Meet the French Community : Yann Vargoz [fr]
The well-known Lycée Français de Toronto has gained a respectable reputation within the educative landscape of the city, where it opened its doors in 1995. One of the reasons behind the “continually growing size” of the school could be the brilliant and not-so-ordinary career paths of the teachers who constitute the school’s rather exceptional education team.
Yann Vargoz is one of those bright teachers, and he has kindly agreed to reveal to us his academic and professional background. Yann has been a mathematics teacher at the Lycée Français de Toronto since the start of the last school year, but a glance at his resume is enough to tell us that this is a man of many talents.
In 1991, finishing first in a highly competitive entrance examination, he joined the prestigious Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique of Paris. Not thinking about teaching, he set out to work in the field of applied mathematical finance. Very early on, wanting to see more of the world and still a young graduate, he packed his bags for Guadeloupe in order to join the Volontariat à l’Aide Technique within the INSEE, namely the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques. This first overseas experience helped him realize that in fact he wanted to teach… With a teaching degree in his pocket, Yann started his new career in the sunny South of France. Like most young teachers, Yann soon became familiar with teaching difficulties in the northern region of Paris, in Bondy. During this tiring but passionate year, he taught to teenagers who demanded his constant attention, and through it all, Yann perfected his style of teaching and toughened his authority. Following his Paris teaching experience, he briefly stayed in the Reunion Island where he taught for a year before deciding to go back to the lush and rebellious Guadeloupe. He spent five beautiful years teaching both at a college and lycée as well as to people who wanted to take the aggregation, the prestigious examination where he himself had the best marks in 1999.
The next step in his journey took him to Maine, for personal reasons, where Yann discovered, to his great delight, the vast and open spaces of this region of the United States. Everything in his surroundings inspired him to get back to one of his first passions: literature. He devoted the two years spent in the United States to writing and successfully obtained a degree in Greek and Latin through long-distance learning. In addition, he received an award for three of his short stories, especially “geste du conquistador”, published in the famous literary magazine “le Matricule des Anges.” Yann tells us that he isn’t torn between his two passions, numbers and words, but rather, “his heart is harmoniously shared.” It is with this sense of harmony that he cultivates a fascination for dance and theatre.
In 2008, in what seemed like a natural move, he moved to Canada. In Toronto, he landed his first job as a teacher at the Glendon College (the bilingual college of York University) where he taught algebra in English to second-year students. He then joined the private school The Dragon Academy. Since September 2009, he has been one of the lucky teachers at the Lycée français de Toronto with what he considers “a dream job in a dream school.” Enough said!
How about the future? “It lasts a long time,” he answers, quoting the famous French philosopher Louis Althusser. There is no doubt that Yann already has a new project in his mind. He gives us a hint: a book is under way…but shh!!!
Important to know
During the school breaks, the Lycée Français de Toronto offers summer camps to children from 4 to 13 years old, which give them a unique opportunity to enjoy their holidays in French.
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