Associate Professor of French


BA, Lehman College; MA, Harvard University; PhD, University of Virginia

Dr. Priscilla Fermon, associate professor of French, teaches elementary, intermediate, and advanced French grammar, composition, and literature. She also teaches courses on French culture and civilization.

“Foreign language study attracted me because I am the child of immigrant parents who, not knowing a word of English, sailed to Ellis Island and learned English in New York City public schools although they continued to speak Yiddish at home. New York City has residents from all over the world, residents speaking in languages that I cannot identify, but that I love to hear.

“In junior high school and high school, both of my parents and my older brothers studied French. Consequently, that was the language I chose to study too. I will never forget my very first day in French class. I was in seventh grade and my teacher was Mrs. Angert. The moment Mrs. Angert walked into the classroom and said “Bonjour,” I fell in love with French and that French language love affair continues to this day.”