Whereas her third-grade peers dreaded “dictées” (French writing and spelling tests), Laure looked forward to them. Her love of French grammar and vocabulary is longstanding. After attending an arts high school where she majored in theatre and played Elmire in Molière’s Tartuffe, Laure completed a double major in French and Film Studies at U.C. Berkeley (2008, Phi Beta Kappa). Having spent her junior year abroad in Paris, she decided to return for another year following her undergraduate studies. While completing a Ph.D. in French at Columbia University (2016), she spent extended periods in Paris, including a year as an exchange researcher at the École normale supérieure.
Laure has taught French for over nine years at the university level. She has taught language courses from Elementary French I to Intermediate French II, conversation and translation courses, and advanced content courses on film and literature. She has tutored French privately for over seven years, working for around three years each with two students who scored 5 on the AP French exam. She has received several awards for her research and teaching, including the Jeanne Varney Pleasants Prize for Excellence in French Language Pedagogy.
Now an Assistant Professor of French in the Boston area, Laure particularly enjoys working one-on-one with students at the high school and college levels, helping them grow and nurturing their interest in French language and culture.