Meet the Teachers
Danica Guerrero is currently pursuing an M.A. in French at the University of North Texas. She holds a B.A. in European Studies/French from Seattle Pacific University, where she gained language experience during a semester at the Sorbonne University in Paris. For six years, she has taught middle school and high school French and English courses, including seven months as a teaching assistant for two French high schools in Annecy, France. Danica currently lives in San Antonio with her husband and their two cats.
Gwen Sessions was born in France, and she is very attached to both her native region of Brittany and her Celtic identity. A professional opportunity and a taste for adventure brought Gwen to San Antonio several years ago. She believes that through her work as a French teacher, she has become a sort of ambassador for her country. When she is not teaching, Gwen is learning – most recently having finished her Masters degree in French Language from UNT (University of North Texas).
Jen Johnson is currently the French teacher at O’Connor High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French and German from the University of North Texas, and a Master’s in Education from Texas State University. Her hometown is New Braunfels, TX but she has worked abroad in Europe and Japan as a teacher. Jen is an Aquarian, and her favorite color is green! She enjoys cooking, wine-tasting, and travel, and loves spending time with her four kids and her two dogs. She is also an entrepreneur and co-owns three toy stores throughout the hill country.
Julie Jacobs grew up in France and came to the USA to attend graduate school. After receiving her B.S. degree from the Université de Bourgogne located in Dijon, France, she moved to the USA and obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. She stayed in the USA and worked as an engineer for more than a decade before deciding to change career from engineering to teaching. Julie obtained a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Kentucky and taught high school students in Kentucky and in Texas. Julie also obtained an English/French translation certificate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Julie loves to travel, and she visits her friends and family in France whenever possible.
Nabila Fouchal was born and raised in Algeria. From a very young age, she showed an interest in learning languages. After completing her first Bachelor’s degree in French from Mouloud Mammeri University in Algeria, Nabila attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where she earned a second Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Didactic of French as a Foreign Language. She started her teaching career as an intern, teaching the DULF Program for International Students at the Sorbonne. In 2015, Nabila moved to Austin, where she joined Education Française of Austin. Nabila spends most of her spare time with her two children, and she loves cooking Berber food.
Raphaël Choury was born and raised bilingual (German and French) in Koblenz, Germany. He graduated with a Master’s degree in French and English from the University of Mainz, where he started his teaching career in a school for continued education. Since moving to Texas in 2009 he has been teaching French at the High School level, as well as adult classes in French, German and English as a second language. In his free time Raphaël enjoys reading French, German and American literature, running and spending time outdoors with his wife and two sons.
Rosemary Clark was born in Poland and came to the United States when she was 4 years old. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and began learning French in the 8th grade. Rosemary attended college in New York, majoring in History and completing a minor in multiple languages – including French, Russian and German. After college, she studied in France at Université de Grenoble and obtained the “Diplôme de hautes études de la langue et de la littérature françaises.” Rosemary went on to complete an M.A. in French and a PhD in French Literature & Language from UT Austin.