Madame Mores Spotlight
By: Kristen Joyce Lopez
Mrs. Mores, commonly known as Madame, has taught French at Wheaton North since 2001. I was taught by Madame for French 2 and French 3. Madame is the type of teacher to treat you as a friend first and a student second. Every week, she asks every single person in her classes what they are going to do or did on the weekend. She makes sure to have every single student speak. Even though this task may sound daunting to those who dislike speaking in front of their classmates, you become comfortable with it. This is the type of teacher Madame is. She wants everyone to feel that they are seen and listened to. She asks you follow-up questions or squeals in excitement for you. She also attempts to cheer you up if you are out of it. She truly is there for you in any situation and wants to help you succeed.
Madame describes herself as fun, energetic, and bubbly. I would also describe Madame as caring, understanding, and thoughtful. If the class collectively does poorly on an assessment, she does not scold us. She changes her lesson plans to re-explain anything we were confused about. She does not make you feel stupid if you don’t understand how to conjugate subjective or imparfait instantly. She helps you step by step.
A moment that screams ‘Madame’ to me happened during my Freshman year. My parents had received an email from her, and as any student would react, I was petrified. I considered every single outcome of that email. I was anticipating the worst even though I didn’t do anything wrong. I was in good standing in her class and always turned in my homework. On the contrary to my terror, the email consisted of praises by Madame. She talked about how proud of me she was, and that I was truly thriving in her class at a time like this. This moment defines Madame to me, she reaches out to you to make sure that you are okay. She takes the time to tell us how proud of us she is, and how hard we have worked. What I also heard was that she sent emails to other students' families praising them as well. She took the time out of her busy schedule to praise her students. That is Madame. A thoughtful woman that truly cares about her students and treats them with unconditional love and respect.
Teaching was not always on Madame’s radar. During her childhood, she thought she would become a Pediatrician. That dream was soon crushed by her unsuccessfulness in Chemistry. So, she took up teaching French. She has always been enamored by the beauty of the language. Unlike her former Pediatrician dreams, Madame said that she has never thought about quitting her job as a teacher-- that is a thought that has never crossed her mind.
As a high school student, she was a rule follower. She was on the swim team and ran. Plus, she was an A student. If she were to say something to her sixteen-year-old self, she would tell her to not sweat the small stuff. She hopes her younger self is proud of how far she has come. Her advice to current high school students is, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Listen twice as often as you speak. And to have a good work ethic, give 110% every day, no matter what the job is. Whether it is picking up trash or trying to fix someone’s brain. Be fully committed.
Madame wants kids to enjoy coming to her class every day. She hopes her classroom is a room of comfort not dread. When asked if she thought she was a good teacher, she responded, “I hope so. I strive to be.” Throughout the twenty-plus years that she has taught, she says that the most significant lesson she has learned is realizing the big picture. Even though she teaches French, it isn’t the only thing she wants to teach students. She wants them to be confident in themselves and French comes second. This possibly is why she has us practice speaking in front of the class, she wants us to become comfortable in her classroom. She wants you to speak up and ask questions. She crafts an environment that is interactive and lighthearted.
Throughout the years, Madame’s most memorable moments consist of her being scared by her students. She is easily scared and her students like to randomly startle her. Her most embarrassing moment is when she fell off her chair when singing a song. Most likely, it was either the Direct Object Pronouns song or row, row, row your boat. Her closest teacher friend is Mr. Laird, a fellow French teacher, and a Tennis coach.
Outside of school, she loves spending time with her family, cooking or baking, and working out. When she retires, she plans to bake, cook, and travel. She wants to travel and spend time with her grandchildren. She wants to be remembered as a teacher students can come to if they need it.