Contributing Educators

Nancy Gadbois

Nancy Gadbois Nancy Gadbois is a professor of French at Cathedral High School in Springfield, MA. Mme Gadbois has had reviews and articles published in the French Review and AATF National Bulletin in addition to textbook and online instruction manuals. She is the author of the teacher’s Manual, Tant Qu'elle Chante, Elle Vit! Apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de Carole Fredericks. Mme Gadbois served as Chairperson for the 2006 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). She is a frequent presenter at international, national, regional and local foreign language conferences. In 2009, Mme Gadbois was decorated Chevalier in the l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques du Ministère de L’Education Nationale.

Karen Traynor

Karen Traynor Karen Traynor taught French as a second language at both the elementary and secondary levels in the Canadian School System. As a classroom teacher, Mme Traynor saw the need for the creation of second-language materials that supported textbooks. She co-founded Tralco Educational Services, Hamilton Ontario Canada. Since 1988 Tralco has been publishing supplementary materials in French, German, Spanish, ESL, and Italian. Karen Traynor supervised the production and co-published the Activity Book for Couleurs et parfums: Apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de Carole Fredericks. She is a frequent presenter at international, national, regional and local foreign language conferences.

John Beaver

John Beaver John Beaver was born and educated in the United Kingdom, and has taught French and English at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Canada. Since his retirement from Hillfield-Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ontario, where he was Director Of Arts, he has written and produced a number of educational publications. He is the author of the Activity Book, Couleurs et parfums: Apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de Carole Fredericks. In addition to his involvement in education, Mr. Beaver is pursuing his interests in music.

Valencia W. Siff

Val Siff Valencia W. Siff teaches French II Advanced, French IV, French IV Honors and French V AP Language at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. In the summers she teaches beginning level French to kindergarteners, first and second graders at Summer Quest, a Collegiate enrichment camp for local children. She has presented sessions at many conferences including FLAVA, VAIS, SCOLT, AATF and NECTFL. Siff has served for five years as a master teacher and mentor to first year teachers at the New Teachers Institute, a summer program for teachers who are beginning their career in the independent school sector in Virginia. She was the first recipient of the Joanne Pratt Award for Teaching Excellence at Collegiate School, presented in 2005.

James F. Malone, Ph.D.

Val Siff James F. Malone, Ph.D. has been an Educator and College- Career Readiness Counselor for 45 years. He began his career as a teacher of German, Spanish and Latin in 1967 after completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in German language & literature. After several years of teaching, Jim decided to work more directly with the broader personal and career planning needs of students. He completed both masters and doctoral degrees in counseling and began work as a school counselor and a counselor educator at several universities where he trained graduate counseling students. Over the years Jim has assisted thousands of students and clients at various stages in their personal and educational development to engage in meaningful career assessment and exploration in order to make solid career planning decisions. He has consulted with a wide variety of institutional clients and has published and presented frequently. Jim brings to the work of the Carole D. Fredericks Foundation a unique blend of familiarity with the study of foreign language and the counseling skills to motivate students towards establishing and seeking meaningful career goals.

Monica Johnston

Monica JohnstonMonica Johnston teaches Middle School French and Spanish at The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She received her B.A. from The College of William and Mary and her M.A. in French Literature from Middlebury College.

Andrea Henderson

Andrea Henderson Andrea Henderson teaches French I, II, III, IV, and V at Elkins High School in Missouri City (a suburb of Houston), Texas. In her 22 years as an educator, Andrea has worked on several curriculum projects and has presented at in services at the local, state, and national level. Breaking down the classroom walls with music and technology is an ongoing project for Andrea. Helping students make connections to the French speaking world is at the center of her teaching. She has recently begun blogging with her students and is learning new ways to incorporate this medium into her classroom.

Anne Jensen

Anne Jensen Anne Jensen has worked as a French teacher for over 30 years. She currently teaches French AP Language and AP Literature at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California. As the World Language Department Instructional Supervisor she is responsible for the curriculum of five languages (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish). Anne also works as an adjunct professor at San Jose State University teaching the Methods of Foreign Language class. Anne is a nationally certified French teacher and is a recent recipient of the Palmes Académiques from the French government. She has presented at local, state and national foreign language conferences on a wide variety of topics, including using music to enhance the French curriculum. In the fall of 2007 in her role as the Regional Representative for AATF, Anne hosted a series of workshops and classroom presentations for French teachers in Northern California on the music of Carole Fredericks.

Shannon Porfilio

Shannon Porfilio French Teacher, Grd 9-12
French Club/French Honor Society Advisor
Toms River East High School
Toms River Regional School District
Toms River, NJ

Debra Terry

French Teacher
Van Sickle Middle School
Springfield, MA