Maria Sawaya joined the LCDS faculty in 2018. Born and raised in Lexington, KY, she received her Bachelor of Arts in French from Transylvania University in 2016 and has recently completed her Masters in French from the University of Kentucky in 2018.  She has worked with children of various ages and particularly loves working with middle school-age students. Maria’s love of travel and passion for languages inspired her to become a French teacher. In fact, it has been her lifelong dream, and took her to Normandy, France, where she interned at a school, working with elementary and middle school students. She very much enjoys French culture and makes that a large focus in her teaching curriculum.  Maria also has a passion for music. She has a minor in music with a focus on vocal performance. She loves going to the theater and opera.