Meet Grégory Verdol

Country of Origin: France
Languages Spoken: French, English, Italian
Joined Faculty: 2013
Degree: Master 2 in Medieval History
Teaches: History and Geography in the French Track and the IBDP


Q. How have you shared your culture with students?
First off, by way of the classes I teach in middle school, where we deliver the French Ministry's curriculum. In history/geography, we study world geography to some extent, but at least one-third of the program is dedicated to the history of France from antiquity to the present day. In 9th grade we study a great deal of political and contemporary history, such as the World Wars and the Cold War. So certainly within my teaching...

When we look at civic education, we often compare the French and American political systems. When the attacks happened in Paris in 2015, it was an opportunity to discuss current affairs and exchange opinions. At those moments it was interesting to speak with American students about secularism--of which we have a different vision in France. That creates interesting debates and allows us to exchange ideas.

Q. Could you discuss your collaboration with teachers?
This year Ms. Stratakis, the economics teacher, and I organized field trips with the 11th grade to study how geographic phenomena that exist in France, such as gentrification, manifest themselves in the United States... to do a comparative study, rather than study the French program alone. One afternoon we went to the Mission to look at that process, and we compared what was going on in France upon returning. We also went to Google and HP to meet with [some of our own] French parents who work there, who were able to compare their professional experiences in France vs. the U.S. They expressed to students cultural differences in the professional sector, which we, again, discussed upon returning to class.

Mr. Paton and I share a class in both 11th and 12th grade, l'Option International du Baccalauréat, an international class option within the French Baccalaureate. In that class, students take geography in French with me, but they also have the option to take U.S. history in English with Mr. Paton and to learn, for example, how to write essays in preparation for college in the States. That's a good example of how I am able to exchange approaches with one of my colleagues--in this case, an International Baccalaureate teacher--in the same class.


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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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