Midori McKinley

Photo of Mrs. McKinley, taken in the classroom.

Midori McKinley

French Teacher


Voicemail: (303) 982-1943

Courses (Spring 2018)

  • French 1
  • French 1 Honors
  • French 2
  • French 4 / IB Language B - 1
  • French 5 / IB Language B - 2

Link to website for all McKinley's French classes.


I began studying French as a high school sophomore, and immediately discovered a passion for the culture and language.  As a junior, I was a TA for my French teacher, and found that I really enjoyed helping her with putting together teaching materials, grading papers, and organizing her classroom.  So, I decided to become a teacher myself!  

During that year, I also traveled to France for the first time, and discovered the power of communicating with people across cultures, across borders, and reaching out to them in their own language.  It made me realize that the true goal of any foreign language teacher is to give students that power, and help them to become citizens of the world.  This remains my mission statement today.

Following high school, I worked at Barnes and Noble for 8 years, while I attended college, and after.  I began teaching at Dakota Ridge in 2007, and have been here my entire career.  In 2008, I got married and am now the mother of two boys!

I love Dakota Ridge, and its community.  I could not imagine doing any other job, nor teaching anywhere else!

Education & Credentials

  • B.A. French Language and Literature, 2004 
  • IB trained, 2011
  • AP trained, 2015
  • IB Ab Initio trained, 2017
  • CDE Professional Teacher License: French K-12


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