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Bringing French Flair to the Classroom: Get to Know Our Dynamic New French Teacher!


With another new year comes many introductions and this year LHS is introducing the newest addition to the LHS staff and language department, French teacher, Monsieur Aboutaj. M. Aboutaj has had a great and extensive history in the world of teaching French. Born in Casa Blanca, Morocco, (a Francophonie country) M. Aboutaj began to teach French and has continued to do so for over 30 years. His knowledge of the culture has led to a very wide variety in schools he’s taught in; from Morroco to Saudi Arabi to finally in The United States. Before teaching at Liberty, he taught French in a school in Texas.

Aboutaj loves sports such as football, soccer, and volleyball. He also enjoys hiking, traveling and most importantly birding with his daughter. Cooking is another passion M. Aboutaj partakes in, even sharing one of his recipes for the baguette and how to make it more delicious.

I like to spread a layer of minced olive, grated cheese, olive oil, and zaatar spice mix, before rolling the dough into a baguette shape. But you can fill it with anything you like,” said M. Aboutaj

Aboutaj is very friendly and conversational. This has created a great atmosphere and many students are already loving his class and speaking with him.

“I’m taking French II and his class is one of my favorites throughout my day. I love his class and I always love the way he teaches the language” said Senior Jazmyn Sullivan 

I think he’s cool, he’s quirky and a lot of fun,” said Sophmore Phillip Brown

“He’s super kind and funny! You can tell he loves this school and he cares about his students and is passionate about what he teaches” said Senior Valerie Guzman 

Filled with a passion for teaching and an upbeat attitude, M. Aboutaj is a great addition to the  LHS environment. As the language department’s and student interest in French culture grows, even more, each year, it’s great to have another teacher who loves what he teaches and shares,  which is not only shown through his teaching methods but also his goals for his time as the head of the French Department. 

“What it comes down to is doing my job well and teaching, being the good and the best I can be while teaching the culture. My goal is just being a good teacher for my students” said M. Aboutaj

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Diego Blanco
Diego Blanco, Entertainment Editor
Hello! I’m Diego and I am a Senior, I’ve been taking journalism for all 4 years of High School at Liberty. I love to write, draw, and share my thoughts and opinions. I can’t wait to keep sharing stories with everyone.    

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    KiaraNov 10, 2023 at 8:51 am

    This teacher sounds wonderful, very well written.

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    Christian JordanSep 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    I think this article does a fantastic job at introducing Mr. Aboutaj and welcoming him to the Liberty community. He’s my SOAR teacher and I think he’s amazing. I’ve had many conversations with him that I’ve really enjoyed. He’s so fun to talk to. I think French students at Liberty are very fortunate to have him as a teacher and I wish him all the best!

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    AllySep 6, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    This makes me kinda wanna do french instead of Spanish and know i know how to make a baguette

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    Mme DorseySep 5, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Bravo Diego!
    Cet article est bien écrit et très intéressant! Je suis tellement heureuse de savoir que M. Aboutaj
    est dynamique et aimable. Quelle bonne nouvelle!
    J’espère que tout le monde à LHS va bien. Je vous souhaite tous une bonne année scolaire! À la prochaine!

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    Cian CarrollSep 5, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve never been interested in French, but after reading this article, I’ve become somewhat interested in it. I’d love to know more about the French teacher.

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    IvySep 5, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    I like how you can see M. Aboutaj’s personality through the article. Very nice!

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    MrsMoyerAug 30, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    Great article, Diego! And relevant – many have been curious about who would replace Madame Dorsey. Great work!