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Elizabeth Porter NBCT, M.Ed

Helping teachers, students, and families foster brain-friendly learning partnerships to increase student engagement in diverse classroom environments to develop higher-order thinking skills.

Elizabeth Porter is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in French and Applied Linguistics (ELL). Elizabeth also holds a French Degree in called a DEUG Français Langue Étrangère (FLE) from the Université de Caen in Normandy, France. 

Elizabeth began her career teaching elementary and middle school English in Normandy France, then returned to the United States in 2002 where she taught for three years at the French Immersion School of Washington. Elizabeth then taught high school French and was a World Languages Curriculum Specialist in Washington State and Iowa. She has over 20 years of experience working in education. She opened Bon Voyage World Languages Academy in 2016, a non-profit online language school with the mission of fostering open minds and compassionate hearts through linguistic and global education. 

Elizabeth is the author of “Pathways to Language Fluency: Changing How We Think About Language in the United States,” and “The Performance Based Solution.” She writes a Performance-Based Learning curriculum for World Languages, Social Studies, and English Language Arts that integrates Global Citizenship Education, Social Justice, and Culturally Responsive Practices. Elizabeth also writes a blog focusing on best practices in education to foster a more equitable and empathic world. Elizabeth is a dynamic teacher who is passionate about language, education, and how our brains are naturally wired for learning. 

Elizabeth has a passion for travel and connecting with other humans around the world.  She travels around the world and facilitates educational travel experiences for others that connect humans to each other.  Elizabeth believes in choice in education, she is a homeschool mom to her older son Daniel, and "Worldschools" both her children. 

Elizabeth lives in Washington State with her husband David, her two sons Daniel and Noah, and her dog Oscar. She loves France and all things French.

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Past Speaking Engagements and

Professional Development

  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)

  • American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)

  • Calgary City Teachers Conference

  • Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers (WAFLT)

  • Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching (COFLT)

  • Women in Leadership Conference

  • Richland School District- Libby Middle School Teachers

  • TEDx 

  • CAVILAM Alliance-Française

  • Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers (SEA)

  • Central Valley Homeschool Convention

  • Great Homeschool Conventions

  • California Homeschool Family Expo

Testimonials

I've seen Elizabeth at a few conferences over the past year or two. She's always super polite and professional. She's so passionate about helping kids learn, especially in regards to the language arts. In her talks, it seemed to me like she had done a lot of research about how kids learn and how to use that to our advantage as parents to make sure kids learn all topics, not just languages, easier and retain the information better. I was also impressed by how she was able to make the information easy to understand without going too much into the nitty-gritty. Looking forward to her next talk, in person or online!

Victoria

Elizabeth is a dynamic speaker with a wealth of knowledge.  She knows the science behind learning and how to best engage our students' brains for mastery. I really learned a lot from Elizabeth during our five-day training and felt energized to go back into the classroom and try the new ideas I had learned with my students!

Christine

Elizabeth is dynamic, entertaining, and really knows her content.  Her passion for her content really shines through when she speaks and you can tell she enjoys what she does.  She can breathe life into a room and treats sensitive topics with professionalism and integrity.  I highly recommend Elizabeth for your next professional development or conference.

Robert

I absolutely loved it all! The suggestions given by Elizabeth on getting deeper into the topic of culture and the data shared really impacted my way of viewing education. Her information was encouraging and inspired me to reevaluate the cultural value of my lessons. Elizabeth not only provides relevant and useful information, she does it with clear explanations as to "Why" the information shared is essential. I enjoyed every bit of her presentation. I would highly recommend her resources to anyone looking to grow as an educator.

Isamar

This training is well-organized and clearly presented for teachers to use in all languages. I can easily incorporate these ideas in lessons I have already developed or create quick activities that super impactful.

Laura

The week of training with Elizabeth was invaluable.  She taught me to think about my students differently and ways to create relationships with them in ways that are supported by neuroscience.  Elizabeth is an incredibly talented and gifted educator and I will definitely recommend her trainings to my colleagues.  I will also definitely be attending more of her trainings in the future.

Skylar