Mme Margaret Hanna
Phone: (480) 472-9573 Room: 419
Dear Students & Parents
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and tell you a little about myself. My name is Margaret Hanna. I am from Sonoma, California. I grew up there, and it's where I first developed my interest in language. I studied French and Spanish in high school and went on to attend the University of Arizona where I received my BA in Russian. Having completed my education, I wanted to travel and use my languages, so I joined the United States Peace Corps.
I spent the next two years in Gabon, Africa teaching English as a Second Language to college (middle/ high school) students in a remote village. I discovered that I loved teaching and went back to school to become a better teacher. I received my Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and my California Single-subject Teaching Credential for French in 1993 upon which I went back into Peace Corps. I lived and worked as a teacher trainer for two years in a small Polish town on the Belo-Russian border. I enjoyed the challenges of working in another country immensely, but decided I wanted to teach rather than train. So, when my contract ended I returned to the US to teach.
Parents, I am looking forward to working with all of you in the coming year. You have so much to offer and I'd like to take advantage of your experiences to enhance your children's classroom experiences. I encourage all of you (parents) to take an active role in your child's education. So call or visit me to discuss any concerns that you have. My door is always open. (Room 419, Ext 29573)
Students, I am looking forward to sharing a rewarding semester/year with you. I encourage you to bring questions, ideas and your own unique viewpoints to class with you, so that we can explore language and francophone cultures together, and in doing so, learn more about our own. Each of you brings your own unique contribution to class and together we will be able to create an atmosphere that will encourage everyone to participate and stretch their boundaries. Bienvenue dans la classe de francais!