Loida Salmond, president of the board
"After exhausting all options to save the French Immersion program, we felt strongly that the enhanced academic performance was too apparent and did not want to see that diminish. Research on language immersion shows the ability to develop better cognitive and communication skills, and overall increased test scores. These are some of the benefits that Le Monde International School will provide. By having our daughter be a part of the French Partial Immersion program for the last four years, I can attest to the education differences. It has been amazing to see her ability to think, speak and read in another language and see her keen sense of awareness toward other cultures become more evident. We created Le Monde International because we believe not only in the enhanced innovative educational value that it will bring, but also the importance of embracing different cultures. This investment in our children, who are our future, will have a competitive edge not only in our community but in the global society."
Jody Britt, vice-president of the board
"I believe early foreign language education is a necessity, as we raise our daughter in an ever-increasing global society. We want her to realize the academic benefits and cognitive advantages that come from learning a foreign language as a native speaker. I believe this is an essential part of early childhood education."
Lindsay Crossley, treasurer of the board
"After our daughter's short time in the partial French immersion program we realized the tremendous impact it had on her education. She was more culturally aware and was enjoying learning a second language. Recent studies have shown that full language immersion programs promote higher cognitive skills and higher standardized testing scores. With all the added academic benefits for full language immersion, it made sense for us to create a school that offered this option to students and parents. We are motivated to provide Oklahoma's children with the opportunity to achieve their potential."
Leila Baiod, French teacher and board member
"I have been teaching French for more than seventeen years. I have taught in elementary school and in middle school, from beginners to advanced students. In Norman, Oklahoma I found my students as well as their parents to be very passionate about learning French. Passionate for good reasons. As established elsewhere, kids will certainly gain a lot from a bilingual education, especially when started early. They will be better prepared for the global village we live in, more open-minded to different cultures. They will be better thinkers and perform better in other endeavors, in mathematics, English, or other subjects. As for French, it is a world language, a language of culture, science, and business. It is spoken in so many countries of Europe, Africa, and America."
Kelly Nix, board member
"I am a 30+ year resident of Norman who works in the community, and the father of a very precocious 2nd grader who started in the Reagan French program in Kindergarten, only to see it disappear before her first year was over. After seeing just how positive and helpful that was for her, I could not see denying that opportunity to the children of Norman."