Interests: Strasbourg Program, French language, culture, conversation and readings

Education:  Sandy Trapani received her MA in French from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1993.  She completed further graduate coursework at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France in 2001.  She joined the Department in 1994 and is a Senior Lecturer in French.

Teaching:  Sandy teaches Beginning French, Intermediate French Language and Culture, Readings in French, Contemporary French Culture, Intermediate Conversation and Special Topics in French Culture.  She is the coordinator of adjunct faculty for Beginning and Intermediate French and is co-director of the Strasbourg French Summer Language Program.

Personal History:  Sandy’s passion for French was sparked when she participated in an experimental French language program in elementary school.  While in high school, she traveled with her French class to both Martinique and France where she truly fell in love with the language and culture.  Although she had planned to pursue a degree in International Business, she soon discovered the world of French literature and never looked back.  Things have come full circle as she is now able to see that same passion ignited in the students she teaches and accompanies to France.

Other Activities:  Sandy is a liaison in French for the Advanced Credit Program and is an Advisory Board Member for the Foreign Language Connection at UMSL.  She is also a coordinator for La Table Française.  She serves as a judge for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest and is a member several professional organizations including the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Foreign Language Teachers Association.