Bonjour! I am a native speaker of French. I grew up on the French Riviera where I earned an Arts, Communications, Languages degree. My past involvements with Film and Comedy Festivals in Cannes, as well as an unextinguished passion for the Performing Arts have nourished a life-long enthusiasm for student projects based on theater, dance, songs, and movies. I received a PhD in French studies from the University of New Mexico in 2011. I taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a year. I also taught remote classes at the University of Denver and at the Eastern New Mexico University. I have been a French teacher and tutor for over 22 years now. Throughout my teaching career, I have tutored people from all walks of life, all ages, and all levels, from beginner to advanced. The youngest student I had was 4-years old and the eldest, believe it or not, was ..99 years old! I especially enjoy teaching young people because I like to engage their playful minds and creativity. I assist students throughout the communication process with patience and repetition, while ensuring good conversation flow. I want to create a learning environment where students are riveted and eager to respond in my native tongue. I always reinforce all attempts with positive feedback. Just as I enjoy learning about the history, culture and various traditions of New Mexico (USA), where I currently reside, I like to stimulate my student’s curiosity and share my knowledge of the French-speaking world and cultures. My ultimate goal as an educator is to develop open-mindedness. Ideally, I would like my classes to inspire people to travel around the world, to make friends abroad, to explore and experience different values, customs and traditions. I feel that is it important to create a world without borders, and I strongly believe that learning a foreign language can create just that.