Hi, I'm Vishma!

English - native; French - near-native fluency; Spanish - intermediate level

English - native; French - near-native fluency; Spanish - intermediate level

Tell us a little bit about yourself. French has been my passion for the past 20 years. I have taught at every level of the school system - preschool, elementary school, high school and adults. I enjoy working with children and sharing my passion for French and for learning. I believe that "to influence the life of a child is to alter the course of history". I currently teach at a French Immersion preschool in Brooklyn, but this coming summer, I'm looking to begin my very own French Playgroup! 

What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher?  Free people are led, not by constraint, but by persuasion. Being a great teacher involves having lots of patience and being very open minded. It is a full time job, meaning that even on your off time, you will be working. You must always love what you do and believe in your students. In so doing, they will be convinced that they are doing something worthwhile.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? Always be very patient and love what you do!

How can we, as teachers of children, work to build a society where people are respectful towards each other and the environment? We must begin by teaching courtesy and respect for others in the classroom. Children must be taught to love and respect everyone, regardless of differences. Children must also be taught that the Earth is alive, and that we call her Mother Earth. 

Who was your favorite teacher and why? I have two favorite teachers : Mr Paul Carrington, my high school French teacher, who brought French to life for me and made me love it. He taught me new words and expressions every single day for four years! Mr. Eric Maitrejean, my University lecturer, who was easily the most encouraging teacher I ever had. He always believed in me and made me want to aim higher. We remain in touch to this day and he still believes in me and encourages me to do better!

What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? I believe in giving people a chance to explain themselves and discuss their short comings. After two times of being in trouble for doing the same thing, I give time-outs. A time-out is accompanied by an activity which is designed to make you think and reflect on what you may have done, such as meditation, reading and writing. After this, we can talk about what went wrong and how it may be improved. 

Credentials: Bachelor of Science Psychology and French; PG Diploma Interpreting Techniques