Two UMKC French Alums Receive Fund for Teachers Grants

Three teachers in Independence, Missouri, hold signs about their 2018 Fund for Teachers grantsTwo UMKC French alumni, Katy Foudree Owens and Brandi Pruente have been awarded Fund for Teachers Grants to attend the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) congress in Martinique this summer.

The AATF convention is an immersion opportunity allowing educators to work on their French language skills while learning more about teaching practices.

“We in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, particularly in French, are thrilled for their success,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Kathy Krause.

Owens received her Bachelor of Arts in French from UMKC in 2001 and has been teaching in Independence, Missouri, high schools for the last seven years. She has taken Master’s level French courses at UMKC and now participates in the dual-credit program between UMKC and Metropolitan Community College.

Pruente received her Master of Arts in Foreign Language Education from UMKC. She has taught elementary French as a UMKC lecturer as well as for UMKC’s High School/College Partnership dual-credit program. Pruente has taught in Independence, Missouri, since 2008.

“Madame Pruente and Madame Owens are excellent ambassadors for the high standards we embrace in foreign language education at UMKC: constant reflection on best practices and engagement beyond the classroom walls,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Lindsy Myers.

Fund for Teachers supports educators’ efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. Since 2001, FFT has invest $30 million in nearly 8,000 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and students.