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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eva (Taran) Campbell is a native of Tallinn, Estonia, and grew up there in a bilingual environment (Russian and Estonian.) At university, she studied the Estonian language and literature for 3 and a half years, and then switched to Economics. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1998 and moved to Maine in 2006.
Julianna Gerrity grew up in the northern Caucasus Mountains. She graduated from the university in Nalchik with a teaching degree in English Language and afterwards taught English to children. She has a great love of her native literature, and on occasion, offers a class called Russian Literature in Translation. She has taught all levels of Russian at Penobscot School and does private tutoring.
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