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5/24/2005 Linfield student earns award from French government

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College senior Emily Hauer of Fairbanks, Alaska, will spend next year teaching in France after earning an award from the French government.

Hauer, the daughter of Bill and Anne Hauer of Fairbanks and a 2001 graduate of West Valley High School, earned a French government teaching assistantship for 2005-2006, offered by the French Ministry of Education. Hauer will earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Linfield during commencement exercises Sunday, May 29.

Hauer will spend nine months teaching English in an elementary school in Nancy. For Hauer, who holds dual citizenship in France and the United States, the position is an ideal blend of her love of France and teaching.

Hauer is fluent in French, having learned the language from her mother, a native of France. In addition to speaking French at home and traveling extensively to France to visit relatives, Hauer spent a semester at the Institute of American Universities in Avignon. She has studied the French language since the seventh grade and is president of the Linfield French Club.

Hauer hopes to gain some alternative teaching methods and share what she’s learned from her Linfield classes.

"The skills I learn by teaching in such an environment will help make me an even better teacher when I get a classroom of my own," she said.

Thierry Durand, associate professor of French, said Hauer’s resume and qualifications are a perfect fit for the assistantship responsibilities.

"She has the ideal profile," he said. "She is an education major, she speaks French, she knows about the country and she’s a French minor. It would’ve been a grave mistake not to have hired her."