I am an American English instructor from San Diego, California. I work for a French language Institute belonging to the University of Poitiers called the CAREL (Centre Audiovisuel de Royan pour l’Etude des Langues) where I teach English mostly to adult students who need English for their jobs. It is located inRoyan, in the southwest part of France along the Atlantic ocean and attracts students from all over the world. Look below for more facts:
With my parents
And as Robert Frost (1874–1963) said so movingly in his poem “The Road Not Taken”
“TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there, Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay, In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Living in France was the road less travelled and it has given me a 2nd culture while also opening my eyes to the complexities of culture and the human spirit.
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I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Diego near the Mexican border. I graduated from La Jolla High School where I was the editor of the student newspaper the “Hi-Tide”. I studied at the University of California in San Diego and in Berkeley. As a native Californian, Spanish was my first language and it helped me understand the cultural and historical influence Spain and Mexico has had in California. As a journalism major at the University of California at Berkeley (Initially I wanted to become an international correspondent), I started learning French, then considered the International language of diplomacy, and fell in love with the language and culture…so much so that it replaced journalism as my major and first discipline. I studied French and Russian at the University of Bordeaux in my “junior” year (3rd year at the University) and then traveled to Cameroon in Central Africa to gain experience in working and teaching in a foreign country. I later returned to California to finish my studies at the University of California at San Diego and finally obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature (English, French, Spanish, Russian, African and native American oral legends). While working towards my graduate degrees (in business law and applied linguistics), I worked for a banking and real estate firm in San Diego before deciding definitely to devote my career to the teaching of languages (I have even studied the language of the Cherokee Indians, a native American language, to better understand the culture of some of my ancestors…) . I have been working for the CAREL and the University of Poitiers for many years and consequently have gained a lot of experience in the teaching of English as a foreign language mostly to professional adults and University graduate students. I love living along the Atlantic Coast in France near Royan in a small village called Vaux-sur-mer as it reminds me of the Pacific Ocean and working with so many interesting and passionate people is truly a privilege.