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Goodman, Elodie; French Instructor (Department Chair)
Phone: (509) 533-3948
Élodie Goodman is a true intercultural personality; born while her family fled Communist
rule in Vietnam, raised in France, and educated in the United States. A US citizen,
Élodie is keenly interested in all things American and loves to infuse her varied
interests with her own particular French cachet. She is especially drawn to US military
and intelligence history and tactics. She describes her friends as mostly police
officers and security operatives and is as happy at the pistol range as she is conjugating
irregular French verbs or throwing chalk at her students.
Élodie was a cheerleader in high school, and as she puts it, was "small enough
to be thrown... and dropped." Following high school in the Seattle area, Élodie
earned her BA in French literature at the University of Washington. She also earned
her MA from the University of Washington, while teaching undergraduate French classes
during her own graduate work.
Élodie has been at SFCC for over six years, is the current Foreign Languages Department
Lead. She has also developed and taught a class on French Cinema, from its birth
to the present, for Whitworth College. In addition to advising the French Club and
the national honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, Élodie works for SFCC's International
Education Committee and is involved in Student Government as a faculty representative.
One of her two favorite projects is the SFCC Winter French Film Festival,
held at The Met starting this January 2006, that she developed with Mary Hyatt.
However, closest to her heart is the GÉrard H. Phan Scholarship for SFCC
French language students. Élodie created this scholarship in 2005 as a memorial
to her father, whose guidance and example she credits for her own determination
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