Ms. Montgomery is thrilled to join the BASIS Independent McLean School! A lifelong lover of literature, Madame Montgomery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in 2009, where she double-majored in English and French and graduated magna cum laude. At CUA, she was the recipient of the Modern Language and Literature Department’s award for Outstanding Achievement in French. She then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in French Language and Literature from Rutgers University in 2011.
Madame Montgomery began her teaching career while at Rutgers, where she taught a wide variety of courses to undergraduate students, including elementary- and intermediate-level French language courses and French literature courses. She discovered a real passion for teaching during graduate school, and was awarded the French Department’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2013. Madame Montgomery also completed coursework towards a doctorate in French at Rutgers, eventually achieving ABD status, before deciding to pursue a career teaching younger language learners. Prior to coming to BASIS Independent McLean, she also taught French courses at several different DC universities.
She was first drawn to BASIS Independent McLean by its teaching philosophy, particularly the emphasis on high academic standards. She is very happy to be working with colleagues who are all focused on helping students reach their maximum potential. This year, Madame Montgomery is serving as a French Teaching Fellow, and is very excited to be teaching seventh- and eighth-grade French! She hopes to impart not only her knowledge of French to her students, but also her love of the language, literature, and culture.