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Susan Michalski Mount Holyoke College * MATL Portfolio * May 2018

ABOUT ME:

I am a once accidental now career boarding school French teacher. I live with my family on campus in the the freshmen girls' dorm at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Massachusetts, where I have been a dorm parent, adviser, and French teacher since 1999 -- and thus count many, many other “kids” in my extended family as well.

Language has always fascinated me, but I fell in love with French during my undergraduate time at Dartmouth College, where I trained and worked with language pioneer John Rassias. My subsequent studies abroad changed me, and I have dedicated my adult life to teaching French. For twenty years, it has been my craft, my passion, and, I believe, my purpose. I feel everyone can and should learn more than one language (I send/sent my daughters to a Chinese immersion school). In my own immersion classroom, I strive to keep language learning alive, active, and always fun, for language is intrinsically all of this. Above all, I encourage my students to make mistakes, to embrace them, and to learn from them (something that any one of them will tell you I model regularly!)

"Be patient with yourself, listen to your colleagues, and love your kids."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Contained in this web page are highlights of work I produced during the inaugural independent school cohort of Mount Holyoke College's Master's Teacher Leadership program (2016-2018). Scroll to find both links and embedded content.

6. TEACHER LEADER DOMAIN REFLECTIONS
7. TEACHER LEADER MANIFESTO
9. RESUME
10. Capstone Presentation
Susan Michalski 2018

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