Mme. Anria Novelli-DelPizzo predominantly teaches the French portion of this arts-based French program. She is experienced and certified in both French and Italian languages and presently teaches at Schoolcraft College. She also taught at Roeper City and Country School, Wayne State University and was Consular Collaborator at the Consulate of Italy. Her credentials include Wayne State University, University of Paris, University of Florence, Italy and University of Aix-en-Provence, France.
Mme. Laura Martin-Williams predominantly teaches the art education portion of the program, sewing and academic classes. She is certified by the State of Michigan with B.A.E. and M.A. degrees and has taught K-secondary level art education, Grades 1-6 classroom, ESL, and Talented & Gifted Programs for Wayne-Westland Schools, GED for Novi Community Schools, the Enrichment Program for Young People at Henry Ford Community College through the Dearborn Community Arts Council and retired from Madonna University as an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Art Education. Most recently, she was a Community Liaison and Japanese translator for Huron Valley Schools. She also has certifications in Whole Brain Learning Styles through WCRESA from Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cooperative Learning, and DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education).
Mme. DelPizzo and Mme. Williams team throughout the program, overlapping all their areas of expertise. Together, for total French immersion education, they offer custom, educational travel opportunities to France. They team teach for all French and Italian cooking sessions.
La Maison de la Fleur de Lis is committed to education in the language and culture of France and Italy through hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of program selections.
Through the integration of the arts, culinary experiences and a variety of activity choices, students will gain cross-cultural knowledge and will acquire listening, speaking, and recognition skills in French and Italian languages. Students will apply these new abilities to life-skills, general curriculum learning and to travel possibilities. Hands-on learning with instructional State benchmarks will afford students the opportunity to gain language and cultural knowledge in a non-traditional school environment that most resembles their own natural learning and joyful exploration.
What does ‘La Maison de la Fleur de Lis’ mean and why did we choose this name for our company?
La Maison de la Fleur de Lis. The House of the Lily Flower. In French, ‘la maison’ means ‘the house’, ‘fleur’ means flower and ‘lis’ means lily. This lily is thought to be from the species Iris pseudacorus, or iris. The fleur de lis symbol is often seen as either a lily or more historically accurate as an iris. The yellow iris grew along the banks of the river Luts in the Netherlands. The French, or Franks, lived along these banks before entering Gaul in the 4th century. Because this flower was so abundant and so beautiful, the kings chose it as their symbol. It is often seen on flags and on coats of arms.
Different cultures gave different interpretations to this royal symbol. The origin with French monarchs may have been attributed to Clovis I and the baptismal lily. It was a symbol of purity on his conversion to Christianity. One legend says that an angel descended from heaven with a holy ampulla (a fleur de lis or tube-shaped flask of oil) to anoint the king. Therefore, the Kings of France proclaimed that they could trace their heritage back to this divine gift and that they ruled by divine authority. The three petals of the fleur de lis also symbolize the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit with the band at the bottom representing Mary. It also specifically represents the Virgin Mary and saintliness.
During the reign of King Louis IX, the three petals were said to represent faith, wisdom and chivalry. According to one French historian, the lily petals represented the three medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought and those who prayed. The Florentine fleur de lis of Italy is different from the French fleur de lis in that the stamens of the flower are visible at the top of the petals. The fleur de lis came to the New World with the French settlers. Because Detroit was originally a French city, the fleur de lis is seen on its flag.
When we chose La Maison de la Fleur de Lis for our name and the fleur de lis for our logo, we wanted home and family values to be paramount in our philosophy. We aim to treat people as family and we want them to feel comfortable in our classes and in our home-away-from-home when we travel to France. The house is a symbol for this goal. The fleur de lis is important to both of us. It is symbolic of our European heritages and Gallic roots. We believe that the world teaches us what we are; our heritage teaches us who we are. We are the descendants of those who fought to preserve all the beauty that is France. It has been said that beauty will save the world. It is our mission to bring that beauty and its history to students of all ages. We are now in the Detroit metropolitan area. Detroit was a French city. This is also our heritage.
Last, but certainly not least, is the fleur de lis itself. We love this flower. We love its beauty, its fragrance and the religious symbolism of its delicate petals. It is both a symbol of France and also of Italy. (The Italian fleur de lis includes stamens.) It is with grateful hearts that we bring you the joys of knowing France and especially, the knowledge we have gained from living as true Parisians. So now, come join us and find your French soul and both your French and Italian tastebuds, too! You will never be the same. Merci and à bientôt. Thank you and see you
Anria and Laura
french childrens's classes, northville michigan, language, travel to france & italy, french cooking
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