Jacqui Kandell is a passionate veteran educator who started her career teaching High School English and ESL in San Francisco and has, since 2000, been happily teaching French, mostly at Jane Lathrop Stanford (JLS) Middle School. Jacqui shares her love of language, culture and travel with her students, regularly leads student trips to Québec and France, and is deeply invested in teaching French with Comprehensible Input. She has served on a variety of school and district committees, has been student council adviser, is currently on School Site Council at JLS, is the school’s World Language Department Chair, and is on the American Association of Teachers of French Task Force on Standards for the Learning of French to update the National French Standards.
Jacqui volunteers whenever possible and has taught English at the Mountain View Day Workers’ Center. An immigrant herself, she feels a special affinity for families who have to make their way in a new country, and she is particularly interested in issues of equity, having grown up in South Africa during the apartheid era. She moved to the US when she was in high school and was a first-generation college student at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Université Paul Valéry in France. She is very excited to be on the DreamCatchers board and to further the work of the district to close the opportunity gap.