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Meet the Monos! (Counselors)

Published: August 6, 2017

Bonjour!

With our summer underway, the Lac du Bois Bemidji monos are ready to have fun speaking lots and lots of French! Meet the members of our team:

 

Chantal - Dean 

From: New York City
Years at Lac du Bois: 14
Why French: Chantal's mom placed her in French lessons at a young age due to her curious and chatty nature. Chantal instantly fell in love with the French language and francophone cultures, and her enthusiasm hasn't diminished since.

 

 

 

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Alain - Credit Teacher

From: Cuba
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?: Alain has a passion for learning the language and for teaching.

 

 

 

 

Albert

From: Hudson, WI
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?: Albert loves the sound of the language and learning about the cultures of France and Maghreb.

 

 

 

 

Amandine

From: Austin, TX
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Amandine's parents wanted her to speak a language from a young age and encouraged her to study French. 

 

 

 

Aurélie

From: Austin, TX
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Aurélie has a profound love of the language and can't wait to start sharing her passion for the culture with villagers!

 

 

 

 

Christian

From: Minnesota
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Christian has French family who has nurtured his love of culture and language. 

 

 

 

Elisabeth - Credit Teacher

From: "C'est compliqué!" (It's complicated!)
Years at Lac du Bois: 8
Why French?: Elisabeth has a passion and knack for learning languages. French was the first language that sparked her interest in language learning. 

 

 

 

Eméline

From: Wisconsin
Years at Lac du Bois: 4
Why French?: Emeline started learning French at a young age in an immersion school, which has helped her become a lifelong learner of the language and appreciative of francophone culture. 

 

 

 

Esmé

From: Minneapolis, MN
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Esmé hopes to one day use her French to work in the Peace Corps in West Africa.

 

 

 

 

Fred - Credit Teacher

From: Berkshire, NY
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Fred shows great enthusiasm for learning about all things French and linguistics.  

 

 

 

 

Geneviève

From: Boston, MA
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Gen was quickly immersed in the language when she traveled abroad to France for the first time. 

 

 

 

Issac - Business Manager

From: Illinois
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?: Issac enjoys learning other languages, particularly French. He's grateful for the friendships and communities that he has gained by learning a new language.  

 

 

 

Joëlle - Leadership Staff

From: Minnesconsin
Years at Lac du Bois: 7
Why French?: Joëlle's high school offered two foreign language options: French, and the one "everybody" chose. She was just rebellious enough to want to not do what everyone else did, but not enough to do anything that would actually upset her parents, a trend which has continued to this day.

 

 

Joséphine - Blogger

From: Neward, DE
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: When faced with a task of choosing between four languages in elementary school, Joséphine jumped at the chance to learn French. She hasn't stopped learning the language since! 

 

 

Jules

From: Kansas
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: After studying Latin in high school, Jules wanted to explore other languages and cultures in college by learning French. 

 

 

 

 

Juliette - Blogger

From: Washington
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Juliette appreciates that French is a world language. She also enjoys French grammar and the sound of the language. 

 

 

 

Koukou

From: Dakar, Senegal
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Koukou loves sharing and communicating her Senegalese culture; French is a language that helps her facilitate this exchange. 

 

 

 

Lucie

From: Philadelphia, PN
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: "French is spoken everywhere in the world; it’s a manner of communicating in a beautiful language.”

 

 

 

Lydie

From: Dallas, TX
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: After trying her hand at Spanish, Lydie decided to switch languages to French and instantly fell in love. 

 

 

 

Maël

From: Normandy, France
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Maël, a native speaker of French, greatly enjoys learning about other cultures and languages. He believes that French is the language of poetry and literature. 

 

 

 

Mambo - Leadership Staff

From: Ivory Coast
Years at Lac du Bois: 19
Why French?: Speaking French provides Mambo with a way to communicate with countless people throughout the world.

 

 

Mariama

From: Minneapolis, MN
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?:  French is one of Senegal's official languages.

 

 

 

 

Margot - Leadership Staff

From: Minneapolis, MN
Years at Lac du Bois: 4
Why French?: After studying Chinese in sixth grade, Margot decided to take up French. She instantly fell in love with the language and francophone culture. She is grateful for all the opportunities and friendships that come with learning another language. 

 

 

Naïma - Leadership Staff

From: Michigan
Years at Lac du Bois: 5
Why French?: Naïma adores teaching and learning languages, which lets her travel and make countless connections with others.

 

 

 

Nora

From: Rennes, France
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Nora is a native French speaker. She greatly appreciates new experiences and challenges, as well as being immersed in new languages and cultures. 

 

 

 

Papa - Credit Teacher

From: Senegal
Years at Lac du Bois: 15
Why French?: French is one of the official languages of Senegal. 

 

 

 

 

Rohan

From: New York
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?: Learning French has provided Rohan with countless experiences, including living and working abroad in France. 

 

 

 

 

Roxanne

From: Rennes, France
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Speaking French allows Roxanne to travel and to meet new people. 

 

 

 

 

Sébastien - Leadership Staff

From: Los Angeles, CA
Years at Lac du Bois: 6
Why French?: Sébastien grew up on the Canadian-American border close to Québec, which sparked his initial interest in learning French. 

 

 

 

Seydou - Business Manager

From: St. Paul, Minnesota
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Seydou's learning French was sparked by his desire to move to West Africa. Learning the language has allowed to create many friendships abroad. 

 

 

 

 

Violette

From: Boston, MA
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: French is a world language that Violette finds extremely useful to know. 

 

 

 

 

Vitalie

From: New York
Years at Lac du Bois: 1
Why French?: Vitalie first visited France when she was fifteen years old. She enjoys learning French, because the language is like a secret code waiting to be cracked. 

 

 

 

Yves

From: North Carolina
Years at Lac du Bois: 2
Why French?: Yves greatly enjoys the sound of the French language.