Delphi welcomes new French teacher


Elyse Perry, editor

Delphi has recently hired a new French teacher, Mr. Bapin. Mr. Bapin is from Ghana, a country in West Africa. Growing up in Ghana, he learned French and English as well as six dialects, including Twi, Wali, Dagara, and Lobi. Mr. Bapin has a sister who lives in Burkina Faso; six children, five who live in Ghana and one who lives in the United Kingdom; and five grandchildren between six months to two years old, three in Ghana and one in the United Kingdom. He was visiting his grandchildren in Ghana when COVID hit and he had to come back to the United States. 

Before coming to the United States, Mr. Bapin taught French in Ghana for 18 years. In order to teach in Ghana, he spent a year in France and another in Senegal. In 2007, he came to the United States as a graduate student at Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue, he moved to Georgia and worked as a French teacher, paraprofessional, and substitute teacher. After nine years there, he moved back to Indiana and worked at West Lafayette Jr. Sr. High School as a French teacher and a paraprofessional before coming to Delphi just recently. According to Mr. Bapin, his goal in teaching is for students to gain something from the knowledge he is passing on.