Before coming to Marquette University I received a B.A. with majors in French, German, and Secondary Education from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota; a Certificate d’assiduité from the Universités de Bordeaux et de Toulouse, Bordeaux, France; a M.A. in French Literature and Applied French Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; a Ph.D. with a major in Foreign Language Education and Research with an area of concentration in French curriculum; and most recently a Certificate in Teaching Language for Business Communication from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
From the time I began my career, my interest has been in teaching, in research for the purpose of designing new curricula and improving the instructional process, and in the training of others to be competent and enthusiastic teachers of their chosen languages. I have taught at all levels: early childhood, elementary, middle, high school, and university. Each unique teaching experience has challenged my skills and offered me an understanding and appreciation of many learning styles.
While at Marquette, I have participated in the formation of over five hundred foreign language teachers and have designed and taught a variety of new curricula especially in the areas of French-language drama, film, and Quebec studies. My newest interest is teaching business French and etiquette through the design and development of situational tasks. My energy comes from being in the classroom, creating and facilitating learning, and interacting with students.
I have never become disillusioned with my profession and have always enjoyed its continuous challenges and rewards.