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As a French-American, Ms. Hillard enjoys a rich, dual heritage. From an She experienced both American and French cultures simultaneously from an early age. She holds a Master’s degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has taught in a variety of settings as a teacher for about twenty years: at university, high-school, junior-high and elementary levels, in both small, rural and large, urban schools. While working for CODOFIL (The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana), Ms. Hillard also co-founded a local chapter of an Alliance Française, an international organization. As program director for the Alliance, she designed cultural and educational programs, including heritage language classes for descendants of the Acadian diaspora, also known as Cajuns in Acadiana. She has worked as a cultural activist and translator on questions regarding French Louisiana's ethnic identity, linguistic diversity, and coastal erosion. As a teacher, Ms. Hillard encourages the creative exploration of culture and language. She finds joy in inspiring students to discover and develop their innate talents and abilities. She passionately believes in the power of education to transform lives and is dedicated to the values to help realize this vision.