Madame Man-Bourdon teaches her classes with enthusiasm, energy, and humor. I'm currently in my second semester of French, which is part of the Modern Languages department, and I cannot think of a day in her class where I haven't laughed at least once. Loving, kind, and intelligent are only a few words that describe this MC professor.
Originally from France, Madame came to California as an exchange student. Only planning to stay for a year, she fell in love with the United States and eventually met her husband, who is from Canada. They left California and moved to Canada, living in several different places. Then, in 1997, he received a position teaching at Mississippi State University.
She began teaching at MUW, but after a few years she decided that her children needed to work on their French. She left Mississippi to return to Canada so that her children could attend a French school. They moved back and forth and eventually settled in Jackson. Madame began teaching at Mississippi College in 2004.
Madame really enjoys her French 101 class, and each year, she teaches an advanced class in a special subject, such as literature. This year, she's teaching French and the Bible. In fact, Madame Man-Bourdon teaches herself skills or different concepts so that she can teach new classes, like a business class. She also enjoys the working atmosphere at MC, as well as the class size. She told me that she enjoys knowing all of her students and investing in their lives.
When asked what she misses most about France, Madame had a few responses. Naturally, she misses her family, but also the way of life, which she says is more carefree. We talked about economics, the government, and retirement. Madame advocates for saving, saving, and more saving for the future.
As a wise woman, Madame had profound advice to give, urging her students not to waste their time at a university. This is the time where we have free time to learn.