I was born and I grew up in the small farming community of Orp-Jauche in Belgium. I graduated from college with a degree in elementary education. After graduation, I interviewed with the CODOFIL and was selected to teach 5th grade at Henry Heights in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
A couple of years later, I met my wife. She was living in Charlotte, North Carolina at the time. There, I taught 2nd and 3rd grade at E.E. Waddell Language Academy. After my daughter was born, our family moved back to Louisiana.
Before coming to BR FLAIM, I taught for several years at the Baton Rouge International School. I have always worked with children, going back to my youth movement days, so it seemed natural to go into early education once I reached college.
Favorite store: Amazon Favorite Gift Cards: Amazon, Best Buy, Starbucks Favorite restaurant: Texas de Brazil Favorite color: Green Favorite snack: Zapps Crawtator Chips, Sour Patch Kids, Babe Ruth bars Favorite beverage: Coffee Favorite flower/plant: Roses (for my wife) Hobbies: PC Gaming, Recording and mixing music, going to the movies with my family Too Much: Coffee Mugs and Desk Organizers Allergies: Red Ants Parent Help: Copies, In the classroom, School Supplies Classroom Needs: Stand up desks FLAIM Love: I love EVERYTHING about FLAIM from the kids to my coworkers to the fantastic PTO!
Luz Hernandez, Spanish
I am from Colombia, and I have been living in U.S. for the last 15 years. I have been teaching for 14 years, and I have 7 years teaching immersion at Baton Rouge FLAIM. I love my profession, and I enjoy teaching everyday. I became a teacher because I like children, I am a dedicated person, and I think I have quality to work with children. One of my hobbies is to exercise like walk or work out with weights. My favorite meal is breakfast: I love all types of cereals. In general, I like healthy food. I have a big collection of bulldogs because I love these type of dogs, which is why I have one, and her name is Iris.
Favorite Stores: Walmart, Target Favorite Gift Cards: Any Favorite Restaurants: Any Barbecue Place Favorite Color: Yellow Favorite Snacks: Almonds Favorite Beverages: Coffee Favorite Flower/Plant: Any Hobbies: Sports Too Many:Cups & Mugs Allergies: None Parent Help: Class Parties Classroom Needs: FLAIM Love: I have wonderful students who follow any directions and have good Spanish vocabulary.
Vicki Bergeron, ELA
I am from Baton Rouge. I became a teacher because I love children and wanted to develop the love of learning in them. I enjoy teaching because I like to help students achieve their best and inspire them not just academically but also personally. I'm a loving, caring, and nurturing individual.
Certifications: Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Reading
Favorite store: Bath and Body Works, Walmart, JCPenny and Target Favorite Gift Cards: Bath & Body Works, Walmart Favorite restaurant: Parrains Seafood, Chimes, Chili's, Olive Garden, and Podnuhs Favorite color: Red Favorite snack: Cheeze-Its, yogurt-covered pretzels, and cashews Favorite beverage: Sparkling Ice Favorite flower/plant: Rose, Ivory Plant Hobbies: Cooking, Reading, Exercising and Raising Douge de Brodeaux (French Mastiff) Too Much: Water bottles Allergies: None Parent Help: Copies, Class Parties Classroom Needs: I would like to have some new books for the classroom library. FLAIM Love: I love my students, the program and my FLAIM families.