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Nettie Kitzes

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January 02, 2018
Mme Kitzes was without a doubt one of the best teachers I ever had, including three forays in graduate school. She pushed me to be my best--a gift I treasure. And because of her, my French has stayed with me to this day, to the point where I have managed to communicate professionally in Francophone West Africa. And I still know all the words and can sing La Marseillaise :)

I loved reading the wonderful remembrances from others. They brought back great memories. I think my cahier de verbes is in storage someplace!

Love and light to her soul and to all the family.
December 19, 2017
"Aunt" Nettie was one of my favorite, and most beautiful, cultured woman I have ever known. We went to orchestra concerts together. She had the most creative birthday parties for Julie, Janet and Margie. I loved her dearly. Her laugh was amazing. I will cherish her memory.
December 15, 2017
I was fortunate to have Madame Kitzes for three years of French at B-CC. I was not always her favorite, and often exasperated her, but I kept coming back even though she was a stern taskmaster, because her enthusiasm for the subject was so infectious, and you definitely did learn French. There were a lot of students like me, who were drawn to her classes despite her reputation as a tough teacher and grader. I know for certain that she changed many students' lives - the type of teacher you never forget, and against which you compare all the others moving forward. It's heartening to read all these other accounts and they ring true for me. My condolences on your loss.

Will Heyniger ("Guillaume")
B-CC class of 1980
December 14, 2017
Madame Kitzes was an extraordinary French teacher and devotee of the immersion method. As I recall, in two years as her student at BCC, I spoke to her only once in English (to ask for a college reference). I was stunned to hear that she was a native English speaker! In the projects she assigned, she brought a rigor to language instruction that rivaled the demands of advanced math and history. In doing so, she nurtured legions of passionate learners and Francophiles. I extend my deepest sympathies to her family. Au revoir and merci Madame.
December 14, 2017
Mme Kitzes was one of the most memorable and effective teachers I had at BCC (1978-80). Quiz every day, homework every night, and not one word of English in her classroom, s'il vous plait! she made clear that HER class was the one you worked for. It was as if other classes didn't exist. I can still recite "Sous le Pont Mirabeau coule la Seine, et nos amours..." and parts of Cyrano de Bergerac's monologue about his huge nose. We wrote and put on plays entirely in French for the class and the whole school. She also introduced us to many French traditions: the Galette des Rois on Twelfth Night, the Poisson d'Avril, where you had to wear a paper fish all day on April 1st and God help you if Kitzes saw you around the school without it! She drove us all a little crazy but we loved and respected her for all her demands.

Because of Madame, my French stayed with me and in France I never shied away from speaking, even when I made plenty of mistakes. I have even managed to do interviews on the radio in French, and that's because of Madame's training. I remember her telling us to smile if we didn't understand and say, "Repetez un peu plus lentement, s'il vous plait." It always worked, especially with the smile. (Madame's wide smile was legendary. The photo with this Guest Book - perfect.) Many of her "Bijoux" about the irregularities of the language and the little tricks for remembering things remain with me, even if I have long since lost the notebook I diligently copied them into.

Merci pour tout, Madame!
December 13, 2017
I was in Nettie Kitzes's class and appreciated the sincere interest she took in her students, and especially remember how hard she worked to motivate me after a sub-par midterm performance. She gave me the opportunity to bring up a low midterm mark by assigning me a special project on Impressionistic art. I still have the bound project and vividly remember the inspiration of the teacher that brought me from the teetering edge of failure to a final A mark. Mme. Kitzes's comment on the cover page of the project was, "A - Presentation Excellente." Interesting note (to me) finding out from her obit graciously shared by Colette, NK had spent so much time in New York City.
December 12, 2017
Mme. Kitzes was one of the very best teachers in my entire school career. I had her for three years at BCC. My senior year our class wrote and produced a play entirely in French. It was a truly great experience, much more than learning French, she taught so much about life.
December 11, 2017
Mme Kitzes was uniquely gifted in so many ways: I learned French so well from her that I honestly owe much of my career to her; she also taught excellence and extraordinary discipline, and she personified integrity. She introduced me to many of the literary works that remain my touchstones even now, more than 30 years later. Knowing her and learning from her was a blessing and a true gift. With love and deepest sympathies.
December 10, 2017
Madame Kitzes, a vibrant and dynamic educator, challenged and delighted her students daily. She made every FHS French classes an experience to treasure. My sincere sympathy to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us.
December 10, 2017
No teacher had a more profound impact on me than Madame Kitzes....it was not simply the French class at BCC but the life lessons and talking about learning and what kind of person one wanted to be. Later in life while working in Paris, there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't think of her. When someone would ask me how I had such a good Parisian accent they were subjected to the story of my teacher Nettie Kitzes. May her memory be a blessing

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Impressionism, extra credit project, May 1969

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