While I was born and raised in the small medieval town of St-Ursanne, in the French part of Switzerland, my life journey brought me to live and travel in many countries. After earning a degree in Graphic Design at l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Geneva, I moved to Berlin where I lived for seven years and became fluent in German. In the mid-90s I moved to New York City where I continued to work as a designer and art director in the advertising, fashion and financial industry. It is where I began to learn English.
While learning to communicate in new languages and adjusting to new cultures, my personal artistic process unfolded through the visual art, poetry and various styles of dance. Those creative and expressive endeavors taught me to express and communicate in ways I would have never understood otherwise and lead me to a career change I never regretted.
I have been teaching French since 2003, privately, in colleges and private schools in the Hudson Valley, Santa Fe, NM, and in the Bay Area in California. My personal understanding of the learning and creative process lead me to develop an engaging and effective teaching method close to life's interaction. My greatest joy and privilege have been to witness my students’ progress, struggles and successes at learning to communicate in this complex and beautiful language.
My travels in Europe, Asia, North and Central America as well as my many studies and cultural experiences influence all aspects of my work. In my free time I continue to explore life through poetry, the arts, dance, cooking and nurturing my friendships. As for my own blossoming... I will always travel the small and big roads of the world.
In addition to teaching French I offer Soul Conversations at SoulSpace Counseling, both in French and English. Please visit www.claudeconvers.com