04 February 2007

Ivy@50: Maya Lawrence

Maya Lawrence is in Europe, working as an "assistante d'angalis" at a lycée (high school) in Paris, through a program administered by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. She's also training with some of the world's best fencers in preparation for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

It's a hard path -- competing on a world-class level in preparation for the Olympics, while beginning as a teacher of English as a second language. And Lawrence could have picked an easier venue for this training. When she arrived in France in September 2005 she "didn't know the language. If you start [speaking] in English they get mad at you," she says, "but if you try first in French they're fine."

For Stephen Eschenbach's full story, please visit Ivy@50.

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