I am from Louisiana. Teaching in French immersion is an amazing opportunity; my family was forbidden to speak French in school only two generations ago, and here at FLAIM it is the only language we learn in!
Certifications: K-12 French, 1-5 Elementary, 4-8 Mathematics, Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Favorite Store: Barnes and Noble Favorite Gift Card: Barnes and Noble, Louisiana Nursery Favorite Restaurant: Albasha, Ava Street Cafe Favorite Color: Dark Green Favorite Snack: Chocolate Nuts, dried fruits Favorite Beverage: Hot Tea & Coffee Favorite Plant: Philodendron, Sunflowers Hobbies: Biking, gardening, and cooking Too Many: Mugs, Tiny Notebooks, Lotions Allergies: Pineapples Parent Love: In the classroom, Special projects, Planning field trips, Class Parties FLAIM Love: The celebration of our differences!
Dina Villalobes, Spanish
I'm from Costa Rica. I came to the U.S. to enrich my cultural experience as well as that of my students. I enjoy teaching because it is a great opportunity to give something positive to others.
Favorite Restaurants: Seafood Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Snack: Fruits, nuts, yogurts Favorite Beverage: Water, natural drinks Favorite Flower/Plant: Rose Hobbies: Walking, traveling, watching tv Too Many:Don't have too much of anything here in the U.S. yet. Allergies: No Parents can Help: In the classroom, Special projects, Planning field trips, School Supplies, Class Parties, Out of school (tours of the area, dinner, etc) FLAIM Love: I love the Immersion Program, the involved parents, and wonderful children.
Tara Zanders, ELA
I am an only child and I never had anyone to play with. When I did get a chance to play with other children I always wanted to play "school" and be the teacher.
Favorite Stores: Ross Favorite Restaurants: Anything Vietnamese Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Snack: Pistachios Favorite Beverage: Coffee Favorite Flower/Plant: Yellow Roses Hobbies: Walking Too Many:Soaps Allergies: None Parents can Help: with planning field trips and class parties! FLAIM Love: The people are so friendly!
Yanting Hou, Mandarin
I'm from a central province of China-- Anhui. I was inspired by my mom to become a teacher. My mom used to be a high school English teacher and she was always full of love and patience for her students. I graduated with a Master's degree of bilingual education. I love hearing students talking in Mandarin, and I want to help them more with their learning .
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Favorite Stores: Costco and Whole Foods Favorite Restaurants: Sushi Yama and City Pork Favorite Color: navy blue Favorite Snack: chocolate Favorite Beverage: green tea Favorite Flower/Plant: love any flowers Hobbies: movies and jogging Too Many: lotion Allergies: none Parents can Help: home projects, class party and help build a classroom library of Chinese books FLAIM Love: dedicated faculty and multicultural diversity
Jodi Miller, 4th Grade ELA
My husband and I live in St. Francisville with our 2 dogs. After moving briefly to Atchison, Kansas, I happily returned to Louisiana and to BR FLAIM. My son, however, decided to stay and work in Kansas City. I have 14 years of teaching experience from grades K-8. I have several undergraduate degrees and a minor in French, and a MAT (Masters in Teaching) degree from Southeastern.
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Favorite Stores: Bath and Body works, Walmart, The Avenue, Old Navy, Kirklands, Hobby Lobby Favorite Restaurants: Any! Some of my favorite are: Chilis, Superior Grill, Dempseys, Jasmines, Chimes, Parrains, Cracker Barrell, Outback Favorite Color: moss green Favorite Snack: chips and salsa, choc covered almonds Favorite Beverage: water, unsweetened tea, coke, margarita Favorite Flower/Plant: I love them all! Hobbies: singing, floral design, painting Allergies: none Parents can Help: I could use help in making copies, help with homework esp. grammar, and positive support in all areas FLAIM Love: When I started at BR FLAIM 7 years ago, I instantly felt that it was where I wanted to be. Having a background in French, I was excited to hear the students listening and responding in the different languages. I love being part of a program that ties in people, languages, and cultures around the globe.