Welcome to Ms. Bingham's Page
Phone: (208) 578-5030 Ext. 2316
Degrees and Certifications:
BA: University of Vermont, French MS: Indiana University, Bloomington, Language Education
"If you talk to[a man] in his own language, that goes to his heart." -Nelson Mandela
Welcome to your (or your child's) adventure into the French-speaking world! As you may know, French is the second most widely learned language after English and is, along with English, one of two languages officially spoken on every continent. An estimated 274 million people worldwide can speak French, of which 212 million use the language daily. Our nation owes its independence in part to the French, who helped us win our freedom from Great Britain. Today, we share a border with the French-speaking province of Quebec, near where I was born.
My fluencies in multiple languages (English, Spanish, French) are the most enriching and useful skills I have acquired in my life and I am honored to share those skills with our students. I was lucky enough to attend a middle school that offered French. Since then, French has enriched my life in ways I never would have believed. French is a portal through which I have gained understanding of my own language, acquired Spanish, become culturally competent, learned new perspectives, become a critical thinker, developed deep multi-cultural friendships, and had many rich experiences.
I majored in French at the University of Vermont, lived and studied in France, and followed up my bachelors degree with Middlebury College's French immersion masters studies, and with the University of Southern Oregon's program in Angers, France. I have a Masters of Education in teaching Languages from Indiana University, Bloomington. I have also lived and studied in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. I am certified to teach French, Spanish, English, English as a Second Language, and Bilingual ED.
I look forward to many more years teaching world languages to our young people in the Wood River Valley. Keep encouraging your children to do the hard work to learn a second language. It is so worth the effort!