Lucie Seyhun will join the staff this year, teaching sixth, seventh and eigth grade French, along with sixth grade Spanish. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Languages from McGill University in Montreal, and a Master's Degree is World Languages Education with a concentration in French and Spanish from DePaul University.
As a student teacher, Seyhun taught French to freshmen at New Trier High School. She also taught French 1 through AP as a long-term substitute at Lake Forest High School.
She is a native French speaker, born in Quebec. She also learned Spanish from her mother. She has lived in Canada, South Africa and Chicago.
Patch: What inspired you to pursue teaching?
Lucie: I always had a passion for education since my mom and my grandma were both teachers, and my mom was actually a language teacher as well. I’ve always loved to learn other languages — I study Greek, Italian and Turkish, I want to become fluent in six languages. I want to show my love for learning languages to other people by teaching them the ones I’m already proficient in.
Patch: What makes you different from other teachers?
Lucie: A lot of people do not have my background. A lot of foreign language teachers here aren’t native speakers. I also lived in and traveled to many different countries ever since I was little, so I come from a very multicultural and multilingual family.
Patch: What are you looking forward to teaching your students this year?
Lucie: I want to teach them about French-speaking countries and their cultures, and same thing with Spanish speaking countries and their cultures. I think that’s the most interesting part of learning a language — to know the people who you can use the language with is very important.