Teacher, IU grad brings first-hand experiences to her classroom

Rebecca Elkins decided to become a French teacher during her freshman year Columbus North High School.  She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in French Education and English as a Second Language. While attending I.U., Ms. Elkins had the opportunity to study in France twice.  She spent the summer before her junior year living and studying in Paris. Ms. Elkins then returned and spent the spring semester of her junior year in the small town of Rennes, in western France.  Both times abroad Ms. Elkins lived with a host family and learned about French culture, language, and customs first hand. She earned a Masters in Education and administrator license from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Ms. Elkins was a 2008 Lilly Teacher Creativity Endowment Grant recipient and had the opportunity to study quilting in southern France for 3 weeks.  This is Ms. Elkins' twentieth year teaching French, and she has visited France 7 times.

What I love most about teaching at IUHS is the diversity of my students.  I have had students enrolled at Julliard and they needed a French credit so they enrolled at IUHS.  I have also had students who are fabulous athletes who dedicate their day to their sport and evenings to their education.  I love that IUHS provides students the opportunity to follow their dreams while earning a high school diploma.

Ms. Elkins celebrated her 17th wedding anniversary with her husband Greg in 2019.  Greg is the CFO at Mount Vernon Community School Corporation.  They have one son, Garrett, who is in the 4th grade. Their two Cavalier King Charles spaniels are named Molly and Ginger.  Ms. Elkins enjoys running, quilting, and baking.  Her specialty is the French macaron cookie.  Ms. Elkins also likes to read and watch her son play football.