They say in Rome there's a church for every day of the year! One of my Art History courses visited at least half! How lucky was I to spend 24 years surrounded by the treasures of the Eternal City. Little by little, there were new museums or historic sites opened that kept my passion continually fueled! Before that, I took advantage of all Paris had to offer for 3 years. I loved all the museums in Paris and its outskirts, so one Sun. I decided to get on the first bus which arrived at the stop, whether it took me to the Musee Guimet (Asian art) or the Gobelins (tapestries). In both Rome, Paris, and London, I visited several exhibitions a year. One time after a 3 week trip to China, I took the train to Venice to see the Xian warriors and the famous jade funereal suit. I developed my love of Art and its history senior year in high school, where our teacher "grabbed" us with the tales behind the works. This is what I like to pass on to my students. I also studied Art History in college with both the Philbrook Museum and Gilcrease nearby. Over the years I have visited many museums and collections throughout the US. One of my favorites is the Art Institute in Chicago; for folk art-the Shelburne in Vermont.
In those 27 years in Europe, I have visited all the major museums and collections in France, Italy, Spain, The United Kingdom, The Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Morocco, and Algeria. I also love small eclectic museums off the beaten path. I even married an artist (as you can see in the photo) and spent our honeymoon on Crete discovering the Minoan culture. On another trip to Greece, in Mycenae, we stayed in Schliemann's residence; in China, we were one of the first groups to stay in Confucius' family compound! I would love to share my experiences with you. Wait until I tell you about the Dali!
If you liked Julie and Julia, then do I have Cordon Bleu stories for you! I got my Grande Diplome (teaching certificate) and pastry certificate from the original Cordon Bleu in 1981, when it was on rue de Champs de Mars and lessons were given only in French! Madame Brassart of the film, was still the director, still as feisty, and the one , who gave the final word after tasting our "exams" (which had to be done with no recipes and not knowing which dish you would make!). After 3 years in Paris, feasting my way across Europe, I met Giorgio and moved to Rome for the next 24 years (we moved to Phoenix 4 yrs ago). Needless to say,with a Sardinian husband and 3 half italian kids I perfected my Italian cooking underfire. Honestly, not to intimidate like women who can throw in a pinch of that and don't use recipes, most Italian Language cookbooks don't use measurements, just ingredients! I'll have to admit that however much I love French cuisine, Italian is generally quicker, extremely healthy, and you CAN get away with throwing in some of this and that. In Rome, I had my own catering/party business giving private cooking lessons. I particularly filled a niche for American and International baked goods. My customers included personnel from many Int'l embassies, schools, colleges, and the press corps:as well as members of the American Women's Assoc. of Rome, and many ex-pats in the Int'l community. I also was a member of the Italian Sommeliers Association.
With my kids as sous chefs, we also did lessons for children. I started out at 8, learning baking from my beloved Aunt in Kansas, who at 88 is still my authority on all things American. I cook all cuisines from Chinese to Scandinavian, but specialize in Mediterranean: Greek, Spanish, Moroccan, besides the Italian and French. Here in Phoenix, I've catered Mediterranean Sampler events for Symphony-Allegro, The Scottsdale Latin Group, and Events and Adventures (with cooking demo). Prices will vary according to the lessons, I personalize for you and can be held in your home or mine. You can also combine Italian or French language lessons. Alors, On y va? Ci vediamo presto! The French means loosely, "Lets do it" and the Italian means "See you soon!"-- Sherry
As I said in my profile, I've subbed many ESL classes, and feel particularly close to kids, like mine,or adults like my husband trying to assimilate into life in the U.S. I think one of the greatest presents you can give a student is help fitting into their new world.Having coped with culture shock moving from the U.S. to Paris, and then to Rome and with reverse culture shock, moving back to the US after 27 yrs abroad, my interest is not just in transmitting language, but also culture to the student. I just finished a class called SEI-Strategies for English Immersion (a prelude to getting an ESL certificate) at Paradise Valley Community College.In 2008 I also completed Berlitz teacher training in English, French, and Italian. I've been a life long reader and traveler, so Languages, History (U.S., European, and Art), Geography, Literature, are my strong points which come in handy for someone advanced, who either needs help with school work, their business skills or would like to improve their conversation in English. I work well with elementary kids and try to make their subjects fun. For example:reading comes along with silly sounds or actions to help remember vocabulary). I started French, when I was 6 and loved it because we played games. No matter what age or level the student is, I will do my best to make learning English fun. I am more than happy to work with all levels from beginners to advanced. For hispanic beginners,I have a good grasp of Spanish for the occasional necessary explanation. with English being the global choice for communication, I hope I can help make your experience here in the States easier and better.
My passion for French and all things French started in First grade. As a 6 year old, I told myself I would live in Paris one day and I did. Starting so young and continuing all the way through High School after many hours of language lab,I developed an excellent accent. From junior high on, I had French literature, history, and civilization culminating in AP French senior year. At 17, I spent the summer thanks to the Experiment in Int'l Living program with a French family, who I returned to stay with 4 years later. At 24, I spent the summer in Algeria speaking French with a Berber family. I got my BA in French followed by an extra year to get my teaching certificate in both French and Spanish. Next, I was accepted to the Sorbonne in Paris, taking an entrance exam for foreigners. We were 800 and only 50 of us got into the regular Sorbonne mainly attended by native French speaking students. This is how I finally made it to Paris. I lived there for 3 incredible years. The last two I got my Grande Diplome teaching certificate at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School. The lessons were given completely in French and our chefs only spoke French. Although I moved to Rome afterwards, we still spent time in France every year.For 15 of those years we drove to England round trip, picking different routes, so I have a wealth of different unusual tourist ideas. Depending on your level and needs, my lessons can be a mixture of Language, Culture, History, Gastronomy, and Tourism. Sometimes I take my students on "field trips" to supermarkets, markets pharmacies,other shops, restaurants, museums etc. I try to make learning French fun by targeting the students interests, hobbies, or work related needs. Two years ago i had a student, who was a Military History buff. He was spending 2 weeks touring the Normandy Beaches and the WWI battlefields with a rental car. Since outside of Paris, it's not so easy to find someone who speaks English, his three months of lessons included car, hotel, cuisine, shopping and tourism info and vocab. I was rewarded with a special post trip visit...showing me his photos-every one with a huge smile. I made his trip so much richer, he said. His enthusiasm made all of my lessons so much richer! A bientot, j'espere (Hope to see you soon)!