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: Best Buy, Guitar Center, Amazon.com, NewEgg.com, Walmart Favorite Gift Cards: Best Buy, Starbucks Favorite restaurant: Mason's Grill, The Velvet Cactus Favorite color: Green or Blue Favorite snack: Zapps Chips, Sour Patch Kids, Babe Ruth bars Favorite beverage: Hot Chocolate Favorite flower/plant: Roses (for my wife) Hobbies: PC Gaming, Recording and mixing music, going to the movies with my family Too Much: Mugssssss! Help From Parents: Copies, In the classroom, School Supplies 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.
My favorite store is Macy’s, TJMax, Target, Walmart. My favorite gift card(s) are ANY. My favorite restaurant is La Madeline. My favorite color is yellow. My favorite snack is almonds. My favorite beverage is coffee. My favorite flower or plant is anything I can put in a pot on my patio. Some of my hobbies are reading magazines like People and making crafts I have no allergies. I have too many cups and mugs. Parents can help with class parties.
Vicki Bergeron, ELA
I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in each of my student lives.
Favorite store: Bath and Body Works, JC Penny, Walmart and Barnes and Noble Favorite Gift Cards: Bath & Body Works, Walmart, Barnes & Noble Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden, Subway, Raising Canes, and Waffle House Favorite color: Red Favorite snack: Cashews Favorite beverage: Brisk half red tea and half lemonade Favorite flower/plant: Rose, Ivory Plant Hobbies: Exercising, reading, draw and going to the movies Too Much: Water bottles Parent Help: Copies, Class Parties FLAIM Love: I love my students, the program and my FLAIM families.