Five members of the Class of 2018 will travel to France to serve as <em>assistants de langue</em>, teaching English to students at either the secondary or primary level. From left: Jade Alvillar, Caroline Rock, Alan Yeh, Rafiatou Ouro Aguy, and Maria Lazgin Ciercielli.

Several seniors were recently awarded teaching assistantships in France for next year by the French Ministry of Education. Five students will spend seven months as assistants de langue, teaching English to students at either the secondary or primary level.

The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) offers American citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to teach in public schools in either metropolitan France or in one of the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Réunion.

All of the students who received TAPIF placements were part of the Hamilton in France program during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Jade Alvillar will teach in Nancy-Metz. She is a French and religious studies major and spent the fall semester studying in Paris.
  • Maria Lazgin Ciercielli received a teaching placement in Versailles. A theatre major, she was in Paris as a member of the annual program. Lazgin Ciercielli also completed the full-time program in physical theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq.
  • Rafiatou Ouro Aguy will also teach in Nancy-Metz. A French major, Ouro Aguy studied in France for the year, taking three of four spring semester classes at the Institut d’Etudes politiques.
  • Caroline Rock received a placement in Reims. A French and world politics major, Rock was in Paris for the year and took most of her spring semester classes at the Institut d'Etudes politiques.
  • Alan Yeh will teach in Montpelier. He is a French and literature major who spent the year in Paris.
  • Katherine McNally, a French major who spent the year in Paris, has accepted a position at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and will not teach in France next year.

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