Bonjour! I have been on the HHS staff since 2011, and I enjoy being a part of the Harrisonville community. I grew up south of Cleveland, Ohio, and in 2004 I earned my BA in French from Bethany College, a small liberal arts school in northern West Virginia. From there, I began teaching at Charleston Catholic High School in West Virginia's capital. I spent two and a half great years at Charleston Catholic as a French teacher, Quiz Bowl coach, and Drama Club sponsor, but I was interested in experiencing life in a more metropolitan area, so in 2007 I accepted a job at Flint Hill School in suburban Washington, D.C. Here, I continued teaching French, including an AP course, and I also organized a trip to Washington for a group of French high school students from outside of Paris. These students were hosted by the families of my students, and it was a great opportunity for all involved to learn about each other's cultures. In 2008, I married my husband, Romaric, and later that year his job moved us to western Michigan, where I was offered a customer service position in a local company that does business with French-speaking Canada. This was a great opportunity to use my French in a business setting, but I quickly realized that I wanted to be back in the classroom. The private schools I had taught in previously did not require me to be certified, so I enrolled in a graduate teacher certification program at Grand Valley State University, which allowed me to earn certification while doing graduate coursework. I finished the program in May of 2011, right around the time that Romaric's job transferred us again- this time to Kansas City. We moved here in early August of 2011. In April of 2012, we were very excited to welcome our first child, Victoria.
I love all things French, and there is nothing I like better than using that passion to help students learn about France and the Francophone world.