Please welcome Elise Margas Ireland as our 2018-19 French teacher! Elise holds a Master's in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English Linguistics Literature and Civilization from the University of Poitiers, France. Her teaching experience at the University of Iowa included oral expression and teaching first, second, and third level French. Elise grew up in both France and Thailand; she brings a native speaker level to her teaching. Newly married and recently moved to the Quad Cities area, Elise is excited to join the Rivermont World Language Department. "French is not just a language for me; it is my language, my culture but also many other cultures beyond France. Learning a new language is not just grammar and vocabulary, it is also discovering new cultures and having fun with it!"