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My name is Hélène Ananou and I’m first grade teacher this year. This will be my fifth year teaching at LNFI. I’m so excited for this educational journey with your children and also to see them develop and grow over the course of the year! What a great opportunity to have all those students I had four years ago in World culture, and the ones I had in my second grade class these last two years. I'm committed to keep all LNFI students active the whole year. We have one golden rule in the Gym, "Have Fun". We will do several collaborative activities and games involving other areas of the Currriculum: Math, Reading, and Social Studies. And the best part is having fun in French!
I’m originally from Togo, A French country in West Africa, of about 56,600 Km2 bordered on the East by Benin, West by Ghana, North by Burkina Faso and south by the Atlantic Ocean. I attended Université du Benin in Lomé where I graduated with a Master in Linguistics and a Bachelor in Language Arts. I came to America in 2007 to study English and found favor in this land. I had my baby I have been looking for, for years. A wonderful daughter, Mariella who is in Second grade at the Upper Campus this year. Before teaching at LNFI, I taught French language and culture at Berlitz and Alliance Française of Minneapolis. I’m also taking classes towards a Master of Arts in Teaching at Hamline University.
I fluently speak, read and write four languages, and have been travelling in many countries: Bénin, Ghana, Burkina, Sénégal, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Ethiopia, Netherlands, and, and lived a while in France, Belgium and Germany where half of my family lives.
In my free time I like to read, cook, watching Disney Channels, study the Bible, and spend time with my daughter.
Lastly, I’m taking Leadership classes and this is my third and final year of study. As a teacher I believe that if I have the responsibility to teach and form the leaders of tomorrow, I need to know what it means to be one.