Alison J. Carlson
B.A., William Smith; M.A., Middlebury
Work Phone: 860-945-7807
Year Appointed: 1995
Alison earned a master’s degree in French language and literature at the Middlebury College French School in Vermont. After a summer on the Middlebury campus, she spent an academic year completing the program in Paris, France. When she returned to the states, she taught French for a year at her alma mater, St. Mark’s School. There she met her husband, Carl, who was also beginning his teaching career. After a year at St. Mark’s, Alison came to teach at Taft, and Carl followed a year later.
Alison has taught various levels of French, lived in the dormitory, coached several sports, and served as a class dean and as chair of the modern language department. Alison and Carl spent 2003 and 2004 on sabbatical in Aix-en-Provence, France, where they lived a la francaise, took courses at a local university, traveled throughout the country, cultivated a passion for travel and an appreciation for diverse cultures in their two older children, Cameron and Owen, and had their third child, Zach. Currently, Alison teaches French, serves as senior class dean and lives in a house on campus with Carl and their children.