Mireille Palm joined Lake Forest Academy's Modern & Classical Languages Department as a French and Spanish teacher this summer. A native of France, she has always had a love for different cultures and languages. She has traveled and lived all over the world, including England, Mexico, as well as in all four time zones in the United States. In addition, she speaks English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. She received M.A. degrees in English and Film Studies from Université Lyon II and Université Paris VII, as well as an M.A. in French from Georgia State University, and she then went on to get a Ph.D. in French Literature and Film Studies from the University of Chicago. After teaching at the college level and at Lab Schools, she taught for seven years at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California. She spent the last couple of years in Bozeman, Montana, where she worked as a freelance translator, interpreter, and language tutor. She lives off campus with her husband and two young children, Oliver and Eliza, plus Mochi the cat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, gardening, and doing yoga.
Where did you go to college and/or graduate school?
I went to college and got a master’s degree in English from my hometown university of Lyon. Because I wanted to actually speak English (and not just study Shakespeare), I moved to the United States and went on to study French Literature and Film Studies in Atlanta, then Paris, eventually receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
What has your career path looked like?
I taught French for many years at the University of Chicago before teaching middle-school Spanish at the Lab Schools, then switching back to French at Viewpoint School, in California, where I stayed for seven years. I am also a translator and interpreter.
What attracted you to LFA?
The diverse, global-minded community of students and teachers. I love that LFA takes students on trips a bit off the beaten path. Not many schools include a curricular travel component and would offer trips to places like Cuba or Morocco.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I look forward to getting to know my students and fellow colleagues, both in and out of the classroom, plus I am excited to be back in the Chicago area and close to family again.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
My favorite places in the world include: the Grand Canyon, Malibu, Mexico, and Morocco.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to cook, go hiking, do yoga, and last year I rediscovered my love for jigsaw puzzles.