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Grades: 1 to 8

Program Leader: Kyle Hudson

Program Description: The YAPA Kids French program will provide students with the necessary skills and resources to know how to speak, write, and read French. Activities include projects exploring French culture, essays, mini-speeches and many more. Students will be placed in classes based on their experience level, so whether they are already half-fluent or just starting out, we will be there with them to ensure they learn in a comfortable environment. The program’s difficulty levels will progress as time goes on to fit the student’s learning capabilities. Learning French is a challenging endeavor, but is extremely rewarding in the end. The program is open to all students in grades 1 through 8 and no experience is required. We hope to see you join us as we share our knowledge of French!

Class Times(s):
Option A: Wednesdays, null
Option B: Fridays, null

Program Teachers: Aditi Venkatraman, Adhya Krishnamurthy, Pragya Natarajan, Tinu Tope-Awofeko, Henna Chawla, Phani Chunduru, Diya Kulkarni, Anurag Paudel, Taran Dwivedula, Nameer Sadik, Victoria Han, Michelle Tang, Archita Srinivasa, Aidan Idekar, Miya Liu, Soomin Sun, Krittika Iyengar, Anushka Saran, Alan Zheng, Nithya Madhu, Yuma Raux-Moriwaki, Ivy Chang, Anna Wang, Shreshtha Raj, Kyle Hudson, Lida Wang

Teacher Bios

Aditi Venkatraman

Hi everyone! My name is Aditi Venkatraman. I am the lead for YAPA Kids' French program and a rising junior at Prospect High School. I started learning French in 8th grade and have been on a journey to become fluent in the language ever since. In the past 3 years, I have earned awards in Le Grand Concours (“The Grand Competition” - a national French competition) and have been involved in my school’s French Honor Society, where I gained experience tutoring kids in French 1 and 2 (beginning and intermediate levels). Learning French has been an extremely rewarding experience so far and I hope it will be the same for you!

Adhya Krishnamurthy

Hey! My name is Adhya Krishnamurthy and I am a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. This is my third year of taking French at school and I've had the chance to participate and win awards in the NFC (National French Competitions) as well. I also ran my middle school's French club! I really look forward to teaching you guys about French culture and the language too :))

Pragya Natarajan

Salut! My name is Pragya Natarajan and I am an incoming sophomore at Cupertino High School. I've been learning French since 7th grade and have completed French 1 and French 2. I have taken French 1 in two separate years in 1a and 1b so my foundation is very strong. I have participated in the Le Grand Concours and gotten a silver medal in it, and I'm very passionate about French. Especially french songs. I'll love teaching you guys with songs and fun!

Tinu Tope-Awofeko

Enchanté! Je m'appelle Tinu, I'm currently a senior, and I have been learning (and continue to learn) French since grade 1. I love this language almost as much as I love croissants, and I am just as passionate about teaching French as I am learning it. Even if 'foie gras' or 'escargot' aren't your thing, I highly urge you to sign up for this class because learning French can be a very fun process if you try! Bonne chance :)

Henna Chawla

Bonjour! My name is Henna Chawla and I am a rising sophomore at Homestead High School. I have completed French 1 & 2 these past two years and can't wait to learn more! I enjoy listening to french songs and I even try to translate the lyrics in my head! French is a really beautiful language and it’s been a great experience for me. I am so excited to be teaching this to you guys :))

Phani Chunduru

Hi my name is Phani Chunduru, a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School, and I am looking forward to teaching French. I have made many French delicacies in my spare time and enjoy eating them as much as baking them. I am also moving on to French 3 in highschool and started French as a middle schooler at Lawson Middle School.

Diya Kulkarni

Hi! My name is Diya Kulkarni and I'm a rising sophomore at Cupertino High School. I've been learning French for about 5 years and I've participated in multiple competitions. I really enjoy learning French and I look forward to teaching you! :)

Anurag Paudel

Bonjour a tous! My name is Anurag Paudel and I am a rising Sophomore at Cupertino High School. I have already taken French 1 and 2, and I'm on track to take AP French 5 as a senior. I am very intrigued by French culture and I am glad to be sharing my passion with you all!

Taran Dwivedula

Hi, my name is Taran Dwivedula and I am a rising junior at Cupertino High School. I've already done French 1 and 2, and I love to learn about the French language and culture and I am glad that I am able to teach it.

Nameer Sadik

Allo! My name is Nameer Sadik and I am a rising senior at Cupertino High School. I have been studying the French language for over 6 years and I am very fond of it! I hope to teach it to you all soon!

Victoria Han

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Michelle Tang

Hi! My name is Michelle Tang and I am a rising junior at Leland High School. I have completed French 1-2 along with 3-4 and took part in two National French Contests. Throughout my two years, I have developed a strong understanding and love for the language. I look forward to having the opportunity to teach it!! :)

Archita Srinivasa

Salut! My name is Archita Srinivasa and I’m a rising junior at Lynbrook High School. I've been learning French for over 4 years now and I absolutely love the beauty of the French language and culture! I love eating French foods and I'm excited to share my passion for the language with all of you!

Aidan Idekar

Hi! My name is Aidan Idekar, a rising junior at La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, CA. A devoted francophile, I have studied the language for 4 years, culminating in AP French last year. I plan on studying french for my final two years of high school as well as into college. Although French is a difficult language to learn and master, its beauty and complexity more than make up for the years that it takes to learn. As they say "Qui veut peut-" if there is a will, there's a way. C'est parti!

Miya Liu

Salut! Je m'appelle Miya Liu and I was first introduced to French when my mom started speaking it to me as a baby. I found a passion for it in middle school when I discovered that it was more than just grammar and vocabulary, but a rich, diverse culture spanning across the entire world. I completed AP French this past year at Homestead High School as a junior.

Soomin Sun

Hi everyone! My name is Soomin Sun and I am an incoming junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. So far, I have taken three years of French and next year, I will be taking AP French. I enjoy working with kids so I am very excited to teach!

Krittika Iyengar

Bonjour tout les amies! Je m'appelle Krittika! I'm really excited to have the opportunity to be able to teach here! I have always been interested in learning different languages. French has been one of the many languages I know, it has always intrigued me! I feel like I could help other kids take interest in the language as well!

Anushka Saran

Salut! My name is Anushka Saran and I just graduated from Homestead! I took French all throughout high school, culminating in AP French my senior year. I recently earned my Seal of Biliteracy for French and plan to continue exploring French language and culture in college. I'm looking forward to teaching you all!

Alan Zheng

Bonjour, je m'appelle Alan (Alain) Zheng. I have been taking french for the past 5 years and will be taking AP French as a senior next year. I am a part of my schools French Honor Society, and got bronze, silver, and silver, in that order, when I took the Grand Concours during my freshman, sophomore, and junior year. French is a very interesting language, and it's quite rich culturally as well. J'ai hâte de vous enseigner!

Nithya Madhu

Bonjour! Je m'appelle Nithya! I have learned French for the past 4 years and I am excited to continue learning and sharing my knowledge with all of you!

Yuma Raux-Moriwaki

Bonjour! Je m'appelle Yuma

Ivy Chang

Salut! I'm Ivy Chang and I'm a senior at Homestead High School. I finished taking the French 5AP Test this May and am super excited to teach all that I've learned to you guys!

Anna Wang

Bonjour, je m'appelle Anna! I am a senior at The Baldwin School in Pennsylvania. This is my 7th year learning French now, and I'm so excited to share all that I have learned and am learning with my students. Learning French has been one of the best experiences of my life so far, and I hope to bring some of that joy to yours as well!

Shreshtha Raj

Bonjour! Je m'appelle Shreshtha and I'm a junior at Chantilly High School, having nearly 5 years of experience in French. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of this beautiful language with you all!

Kyle Hudson

Bonjour tout le monde! Je m'appelle Kyle, and I am super excited to start teaching French here at YAPA Kids. I live in Canada and have been taking French since grade one and have grown to appreciate the language, as I am hoping those of you who I teach will learn to as well. J'ai hate de commencer a vous enseigner!

Lida Wang

Hello there! My name is Lida Wang and I'm a junior and have been learning French for 3 years. Let's learn French and broaden our horzions together :)

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