André Jacq

Seen in this classroom photo is another beloved teacher who arrived at SPS at this time -- André Jacq, a member of the faculty from 1947 to 1974. Born in France, he came to the United States in 1934 and studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music, and after service in WWII, he joined the SPS faculty as a teacher of French. His colleague John Archer had this to say about Monsieur Jacq: “It was at SPS in the 50s and 60s that André blossomed as a teacher. To be in his classroom was the closest one could be in Concord, NH, to being in France. His gifts as an actor, as a natural showman, his exhuberant personality created the ambiance, and the classroom was his stage. André aimed higher than just teaching the language and some literature. He felt he had a mission, as he said, ‘to inculcate in the Americans an understanding of the French mind.’ Indeed he did.” Of himself, Monsieur Jacq simply said: “I’m just an old Breton sailor with his nose to the wind.”

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