Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Todd Losie
Todd Losié was born and raised on Detroit’s west side. A veteran educator with over 25 years of experience, Mr. Losié was a classroom teacher of French for 16 years at both the middle school and high school levels, with several years at Renaissance High School. Having earned graduate degrees and credits in Elementary Education, Teaching of Language, and Educational Leadership, he is currently completing a Master’s of Social Work. Over the course of his teaching career, Mr. Losié based his instructional technique on the Comprehensible Input approach as espoused by Dr Stephen Krashen. This approach breaks with the ineffective, traditional approach focused on verb conjugations and dramatically increases students’ second language proficiency.
Mr Losié brings this wide range of experiences to FLICS, where he has been principal since 2010. Being well aware of the challenges students face at premier high schools like Renaissance and Cass Tech, it is Mr. Losié’s desire to assist FLICS middle school students in overcoming those challenges by providing a robust instructional program. World language instruction at FLICS has also been restructured toward a Comprehensible Input approach and as a result, exiting 8th graders generally test into the 3rd, 4th, and even Advanced Placement (AP) levels of their respective language when entering 9th grade.
Mr Losié is a father of two boys, a contributing writer for three French textbook series, and has presented at state and national world language conferences with an emphasis on the African-American learner. Mr Losié has dedicated his life to serving the children of Detroit and is keenly aware of the complexities of life that many students face. It is his vision that FLICS students have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to thrive in our city, our nation, and our world by being active members of the global society through language.