New Teacher Spotlight: Mademoiselle Allison Hertel

French teacher Allison Hertel with her son

Hometown: Brookfield, WI
Education: Grove City College (bachelor’s in French and International Studies)
Cardinal Stritch University (master’s in teaching with a focus in French);
Central Washington University (Spanish studies)
Favorite Class in High School: French

By Maria Missurelli (STM ’14)

Allison Hertel has a passion for learning and teaching languages. In addition to her time in the classroom, Hertel’s diverse and widespread experience includes studying abroad at the University of Strasbourg in France, spending several summers overseas chaperoning an exchange program, and working at a language school here in Milwaukee, where she once taught French to one of Italy’s most prestigious soccer teams.

As an educator, Hertel believes that learning new languages can open doors to more people and cultures. “Language is not just a list of words; the exciting part is finding patterns, and the goal is communication,” explains Hertel. “Everywhere in life we’re supposed to be learning, and I want even the kids who don’t love language to enjoy it.”

With a lighthearted personality and a ‘go-getter’ mentality, Hertel aims to bring energy and joy to her classroom. She encourages student effort and resiliency, making her class a safe place for young people to learn from their mistakes and develop their problem-solving skills. When students err, she remains focused on the positive, telling them, “Ce n’est pas grave,” which simply means, “it’s not a big deal.”

During her time at St. Thomas More, Hertel hopes to get more involved with the school community through cross country, basketball, soccer, and of course, French club! Outside of STM, Hertel enjoys connecting with her family and her church. Inspired by her faith, Hertel views service and leadership as giving up one’s time to reach out to those who need compassion, encouragement, and comfort.

“God answers prayers and oftentimes He does it through people,” says Hertel. She encourages her students to seek God’s faithfulness daily and to always remember la joie de vivre — “the joy in living.”

About the Author: Maria Missurelli (STM ’14) is a Marketing and Communications Associate at Artisan Partners in Milwaukee and a member of the STM Communications Committee. Her older brother, Louis, graduated from STM in 2012, and her younger brother, Joseph, is currently a senior at STM.

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