Every Single Secret About Dr. Altman

she’s more than the little French lady


Don’t wish away your life

— Dr. Altman


Hi! Today might be my favorite article I have written so far. I wanted to write about Dr. Altman, the teacher I have had for three of my highschool years who loves my chatter more than she likes to admit, despite my inability to speak French. Dr. Altman, I don’t even know if you read the Talon but I send you the absolute best karma xoxo. Thanks for being my favorite person to hear advice from! I will print out this article and tape it on your desk:)


  1. What is your favorite English word: Dr. Altman struggled with this question. I told her to say the first word that came to her mind, and she said that she “didn’t have any words in her head”. Lol. Eventually, she came up with “splendid”


2. What is your favorite French word: malveous (marvelous for you spanish takers)


3. If you could go back in time and tell your high school senior self one thing what would you change?                                                                                                                                                      

If someone doesn’t like you then they don’t deserve you

— Dr. Altman


Slow down and enjoy the present, don’t wish away your life. Enjoy the stage you are in. Dr. Altman was the youngest of 5 and says she wishes she wasn’t in such a hurry to grow up. She admits that she was always so eager to get to the next stage that she didn’t fully enjoy the moments. 

This one was scarily accurate for me. I am definitely guilty of wishing my weeks away until the weekend. Oops. Y’all probably are too, don’t lie.


4. If you could be anything besides a French teacher what would you be? A spy!!! I have tried to convince her that it isn’t too late to switch professions but she did not humor me. Petition for Dr. Altman to become at spy pleaseee.


5. What name do you think fits yourself best besides Mary? Elizabeth or Emma


6. Picture this: you wake up on a Monday morning only to find out that school is cancelled. What do you do? First, I would jump up and down and say “yayayayay”. (she demonstrated this emotion for me by clapping her hands) Then, I would go to a quick jazzercise class (to get my heart rate up of course). Next, I would head to either TJ Max or  Marshalls for some quick shopping. You have to get all the deals!! Finally, I would head to Five Loaves for my favorite salad.

Btw Dr. Altman does come visit me at work… or maybe she is coming for the food now that I think about it. I guess we will never know.

@everyone reading this for real come to Five Loaves guys so you get to here my lovely hostess voice go, “Hi Welcome to Five Loaves. How are You Doing Today?”


7. If you were a pair of shoes what would you be? booties/boots velvet. This was her favorite question, she literally squealed when she heard it. GUYS if you want to become Dr Altman’s favorite student ask her what pair of shoes she is. You are welcome.

Okay anna i am going to ask YOU the questions now

— Dr. Altman


8. Tell us about your pet: A tuxedo cat named Clarence who is 17 years old. I don’t know about y’all but I think that Dr. Altman having a tuxedo cat just matches her vibe perfectly.


9. What is your biggest deal breaker in a first date? A boys’ shoes and their teeth. She was very animated about this question as well. I would like it to be said that I am stealing this dealbreaker…sorry boys y’all better buy some new shoes!           

10. Of the seniors you teach now who reminds you the most of yourself? Mary Routh and Anna Cook.

we mighttttt have accidentally forced her to pick us as her answers as we were staring into her soul while asking these questions

other random facts:

-she used to be the cheer captain at Bishop England

-she worked at a Boarding School in Switzerland with little Italian boys who ate Nutella

-then, she came to Charleston and taught French at Charleston Day School

-and now, of course, she is here with us:)

moral of the story… or moral of the article I guess?

clearly, there is more to Dr. Altman than means the eye

That is all for today guys, unfortunately.

I have an unlimited supply of questions to ask Dr. Altman though, so there will be definitely be a part two of this coming at some time this year. A quick peak into some of the questions in the next edition:

What is your favorite “trendy” word that we have taught you?

What emotion do you experience the most?

What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? 

That’s all for now guys.