From Latin roots to rich literary, cultural, and artistic contributions, the French language provides an excellent complement to a Classical education. Students of French have a unique access to the writings of authors like Blaise Pascal, Molière, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and Albert Camus, and they gain a key perspective to events that have shaped our world such as the French Revolution or the Enlightenment.
Today, French is an official language in 29 countries across North America, Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. It is a primary language for business and international affairs and remains a dynamic language across a diverse range of cultures.
Learning French allows students to activate their classical knowledge, engage with a rich literary and cultural tradition, and prepare for a global future.
High School French 1, 2, and 3 will be offered for the 21-22 Academic Year with plans to provide French classes through the AP level with sufficient interest in the future.
Hannah Wegmann, Ph.D.
Hannah Wegmann received her Ph.D. in Modern French Studies from the University of Maryland in 2018, following a M.A. from UMD and a B.A. from Hillsdale College. Her research focuses on narratives of urbanization within the nineteenth century French novel, exploring ways that the historical phenomenon of migration can function as a theoretical lens to revisit canonical narratives and understand the social, moral, and physical evolutions present. Her other interests include the intersections of art history, religious intertextuality, the history of Paris, and teaching the quirky details of French grammar to students. Hannah lived in France for a semester of college, a year following graduation, and has spent several summers in Paris conducting research, teaching summer courses, and enjoying French culture and history. Hannah has taught a variety of French language and literature courses at the University of Maryland since 2011. Before teaching at the university level, she spent several years teaching at the primary and secondary levels, both in traditional and classical schools. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, and daughter.
Shannon Mauro, M.A.
Shannon Mauro is a Romance language enthusiast who began studying French at age 12. Her passion for language learning stems from her travel experiences and years of singing choral music in French, Italian, Spanish, and Latin. She holds an MA in Modern French Studies from the University of Maryland, where her research focused on medieval French music. Additionally, she earned an MAEd and a BA in French with a minor in Italian Studies from Wake Forest University. She has taught French to students of all ages, from elementary school to university, and is currently homeschooling her children. Shannon lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and a black cat named Douglas.