Natalie has had the pleasure of working in the teaching profession for over 20 years. She excels in reaching diverse learning styles having taught in a variety of educational settings throughout her career, including an immersion pre-school, K-12, and the college level.
Natalie is passionate about cultivating curiosity and creativity in the classroom. She focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to keep the student at the center of instruction. When designing lessons, her goal is to allow space for authentic communication, empathy, and interculturality to flourish in the classroom. Students make connections with the material and each other and follow their own personal inquiries…en français! Culturally Responsive Teaching and Interculturality are her cornerstone principals.
Natalie received her Masters in French Language and Literature from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she also received Bachelor degrees in both French and English. She currently teaches first and second-year French at Lewis and Clark College. Natalie served on the COFLT board for many years and was president from 2015-2016. She believes firmly in the magic of professional development to re-evaluate and reignite how we teach.
Natalie enjoys collaborating with colleagues, spending time with her family (and new puppy Ziggy), gardening, and learning new things!