- What is your name and what do you teach?
My name is Adam Hausman, I teach English and History at college; and English at lycée.
- Where are you originally from?
I claim to be from Bend, Oregon, as I lived there longer than anywhere else in the United States - mainly as a young adult. It is known for being a recreational hub, in my mind as good as anywhere in the states: it is a hotbed of skiing, hiking, camping, rockclimbing, mountain biking, kayaking and dipping in mountain rivers and lakes. As a child, I lived in (equal parts) Alabama, Virginia, Ohio and Florida.
- What do you enjoy about teaching?
As an avid reader/writer, I obviously enjoy the literature aspects of my job. Personally, I feel like I have been heavily influenced by what I've read, especially as a teenager. I like the idea of providing similar inspiration to the teenagers that I teach.
- What are your passions apart from teaching?
Apart from teaching, my passions revolve around riding boards sideways. I love to snowboard, surf and wakeboard. This is my "deep kick," as I once heard Flea from the Red Hot Chilli peppers explain it. I like the personal expression it provides, and I like combining the elements of physical exertion and beautiful natural landscapes. However, riding boards is not a consistent part of my routine anymore, but trail running in the lovely forests around Bar Sur Loup holds me over.
- My favorite book?
I'll take Catcher in the Rye, all day long. I think this novel has fallen out of fashion a bit, as far as being considered an all-time great, but it holds a special place for me. I read it at a really impressionable age (14?), and it kickstarted my passion for literature. I appreciate the humor - it's hilarious! The message/themes have meant different things to me at different stages of my life, but I always get "something" with each reread.
By Karin Dodson Gignoux
by Iris Broisat, Theodore Coleman, Sam Danin, Kaia Evans, and Noah Pleasance
On Wednesday, January 29th, students representing Collège Cesar, Collège Eganaude, Collège International de Valbonne (CoIV), Collège Niki de Saint Phalle, International School of Monaco, International School of Nice, and Mougins School were invited to present their speeches and compete for prizes. Congratulations to our section students Eyua Assoumou from Eganaude who brought home the first place title and Isabelle Tollnert from Niki de Saint Phalle in third place. The theme of the first speech was 'Defend a cause you believe in.' Eyua gave a passionate speech titled, “We Can All Be Feminists” and Isabelle gave a heartfelt speech titled, “We Can All Make a Difference in Fighting Climate Change.” In the second and final round on the topic 'Blue', Eyua clenched the title after her speech, “Through the Blue of My Violin". ASEICA was also represented by Maria-Laura Gassi from CoIV and Cara Williams from Collège César. Congratulations to all of the finalists for your hard work and preparation and to the ASEICA teachers for their unwavering support.
Since the beginning of the school year, ASEICA has hosted 'Coffee Mornings' at each of the Colleges, and a Parent-Teacher lunch for the Primary Section. These meet ups are a great way for parents to meet their children's teachers and ASEICA board members in an informal setting. Parents also have the possibility to learn more about what's happening in class or with other extra-curricular academic projects that the teachers support such as the Model United Nations (MUN), the speech contest and various primary social activities. It is especially a great way for new families to connect with the rest of the ASEICA community. The events hosted this fall were:
- Primary Parent-Teacher lunch for both the Sartoux and Trois Collines primary schools at the Ferme Bermond
- Coffee mornings at the Colleges: Niki St Phalle, César, Eganaude.
Feedback from Parents
“The Primary Teacher-Parent lunch, held on the last day of the autumn term, was a great way to connect with the different teachers and all the parents once the school year was off and running. I always appreciate being able to catch up with fellow parents and to touch base with all the teachers. It’s one of the key ways that we all stay connected during the busy school year.” Lucy White, mother of Joe (CM1) and Max (CE1), Ecole Sartoux and Benjamin (5eme), Collège César
"I found the parent-teacher breakfast very informative. As a new ASEICA parent, it was rewarding to meet the teachers of the English section, to learn more about the course work, the setup of the section, extra-curricular activities, and to discuss over a coffee with different parents and my child's teachers. I look forward to another such meet up." Anne Minereau-Gay, mother of Hector (6eme), College Niki de St Phalle.
On January 21st, Mrs. Jones’ 5emes came down to the Sartoux primary school, to visit Mrs. Guez’s CM1 class. They were paired up and the 5eme students interviewed the CM1s in preparation for a creative writing project. The goal was for the 5emes to gather enough information on their younger partners to make them the main characters in their stories. They worked hard to complete their stories and the results were impressive! It was later the CM1s’ turn to visit the 5emes in their classroom at the CIV. The reading session was a tremendous success. Mrs. Jones’ class proudly shared their stories. The CM1s were thrilled to find themselves as the main characters. Some traveled through time, others battled evil dragons!All were impressed and congratulated the 5emes for their wonderful work!
Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Guez