I’m from Martinique, an overseas region of France in the Caribbean. My country is a small island of 1,128 km2 (436 sq mi), located between 2 English-speaking islands (Dominica in the north and Saint Lucia in the south). It is in the northeast of Venezuela (a Spanish-speaking country). We also share a common language in some countries (Saint-Lucia, Dominica, Haiti, Guadeloupe…), the Creole. The island is so small that no point is more than 12 km (7-8 miles) from the sea and the beach. Because Martinique is an overseas region of France, we share the same educational system as France; I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education from Schoelcher University, in Martinique, with a minor in Economics and international studies. I have been teaching and tutoring French to learners with different language proficiency levels from different backgrounds and spread in various parts of the world (Belgium, Japan, England, Belgium, Togo…) for more than eight years. My desire to teach evolves out of a strong desire to help students learn a new language; I can tailor my instructions to fit the style of the learner. I use my knowledge, combined with my teaching and research skills, to help students achieve and exceed their goals. I also like to cook and write; I write non-fiction bilingual children’s books and some novels. Between teaching, cooking, and writing, I’m spending time with my husband and our son, attending basketball, lacrosse, and football games and practices, and managing our trips for our son out-of-state games. I’m easygoing, patient, and a great listener, and I look forward to meeting you in my class very soon! Milaine.