Keep Monsieur Marineau as SHS French Teacher

Keep Monsieur Marineau as SHS French Teacher

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Kate Lewton started this petition to Students and

Please help us keep our amazing faculty, Monsieur Marineau, at Stowe High School, as the French teacher. He is an integral part of Stowe High School, and has had such a valuable impact on all of his students. Please support by signing. 



We are juniors at Stowe High School who have been taking French as our language of choice since middle school. Just this morning, April 6th, at around 8:00 am, we all received an email from our French teacher titled, “Resignation”. Our French teacher, Seth Marineau– or Monsieur Marineau as we refer to him– of five years emailed us and the senior French class to let us know he will not be returning next year to Stowe. We sadly did not receive the news in person as we finished our French IV/V class last semester with him. Why would he be leaving? His explanation was difficult to swallow, the demands of his job as the singular French teacher for both Stowe Middle and High School had become overwhelming and the solution to this issue has not been fully supported by the administration despite his efforts since November of 2020. His French program has doubled in size since he started as Stowe’s French teacher back in 2017. His starting 7th-grade French class (us) had no more than roughly 7 students, our class has since grown to 14 students over the course of 5 years. But now, his starting 7th and 8th-grade classes have continued to grow in size, making his program as large or larger than the Spanish program at SMHS, which happens to be supported by two Spanish teachers. Seth Marineau has built the French program from the ground up. As we all know, coming in as any new teacher is difficult, but he made a very smooth transition into Stowe’s middle and high school. He won all of us over with the reminiscents of his time in France, his “war” stories as a vice principal, and his engaging and always amusing teaching style. He helped each and every one of us grow as students and as young adults, and we do not want to lose such an important teacher at our school. We ask the administration to reconsider hiring a second or part-time French teacher. The lack of continuity going into next year is overwhelming enough for us as students, and losing a teacher who we have been with for years will make the transition into the next school year even more difficult. As leaders and role models for our school, we ask you to rethink, be creative, expand on this idea of the SMHS French program. We are lucky where we live to be so close to Quebec, a French-speaking province in Canada, which has been very accessible for day trips to museums, and overnight trips at hostels– all of which are great teaching moments and educational real-life experiences for French students. Learning a second language is proven to be beneficial for students. It expands on our problem-solving skills, improves our memory, and benefits us as learners as a whole. It teaches us to be more empathetic and aware of other cultures, it improves our conversation skills, and not only is it an important life skill it is an important aspect of our academic transcripts. There needs to be some way to make the French program doable. We ask you, how will the French program be able to continue next year if there is no change in teaching support? Will a new French teacher be hired despite the numbers and demands of the current French program Monsieur Marineau so sadly is leaving because of? How is one teacher expected to be responsible for so much? This entire process has brought up all the good memories we have shared with Monsieur Marineau. We feel we need to make you aware of how important both our French class and our French teacher, Monsieur Marineau are to us, so we wanted to share some memories with you. --Sarah Evans

Every year Monsieur would throw a crepe party for the class where he would bring in his own homemade crepe batter and everyone would bring in other ingredients. We would act as if we were in a French cafe by speaking in French while having delicious crepes. This was an amazing way to speak French, but it was also a great way to learn about French culture and have an exciting day in class! Monsieur always tried making class fun even when it would be tough. Because of his enthusiasm and positive energy towards teaching, it made the class very special.  - Olivia Gianni

Back when we were in middle school Monsieur would help us master certain vocabulary by playing hilarious games with us. There was one game where he would put french words up on the board and give two people fly swatters. He would say the word in English and the first person to slap their flyswatter on the word on the board would win a point for their team. I remember it got so competitive and so fun that I never wanted the period to end. The experiences like these is what made me have such a huge passion for french. Now I am a junior and am planning on minoring in French, as well as planning on taking a semester abroad in France to learn the culture. I can say confidently that the passion I have for the language is mainly because of Monsieur and how amazing and enthusiastic of a teacher he is. - Alaena Hunt

French has never been my strong suit, and I have always struggled with it. Monsieur gave me the confidence to continue French through constructive criticism, fun and interactive games, and his overall talent at being an amazing teacher. When choosing classes for my senior year, I was debating whether to take my 4th year of French at SHS. Inevitably, I chose to take it next year, ONLY because of Monsieur. I can confidently say that the French program at Stowe has seen the success it has because of Monsieur and his love for teaching, and true compassion for his students. Over the past few years, the French program has gone from the least amount of students participating within the language department as a whole, arguably to the largest in attendance. From playing Verbo in class, taking brain break walks outside, and all of the other activities that make French my all-time favorite class, Monsieur has proved to be an invaluable asset for the Stowe French Program. We love you Monsieur! - Lucy Genung

I came to Vermont only knowing one word of French...bonjour. I had struggled through Spanish throughout elementary and middle school in Colorado, and while signing up for classes in 8th grade my eyes lit up when I saw French. I had always wanted to take another language because I knew Spanish wasn’t for me. I remember the night after our first class in 8th grade, Monsieur had given us a packet of ER verbs to practice. I turned on my desk light and made flashcards of those ER verbs for an hour, then I proceeded to have my mom quiz me on them until I could pronounce every one perfectly. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn another language and I am astonished about the support that Monsieur has given throughout the past four years with the amount of work he had to bear everyday for years--which I had just learned today. French has not only given me the opportunity to learn a language I’m passionate about, but it has also presented me with challenges that I’ve had to push myself to successfully overcome. This French program, and specifically Monsieur Marineau have been my rock over the past few years because when I’m constantly changing classes, teachers, and friends, the French environment has remained the same. A piece of advice that an older student told me once was, if you have a good mentor then hold onto them because later they may not be another--this is Monsieur for me. This high school needs Monsieur, this class needs Monsieur, and I definitely need Monsieur, therefore I write this in hopes that you will look at his proposal. Thank you for your time. --Ella Murphy 

French class with Monsieur Marineau has been a special journey, for not only the junior class, but all other levels. I have been in Monsieur’s class since I was twelve years old, and that is part of what makes him such a special teacher in my eyes. I want the community to understand that French has been a major part of my life for the last five years, and that is solely because of Monsieur Marineau’s dedication to his students. I walk into French everyday excited to see what comes next and understand more about the language and culture. I have gone through my middle and high school years with Monsieur being my teacher, but I have also grown as a person through his class. I entered middle school reserved and lacking confidence in my French abilities, but through the teaching of Monsieur, I have improved not only my language skills, but my confidence and character in general. Though the lessons and teaching of French have always been top notch, Monsieur’s presence and enthusiasm as a teacher are the most integral part of the class. We have always had room to make mistakes, room to laugh, and room to connect with our peers--something rare in high school. So many classes solely stress the importance of academic growth and ability, but Monsieur truly wants us to not only grow academically, but as individuals too. He has always supported each and every one of us, taught us to persevere, and taught me not only French content, but how to be the best version of myself. I think back to that small seventh grade class, struggling over basic vocabulary words, and cannot describe how far we have come. There is a reason why so many of us have continued with the class. I can truly not imagine Stowe High School without Monsieur Marineau. --Kate Lewton

When I first discovered the news that Monsieur Marineau was resigning from teaching french at Stowe High School I was saturated with a plethora of emotions. First, I felt sorrow coming from my viewpoint where Monsieur Marineau is not just a teacher, but also a friend and an exceptional mentor. I was fortunate enough, along with various other french students, to have him as our TA leader. He was exceedingly helpful when I started my first year, as a 9th grader, at Stowe High School. A neighboring emotion to the sorrow that I felt was an immense concern. To think that the French students are going to be educated in a way that does not entail Monsieur Marineau’s teaching completely worries me. All of us have become completely accustomed to Monsieur Marineau’s top-notch instruction and organization that delivers us with an impeccable French vocabulary. Not only did Monsieur Marineau overflow us with tremendous knowledge of the language, but he also made it appealing to absorb as much as we can regarding the French culture and customs. I recall a few years ago Monsieur Marineau presented my class with the assignment to discover a traditional french meal and attempt to recreate it. My group took on the challenge of baking macarons, which is a lot harder than you would think! Then, in class, everyone introduced the meals they made. We did a taste test of the various meals recreated by everyone in the class, and of course this entire time we were conversing in French. I remember just sitting back at this time, being shocked by how our class, a group of sophomores, were able to hold such eloquent and complex conversations in French. We owe it all to Monsieur Marineau. - Lucia Lovell

There’s no other way to put it, other than a class full of people who want to be there together. The atmosphere Monsieur has created for us is one that is truly extraordinary. I am a sophomore, and I can testify that having french in my life, and my peers’ lives has been a safe haven from our chaotic academic schedules. While school continues to get intense, there aren’t any words to describe the impact he has had on these french classes. They just fit. They make sense, they add a depth to a language I thought I could only see but never experience. That is fully and entirely due to him. In 6th grade, I went into each language exploratory, and while I promised myself I would give the others a fair shot, french hooked me completely. Not only did I fall in love with the language, but I fell in love with the way Monsieur conducted his class. He teaches with the utmost calm and yet he finds numerous ways to make us laugh. If we did not have monsieur as our teacher, I would simply not be where I am right now in language. He has made it so I have grown from a clueless 7th grader to a well cultured and confident french speaking 10th grader. And when I am lost in the midst of language rules, I always feel like I am in a place to inquire to my heart's content. Seeing Monsieur, the leader of our period 2 french class, get in front of his wide eyed students half broken down was something I will never forget. He sat at the front of the room, and took a few seconds so he could attempt to get out what he needed to say. The moment he spoke, his voice shook, and the spirit of the room died down to a low that we have never experienced. When he broke the news to us, as a group of wildly loud 15 and 16 year olds, we went silent. No one had words. He stood there, and we felt hopeless. Hopeless because he is a pillar of our education, and he is someone who takes us as we are and personally works with us to better ourselves. He loves his classes, and that undoubtedly comes through in everything he does. We would be devastated if we were to lose Monsieur. Please do not let this happen. - Maisie Schnee 

I am a sophomore in Monsieur Marineau’s French program. Besides being an excellent and extremely effective teacher of the French language, the trait most people notice about Monsieur is his dedication to his students. He spends more time prepping for his six separate french levels than any other teacher I know. Teaching language requires a massive amount of attention towards individuals. Monsieur, over the four years I have been in his classes, has never left a student behind. As well as bonding the class as a whole, he devotes a large portion of his time to each of us independently. He engages every one of my peers and motivates them to excel. I have watched firsthand the effect he has on his students, including me. Everyone associates his room with laughter, discovery, and a person who they know truly cares about them. This is all vital information to understand the scene that ensued after my French III class (including myself) learned about his resignation while we were at school on April 6th. It took Monsieur a long moment to gather his thoughts. He said he had to tell us something, and that it was going to be extremely difficult for him to say. He began to tear up. That image, of someone who felt utter devastation about the news he was going to have to share as he whispered apologies in French under his breath, will never be forgotten by anyone in that room. As his words fell, something happened that is rare for the French students and Monsieur. His room was covered in a blanket of silence. I looked around and noticed the eyes of my peers filling with sadness. It was as if every student’s heart had simultaneously broken. This type of reaction from a group of students towards their teacher is almost unheard of- but that is the significance of Monsieur’s presence in our lives. It shows how completely beloved he is by the people he instructs. For this reason, I know that Monsieur would never leave his students or the program that he built entirely on his own unless he had no other choice. A classroom is more than four walls, it is made up of the students, the material, and most importantly, the educator within it. Taking away this space and the common world that Monsieur Marineau has created for everyone who has the pleasure of learning from him is a loss that I am not sure the Stowe World Language Program could recover from.  --Astrid Young 

French is a language that I have always been interested in. My mother studied french in college and loves to proudly tell me that my name is French Canadian. However, I quickly learned that quixotic views and a fancy name won’t help you learn a language. It takes practice, determination, and true dedication. When I started out in middle school, this reality was quite daunting, but anxiety rapidly faded to excitement as soon as Monsieur Marineau would begin the class period. I am now a sophomore and French has become one of my favorite classes, despite the fact that I am largely a math and science-oriented student. This is almost entirely due to Monsieur’s captivating and animated teaching style. We play games, have lively conversations, and feast on french food all while navigating an extremely rigorous and challenging curriculum. I was lucky enough to see Monsieur Marineau in person when he informed us of his resignation. It was clear to all in the room how truly heartbroken he was to leave us. He has poured everything he can give into this program and it is quite soul-wrenching to know that the circumstances of his departure were from a lack of support or rather a lack of respect for all that he has done. I can’t imagine succeeding in an environment sans Monsieur Marineau, and I hope I might never see that day. Losing him would be a severe loss to the ever-growing French program because of his ability to make every student feel supported and smart. Though I was once timid around public speaking, I find myself calm, cool and collected when speaking in French and it is all because of Monsieur. J'étais timide mais maintenant je peux voler. Merci beaucoup Monsieur. --Emaline Ouellette

Quand monsieur Marineau nous a dit qu'il partait, j'ai été profondément attristé. le français est une de mes passions depuis que j'ai commencé la classe en 6e année. il est décourageant d'entendre que ce professeur de français adoré et un professeur qui a fait grandir encore plus mon amour pour le français doivent partir dans ces circonstances. There is zero doubt that learning another language is a lifelong skill that makes one a more interesting and well rounded person.

-Malinn Sigler, 11th grade

I began my course of taking French in 7th grade, before Monsieur Marineau took over the French program. Midway through the year, the previous French teacher left without telling us, and the rest of the current seniors in French with me were left astounded, and spent the remainder of the year repeatedly watching Ice Age in French. Now let me tell you, Sid the Sloth is only entertaining with a French accent for so long. Going into my 8th grade year, we clearly knew nothing. Yet, Monsieur came along, and completely resuscitated the French program. Since Monsieur’s arrival, I have become dedicated to the French language. I have not only excelled in his class throughout my last years of high school, but have participated in immersion trips and now consider French to be an immensely important part of my life, all due to Monsieur’s positivity, engagement, dedication to his work and students, and of course, the humor. Monsieur has worked with me to perfect my French over the years and to prepare me for the next chapter of my life. He has written letters of recommendation for my peers and I for colleges, and he has prepared us for French entrance exams. In fact, due to Monsieur’s influence on my life, I am planning to continue my education in Montreal in the Fall, so I can continue to further progress in my French fluency and experience real French culture. Throughout these crazy last four years, the rest of the seniors in the French program and I have stuck with, and have been with Monsieur from the very beginning. As a senior, I will not be here next year, but I will tell you from experience, that Monsieur Marineau is one of the best teachers this school has ever had to offer, and it would be a huge loss to the Stowe High School curriculum and community if he were no longer to teach and inspire incoming students. - Natalie Doehla, 12th grade

As a new incoming freshman to Stowe High School, I had little to no French abilities, and with this I was nervous that I would be behind my peers in regards to experience and just overall skill level. This wasn’t the case though, Monsieur Marineau dedicates his time in and outside of school through emails, lunch conversations, google meets, and so much more to ensure that students like myself are becoming the best version of themselves not only in French, but as people in general. I can wholeheartedly say that his class was my favorite part of school and I am sure that my peers would agree. Through engaging activities, competitive games, crepe parties, acting out scenes from a play, and just daily conversations, Monsieur Marineau made it so that you love learning because he loves teaching. There is no other way to describe the atmosphere that he creates in every classroom besides the word connected. He is more than a teacher, he is a mentor, a friend, your greatest support system, and just the overall best. He cares deeply about his students and to no longer have the strong community of which he has created in his classrooms would be a detrimental loss. Most importantly, he is a very personable teacher who would do anything for anyone. Monsieur Marineau ended his email to us by calling us his “stars” alongside a simple statement of “Grand merci et je vous aime tous!” and with that I say c’est toi qu’il faut remercier. -Yzabellah Stridsberg, 11th grade


It took me a while, probably 3 years until I was truly confident in French class– this was all because of Monsieur Marineau. The biggest impact he has had on me is helping me grow as a creative thinker and better problem solver. Having a conversation with him in 8th or 9th grade terrified me, but his teaching method of overt patience and encouragement enabled me to become a proficient French conversationalist. I enjoy French because he makes you feel comfortable and excited to be in class, and the occasional crepe or French food party doesn’t hurt class morale. My most favorite part of French class was when we had to do discussions with M. Marineau. For many, this was something to dread– speaking in French for 5 minutes on the spot for a grade was nerve-racking, no doubt, but it wasn’t for me, not with M Marineau as my teacher. I would come in outside of class, after school, during my free period, to do my conversations because I would talk for 10-20 minutes with him. He has so much more to offer Stowe and the students, both academically and emotionally. SHS needs to rethink this before we lose such a valuable teacher.       – Sarah Evans, 11th grade




Sarah Evans

Olivia Gianni

Alaena Hunt 

Lucy Genung

Kate Lewton

Ella Murphy

Lucia Lovell

Malinn Sigler

Reed Taylor 

Adrian Bryan

Augie Leven

Jonah Goldstein

Lily Weber

Julia Griffin

Emaline Ouellette

Astrid Young

Maisie Schnee 

Jono Nissenbaum



0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!