Résumé - Paris Granville

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2428 35th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029
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To help teachers to empower students to use the target language effectively


Language Shaping Solutions, Issaquah, WA
Director, Editor, Writer

Work with teacher authors to create standards-based curriculum and DVDs for French and Spanish

Present workshops on World Language Teaching strategies, i.e. using authentic literature, reading strategies, motivating the reluctant learner

Bellevue School District
World Language Curriculum Developer
I.B. French Teacher

Write curriculum with teams of teachers
Design and deliver district professional development
Manage textbook adoption
Teach classes for Second Language learners and native speakers of French

National Network for Early Language Learning
Editor of Learning Languages

Solicit, edit, and write academic and refereed articles for the journal published biannually

Design graphics and layout in Adobe InDesign

Pleasant Hill Middle School, Pleasant Hill, CA
7th and 8th grade French and Spanish Teacher

Helped students successfully communicate in French or Spanish

As department chair, I worked to create standards-based curriculum units and performance assessments

1998 - 2000
Princeton Regional Schools, Princeton, NJ
French and Spanish Teacher

Responsible for all 7th grade second year French students as part as a core team

Helped students learn Spanish in mixed grade Success Spanish class

1997 - 1998
Readington Middle School, Readington, NJ
French and Spanish Teacher

Taught 6th grade French exploratory

Taught teaching 7th grade French and Spanish as part of a core team

1988 - 1997
Ankeny Community Schools, Ankeny, IA
Elementary and Middle school French and Spanish Teacher

Developed and taught age-appropriate, content-related French curriculum for grades one through six

Presented the Ankeny’s elementary program to parents, teachers and administrators in other school districts in presentations, publications, and videos

Scheduled elementary Spanish and French classes for all teachers

Summers ‘94, ‘93, ‘90
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
French and Spanish Master Teacher

Instructed two to six year olds in intensive French and Spanish

Concurrently supervised several student teachers


Summers 1994 through 1997
University of Northern Iowa Institute, Angers, FRANCE
Masters of Arts in French Literature

Lived with a French family and participated in masters classes during six summers

Successfully completed comprehensive exams in French

1982 to 1987
Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Bachelors of Arts in French, Minor Biology

Magna Cum Laude

1987 Drake Academic Excellence Award in French & Drake Outstanding Contribution Award in Foreign Language

President’s List, Dean’s List

Fall 1986
La Sorbonne, Paris, FRANCE
Certificat de Langue française, degré supérieur semestriel

Studies in conversation, grammar, composition, phonetics, 5th-17th century literature, and fine arts conducted entirely in French


New Jersey Standard Teaching certificates 485-90-6415

CBest: passed the first time with 163

French Praxis II 0173 French Content Knowledge: 200/200

Spanish Praxis II 0191 Spanish Content Knowledge Score 173/200

Selected Accomplishments

May 31st, 2008
Bay Area Language Project, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Keynote Speaker “Creating a target language only environment”

May 2008
Learning Languages
Article “Creating an English-free zone” published in the Spring edition

March 2008
Language Shaping Solutions, Issaquah, WA
Wrote and published Au café: Surviving the French Café

March 2007
Language Shaping Solutions, Issaquah, WA
Published Mitos del mundo azteca

January 2002
Annenberg Teaching Languages K-12 TV project, Pleasant Hill, CA
Filmed by WGBH Boston Television and Annenberg teaching a Cajun folktale, Training and video available at

January 2000
New Jersey F.A.N.S. project, Princeton, NJ
Filmed teaching “African folk tale: The white mouse” for State Video

October 1996
Iowa Foreign Language Association, Waterloo, IA
Received “Outstanding Educator Award for FLES in the State of Iowa

October 1995
American Association of Teacher of French, Des Moines, IA
Elected vice-president of Iowa chapter

October 1994
Iowa Foreign Language Association, Des Moines, IA
Entertainment chairperson for the State Convention

March 1994
Central States Convention, Kansas City, MO
Presentation "Cajun Music and Culture” representing the “Best of Iowa”


Microsoft Office, video production, video editing (Adobe Premier & Encore), special effects (Adobe After Effects), graphic design (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, & InDesign), technical writing, Website creation (Adobe Dreamweaver)


Contact Information

Written by Paris Granville. Posted in About


Language Shaping Solutions
2428 35th Ave NE
Issaquah, WA 98029


Telephone/Fax 866-203-7448


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About the Authors

Written by Paris Granville. Posted in About

The language shaping team combines years of practical teaching experience with the latest research and best practices. All of our award winning teacher-authors hold advanced degrees and are recognized by their colleagues as leaders in the field.

pg photoParis Granville, Director, Editor, Author

Paris taught for 15 years before focusing on Language Shaping full time. Her teaching assignments range from pre-school to adult education. She wrote the curriculum for a new foreign language in the elementary school (FLES) program in the Ankeny Public Schools in 1988. The Iowa Foreign Language Association named her the 1995 Iowa Elementary Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. Later, she taught at John Witherspoon middle school in Princeton, NJ, where she worked on aligning instruction with the National Standards. In California, she created thematic units for middle school curriculum that focused on weaving culture and literature into communication. During her tenure at Pleasant Hill Middle School, she was filmed by WGBH Boston for the Annenberg standards project. She is currently the editor of Learning Languages the academic journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). Her most recent book is Au café. You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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pr photoPriscilla Russel, Author

Priscilla G. Russel is the Supervisor of World Languages and ESL/Bilingual Instruction for the Princeton (NJ) Regional Schools. She directs the K-12 language program that begins with Spanish for all students in Kindergarten and offers six languages in high school. Outside of the district Priscilla is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national meetings and is often invited to school districts. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Applied Spanish Program at The College of New Jersey and the World Languages Content Specialist for the Princeton University Teacher Prep program. She enjoys incorporating folk literature into curricula and thematic planning. The author of Unos animalitos astutos and Mitos del mundo azteca, folktale-based curricula published by Language Shaping, and Urban Parks, an online learning scenario commissioned by the New Jersey Department of Education, she is eager to collaborate with Eugenia on a thematic unit about the Galapagos Islands. You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Joan Jobbins

Joan Jobbins began teaching 35 years ago and is still passionate about what she does. After teaching American culture and conversation in Tours, France through the Fulbright program, Joan finished her Master's Degree in French at Rutgers University where she also taught elementary and intermediate French. Since then, she has taught French in the middle school, high school and adult education. She has settled in the middle school, where she enjoys the energy, creativity and excitement of the age level. She designed the thematic unit La Cigale et la fourmi to be used with her seventh and eighth graders. In addition to stimulating and challenging students, she hopes that other teachers can find some ideas and tools to expand their own teaching "bag of tricks" with this unit. She would love to hear any ideas you might like to share at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ep photoEugenia Porello

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, Eugenia Porello arrived in the USA through a faculty exchange program to teach Spanish as a second language to American students in the year 2000. Although Eugenia graduated as a teacher of English from the National University of Córdoba, she decided to go back to school when assigned to teach her native language. Her Master’s Degree in Applied Spanish from the College of New Jersey helped reshape her teaching philosophy and inspire her creativity.

Porello’s passion is split between teaching and art. As an emerging self-taught artist, Eugenia started showing her work in the streets of Córdoba, then overseas in California, London, Amsterdam, Munich and Bologna. This book expands her artistic vision to another canvas and the world of digital illustration. Authoring her first book, Mitos del mundo azteca, inspired Eugenia to continue creating vibrant and exciting works of art while renewing her commitment to teaching. She strives to convey a long-lasting message through color and words. You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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