I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. My paternal grandmother had been raised speaking French and German as well as English. When my grandfather died, she remarried a Russian emigrant, a mechanical engineer who spoke seven languages. We lived close to these two, and they encouraged all their grandchildren to learn as many languages as possible. I have always remembered this.
I spent my junior year of college enrolled at the University of Tubingen, and my husband and I spent a sabbatical year with our two children in Avignon, France. I began studying Italian during college, in Germany, and have spent time in Italy every year or two.
Other interests: reading, vegetable gardening, exercise, owning a Newfoundland dog, running a visitation program for people experiencing life transitions through my UCC church, learning about the social history of African Americans, environmental issues, immigration and refugee issues.
I am available for my students before and after class on Mondays and Wednesdays.
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