Teaching: Middle & High School French: Introduction to Foreign Language, Middle School French A & B, French III, AP French
At PALCS Since: 2004
Education: Bachelor of Arts in French, Michigan State University
Master in the Art of Teaching, University of Pittsburgh
Brief Biography: Mrs. Crisafio’s love of French is tied to her love of teaching. “The verb in French that means ‘to teach,’ apprendre, can also be used to express ‘to learn,’” she explains. “I became a teacher because I love learning. I have learned as much from my students as from textbooks and life experiences.” Mrs. Crisafio came to PALCS with diverse teaching experience, having taught English as a Second Language (TEFL) for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania before teaching French in New York City, several public and private Pittsburgh schools and homeschooling her two sons while directing a French Club. She even has experience in cyber schools, having spent a year teaching various subjects for the Einstein Academy Cyber School.
About our school, Mrs. Crisafio says, “PALCS is a pioneering school on the frontier of education. It is invigorating to be part of the process of making cyber instruction effective. We are encouraged to explore ways to engage students, to help them take ownership in their learning, and to constantly revise, reflect and improve our teaching.”