Paul Kutner

French Teacher

After working for 14 years in independent schools in New York, New Jersey and Maryland, I am thrilled to be joining the team at DCI, my first charter school. I am a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and am glad to be "home" in the DC area again. I grew up learning French from a young age having attended the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York where I started French in the first grade. I lived in France for two years as an adult—studying for one of them and teaching ESL for the other—and have been teaching French at the middle and high school levels ever since. In 2012, I was lucky enough to receive a grant from the French Embassy in the United States to develop my curriculum into thematic units. One of them, on the Holocaust in Francophone Europe, has become central to my teaching and life out-of-school. This has allowed me to incorporate real-life experiences into my lessons and has given me the opportunity to work on projects such as being on the curatorial team for two Holocaust exhibits: one that tells of the experiences of survivors in central France and one that juxtaposes racial injustice and slavery in the United States with anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in Europe. Lastly, I have a passion to take my language skills with me around the world, and was the director of global programs at two of my previous schools. I have led student tours and exchange programs in France, Spain, the United States, and Cambodia.