French Faculty
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Susan Carleton was born and raised in St. Louis. She received both her B.S. in Education and her B.A. in French from the University of Missouri Columbia. She also has a Certificat de langues from the University of Dijon, in France. While in France, she taught English to businessmen in Paris for two years. Susan taught French at Villa Duchesne from 1979 to 1984 before joining the Modern Language Department at Burroughs in 1984. She currently teaches 7th grade French and French II, and is co-chair of the Modern Language Department. Her interests include tennis, reading, learning other languages and meeting people from other countries. In addition to teaching, Susan is an advisor.

Allégra Clément-Bayard was born in Paris, France and grew up in Paris and St. Louis. She has a B.A. in French & Spanish from Kenyon College. During that time she also spent a year abroad studying at the Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara, and at the Sorbonne in Paris. She has her M.A.T. from Washington University. She spent eight years teaching all levels of French and Level I of Spanish at MICDS, followed by two years teaching all levels of French at Clayton High School. She joined the Modern Language Department at John Burroughs in 2005. She currently teaches French I, AP French V and 7th grade Spanish. Her outside interests include traveling (especially to France), reading, writing and watching movies. In addition to teaching, Allegra is an advisor, co-sponsor of the 8th grade class, a member of the Academic Support Department, webmaster for the Modern Language Department and organizer of the French Cultural Adventure spring trip. She is also on the St. Louis Board of Directors for the American Association of Teachers of French.

Babeth Dyer was born in Savoie, France and grew up in the South of France. She has her B.A. in English literature from the University of Lyon (sister city to St. Louis) and her M.A. in French literature from Washington University. Babeth has had a variety of teaching experiences, including: Teaching Assistant at Webster University 1984-85; Teaching Assistant at Washington University 1985-88; and French teacher in Clayton elementary schools 1985-88. She joined the Modern Language Department at John Burroughs in 1987. She currently teaches French II and French IV. Her interests outside of school include reading, gardening, crafts, designing hand-made greeting cards, cooking (and hosting) and family vacations.

Odile Tompkins was born and raised in Normandy, France. She has her B.A. in art history from Southern Illinois University and her M.A. in Art History from New York University. She taught at The Spence School in New York City from 1979-1990, and joined the Modern Language Department at John Burroughs in 1991. She currently teaches 8th grade French, French III and French V. Her interests outside of school include playing tennis, hiking, biking, reading and doing crossword puzzles. In addition to teaching, Odile is a sponsor of the Global Assistance Fund and an advisor.

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