Emily Michaelson

emichaelson@roycemoreschool.org

Biography

I first began learning French when I was five years old and have always loved the language. I studied French all throughout school and graduated high school early in January to spend the next six months living with a French host family and attending a French high school. In just three months living abroad, I became fluent in the language. Upon my return to the U.S., I began studies at DePaul University where I majored in Political Science and minored in French. Upon graduation, I served as a French interpreter for an organization in Chicago assisting refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world. This experience highlighted the importance of speaking another language and using my skills to serve others. Several years later, I returned to DePaul to pursue a Master’s in Education. I graduated in 2009 and worked as a French teacher for several years before starting a family. I have taught all levels of French from kindergarten through high school.

I am so happy to be teaching French at Roycemore. It is exciting to be able to offer a language program to our students as young as three years old! The earlier a child is exposed to another language the better. My classes are quite active, as I believe in hands-on student-centered learning. We are up on our feet, singing, role-playing, and playing games—all in French. Immersion is the best way to quickly learn a language and I use props, gestures and a lot of repetition to help my students gain comprehension and mastery of the language.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. I love to read, do yoga and travel. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Education

I received my B.A. in Political Science with a minor in French and my M.Ed in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University

Favorite Quote/Fun Fact

“Le monde est un livre dont chaque pas nous ouvre une page.” “The world is a book – with each step we open a page.” -Alphonse de Lamartine

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I hope to share my love of the French language with my students and to instill a greater sense of confidence as they become bilingual. Learning a new language opens up so many doors of possibility and I am honored to be a part of the journey.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore is like a family. I love that the school serves children from Pre-k all the way through high school. Because of the small class sizes, I am really able to get to know all of my students and teach them according to their individual needs and interests.