Teacher Feature: Madame Lucette Fulford
You might see her anywhere on the main campus: she teaches in every building, at every grade level. Wherever she is, she will greet you with a cheery Bonjour! or a remark (in French, of course) about the weather. This lady is Madame Fulford, French teacher to innumerable FCS students.
Lucette Fulford was born and raised in France. Her first career in the United States was with the
French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Then followed a second career: marriage, and raising four children. Years later, she returned to the workplace, this time as a teacher. She taught for four years at Marymount Junior School before signing on to teach at FCS in 1985.
For almost 29 years, Madame Fulford has taught French to FCS students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Lower School students enjoy learning the language through simple phrases and songs. Middle and High School students who opt to continue their French studies are placed by proficiency level in more advanced classes.
The mere mention of her name prompts a smile from each of her students. “Of all the French teachers I’ve had,” said one High School transfer student, “she makes French the most fun.” Their appreciation and esteem are well deserved: Madame Fulford takes special care to tailor her classes to students’ needs and interests, fearlessly embracing the challenge to reach every student.
As a native speaker, Madame Fulford is well-equipped to demonstrate the beauty of the French language and to share the rich culture and history behind it. Her lessons transcend the textbook, bringing authentic French into the classroom.
Madame Fulford has seen many of her students return as FCS faculty and administration. She also teaches some children of former students. Even those who do not return to the school sometimes contact her, just to ask after her and thank her for her contribution to their lives. Her influence extends beyond the purely academic: her humor and grace are an inspiration to everyone around her.
Throughout her teaching career, Madame Fulford’s love for the French language and desire to share it with others have served her well. She appreciates the authentic Christian values of our school, and wholeheartedly incorporates them into her curriculum.
With invaluable experience, unparalleled dedication, and a joyful spirit, Madame Fulford brings more than a language and cultural heritage to FCS. She enriches the lives she touches with that certain je ne sais quoi.