Guten Tag! ¡Hola! Bonjour! Aniin!
My name is Ann and I have been working part time at Apple Blossom teaching German. Learning languages has made my life very rich. Although both of my parents grew up in Minnesota, I began learning German as an infant because my family lived in Berlin. At Colorado College, I earned a degree in German studies, and also studied for a year in Göttingen, Germany. I am licensed to teach both German and Spanish and keep my first aid, CPR and lifeguarding certifications up to date. In 1989, I spent 4 weeks in Guatemala. And in 2013 I spent 4 weeks in Argentina. I am also fluent in spoken French. My husband, François Fouquerel, is from Normandy, France. Our children Zac, age 15, Louise, age 14 and Arnaud, age 3 speak French with their father. This year I celebrate 27 years of working with the Concordia Language villages. There, I have held a wide variety of positions, ranging from leader of wilderness programs to cook and healthcare assistant. My responsibilities have included teaching arts and crafts and canoeing, hiring and training staff and most importantly building community while sharing in German, Spanish or French. I can’t decide which age group I enjoy the most. I also equally love teaching languages and environmental education. For for 2 winters, 2 springs and an autumn I worked at Camp Widjiwagen, near Ely. There I led students in 4th-10th grades in outdoor programming.
The Headwaters Science Center employed me for my first years of living in Bemidji. Then, I taught German in Hibbing for seven years. When my older son was in kindergarten at Schoolcraft Learning Community, I returned to Bemidji. For four years I worked with the students at Voyageurs Expeditionary High School. I also taught Spanish at TrekNorth. For the last six years, I have been teaching world languages online through Fergus Falls public school district.
I plan to continue to collaborate with Apple Blossom by launching my own After School Nature Education Program, Gavias Spielgarten, in the fall of 2017. I want to share my passion for the outdoors and world languages through my new program which will operate from 2:15 - 4:45 pm, Monday - Thursday, for ages 5 to 10 years old. We will be located at the Rail River Folk School, please email me if you are interested.
Some of the treasures I hunt are wild berries, starry skies and good stories. I love to be in, on, and around lakes and rivers in all of our beautiful seasons.
I look forward to talking, singing and playing with your children in German and other languages as we enjoy the outdoors together.