In the summer of 2002, April led an international cultural exchange project to Tuva, a remote region in Siberia. I was a member of that team, which consisted of students from universities in Wyoming, Colorado, Michigan, and two Siberian cities. She led our team with grace, humility, and strength. Many of those who were on the team then went on to do additional work in international engagement.
Katie Loveland, MPH, MSW
Loveland Consulting, LLC
ANONYMOUS TEACHING EVALUATIONS
I think April's greatest strength as a teacher is her ability to learn with the students. She never talked down to students, even when we had difficulty understanding very complex texts. She was also very available for questions and seemed to take an interest in individual students.
She listens to the students and provides useful and valuable feedback.
A great discussion leader. She was always interested in provoking thoughtful discussions and working with us to ensure that we were well-prepared. ... She is also very knowledgeable and caring and was available to answer any and all relevant questions.
Very engaged. Sent out additional study material. Committed to students doing well.
April was excellent at breaking down the material and explaining it to me when I did not understand part of the lesson. ... She was also very approachable, [and] she was always excited to help.
Undergraduate Students at Brandeis University
Waltham, MA (2012-2014)
In 2011, Vancouver School of Theology faced the task of transitioning all student records to a new data management system, and April French was hired on contract to help us with this transition. She managed to successfully navigate the incredibly detailed and focused work of ensuring that all student transcripts were accurate, while collaborating well with our Registrar’s Office. And her work has stood the test of time; seven years later, the work April was able to accomplish has meant that student transcripts continue to be produced accurately.
Rev. Dr. Pat Dutcher-Walls
Dean of Vancouver School of Theology
Vancouver, BC, Canada