Friday, February 22, 2013

Meet Céline Fournier ~ Teacher Joins Faculty

L'Ecole Française du Maine is thrilled to announce that Céline Fournier will be joining its faculty starting this March.  For the remainder of the academic year,  Céline will intervene in all classrooms in various capacities (i.e. instructional support - dance - yoga - FLE etc..) and will offer after school clubs in yoga and dance while finishing the writing of her Master's degree thesis on Teaching French as a Second Language for her second Master's degree. Céline will be teaching full-time next fall at L'Ecole Française du Maine.

Born in Auvergne, Céline grew up in the foothills along the ancient volcanoes of the Massif Central. In 2002, she received a Master’s degree in Physical Education (University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand), specializing in anthropology and dance. That same year, she moved to Melbourne, Australia in order to study at Monash University, where she wrote a research thesis about the role of dance in Aboriginal culture. Later, Céline moved to Blois, in the midst of the Loire Valley chateaux, to work as a certified primary school teacher (Preschool to Grade 6). She has taught French as a second language to elementary students in the UK (in partnership with IUFM – Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres), and to American university students—to whom she also taught dance—who traveled to the Region Centre of France with a cultural exchange program. She is now finishing a Master’s degree in sociolinguistics and didactics of French as a second language at the University of Maine (France). Since 2008, Céline has taken part in workshops, in partnership with professional French choreographers, which explore dance within the classroom. Besides dance, her other passions include yoga and swimming. She has participated in programs that bring children and teenagers to dance in Paris and scuba dive in Corsica, and has supervised several linguistic excursions for teenagers in the U.K. and Canada. She is excited to begin work at L’Ecole Française du Maine and to get to know the faculty, the community and the region.