Meet our French teachers…Anna and Valentine


Anna has spoken French since age 7 when she first lived in France and was immersed in the language. She has spent a total of 6 years in France (in Paris, Brittany, and the Limousin) as a student, teacher, and researcher. After majoring in French at Bowdoin College, Anna spent 3 years teaching middle and high school French and then taught undergraduate French classes while in graduate school. Anna received her PhD in French Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016, her dissertation focusing on French, Arabic and/or Berber language socialization of the families of women of North African origin in France. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2017 and will be teaching at the elementary level in the French dual language immersion program. She teaches classes with the Alliance Française, offers private tutoring and does translation between English and French.


I was born and raised in France. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Medical Law at Nancy Law School, I moved to Paris where I worked as a legal expert for 4 years before moving to Utah last year. I’ve started to work as a French teaching assistant in an elementary school. Then, I began substituting for French teachers in various schools and districts and also gave classes with the Alliance Française. I really enjoy teaching the French language and sharing the French culture with people from all ages and backgrounds.

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