My Experience Teaching in Paris

Lycée Corbon


My close Canadian friend Alannah was in France and I had not seen her in 5 years! 

It is different seeing someone in person than frquently being in touch by message. 

We talked when I was in Leeds and I decided to make the move across the pond! 

I emailed the Academie de Paris with an expression of interest for local recruits to the program. I was met with enthusiasm.

I emailed on a Tuesday and by Thursday afternoon, I had met with the people responsible for the program and signed the contracts on the spot.

I was to teach in a middle school and a high school in the 15th arrondissement. I knew the area inside out so I was very happy.


There is a lot of interest in being a teaching assistant in France. Ile-de-France (region immediately surrounding and including Paris proper). I believe that this is the most requested region in all of France for placement.

I was splitting my time between the two schools and later on I also worked in a luxury clothing boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. 

After the first Covid lockdown where I had been lucky enough to be living in a four storey house (!!) I began to tutor English to French children.
I first started working with Clementine, a nine year old girl with blonde ringlets. She lived in Montmartre and attending the local primary school.

She was a very outgoing child and fun to be around. Unfortunately after a couple of months her family found an au pair who would live in a small apartment in their building and babysit as well as assist with English in exchange for the housing arrangement.

I had met the mother of Clementine's best friend from school and I started to work with her.
We would spend time in the local library where she would pour over books.

Unfortunately, due to issues with transport- namely line 13, which is notoriously bad I decided to resign due to the amount of commuting time required to get home at the other side of the Seine. 

I then tutored 14 year old twins who lived near Corvisart