French TeacherUniversity of Paris, Sorbonne IV, MA
email: florence.rink [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545-1770 x3421
Educated first at the Sorbonne and the British Institute in Paris, then at Oxford for English and American Literature, Florence Rink joined us as a French teacher in 2004. As a young woman, Florence took the suggestion of a teacher and took a teaching position herself to help her pay for her studies. She says she can still remember that first day of class. She hated walking in that first day--she was just 20 years old--but by the end of class she'd fallen in love with the experience of teaching. She was hooked!
Since that fateful day, she has taught in schools in France, England, and the US. Her teaching expertise is not limited to language—she also taught ski school for many winters while living in France.The last school she taught at before coming to Sonoma Academy was the Greens Farm Academy in Westport, Connecticut (claim to fame: Martha Stewart and Paul Newman were neighbors of the school).
Sonoma Academy was a very different kind of school than the others Florence had taught at. For example, she sat in her first Council meeting here—and though she wasn't quite sure at first what to make of it, she became intrigued with this style of listening and sharing.
Says Florence, "What makes SA a great school for me is that we really see our students and get to know them well, we appreciate each other, respect each other because we all work hard and lastly, we also work well together. I have the privilege to be in an amazing place, to spend my day with teenagers (and they are awesome) and to collaborate with amazing faculty who blow me away everyday. I hope that all my students will be able to find a job that will be as much fun and as rewarding as mine!"
A little known fact about Florence—and anyone who knows her will easily be able to picture this—is that she trained tigers for one summer, a skill that serves her well in the classroom.