Véronique Marichal Willardson is a native French speaker from Liège, Belgium. She moved to the United States to pursue a college degree in Romance languages, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University with a double major in Spanish and French with minors in Italian and music. While at BYU, she was a student instructor, teaching several college courses in both French and Spanish.
While raising her family of six children, Veronique taught various language classes from the elementary to the college level. She was also an active musician, teaching violin and playing in community orchestras.
In 2011, Veronique returned to academia to pursue a Master of Arts degree in second language acquisition and learning at Brigham Young University, which she complete in 2013. During her Masters work, she joined the upper school faculty at Waterford in 2012, teaching French. She has developed an engaging and effective curriculum from freshman beginner to senior advanced placement courses. She finds satisfaction in seeing her students apply their communication skills in real-life situations and in introducing her students to the culture of French-speaking countries.
She continues to fulfill her love of music as a violinist in the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoys reading, knitting, shopping and spending time with family.