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Meet the Western High School French Teacher   MADAME CHERYL MARKS
 
 
 Educating young people remains my life long passion. Sharing a global perspective via French language instruction is my ambition. Instilling knowledge of vocabulary, culture, and history is my goal. Working as a team with a motivated student, involved parents and a committed teacher is my plan. By studying the 4 basic foreign language acquisition skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing a young person can master a world of knowledge and be prepared for further college study or international travel to a French speaking country.   Knowing how to communicate in another language also opens the door to better job opportunities. Through the Western Educational Foundation I have funded a scholarship to the top French 4 student each graduating year.   I hope that incents teens to study French for 4 years at WHS!
 
 Cheryl Marks, nee Hildebrandt, has been teaching at Western High School since 1979. I am a 1975 graduate of Western High School in fact! I earned my B.A. degree from Hillsdale College in 1978 in both French and English with teaching credentials for both elementary and high school. Additionally, I have earned a M.A. from Michigan State University (1984) in Education and a M.A. from Central Michigan University (2002) in Humanities.   My husband and I live in the Western School District and our children attended our great school. We have a daughter studying at WMU who graduates this December 2016 with a degree in fashion design and textile merchandising and a married daughter who recently graduated from Lewis University (near Chicago )with a degree in Air Traffic Control and Business. In my free time I coordinate the exchange student program for Educational Foundation. Hosting foreign exchange students provides a wonderful opportunity for Western School District families to experience the world beyond our own great country by sharing their home with a foreign student for an academic year. Additionally, I am a trustee for Sandstone Charter Township, Secretary of the local Planning Commission and recently retired as the Secretary/Treasurer of MCCU Community Credit Union. I still serve as a director of the credit union and expect to be the Vice Chairperson soon.  My professional philosophy is best explained as “think globally but act locally”!   When not involved with the community, I attend our daughters’ events and our  Swedish exchange student's activities.    We love animals, as demonstrated by our ownership of 4 cats and a Papillon dog.  As my students can attest after just a few months of being in my classroom, I love to travel the world, collect beanie babies and fleur de lis items. It is my hope to be able to share my love for learning by involving my students in their own active pursuit of knowledge.
 
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