Bonjour, tout le monde! This week’s #FacultyFriday highlight is French Teacher Filomena Lococo. Filomena teaches several levels of French at Field but her first language is actually Italian! She grew up in Long Island, New York and followed in her father’s footsteps to become a language teacher. She says he used to take her with him and his students to Lincoln Center, in NYC, to watch the Italian opera. Filomena is also a co-leader for Paris Fashion Week Intersession course. Keep reading to learn more about the story behind the painted eggs in her photo!
Where did you grow up?
Long Island, New York
What is your alma mater?
St. John’s University (undergrad), University of Michigan (graduate)
What is your favorite book or podcast?
During the pandemic I decided to read every Jane Austen novel!
What is something that people at The Field School might not know about you?
Italian is my first language, not English.
What hobbies do you have outside of The Field School?
During the season of Lent, I make Ukrainian Pysanka eggs (image is from one style I made in 2022).
What was the first concert you ever attended?
My dad would take us with his classes to Lincoln Center to watch Italian opera (he too was a language teacher).
Who inspires you and why?
Here is a situation that taught and inspired me: A colleague’s car was accidentally hit in the parking lot and she came out with care and compassion for the driver who hit her car. That REALLY impressed me.
If you could share one piece of advice with your younger self, what would it be?
Fear is a lie.
What do you love most about working at The Field School?
Every day is a chance to try again to teach material and reach students. I want to be able to elevate and teach every student and Field allows for multiple teaching modules. With each new module I learn and hope the student does too.