Gloria was born in the Bahamas, a nation with 50% Haitians, to Haitian parents. She is fluent in both Haitian creole, her first language, and English. In 2004-2005 Gloria took several courses at Fontbonne University in St Louis, Missouri, to learn how to teach her son, who was born deaf, how to speak clearly, read, and understand both the written and spoken language of English. Several years into doing ministry in Haiti, Gloria’s friends, missionaries, and people adopting from Haiti asked her to teach them creole. After trying different programs which did not lead to lasting results, Gloria put together her own curriculum and practiced on over 200 individuals, one-on-one via Skype, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime. Soon multiple churches and organizations noted the success of the program and had their missionaries contact Gloria for creole lessons. She soon developed the Learn Haitian Creole with Gloria program whereby she implemented all that she had learned in her speech and hearing courses to provide a stronger foundation and to help people become more confident and fluent in their communication skills.
Since then more people serving and adopting from Haiti have used her books, Learn Haitian Creole with Gloria Level I and Learn Haitian Creole with Gloria Level II and her video program available on Vimeo. Her students have developed better creole skills and deeper relationships with Haitians thus having a lasting effect in the community they serve and with their adopted child. Gloria also wanted to help people jumpstart their creole and learn how to communicate effectively while on the field in Haiti. She began doing 3-10 day creole bootcamps in Haiti and all over the United States. The bootcamps in Haiti incorporate what she learned in her courses: closed and open settings. She instructs during the day and then allows the students to use the language they had learned by having them only communicate in creole for the rest of the day as they visit orphanages, hospitals, prisons, Haitians in their homes, and churches.
If you are interested in a Haitian Creole and Culture Bootcamp in your area or in her resources, please contact Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit and the Ayiti (Haiti) scarf was designed and created by Meghan Otto Williams of Dyed 4 You Ministries.