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Administrative Staff:
Director
Marc Mallet (bio)
marcmallet@frenchschoolatlanta.org
Marc Mallet

Marc is a veteran teacher from Bordeaux, France. He studied at Ecole Normale in Bordeaux and earned an M.A.T. at Georgia State University. He recently received the distinction of "chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques" from the French Ministry of Education. Marc has varied experiences including heading the Foreign Language department at The Lovett School, teaching course at the Alliance Française and coordinating exchange programs with school children in France. Marc brings us his experience from the French-American bilingual school in Berkeley, CA where he acted as curriculum coordinator for the French program.

Business Manager
Michel Lopez (bio)
michel@frenchschoolatlanta.org
Michel Lopez

Michel J. Lopez graduated from the University of Montpellier with a “Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie” (specialization in international trade). Michel also studied at the University of Sorbonne Paris IV where he earned a Bachelor’s in Languages and International Business in English and Spanish. More recently he completed a Master degree in French at Georgia State University where he also earned a teaching certificate. From 2009-2012, he taught French as a Visiting Instructor at Georgia State.

In addition to his academic credentials, Michel has a wide experience in the business world. He worked as an export assistant for Vilaro (Viticulteurs du Languedoc-Roussillon) in Brussels, and also acted as customer liaison and coordinator of bank account operations with CBC Bank (third largest bank in Belgium). In 2012, Michel joined the French American Chamber of Commerce as marketing assistant and served in that role until late 2013. Since leaving the FACC, he has been teaching classes and private lessons in French at Alliance Française.

Reading and Substitute
Catherine Bontemps (bio)
family.bontempsf33@gmail.com

Catherine is a native of France (Bordeaux). Mother of two teens Julie and Nicolas, she's been living in USA for four years.She works at Vinings Academy (Smyrna) as a French teacher. She is in charge of the development of the French program with the prekindergarten students and is looking forward to sharing her experience with students at Ecole du Samedi

Substitute
Nicole Saade (bio)
nicsaade@gmail.com



Bébés & Moi:
Bébés & Moi
Marie Kennel (bio)
kennelmarie@gmail.com

Marie is the mother of two girls Pauline (5yo) and Alice (2yo). She is a native of France and has been living in the US since 2011 - first in CT then in GA.
Marie graduated from the University of Tours with a Diplome Universitaire de Technologie specialization in Marketing Techniques. She also studied in an International Business School in Lyon where she earned a Master Degree in Global Business. She has 10 years of experience in the Food and Beverages Industry in France, Brazil and the USA.

Marie has various experiences teaching course at the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich CT and at Franc-o-Fun Ridgefield CT, teaching and tutoring with more than 60 students from all ages (from 18 months to 70+yo).
She speaks French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Bout'chous:
Bout'chous 1 & 2
Catherine North (bio)
aislesboutchous@yahoo.com

Catherine is a native of France where she completed her undergraduate studies. She has extensive experience with pre-school children and bilingual education. For several years Catherine directed her own day care center before joining Ecole du Samedi. She has been teaching the Bout'chous course since 2006.

Non-native Section:
Kindergarten 1
Catherine Bontemps (bio)
family.bontempsf33@gmail.com

Catherine is a native of France (Bordeaux). Mother of two teens Julie and Nicolas, she's been living in USA for four years.She works at Vinings Academy (Smyrna) as a French teacher. She is in charge of the development of the French program with the prekindergarten students and is looking forward to sharing her experience with students at Ecole du Samedi

Kindergarten 2
Tori Byrd (bio)
tori.byrd@yahoo.com

Tori began teaching at Ecole du Samedi in 2003. She also teaches French full-time at Sarah Smith Elementary in Atlanta. She is from North Carolina and studied at the University of NC at Chapel Hill. Tori began learning French in high school and has been blessed to have many opportunities to travel to France. She lived in Valence in the Rhône-Alpes region for a school year and taught English to elementary-aged school children. Since then, she has had many opportunities to perfect her language skills, learn new research-based strategies for teaching French and immerse herself in cultural events around the city.

Beginners
Deme Amadou Samba (bio)
ADeme@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Deme Amadou Samba is from Mauritania, West Africa. He speaks 7 languages and has lived in the United States for 25 years. Deme has been teaching for 25 years. He has taught French, English and Arabic. He is currently teaching elementary ESOL in Cumming, GA and prior to that he taught in Lumpkin County

Intermediate
Sarah Meurisse (bio)
sarah.ives.meurisse@gmail.com

Sarah Meurisse is a French-American citizen who has been teaching French for 12+ years and has been a part of Ecole du Samedi for 10+ years. She has 2 daughters and a son on the way! Her family returns to northern France each summer to reconnect with family. She holds a Master's Degree in Second Language Acquisition from GA State and a Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Education in French and Spanish. Teaching French to children is Madame Sarah's passion in life in connecting the hands of the children to the French language and Francophone culture.

Advanced levels
Myriam Chedouteau (bio)
myriam.chedouteau@gmail.com 

Myriam Chedouteau completed her undergraduate studies with a focus on foreign literature in Montpellier, southern France before entering the French National Education system. She taught English and German in several middle schools in France (grades 6-8) for a period of 10 years. During that time Myriam completed several workshops focusing on using games to learn languages and differentiate instruction. Myriam is married and has 2 children (a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl). She moved to Atlanta with her family four years ago and she currently teaches pre-kindergarten in Lawrenceville.

 

Native Section:
Maternelle 1 & 2
Alexandra Colin-Vansse (bio)
alexandravansse@gmail.com 

Alexandra Colin-Vansse is a native French speaker, born in Paris, France. She graduated from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris with a Marketing and Communication Master degree and worked during 15 years for Communication and Advertising agencies as Publicis. During those years, she discovered her specific taste to train people. She is currently preparing the Daefle (Diplôme d'Aptitude à l'enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère)

She moved from France with her husband in 2014 and she is the mother of two daughters, aged of 8 years and 3 years old. Since she arrived in Atlanta, Alexandra has been privately teaching French to adults and kids and also taught French at Little Da Vinci School.

CP1
Djazia Ait (bio)
aitfariza@gmail.com

Djazia is a native of Algeria where she graduated from the University of Algiers. She lived many years in Paris and got her graduate certificate superior programs from the University of Paris - Diderot-Paris 7. She has been in the education system for 10 years as an instructor, and she is actually working in Cobb County School District in Marietta as a Special Ed assistant teacher in different classes (French, Spanish, Science and Math).

CP2
Daniel Deveault (bio)
ddeveault@mercycatholic.org 

Daniel was born and raised in Trois-Rivières (Québec) and is a native French speaker. He graduated from U.Q.T.R. (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) with an education degree (French language for native speakers, secondary level). During his Master’s Degree in Études Québécoises (Quebec Studies) Daniel moved to Louisiana and started teaching French in an elementary school in Plaquemines Parish.

He then moved to Georgia and taught French in the Lumpkin County and Coweta County Schools. He has taught French at The Lovett School in Atlanta from 2001 to 2013. He teaches now at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School.

CE1 - CE2
Fariza Benmeziane (bio)
farizaben@yahoo.com 

Fariza is a native of Algeria. She is a certified French Secondary school teacher who graduated from the Ecole Normale of Alger. She taught French for 10 years before coming to the United States. She is now a full time instructor at Cobb County School District. She has been teaching at Ecole du Samedi since 2004.

CM1
Christine Wimberly (bio)
chrisk45@hotmail.com

Christine is from Lyon, France. She has been teaching French for over 15 years, both adults and children, and truly enjoys every minute of it.
She moved to America at the age of 18 to be an au pair. She always wanted to travel the world and visited many different countries and still have quite a few on her bucket list. Languages have always been part of her life and she speaks French, English, Ukrainian, Polish and some Spanish.
She moved 7 years ago to the UK to be closer to her family in France and worked closely with children in a Catholic school. After her return in Atlanta she worked for Inlingua.
She has two children : Malèna (14) and Zoriana (10).

CM2
Chantal Edjang (bio)
chantaledjang@yahoo.com

Chantal Edjang is a very experienced French teacher. Her experience includes: Department Chair (Present), French teacher (2000-present) Design team member in a Connect school (2003-2004) - Foreign Language Mentor and assessor in Atlanta Public Schools (2003-2007) - Translator at Business Linguistic inc (2000).

Collège 1ère année
René Houngblame (bio)
reno1210@yahoo.fr 

René obtained a graduate degree in Economics at "Université du Benin" in Togo before coming to the United States. After moving to Georgia he received his French teaching K-12 certification in 2003 from Kennesaw State University. He taught for several years at "La Promotion Secondary School" Togo, Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools. He now teaches French at the Lovett School (Upper School). He received a Master of Sciences in Instructional Design and Technology from Georgia State University in May 2013.

Collège 2ème année
Nawal Aquachar (bio)
Nawal_Aquachar@yahoo.fr

Nawal Aquachar is a French native speaker born in Casablanca, Morocco. After graduating from Lycee Lyautey, one of the most respected and recognized international French high schools (Academie de Bordeaux); she moved to France to pursue a Master Degree in Economics from
the University of Montpellier.

She started her career in finance. She then relocated to Cairo with her husband where she worked for BNP Paribas. She then moved to Nairobi, Kenya where she was involved with local NGOs that works with school slums before becoming a French teacher in Dubai and in the US.

Adult Classes
Beginners
Nicole Aschenbroich (bio)

n_aschenbroich@hotmail.com

Nicole Aschenbroich is an experienced French language instructor and translator. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of language training and intercultural communication. She worked as a French Language Instructor and Instruction Manager at Berlitz and Inlingua in Atlanta. She also worked as the Educational Director for the Alliance Française in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nicole Aschenbroich was born and raised in Lyon, France. She holds a degree in Psychology from the University Jean Moulin of Lyon. She studied Speech-Language Pathology at the University Claude Bernard of Lyon, with additional coursework in Public Relations/Communication.
Nicole lives in Atlanta. She is married and has 2 trilingual children.

Intermediate/Advanced
Maryse Aston  (bio)
maryseaston@yahoo.com

Born in Nancy and raised in Paris, Maryse has lived and worked in more than seven countries and traveled to more than 50. She has taught and tutored French for more than 30 years at levels ranging from adult diplomats to elementary school children of various nationalities. She is active in the Junior diplomat student exchange program and was the US envoy to the French Olympic team to the Atlanta Games. She is a gourmet chef and collector of fine jewelry.


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