Spanish Faculty
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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.

Maria Cohen was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She has a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Missouri in St. Louis and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from St. Louis University. Joining the Modern Language Department in 2002, Maria previously taught at St. Louis University (1993-1994), Desmet High School (1994-1999), and Chesterfield Day School (2001-2002). Maria currently teaches Spanish III and Spanish IV Honors. Her interests outside of school include cooking, reading, traveling, spending time with her family, listening to music, walking and playing soccer. In addition to her teaching, Maria is also a faculty mentor.

Bill Gilbert was born and raised in Rhode Island. He received his B.S. in Business Management from Boston University, his B.A. in Spanish (with a minor in Latin American History) from Florida State University, and his M. A. in Latin American Literature from Boston College. He has lived and worked in Spain, Venezuela, Panama, and Nicaragua, and taught Spanish at the Noble & Greenough school from 1995-2000. He joined the Modern Language Department at John Burroughs in 2001. Bill currently teaches Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish V and Latin American Studies. His interests outside of school include playing ice hockey, tennis, reading, and traveling. Bill is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve, assigned to U.S. Southern Command in Miami. In addition to his teaching, Bill is the faculty sponsor of the International Student Exchange Committee (formerly known as AFS) and organizes the yearly spring break homestay trip to Panama.

Andranique Scott was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She received her B.A. in Education and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis. She has also attended international programs at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile; the Universidad Internacional Language School in Cuernavaca, Mexico; and the Hispaniola Language School in the Dominican Republic. She completed her teaching practicum at Burroughs in the Spring of 2006 and joined the Modern Language Department that same year. Andranique currently teaches 8th grade Spanish and Spanish II. Her interests outside of school include dancing (especially salsa & West African dance), and music (piano). In addition to her teaching, Andranique is also an advisor and sponsor of the Diversity E.T.C.

Peter Tasker was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. He received his B.A. in Economics from Colorado College, his M.S. in Development Economics/Appropriate Technology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working on his M.A. in Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Prior to Burroughs, Peter taught mathematics for two years at the Taft School as well as mathematics and Spanish for three years at Lake Forest Academy. He also taught for two years at Samoa College (high school) in Western Samoa for the Peace Corps. In addition to teaching, Peter has had other jobs that have taken him around the globe, including: traveling the capitals of Latin America for several years as VP of Latin American Sales for a Chicago-based toy company; living in Brussels, Belgium for three years as owner of MasterLink International; and traveling extensively in Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Guatemala and Panama as a leader of student groups and for work with development agencies. He joined the Math and Modern Language Departments of John Burroughs in 2004. Peter currently teaches 7th grade Spanish, Spanish I and Geometry at JBS. His interests outside of school include lacrosse, biking, golf, tennis, squash, reading, and travel. In addition to teaching, Peter is an advisor, faculty mentor and a coach of the 2009 girls state lacrosse champions.

Ned Wood was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Boston. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Brown University, his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and his teaching certification in Spanish from the University of Iowa College of Education. Ned taught at the International School in Santiago, Chile for a year, as well as The American School of Asunción, Paraguay for two and a half years. He also taught at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield (Massachusetts) for a year, and Noble & Greenough School from 1983-1997. For the past eleven years, Ned was teaching at Iowa City West High School. He joined the Modern Language Department in 2009, and is currently teaching Spanish III. His interests outside of school include traveling, partaking in a wide variety of sports (skiing, rowing, golf, tennis, water sports, etc.), reading and carpentry. In addition to his teaching, Ned is a co-sponsor with the Montgomery Plan.

Emily Younger was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She received both her B.A. in French & Spanish and her M.A. in Spanish from Texas Christian University. She has also attended several international programs at Tecnológico de Monterey, Universidad de Madrid and CPI Costa Rica. She taught 17 years at Ft. Worth Country Day School, one year at Whitfield, and joined the Modern Language Department at John Burroughs in 1990. Emily currently teaches 8th grade Spanish and Spanish II and co-chair of the Modern Language Department. Her interests outside of school include Bible study, writing to sponsored children in Bolivia and Ghana, traveling, pets, and watching sports. In addition to teaching, Emily is also an advisor, an advisor mentor and she organizes the Middle School Spanish trip to Costa Rica. She is also the Treasurer for the San Luis Rey Chapter of American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

 

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