25th Year Anniversary 1986-2011
Founded in 1986 as a non-profit language school and center for international exchange, Penobscot School is a unique community international school. Over the years, hundreds of people from the U.S. and from around the world have advanced their foreign language skills at Penobscot School and have learned more about the world in the process. You are invited to be a part of this experiment in language learning in the context of the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Julie von Kamecke
Yuan Yuan Wu Corson is a native Mandarin speaker with 21 years of teaching English to children in Taiwan. She was born in Miao-Li in Taiwan, and received degrees from the National Taichung Institute of Tech. and the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. Ms. Wu met her American husband in Taiwan and moved to the USA in 2010.
Weiwei Curtis was born in Beijing. She is a native Mandarin speaker and near-native speaker of Japanese. She moved to Japan, attended high school there, and holds a degree in teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language from Yokohama University. Weiwei taught Chinese to adults in Japan for 7 years and is relocated since 2004 to Mid-coast Maine.
Margot Stiassni-Sieracki, B.A. French, Williams College, M.A. Univ. Illinois, M.A. Stanford. She frequently visits France and has taught French and Spanish, K-12, in Vermont and Maine since 1989. Margot has twice co-presented Methods Matter, Penobscot School's summer foreign language methodology seminar. She often uses music and the arts in her teaching of adults and children. At Penobscot School, her work has included teaching Intermediate French since 2009 and facilitating activities at French and Spanish immersion workshops.
Paul Charbonneau. Paul's education, from kindergarten days through undergraduate studies, was entirely bilingual. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Ottawa and he holds a Masters degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Maine. He was adjunct professor for the University of Maine (Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Peace Studies). His background includes more than twenty-five years experience working with groups in various educational settings and contexts. For the past five years he has facilitated bi-weekly French conversations at the Rockport Public Library.
Dennis Healy is a retired environmental engineer who has studied French for many years, including travels in France and Québec. He has assisted with the school's French immersion retreats (Le français au bord de la Mer; Français dans le Bois), sharing there his knowledge and passion for the popular lawn-bowling game of southern France - La Pétanque. He has taught French through Five Towns Adult and Community Education. He currently organizes the French language film series at Rockport Public Library.
Elisabeth Goodridge, BA, Wells College, French; MA, UM-Orono, French, 2008. Wrote her theses on 17th c. French literary fairy tales by Mme D'Aulnoy. She has taught French to all ages in Maine and Montreal for 40+ years, and countless times at PS's French immersion weekends. She enjoys acting, singing, sailing, artistic expression and French singer-songwriters of the 20th c.
Through world travels during his 26 years in the U.S. Navy and twenty-eight years of residing in Castine, he has harvested recipes and ideas from kitchens representing a wide variety of the world’s cuisines. He was raised on a mixture of Armenian and Turkish cooking. “After growing up on such things as kuftah, pilaf, stuffed grapeleaves and baklava, I was surprised,” he says, “to find out that I had eaten gourmet food for most of my life.” Traveling and dining around the United States, South America, Japan, Europe and the Mediterranean, Harry gained an appreciation and love for a wide diversity of cuisines. He grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and has subsequently lived in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Illinois, and Newport, Rhode Island, In addition, he has lived in Italy, Greece and Korea where he raided kitchens for recipes and techniques. He has returned to Italy on two separate occasions to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine from a Michelin one-star chef.
When we can convince Harry to offer one of his series of classes on the whys and “hows” of preparing Italian food, we feel very lucky! Please inquire at 207.594-1084.
Sachiko Clough B.A. German, Kyoto University of Foreign Language Studies. Sachiko is originally from Osaka, Japan where she taught English to children. She is a certified Japanese language teacher and also has licenses in Ikebana and Japanese tea ceremony, and she is a great cook. She currently teaches Japanese at Hall-Dale Middle School in Farmingdale. Sachiko is teaching Speaking Japanese, a Continuing course designed to provide opportunities to learn new vocabulary and structure in a conversational format.
Nobuko Kamecke Nobuko Kamecke grew up in Japan, where she studied with a master calligrapher. She then studied fine arts at The California Institute of The Arts. She has exhibited in California, in upstate New York, New York City and in Maine, and now teaches workshops in Calligraphy for children and adults in Maine. Nobuko offers the Calligraphy and Sumi-e (brush painting) course at Penobscot School.
Toshie Ichiyanagi Tesler, a native of Kobe, Japan, lives with her artist husband in Rockland, Maine. Toshie is a graduate of both Boston University and Bentley College and is a certified public accountant. She is well schooled in Japanese art and culture with certificates in Tea Ceremony and Ikebana. Her two children are also in the area, both currently serving in the United States Coast Guard.
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