When did the first time you heard the word beautiful catch your attention?
French was my first language.
I used to spend hours reading about French history and culture.
I was fascinated by the way people talk, how they eat and dress.
I always thought I was going to be a great French teacher.
I did not expect to become a French professor.
I thought, ‘I’m just going to keep doing my job, but when will I be able to say that I am a great teacher?’
After about 15 years, I realised that I was not.
After 15 years of teaching, I was completely disillusioned with my profession.
I realised it was time to move on.
I had learned so much in my teaching career and it was not working for me.
Now I am very happy to leave the teaching profession and go to a different career.
I am living the life I want, and I am not living the one I want.
I love teaching and I would love to continue teaching in France, but I am now in the position of choosing what I want to do.
What has been the biggest change?
As a teacher, I have had a lot of change over the last 10 years.
The biggest change was my own attitude towards teaching.
I now think about my students and how they are getting along with me, rather than the teachers.
I also realise how difficult it is to teach.
There are many French people who think that teaching is a job for women, and that they can do it just as well.
I do not think this is true, and the fact that I have a job and my career is dependent on my teaching makes me feel very strongly about this issue.
What are some other interesting things about French?
As I have grown older, I found that the French people I met at university are very open-minded and tolerant.
I know from my conversations with students that this is the case.
This is an area where we need to improve, and we need more French people teaching in our schools.
As the first female French professor, I am planning to teach in Paris in the near future.
I have decided to take on a second position teaching in Lyon, and to also teach in Marseille.
I hope to get back to teaching soon and I hope my experience and the experience of other French professors will help me get back into teaching.
The more I do teaching, the more I am able to teach students who may not have the same opportunities that I had.
As a French person, I also feel very privileged to be able do this.