Kara Torkelson

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Madame Kara Torkelson

Bonjour! I am Kara Torkelson and I will be starting my 27th year French in the Wausau School District  I was inspired to be a teacher when I was 13 years old.  I was asked to be a helper for my dance teacher and was amazed at how the way I said or showed certain steps helped them learn faster.  I knew then that I loved teaching!

After high school I did my undergraduate studies at Bemidji State University.  I graduated with a double major in Elementary Education and High School French. I have studied and lived in France. My first job was teaching 8th grade French at John Muir Middle School.  I continued my studies by receiving my Master of Arts degree in French from the University of California Santa Barbara. Since then I been teaching French at Wausau West High School.

My first trip to France was when I was 16 and it changed my life forever. I have lead several student trips to France and Canada.  I love to see my students use their language skills and experience a new culture.

In March 2018, I was awarded the AATF Exemplary French Program Award for Wausau West High School. I was 1 of 5 teachers to be slected nation wide and I am very proud of the strong French program. Currently I am President-Elect of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Wisconsin chapter.

I am an active member of WAFLT and received the WAFLT (Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers) Merit Teacher Award in 2014. I run the Wausau West French Club and International Club. 

I have coached Poms at John Muir and South Mountain Elementary and  have taught a variety of summer school classes which have included theater, dance, health academy and board games. I have also coached volleyball at John Muir.

My husband and I have been married 25 years and have 2 children and one cat.  One of my favorite activities is going to garage sales and collecting dishes.  I am a YMCA certified aerobic instructor and love exercise and fitness. I also do private tutoring.

Learning another language is so important in today's job market.  

Understanding other cultures and working with other people is essential.

I have a passion for French and teaching and want to help your child bcome successful. If you have further questions about foreign language study please click on the posted links.

I am happy to speak with parents at any time.  Please e-mail me.

 

Kara Torkelson

 

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French 1 (Horace Mann)

French 1 (West)

French 2

French 3

French 4

AP/Dual Credit French

 

 
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