Bonjour! My name is Erin, but my students call me Madame. Every year, I have one or two that call me Miss Madame.
This year is my fourteenth year teaching French in the Chicago Public School district and I’m as happy here as I was on Day 1.
My love affair with the French language started at bonjour. I started taking French in High School and majored in it college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I spent my junior year in college studying at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France. At 20, I wanted to buy a one-way ticket to Paris and ditch my U.S. passport.
I didn’t become an expat, but that year of my life transformed it into what it is today. It was a pinnacle year for me – I formed many of my best memories and friends in France. It’s why, in part, I made my career as a French teacher.
I’m thrilled to share my passion for French with my students – in the classroom and hopefully outside of school and in France. Every other year, I take 7th and 8th-grade students on an eight- or nine-day trip to France. Parents are invited to join the group and travel with us or sent their children under my supervision. It’s an incredible, life-changing trip to experience travel with your classmates and teacher.
Outside of school, I enjoy writing, running, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with my family amd friends. I’ve been married for 11 years and have two daughters. My oldest is in 3rd grade and my youngest is in Kindergarten.