My name is Kristin Smith and this is my ninth year here at East High School. This year I am teaching French 1 and 2. I received my teaching certification at UMSL where I earned bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Business Management, and French. I started school for business, but couldn’t shake my love for French which is how I got into teaching. I strongly feel that learning a foreign language is so important to young people's development. Not only does it provide them a marketable skill for use later in life, but it introduces them to other cultures, perspectives, and helps them to become a citizen of the world.