Bonjour et bienvenue à la classe de français!
I first want to welcome you to French at Blytheville High School! Whether you are a parent, a student in my class, or perhaps you are considering a study of French and want to see what it's all about, there is something on this website for everyone!
I was born and raised in Malvern, Arkansas just outside of Hot Springs. It was there, at Malvern High School, that I first began my study of foreign languages; French first, and soon afterwards, Spanish as well. I had a rocky start with French, just like a lot of students do. I made a "C" on my first report card, and then it dawned on me, "This is way too easy, interesting, and fun to be scraping by with a "C" in French!" From that point on, I buckled down and immersed myself in language study. I graduated from MHS in 1995 with the Most Outstanding Foreign Language Student award, and I set a goal of one day becoming a French teacher myself. I later went on to earn my BSE in World Languages & Cultures: French at Arkansas State University, and was awarded recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of French from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Skip ahead to present-day Blytheville, Arkansas...
I am now doing a job that I absolutely love! Being in the classroom, interacting with my students everyday, and working with the BHS faculty and administrators is a goal fulfilled! I was named Blytheville High School's "Teacher of the Year" in 2017, and am looking forward to many more outstanding years at BHS!
I also love to travel. I have been all over the continental United States, up to the French-speaking province of Québec, Canada, south to beautiful Argentina in South America, and to seven countries in Europe including France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, England, Italy and Germany.
Back home, in my everyday life, I am a wife and mother of two teenagers. My youngest is in high school at BHS, and my oldest is majoring in Biology & Chemistry at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. I am also the Assistant Director of the Tenaris Academic Excellence Afterschool Program for the Blytheville School District serving 1st - 5th grade. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering in the community, contributing an average of 250 volunteer hours per calendar year with a variety of civic groups. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of The Arts Council of Mississippi County at the Ritz Civic Center since 2008, where I currently serve as Vice President as well as Chair of the Marketing Committee. I am also the current President of the ACT 2! Community Theatre of Blytheville. I have been acting and directing plays within this group since 2005, and I co-direct the annual children's productions each summer. Also during the summer months, I teach free classes to children and adults on beginning acting, stage makeup, and special FX makeup.
My goals are to continue learning (yes, even teachers have a lot to learn!) and to one day travel to Africa and Asia. Oh! And did I mention that I'm an avid Red Wolves fan?!
Welcome to French class!
Mrs. Candice (Candie) Groves
The photos below were all taken on the same day in Paris, France (June 14, 2016). Clockwise: The first was taken at Les Invalides which is home to the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte. The next was taken on the balcony of the Palais Garnier (The Paris Opera House) which is home to "The Phantom of the Opera," and the next, also at the Palais Garnier, was taken on the balcony inside the auditorium of the theater. The last photo, of course, was taken at the base of the beautiful Eiffel Tower!