“J’entends et j’oublie. Je vois et je me souviens. Je fais et je comprends.”
“Oigo y olvido. Veo y recuerdo. Hago y entiendo.”
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” - Confucius
Mrs. Girald uses the above mantra every day in every class with every student. She starts her fourth year at MRA teaching French and Spanish in the Jr. High & High School. Mrs. Girald earned her BA in French from Manhattanville College [NY], which included a year of studies at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest, in Angers, France. She received her MAT in French from Fairleigh Dickinson University [NJ], and her sixth year certification in educational leadership from SCSU in New Haven, CT.
Previously, Mrs.Girald taught in New Jersey and later in Connecticut. Ultimately, she was the coordinator of world languages in Madison, CT, from 1999 - 2013. During her tenure in Madison, she spearheaded the curriculum revision of world languages K-12, published a white paper concerning student proficiency levels in world languages in Connecticut, and participated at the state level in COFLIC and nationally in NADSFL, a branch of ACTFL [American Council of Teacher of Foreign Languages]. From 2006-2011, she worked with American Councils for International Education [Teachers of Critical Languages Program], serving as a mentor, reader, team member of visiting administrators to China and lastly, in Beijing as interview team member of candidates to teach Mandarin in the US. Currently, Mrs. Girald serves on the board of the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers.
PS: I admire Pope Francis. He has the faith, the insight, and the tenacity to lead us to a more sane life in this world. He believes that understanding culture is crucial to world peace, among other things. This is why I do what I do today.