My name is Michael. I hold a B.A. in Liberal Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara (1987) and a Master's Degree also from U.C. Santa Barbara in French Language and Culture (1991).
I am American-born, but speak fluently and I am told with little to no accent.
I have spent a significant amount of time in France (about 2.5 years altogether) and have traveled to several francophone countries including French Polynesia, Montréal, Québec, and Martinique.
I have worked in various industries in which I have been able to utilize my language skills. These industries include "Import/Export" ("L'Herbier de Provence"); Food/Wine/Hospitality (Restaurant Owner "La Bonne Crêpe" and "Café Chaise") and in the hotel industry (Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, Asst. Restaurant Manager).
Before solidifying my career as an educator, I had applied and was accepted to the Monterey School of Translation and Interpretation; however, I deferred enrollment and ultimately decided to pursue my main career in academics in the California Community College system.
I have been teaching French language and culture in the California Community College system since 1997. After three years as a part-time lecturer, I am now in my twentieth year as a tenured French professor at my current college since fall 2000, teaching all levels of French.
I do not have extensive experience in translation; however, I did work for three months for Candia/Yoplait working as an "intern" as a French --> English translator for "YoplaitScope", the company's professional revue. I believe I still have a sample copy around somewhere...
In any case, money is less important to me than ensuring that clients are 100% satisfied, so feel free to contact me for more information and/or any questions!