Originally from Tarbes in the southwest of France, Bastien graduated in Physics and Chemistry from the Université de Pau before earning his teaching credential in Toulouse in 2007. Passionate about the English language, he participated in the creation and development of the first French-English bilingual teaching program within his administrative “département” of France, in 2016, in Bagnères de Bigorre. He has been working in this program as a teacher and English program coordinator ever since, committed to providing students with a meaningful and innovative English learning experience. He also recently earned a FLE degree (the teaching of French as a second language) to further deepen his skills in didactics and with the use of best practices for teaching language acquisition. In addition to his commitment to education, Bastien is devoted to protecting people and the environment. He volunteered in France as a firefighter and first aid instructor for almost 10 years. Looking for peace and serenity in the wilderness, Bastien enjoys cross-country skiing, paragliding and mountain biking.