I started college in 2008– in the peak of the economic recession, and just two years before Scott Walker would be elected as Governor of Wisconsin and proceed to reform teachers’ unions. Throughout my college career, the subject of teaching was politically charged. Each semester I was faced with comments and “advice” from professors, academic advisors, and fellow teachers about the hardships of teaching– I … Continue reading The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA
June is a very stressful time in France, because it’s Baccalauréat time. Although I’ve been living in France since 2013 and spent a year working as an assistante de langue in a French high school, I never really got a firm grasp on the ins and outs of the French education system, and more specifically, the French Baccalauréat exam until I actually started teaching high … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the French Baccalauréat
Bonjour! Back in 2013, I was published on an online blog called Teaching Traveling, a blog run by Boston-native Lillie Marshall and which specializes in publishing stories about teachers traveling in all sorts of ways, to all sorts of places! I was lucky enough to have been able to tell my story about traveling and teaching abroad in France and Japan. Hanging out with some lovely ladies in … Continue reading Read my Story at Teaching Traveling
This past school year, in a nutshell, was a very difficult one. Sure, I loved my job and I loved living in Lille; I traveled and visited friends and in return had a ton of visitors. But I was still quite sad a lot the time– I was (am?) dealing with death and heartbreak and loss and grief and the overall stress about what to do and where … Continue reading Notes On What’s Coming Next.
When I first began applying for lectrice positions two years ago, It was NOT possible for English assistants to renew their assistant contracts. Knowing that becoming a lectrice was basically my only option for staying in France, I spent countless hours networking, working on my CV and cover letters, and sending applications to nearly twenty universities. And I am thankful to this day that my hard work … Continue reading Lecteur Lesson / TAPIF Tip: How to Increase Your Chances of Being Hired for a Lecteur/Lectrice Position
What is the Taxe d’Habitation? The Taxe d’Habitation is a property tax required to be paid each year by all residents in France. As an assistant or lecteur, am I required to pay the Taxe d’Habitation? Yes. As an assistant or lecteur, this includes you. I have heard that the only exception is if you are living in university student housing (CROUS) or at a lycée … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: All You Need to Know About the Taxe d’Habitation
In France, everyone legally residing in the country is entitled to health insurance to cover the cost of medical care– this includes assistants and lecteurs with valid visas. There are two parts to the French system: The basic coverage (la sécu) and the extended, paid-for private supplementary insurance (la mutuelle). As an American in France, the health care system at first may seem daunting, confusing, … Continue reading TAPIF Tip / Lecteur Lesson: Everything You Need to Know About the French Healthcare System