Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bienvenue à Amelie Le Gall

Amelie Le Gall (Preschool Teacher / Professeur des ecoles) comes from Saint-Paul de Vence in the beloved Mediterranean Provence Region of France. Amelie is a Renaissance Woman with an advanced degree in mathematics and a passion for classical piano. After studying mathematics at the University of Nice, she graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences while pursuing her education in piano and musical theory at the Cagnes Sur Mer Music Conservatory.

Amelie then decided to join the Institut Universitaire de Formation de Maitres de Draguignan (Teacher Training Program) to become a preschool and an elementary school teacher. She happily taught for six years in various classroom levels from preschool through 5th grade throughout the provence region. Amelie has a preference and fondness for the petite and moyenne section levels (preK). She has created countless innovative activities to help the little ones grasp new concepts and learn socialization skills. Interestingly, she uses puppets to model desired behaviors to her students, particularly, her favorite puppet, "Souris", a little mouse of her own creation who is an active participant in the the daily life of her classroom. "Souris" interacts with the children, assists Amelie in and telling stories, and gives the children another avenue through which to express themselves. Amelie finds that using puppets helps break through to some children and that they can open up to puppets in a manner different than they do with people. Her students are also fond of her musical activities. In France, Amelie volunteered her time in after school programs by offering musical education to young children. L'Ecole Française du Maine is thrilled to welcome Amelie to its faculty.

Amelie, teaching a song to the children of L'Ecole Française du Maine during her visit to the school in March, 2011.