Ma VieI majored in French, and studied at the Université d'Aix-Marseille while in college. I student taught French, and planned on being a French teacher. When I graduated from college and was looking for a position as a French teacher, there were no openings anywhere, so I substitute taught, and was often called for elementary school. I started my official teaching career in the Beacon City School District as a second grade teacher. As I worked on my Master's Degree, I took courses in French and Elementary Education. Ultimately, I became permanently certified in both elementary education and French. Over the span of my thirty five years in Beacon, I taught Kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades. But my dream was to teach French, and when the French teacher retired, I filled the position and taught French in the middle school and high school. At the time of my retirement, I was the chairperson of the Foreign Language Department.
After retiring, I traveled to Japan, Peru, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, China, Egypt, Russia, Finland, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ireland, Italy, and did a cross country trip in the USA. I will be going to Paris this April and back to Africa for a safari in Tanzania in August. I consider myself to be the luckiest woman in the world! I also filled temporary positions for French teachers in New Paltz, Poughkeepsie and Goshen (lots of babies were born after I retired). I filled in for Mrs. Lombardi when her baby was born, and that is how I wound up here. I am so happy to have the opportunity to teach in Marlboro. Both of my sons graduated from Marlboro High School, so I feel as though I have come full circle.
When I am not teaching or traveling, I do volunteer work for Hospice, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties. I am trying to learn to knit, and have unsuccessfully been playing golf (although I am not giving up).
I enjoy speaking French, and hope that my enthusiasm for the language will be contagious. I teach the most wonderful students, and want them to learn as much as possible.