Upper School French and ESL Teacher
Get to know Upper School French and ESL Teacher, Linda Taylor. Mrs. Taylor uses her international experiences as a way to cultivate a better classroom experience, as well as to encourage students to pursue their passions.
What classes and grade level(s) do you teach?
I teach French and ESL for 8th through 12th grade.
What do you love most about CLS?
As a teacher and a parent of CLS students, I love how the staff and teachers cover each other and our students in prayer. My faith, as well as my children’s faith, have been strengthened by the example set by so many of the staff here at CLS.
Why do you like teaching at CLS?
I love having the opportunity to not only share my passion for my subject and teach the students but more importantly, I love connecting with the students on a personal level. The students become like my own children and I am able to speak into their lives, love them, encourage them and pray with and for them.
How are faith and learning integrated at CLS?
Having the opportunity to know these kids so well and minister to them at different times, whether to pray them through difficult circumstances or praise with them during times of success, I feel models to these kids what an authentic relationship with Jesus is. Showing grace, and teaching responsibility and accountability through both scripture and modeling behaviors work together to integrate faith into the classroom environment.
How do you make a spiritual impact on your students?
It’s easy to pray with the kids for their daily trials. However, I try to truly learn about each student and their heart matters. I show the kids that I care more about them than their test scores and I share with them my life experiences as well as my children’s. In doing so, I’m able to point them towards God and share with them how God has worked in my life and my kids’lives, especially when they may be going through something that my kids have recently experienced as well.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I didn’t plan to be a French teacher. However, from the age of 12, I have loved the language and in college, continued learning it simply because it was enjoyable. Through the years, God has given me countless opportunities to truly develop a passion for the French language and people. I am able to share that passion and love with my students because it is genuine. Also, I had an opportunity to live in France, as an international student with a host family. I not only know the language but I’ve experienced the culture. I do my best to get the kids excited about learning by sharing stories of what life is like in France. Working with the international students has also become a passion because of having been in their situation, I can empathize with them and their experiences. Whether the students go on in French or not, my goal is to teach them to continue to pursue their interests and use their gifts because they have no idea now how God will use them in the future.