Middle and Upper School French
Kevin Medansky originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago. At the age of 15, he began his teaching career at his synagogue’s religious school, helping third grade students read and write in Hebrew.
Kevin fell in love with Philadelphia while studying at Haverford College, where he earned a major in French and Francophone Studies, a minor in Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College, a minor in Environmental Studies at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, and a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Outside of classes, so much of Kevin’s free time was gleefully devoted to several vocal and instrumental music ensembles, including his a cappella group, the Haverford College ‘Ford S-Chords, and the Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble, in which he played the trombone. Otherwise, he served as “The Voice of Haverford College Athletics,” announcing for the basketball, baseball, and softball teams, and videographing countless other athletic events.
Having studied both Spanish and Hebrew in high school, Kevin’s classroom exposure to French only began in his first semester at Haverford. Shortly after graduating from high school, Kevin spent nearly two months in France, working on an organic farming cooperative northeast of Bordeaux and reconnecting with his cousins in Brittany. Two years later, he returned to the south of France as a participant in Bryn Mawr College’s Institut d’Avignon, where he studied classical and contemporary French theater. That next spring, Kevin studied postmodern cinema and theater at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He then spent the summer as a publicity assistant for the Compagnie Égrégore at the largest theater festival in the world: the Festival d’Avignon. These experiences inspired Kevin’s honors thesis at Haverford, for which he researched the history and development of the French monologue; translated Yves Reynaud’s Apnée ou le Dernier des militants into English; and performed the original French-language play with his own English-language surtitles.
Most recently, Kevin taught in the English Department at the École Alsacienne in Paris, while pursuing his master’s in Theater: Writings and Representations at the Institute of Theater Studies of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Outside of classes at Penn Charter, he is finishing his thesis, which deals with the intimate politics of affection in the dramaturgical space of the home.
Kevin’s music taste is a playful mélange of Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Aznavour, and John Legend, and throughout his longer runs along the Wissahickon, he listens exclusively to Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Otherwise, Kevin regularly experiments with new recipes in the kitchen, and he loves snuggling up with a mug of hot chocolate and a great movie.