Court - French Speaker - Paros, Greece

Mika Court

Paros, Greece


Creative consultant. Editor. Translator.


French Speaker

Work History

Private English

From December 2013

French, and Social Studies Lessons for all ages of students from my home on Paros Island. Interactive, individually tailored lessons in all subject

Part-time status

The Urban School

From September 2011

Content-based course with active use of total physical response methodologies. At Urban,
recording sound files directly on lap tops make for the best individually tailored "language lab"

7th Grade History and Language Arts Teacher

The Julia Morgan School

September 2007 - May 2011

History of Africa, Latin America, Japan and Europe, with focus on Ancient and Medieval
Civilizations, Feudalism, Colonialism and Post-­Colonialism
In Social Studies, for every quarter, we begin with a contemporary puzzle - such as the U.N.
Climate Change Summit in 2010-- and ask: Where are we now and how did we get here? Students
study climate and geography in relationship to culture. We explore how groups organize
themselves internally and externally. In particular, as we address structures of power and privilege, we focus on young women's lives in different eras and social structures, bringing home to students the specificity of their own cultures and positions. Our classes are hands on. During
our Medieval Europe unit, we give Joan of Arc a new - and perhaps fair - trial during which
students perform the major characters from the Duc de Bourgogne to Joan herself. Parents play the role of the jury deciding whether Joan of Arc should be found guilty of heresy and treason or not. In previous years, they have voted that she burn - this year, they spared her the flames.
Language Arts: The Literature read in Language Arts coincided with the themes of the history
program. Beginning with proverbs, myths and short stories students learn to think critically and creatively about small enigmatic riddles in written form. As we continue throughout the year,
students are exposed to a variety of literary forms and writing styles. They learn strategies for approaching different kinds of texts. Through a guided writing process, peer editing and review, and other tools of "writing workshops, " students learn to deepen their thinking and...


Sprouts Cooperative Preschool

September 2005 - June 2007

Co-founded, organized, and directed a small play-based pre-school with five families and a core

Mini-Semester Seminar

Anthropology and Science Fiction Mini-Semester
Seminar: 2003: Colonialism, Imperialism, War

Teacher Recognition

National Endowment

Award through the Presidential Scholar Program. Nominating Presidential
Scholar: Chloe E. Taft.

French Teacher

Bentley HIgh School

September 2002 - June 2004

All levels: French 1 -AP French Literature.

French teacher

St. Andrew's High School

September 2000 - June 2002

Courses taught:
French 6- French Literature: Medieval to XIXth Century. French 5 - Francophone Literature
French 3 - French Civilization and Language English 6-- Senior Seminar: American Poetry

Teaching Assistant

University of California, San Diego, CA

September 1999 - June 2000

Lead class discussions. Assigned writing topics. Graded essays and exams. Lit 24 -- Introduction to US Literature Reader Lit 128 The Thirties Teaching
Assistant Creative Writing: Fiction Editor: corrected Masters Theses for the Education

French teacher

St. Andrew's School

November 1998 - June 1999

( Maternity Leave Replacement-- short-term hire):
French 100 -- intensive introductory course in the French language. Emphasis on speaking and listening skills. Students studied the present indicative, imperative, passé composé, and imperfect
tenses. French 400 -- Literature and composition: 20th Century. French 500 -- Literature and composition: Francophone literature.

Community Studies

Summer 1997 "Vietnam Through Film"
Community Studies Spring 1997 "Writing Anthropology" Anthropology Spring 1996 "California--
Contested Terrain" Community Studies Winter 1996 "Intro. to Cultural Anthropology"
Fall 1995 "Women in Cross Cultural Perspective" Anthropology

Ostersünd, Sweden

From March 1996

Co-developed and presented a workshop on a panel entitled Teachers teaching teachers. The
workshop focused on strategies for teaching composition at a the college level under conditions of dwindling resources.

Teaching Assistant

University of California, Santa Cruz

September 1995 - June 1998

Taught three sections a week as supplement to a lecture course. Read
material. Prepared discussions. Assigned discussion questions and short writing assignments.
Taught composition. Graded papers. Wrote student evaluations.

English Teacher and Translator

Business Talk France

September 1993 - December 1995

Taught English from beginner to advanced levels. Students were professional adults. Translated and organized presentations and speeches for advanced students.

Holyoke High School

September 1992 - May 1993

Responsible for teaching one 'lower-level' 10th grade English class as part of an Amherst College
English course. Responsible for syllabus, classroom preparation and grading.

Qualifications & Certifications


New York University


New York University


University of California



literature, French

University of California


Amherst College Amherst



Sandra Luna Head of School


Monica Matouk The King's School

Amherst College

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