French / Western European Languages Department Chair
- Story Listening
- Elementary 2
- Elementary 3
- Elementary Expats
Salut! Guten Tag!
My name is Caroline and I love languages. I speak French, English, German, and Spanish. I am a fan of linguistics and languages. My favorite word is “cooccurrence” because it has three double letters! I love making jokes and I laugh easily. I hope to be successful in helping you have fun with language. I lived in Germany for seven months teaching French at the Gymnasium (High school or Secondary School). I was also a French monitor in Montreal for 5 years.
I have two chihuahuas that make me very happy. I have a bachelor’s in German Studies in Montreal. My German teacher gave me so much motivation and inspiration to continue to learn German in Quebec. I hope to give you a new view after learning French or German with me!
It will be my pleasure to meet you!
My name is Mathieu Fortin, and like it says in the video, I’ve been a French monitor for five years in my college alongside my colleague Caroline Naud, who also works for Bon Voyage Worlds Languagers Academy. I’ve worked with people of all ages, whether it be young teens, college students or lifelong learning adults, who oftentimes came from different linguistic backgrounds, like Spanish, English or Mandarin speakers. As such, I had to come up with diverse strategies to help my students get better at speaking, writing, reading and understanding French, without ever resorting to translation.
More often than not, these strategies came from my own experience with language learning, since I’ve been studying English and German for almost a decade now, and I’m just starting to learn Portuguese. I quickly realized that in order to acquire a new language, you don’t need to buy a thousand grammar books and vocabulary sheets, hoping you’ll retain everything by the end of the day. Rather, it is much more efficient to speak with Native speakers, practice the language during daily activities like cooking, learn new vocabulary through songs and movies, and read and listen to content that peaks your interests.
Megan began her educational career as a college level French and Spanish tutor in 2005. Megan has since spent over a decade in the field of education. She has taught middle school and high school level English classes and even designed curriculum for a number of SAT prep courses. Megan has Bachelor of the Arts in English with a double minor in French and Spanish from Westfield State University and a Master of Science in Education from Walden University
Mafer was born in Colombia, South America where she received a BA in Textile Design and Arts from Los Andes University. She moved to the United States and in 2004 gave birth to her daughter, Isabella.. As well as being a trained textile designer and published artist, Mafer has developed her own unique curriculum and taught Spanish to preschool and elementary children at the Riverbend Montessori school in Sugar Land, Texas, as well as conducting a highly popular after school Spanish program at the Nevada City School of the Arts in California. She also has taught numerous students Spanish online over the past decade.
As a native Spanish speaker, Mafer is raising her daughter as bilingual. She specializes in teaching children ages 3-12 through her interactive curriculum. When not teaching, you will find her hiking and exploring nature as well as promoting healthy nutrition and living.
Mafer loves working in a learning environment with children. Whether it be teaching Spanish, conducting children’s yoga classes, or volunteering at her daughter’s children’s theater, you won’t find her very far from being involved in enriching a child’s life.
She looks forward to the opportunity to teach your child and transport them through the door to the new world that knowing a second language can open.
Bonjour à tous !
My name is Morgane Réto, I am French and I grew up in Brittany in the northwest of France. Since July 2018, I moved with my family in Greenville, in South Carolina for an amazing experience. I have two children, my daughter is 7 and my son is 5.
I worked for an international company for ten years in supply chain and logistics. After that I decided to follow my passion which is to teach, to share knowledge with people. So I decided to come back to school and I got another Master degree in Elementary Education in 2017. In French, I was in charge of a Kindergarten classroom. Since I arrived in the United-States, I teach French as a volunteer in an American Public School, in an international association and I do private French lessons. I love sharing, explaining the French culture and proposing activities where we can have fun and we can learn in the same time.
My name is Sheng-Ping Wang and I am excited to join Bon Voyage World Languages Academy as a Mandarin/Chinese teacher. I was born in Taiwan, grown up in Keelung and went to college in Taipei. I have Bachelor’s degree in Education (specialized in Music Education) from University of Taipei and a Graduate Certificate (Master credits) from U of Maryland, Baltimore County.
I was a certified teacher in Taiwan. As a home room teacher at elementary school, I taught Chinese daily along with other subjects. I and my family have lived in US for 13 years now and I also have years teaching experience in states. I start as an assistant teacher in pre-k classrooms then become a lead teacher in kindergarten enrichment programs as well as a lead staff in K-5 after school programs.
I and my family love to travel. We have visited France, Germany, Prague, London, and Oxford during summer vacations. In order to learn more new things from the world, I and my daughter also study French with Madame Porter in Bon Voyage World Languages Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy working closely with local musicians as a piano accompanist and share homemade recipes on my own blog and cooking websites.
Looking forward to working with you!
My name is Ning Zhan. You can call me Jenny instead. I was born in Quanzhou, where is a coastal city in south-eastern part of China. I have a Bachelor degree in Radio and Television from Shanghai Normal University and Master of Education degree in Learning, Teaching & Curriculum from University of Missouri – Columbia. Over the past five years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to instruct a diverse group of students from Kindergarten to College level in Columbia, Missouri. As a result, I have developed effective teaching techniques and instructional methods, which have allowed me to educate all styles of learners, and to foster a fun and engaging learning environment that effectively teaches art appreciation with Mandarin integrated, in which promotes creativity and encourages growing independence. Now, I am Chinese teacher at Charlotte Chinese Academy. I love to share Chinese language, culture and art with people surroundings and can‘t wait to share my passion with students from Bon Voyage World Language Academy.
Maude teaches our French for Adult Professionals classes
Veronica is a native speaker of Russian language. Being in love with different cultures and their history from a childhood, she has decided to devote all the energy to “living through” new mentalities and learning new languages by travelling and teaching children over three continents.
Veronica obtained a B.A. in International Law from the Belarus State University and then did postgraduate work in linguistics: both in English and Spanish.
Veronica has been teaching Russian for over 2 years in Belarus; and also volunteered to tutor the language to children with disabilities in the U.S.A.; in addition to that, she spent the last year in China giving English classes to the students between 4-5 years of age.
As a teacher, Veronica believes that parents are the best teachers and role models for their child, therefore, positive communications between parents and teachers is a key method in her work. She looks forward to be the best teacher for You or Your child!
Ciao. My name is Sara and I am here to use my 10 years of teaching experience to help you succeed in your dream. For the last 4 years I have been teaching Italian language to students in a top 3 Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. I was born in Rome, Italy and graduated with honors from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, with a degree in Asian Studies and Cultures. I hold a master in Teaching Italian Language. In 2006 I moved to Japan where I worked as an Italian teacher for two years. I also have Ditals II, Teaching Italian as a Foreign language Certification. I am proud of my culture and love to share my language and upbringing with my students. I’m a passionate Italian food and art lover so whether you’re reading biographical information about the brilliant painter Caravaggio or figuring out how to cook some of your favorite Italian dishes, learning Italian with me is simply essential!
Viviana teaches all levels of Italian
Esther teaches all levels of Korean.
Nikol teaches all levels of Greek.
שלום! Shalom – hello!
My name is T’helah Ben-Dan, and I’ve been teaching Hebrew both face-to-face and online for the past five years. I grew up in a Hebrew-speaking household, but really fell in love with the language on my first trip to Israel as a college student. Since then, I’ve taught students ages 6-70 how to speak, read, and write in Hebrew, and I can’t wait to teach you too!
I hold two Hebrew teaching certificates in Teaching Hebrew to Beginners, and Exposing Young Children to Hebrew Language and Culture; I am also a certified ACTFL OPI tester. When I’m not teaching, I love reading, traveling abroad, and baking.
T’Helah teaches all levels of Hebrew