Teaching a new tongue: why language teachers chose to teach their language


ZaZu Lippert

French teacher Melanie Lhomme

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Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

French teacher Melanie Barker-Lhomme’s parents were teachers and initially, so she thought she wanted to be a teacher just because that was what she had been exposed to. However, after exploring other avenues, when writing thank-you letters to past teachers, she realized that she wanted to be one herself.

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Spanish teacher Ashley Stolhand

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Spanish teacher Ashley Stolhand grew up with Spanish, as her uncle is Mexican. She spent her summers in Peru, and loved immersing herself in the culture.

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French teacher Sarah Finck

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Photo by ZaZu Lippert.

French teacher Sarah Finck knew she loved languages and used to play teach with her little sister, but it wasn’t until she taught multiple tongues abroad that she settled on French.

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