Meet Christine Bois
Country of origin: France
Languages: French, English, a bit of German, and can read Spanish
Subjects taught: Sciences de la Vie et de la Terre
Degree: Master in Natural Sciences, and CAPES (French Teaching Certification)
Year started at French American/International: 1995
Q. What led you to become a teacher?
I started tutoring kids when I was in high school and enjoyed it.
Q. What drew you to French American / International?
The possibility to work with a team in Science, and individuals from all over the world. I was coming from a school where I was the only Biology teacher.
Q. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
Seeing the 'little bulb' lighting up in a student eyes when he/she understands something never seen before. And having students coming back and telling you they are doing sciences studies--because of you.
Q. Can you describe an in-class exercise/experiment that especially engages students?
Specialist groups, researching a specific aspect on a topic and then putting everything back together to build their own conclusion.
Q. Can you recall a specific moment when a student taught you something?
Most of the time with technology, students are leading you to all the shortcuts. Students also teach you how to renew your methods, or change a way of explaining on the spot because it does not work with the group.
Q. Is there something you do besides teach, of which you are particularly passionate?
Movies; I am volunteering at numerous Film Festivals. I'm interested in very diverse cultures. Also, traveling and biking.
Q. What would you tell incoming 9th graders about attending International?
Learn about other cultures in order to understand who you are and the world you live in.
Q. What do you see as the key benefits of the French/International Baccalaureate?
Preparing for an exam is a personal challenge. Both the French Bac and IB will require you to be able to be articulate and clear, a must.