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Madame Peggy Warner's tenure at McDonogh is marked by 39 years of boundless energy, passion for all things French, and a fierce loyalty to her favorite McDonogh teams and adoring students. Her enthusiasm is striking.
In fact, a colleague recently said, "If hand gesture is a universal form of communication, then Madame speaks three languages, for when she speaks, her hands flutter like John Updike's proverbial "wild birds." It is definitely those gestures, accompanied by Madame Warner's unique reactions to all around her, that her students and colleagues find endearing.
It is well known that Madame dislikes bananas. Fact or fiction, some students insist that Madame is banana-phobic. Imagine Madame Warner’s reaction one April Fool's Day, when upon entering her class, she discovered dozens and dozens of bananas on every possible surface. Her horrified exclamation of "Ooh la la" certainly rewarded the students' efforts.
"There may never have been a better Club Advisor than Madame Warner," one student professed citing the wonderful crêpes on Multicultural Night, the passionate Spirit Parade marches complete with waving baguettes, French flags, and her famous chants of "Bag 'em! Get 'em! Baguette 'em!
Hundreds of students have delighted in the "Déjeuner sur l'Herbe" or lunch on the lawn, with the precision to every delicious detail that only Madame can achieve. Such activities made the French Club active and popular; not only with French students, but also with many students of other languages who enjoyed the fun she creates.
Upon Madame Warner’s retirement, current, and decades of past students, will be saddened that they can no longer pop into her classroom to say “bonjour.” Her department will miss her collegiality, enthusiasm, and love of French. And when she moves to Arizona to be near her daughter, Amy, her son-in-law and three grandchildren—friends and colleagues will certainly miss the charming gatherings in her on-campus apartment, complete with a Parisian mural painted by an alum.
So, let's not say "au revoir, Madame Warner,” but rather, "à bientôt" (see you soon). Merci, Madame! Merci! Merci!