Professional Development Conference Presentation title: Making AUDIOBOOKS with GarageBand and Keynote.
Regional Professional Development Conference Presentation title: TPR exercises for all levels of language study / ASL and TPR.
Regional Professional Development Conference Presentation title: TPR using TPRManager. (TPRManager is a website currently in development, designed by Mark and Richard Foster, to facilitate, track, and generate data on TPR usage.)
Regional Professional Development Conference Presentation title: Online resources for Foreign Language Teachers.
CABE (CT Assoc. of Boards of Education) Fall Conference Conference title: Educating Our Children for a Global Society Presentation title: Overcoming Obstacles to International Exchange Travel.
CTCOLT (CT Council of Language Teachers)Technology Conference Presentation title: Online resources for French teachers
Montréal, 13th Congress of the International Society of Courtly Literature Topic: Roland and Aude: The Courtly Love of the Occitan Song of Roland.
Université d'Avignon Topic: Ronsasvals et les origines de La Chanson de Roland.
The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University Topic: Syllabus for a Multimedia Unit on Immigration in France
The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University Topic: TPR and Podcasting in the Foreign Language Classroom
The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University Topic: Community-service-oriented exchange trips
CTCOLT (CT Council of Language Teachers)Technology Conference Topic: Creating podcasts to support a Literacy-based program
Boston College, Medieval Conference Topic: Ronsasvals and the Origins of The Song of Roland
The Center for the Teaching of French at Yale University Topic: Life as an American Expatriate
University of Connecticut, Medieval Conference
Topic: Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide
HONORS AND AWARDS
May 2003 Connecticut Secretary of State’s Public Service Award -
In recognition of efforts made to develop a new paradigm for Foreign Language education in Connecticut schools.
April 2000 and April 2005
Dictée des Amériques, Québec -
Represented Connecticut in a French contest featuring competitors from 40 countries. Qualified for the final round as top competitor from Region B (Eastern Europe, non-francophone Africa, South America and the US).