Stephanie Geehan

Stephanie Geehan
Teacher, Junior School Primary French
Alumnus, Class of 1995
September, 2006
BA, BEd (UVic)

Students learn better when they are interested in the material, engaged, and having fun.

Stephanie Geehan’95 was working with ESL students at the University of Victoria when a friend mentioned taking a French class in order to become a French teacher.  Stephanie then realized that teaching French was what she wanted to do too.

“I had already been teaching dance and drama to children so I knew I enjoyed teaching kids,” says Stephanie, a former French immersion student. “To incorporate speaking French seemed like the perfect combination for me.”

After finishing her degree, Stephanie began to teach French at a Montessori school, where she learned to use the AIM program that the Junior School uses; it made her an ideal candidate for the SMUS position when it opened.

“People develop learning strategies when they learn a second language that they can apply to learning any other language,” she says.  By learning French, students will have an easier time learning other romance languages, such as Spanish and Italian.  She also believes having a second language makes for a more authentic travelling experience.

Mrs. Geehan debuted as director/choreographer at Langham Court Theatre in 2010, and more recently choreographed The Sound of Music for the Victoria Operatic Society in 2012. Stephanie likes to combine her theatrical leanings with teaching.

“I love dancing and singing, and I’ve done a lot of musical theatre, mostly with the Victoria Operatic Society,” she says. “Adding it to the classroom just seems natural.”