• Bienvenue! 

    Je m'appelle Madame Combe. This is my 12th year teaching French and my FIRST year at Governor Livingston High School! I am looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces whom I had the pleasure of teaching in middle school. I also look forward to meeting several new students as well and getting to reconnect with everyone. At Columbia Middle School, I taught grades 6-8 French for 10 years, and now I will be teaching French 2, 3, 4 and AP to students at GL in grades 9-12. 

    I am originally from Pennsylvania, but can officially say I have lived in New Jersey longer than any other place! Does that officially make me a "Jersey Girl?" hmmm..... I also lived in the south of France, and one day I would love to move back there with my husband- maybe when we retire! (I am still trying to get my husband to agree to this-who wouldn't want to eat amazing, buttery croissants and delicious French food year-round?!) 

     

    Background 

    My alma mater is Penn State. We are! While at PSU, I triple majored in French and Francophone Studies, World Language Education and International Studies. I also attended Rutgers University, receiving a Masters of Arts degree in French teaching. While in school, I studied abroad and lived in Montpellier, a town in southern France. There I attended Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, a liberal arts university. While studying abroad, I was able to travel throughout Europe! In high school, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to Francophone destinations on two occasions. These experiences helped shaped my world view and fostered a love and passion for world travel which I love sharing with my students. So far, I have traveled with students to France, Iceland, Panama and Quebec! 

     

    Philosophy 

    I believe that communicative competence in a foreign language is the most essential part of a language class! Therefore, we will focus a lot on speaking skills. I want my students to take risks, and learn that it is OK to make mistakes. A frequent thing I talk about in class is EFFORT! Every student is capable of putting forth effort, regardless of their background or skill level. Effort and success have a direct correlation, so it is important for students to know what making an effort looks like in a language class. While speaking a foreign language can be scary at times, I want students to know that my classroom is a place where they can feel safe and comfortable. I strive to maintain a positive learning environment and to build a close community of learners within our classroom walls. While I understand not everyone will excel at learning a second (or third) language, EVERY student has the opportunity to take something away from a second language course. Whether you learn how to order food at a restaurant in a foreign destination, or if you embrace diversity and discover a passion for culture and travel, learning another language can open many doors and provide adventure for those who are looking to explore the world. 

     

    School and Community

    This year at school, I will be running a French Club for students. Anyone is welcome to join.I will also be running the 2023 Middle School trip to Quebec City for the Winter Carnival!  This opportunity is available to students enrolled in French at CMS. 

    me Madame Combe in Patagonia, Argentina at Perito Moreno Glaciar, Lake Oeschinensee, Kandersteg, Switzerland, and Notre Dame de Sénanque, near Gordes, France.