Ingrid LaVoie
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Ingrid LaVoie

Ingrid L.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I was born and raised in Germany and have always loved languages and different cultures. During my years of schooling, I was lucky enough to study four languages and over my 25 years teaching career, I have taught three. German however, is by far my favorite, as it connects me to my heritage and a beautiful tradition in literature and music. I love working with students of all ages and have taught German to children of elementary school ages all the way to the college level, where I taught German as a Senior Lecturer for thirteen years. I have also tutored adults privately on an on-going basis. I simply love learning.
Here is an excerpt of a recommendation by a former colleague:
"Both in and outside of class, Ms. LaVoie was a pleasure. Colleagues appreciated her kind demeanor, thoughtful contributions, and collegial character. Students, likewise, recognized Ms. LaVoie’s compassion and sincerity. Of their teacher, one student wrote, “Professor LaVoie is one of the most caring and passionate teachers I have met here at Whitworth!” Rigorous, thorough and creative, Instructor LaVoie was lauded by students as “the epitome of a Whitworth instructor” and “one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.” A competent and enthusiastic teacher of German language and culture, a “mentor” and role model to her students, and a dedicated colleague, Ingrid LaVoie receives my strong recommendation."

About Ingrid L.

I am a native speaker with a love for languages and students. After twenty-five years of teaching, I am as passionate about the German language as I was when I first started.

Over the years, I have collected a number of ideas and resources and developed teaching strategies that have worked extremely well in my classrooms, whether formal or informal. When I can't find good materials, I create my own.

I consider myself a life-long learner and I love sharing my enthusiasm for the German language with students of all ages. Language is "living" and as such needs to be taught in an immersive and conversational way; language is also a discipline and as such needs to be delved into on a deeper level. I enjoy finding just the right mix of "fun" and "taking it to the next level" with my students.

But don't take my own word for it. Here are some testimonials from students at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where I served as Senior Lecturer in German and head of the German program for the years 2006-2019 . Feel free to request a full resume.

“Professor LaVoie is one of the most caring and passionate teachers I have met here at Whitworth!”
"Frau LaVoie is the epitome of a Whitworth instructor, one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
“Frau LaVoie goes above and beyond being a professor. She is truly a mentor.”

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Meghan
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Frau LaVoie is an incredible German teacher. She was my professor at Whitworth University and I thoroughly enjoyed her class. She challenges her students to go deeper into learning German while continuously supporting them along the way.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Tessa
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Frau LaVoie was my German professor at Whitworth University. She always made class fun and the language easy to learn and understand. She taught songs and poems in order to give the language a beauty that others might miss. It was because of her teachings and encouragement that I was able to spend a year abroad in Germany and become fluent in German.

Posted Apr 10, 2020
Sarah
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Frau LaVoie is an amazing and empathic teacher. She easily recognizes each student’s ability and confidence level and reaches out to them in the appropriate manner. I have never learned more than when in her class.

Posted Apr 10, 2020
Audrey
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Frau LaVoie is the best instructor I had at my University. She is so patient and she also makes sure that you learn the material really well. If you have the pleasure of taking German from her, you’ll love the language and the country even more!

Posted Apr 8, 2020
Steven
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I have had a number of foreign language teachers, and Ingrid is one of the best, if not the best. She truly enjoys teaching. German is not an easy language for an English speaker, but Ingrid is always encouraging, and she challenges you to do your best. I think that she is a great teacher.

Posted Apr 8, 2020

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Experience

Senior Lecturer in German
Sep 2006 - May 2019

Whitworth University

In my role as head of the German program, I adopted a new text for for our beginning classes and developed an innovative 200-level German course, implementing the newest technology, such as Quia/iLrn and other enrichment and interactive language tools, such as German literature, music, film, cuisine, and culture. I have served as a mentor and advisor to countless students and been influential in sending many of my students to study abroad at the University of Marburg, Germany, and other leading universities in German-speaking countries.

Founder and Language Teacher
Sep 2002 - May 2012

Das Kleine Schulhaus

Seeing a need in the homeschool sector for foreign language instruction and desiring for my own children to learn foreign languages while young, I started a language school in my home. For the next ten years I taught Elementary & High School Latin and German as well as High School French.

Education

Communication & Leadership
Oct 2019 - Present

Gonzaga University

AOI Elementary Education with German concentration
Sep 1988 - May 1991

Whitworth University

Languages

French

Professional Proficiency

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Latin

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Substitute Certification
Jan 2020

OSI State of Washington

Life-long substitute teacher certification
Teacher Certificate
May 1991

Whitworth University

BA in Elementary Education with German concentration

Awards

Top Ten Most Influential Professor
May 2019

Senior Class of 2019 at Whitworth University

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