My real name is Nawel Sarroub-Boyd, but ever since I was a little girl, my mother called me “Nina”. My family loves the outdoors; my husband, Chris, our four children, our two dogs, and I enjoy anything that includes water, trails, and mountains, so moving to Bend three years ago has been a dream come true. However, it has been a long journey from Northern Africa where I was born. Strangely enough, the climate in both North Africa and Bend are very similar, though I do miss the Mediterranean Sea. Over the years, I have realized that my Algerian and Greek cultures are very connected and have developed a greater appreciation for the similarities across cultures.
I was born and raised in Algiers, Algeria and moved to the United States as a young child. My first three languages were French, Arabic, and Greek, though French was the language I spoke and heard most often in my home. When I graduated from Saint Olaf College, I began teaching French and Language Arts, first in St. Paul, Minnesota, then in Portland, Oregon, and now in Bend, Oregon.
Studying in francophone countries and traveling extensively throughout my life has taught me to appreciate history and see a world filled with fascinating people, each with a unique story. Last summer, I took Summit High School students to France and Spain. It was truly an extraordinary experience for my students and me! The Parisians' energy during the Euro Cup was infectious; we toured Southern France and beautiful Aix-en-Provence; and, we admired the architecture of the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona, while of course, savoring the local cuisine in both countries.
Language is always my passion. I am drawn to a wide variety of writers such as Naomi Shihab Nye, William Stafford, and of course, Albert Camus. When I teach language, my objective is not just language proficiency; it is my hope that we can explore the world together, study and understand the various cultures of francophone countries, and foster a successful learning environment in class that allows all students to take productive risks as we speak and immerse ourselves in the French language.