Clemence Jacob

Pre-K Teacher, LPECC
Adrianne Iannone
Kendra Burch

I'm from Bordeaux, a city in southwestern France. Prior to arriving in Ruston, I was a teacher in France for five years. Though I have taught many grades, my favorite is Pre-K. I love working with children of this age because they are learning so fast! Outside of work, I enjoy traveling. It's what brought me here! I am looking forward to discovering this country! I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing tennis, and shopping.


What do you love about and miss about where you are from? What do you want people to know about your home?

Of course, I miss my friends and my family, but "FaceTime" makes the distance much easier, and I’m hoping they can come visit me this year. I lived for twenty years in the countryside of France then moved to a bigger city, Bordeaux, for my studies. I now consider it my city, and I miss it so much: the food, the vineyards, riding on my bicycle in the street, visiting the seaside of the Atlantic Ocean...but I know I will not miss the winters there! Bordeaux is most famous for its wine, but it offers even more: canelés are a very good dessert, and La Dune du Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe. The architecture of Bordeaux looks like Paris, just a two-hour train ride away, which is why I like to call her "small Paris.”

 


What brought you to America and Ruston? What are your impressions so far? How have your expectations of life here been met or not met?

I have always wanted to teach abroad since I began my studies. It was a dream for me to live and work in the United States as a way to be able to practice my English again outside of school. I had already traveled to the United States for the holidays, but living here is different. Discovering a new school system is very interesting, the food is not as good as in France but I like it, the people are very welcoming, and the landscapes are very beautiful. I cannot wait to discover more of the United States. 

 


What do you love about LPECC?

The school system is very different from France, but it is interesting to learn new methods, new tools, new organizations, and find new rhythms. All of this helps me to become a better teacher.

For example, in France, I had never worked in a school with sixteen classrooms of only Pre-K. LPECC is very big for me and I'm impressed by how well such a big school is organized! I can also say that the classes are very well equipped in terms of toys and digital tools; it is very pleasant to work with so much material at our disposal. Finally, I have only sixteen students in my class (non-immersion classes have twenty). In France, my classes were double the size with thirty three students. Here, I can give some attention to all my students which is great because they need it at this age and I’m able to do so much more with small numbers.

 

 

What are your goals for the students at the end of this year in terms of their French language skills?

I want my students to learn the skills all children acquire by the end of their Pre-K year, but for mine in both English and French. I want them to learn the rules, the functioning of the school, the basics of learning (counting, discovering letters, developing fine motor skills, etc). I want them to be able to understand me in French in the classroom and integrate as many vocabulary words as possible.

 

For my students, having a foreign teacher exposes them to a larger world. My students will correspond with my former French school and students through letters, packages, and FaceTime. I can't wait for my students to discover a new culture!

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