M. Charles A. Ségalas (President)
M. Patrick Patterson (Vice President/Treasurer)
Mme. Dori Bonn
M. Goéry Delacôte
Mme. Pamela Egan
Mme. Marketta Fourmeaux
M. Mark Opperman
M. Georges Vieux
M. Richard Voorhees
M. Sina Tabesh
M.  Tom Aden

Our Staff

Pascal Ledermann
Executive Director
pledermann@afsf.com

Noemie Causse
Administrative and Academic Director
Events and Communication Coordinator
noemie@afsf.com

Nancy Ngo
Administrative Assistant
nancy@afsf.com

Gisèle Villiger
Office Manager
gisele@afsf.com

Our Instructors

I was born in France, but raised in Madagascar. I returned back to France for my university studies where I graduated from A.I.P.T. (Anciens et Ingenieurs Polytech Tours (C.E.S.A.) with a degree in Territorial Management, followed by a Master of Sciences in Urban planning (Toulouse) and another Master of Sciences in Maritime Economy (Nantes). I started a second year for a PhD in Geography when I decided to stop my professional career and instead built a family. I spent over thirty years raising my seven children, with fifteen years in France followed by fifteen years in United States. Then, I took classes at Community College of San Francisco. I graduated with an Associate of Sciences in Child Development, and was awarded seven Certifications. I also received a Child Supervisor Permit for Child Care Center. Later, I became a Certified Yoga Instructor, and attended a one year formation at the Alliance Francaise de Paris (A.F.S.F) to teach French Foreign Language (F.L.E.). Since 2012, I work for the A.F.S.F. where I teach for adults and children in private or group class.

I was born in Bordeaux and graduated from the University of Limoges where I studied French literature, philosophy and drama. I later completed advanced business studies and served with the French military, in Germany. It was during my foreign service that I started teaching French. Twenty six years ago, I immigrated to the United States, settling in the San Francisco south bay area where I have continued working as a language instructor. I taught in Berlitz several years where I participated in cross-cultural programs for Americans being relocated to France and French coming to live and work in the United States. I was named 1999 Teacher of the Year for the entire Berlitz San Francisco District. I later led the French Department at the Language Studies Institute in Palo Alto, where I created new programs, developed curriculum, and trained French instructors. in 2004, I joined the Alliance Française of Santa Clara Valley and in May 2005, I started teaching at the Alliance Française of San Francisco until now, as a regular teacher. I definitely enjoy teaching all levels, grammar, conversation.

I moved from Switzerland to San Francisco with my husband at the end of June, 2014. I studied Spanish, German and Art History at the University of Lausanne and took a pedagogical course to become a teacher. I essentially worked with 12 to 15 years old. I am a very dynamic person in work environment and handle all my tasks in a serious manner. Apart from teaching, I am interested in art, particularly drawing and enjoy visiting art & design museums. I am an alpine and telemark skier, and enjoy exploring mountains. I really enjoy living here in San Francisco! The dynamic nature of the city, its multicultural structure and its inhabitants helped me a lot to adapt my new life in San Francisco. New to the Alliance Française, I’m happy to work again in the field of education, get in touch with new instructors and to meet new students!

With a B.A. in Japanese, an M.A. in French and an M.A. in German from Middlebury College, Arya is a doctoral candidate in modern languages at the same institution, writing his dissertation on characterization through body language in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.  Arya has taught French language and literature at the high-school level in Switzerland, Michigan, and New York, and continues to take intellectual refuge in his students’ curiosity.

Annabel grew up bilingual residing in both Tours, France and the San Francisco Bay Area. After finishing graduate school at the Université de Paris VIII and the Ecole Normale Supérieure she went on to pursue a PhD at the University of California Davis where she taught French at all levels. Annabel now teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco. When she is not teaching, she is either playing the piano or trying to find the perfect pain au chocolat in San Francisco.

Born and raised in Brittany, Anne studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and English at the university in Brest. After graduating from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts she moved to London to work and study, then on to California where she worked as an assistant in French in a High School. The next five years she lived in Paris, working at the cultural section of the American Embassy (USIS). Anne moved back to California in 1990 and has been teaching on site at a variety of Bay Area businesses as well as at the Alliance Francaise in San Francisco and in Berkeley. Six years ago she started a week-long summer program in Provence in association with a chef, combining French immersion, culinary classes and cultural outing. She loves sharing her love of the language and the culture and feels very lucky to have such appreciative and wonderful students.

As Elementary French School Teacher or Teacher of French as foreign language, I have spent most of my professional career abroad working in countries as diverse as Yemen, China, Scotland, Guinea, Turkey, Spain, and now the U.S. But I remain deeply attached to the French culture which I love my students to discover. I have extensive experience in multilingual and multicultural situations. I am very happy to join the Alliance Française of San Francisco.

Originally from France, Laurence Mazouni is a filmmaker and a lecturer living in San Francisco. She instructed film studies and production media at San Francisco State University, at Stanford University Continuing Studies and lectures on French films at the Alliance Française of San Francisco, where she founded the cinema curriculum in 2003. Laurence received a BFA (1987) in architecture/stage design from the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Angers, France and a MFA (2001) in cinema from San Francisco State University.

I am Algerian by birth, father of four children, in which the oldest son lives in France. I personally have been a French instructor since 1982, graduated with a degree in French in 1984, and in 1986, received a professional French teacher’s certification. I worked in an elementary school for three and a half years as a principal,  where beforehand I worked as an instructor and the director of a summer camp. I have more than 30 years of experience in the realm of education and teaching which has allowed me to acquire all kinds of necessary skills as to better respond autonomously in unexpected situations. Possessing certain qualities, such as, motivation, discipline, dynamism, openness to new technologies, have pushed me to succeed. To be an instructor, presents itself as a  challenge, a source of self- enrichment and fulfillment. I love to travel, new adventures, discoveries and foreign languages.

I am a career educator who enjoys working with elementary and middle school students. For 14 years I worked in public school as social studies teaching assistant.  I am a strong believer in international education and firmly believe in the power of language to change the world and help people find common ground. I founded a French club in a south bay middle school which I single handily organized and managed because I believe students who speak two of more languages perform better educationally and are more adjusted socially. And when they grow up, their language skills translate into opportunities in the business world and in private life. The simple fact that I am able to empower young boys and girls to develop their full potential, to build character to train in the responsibility of participating citizens has been gratifying.   Today more than ever, adults need to be well equipped with the essential not only for business achievement but for a global success in the world.   I am impressed by the way Alliance Française integrates education and global awareness in such a model environment. Beside my work as an educator, I produce and host a world music radio program here in San Francisco. In my spare time I like to play tennis, outdoor activities and reading.

I recently arrived in Oakland but I’m originally from Paris, France. A big part of my childhood was spent in Morocco, which has given me the love of traveling and discovering new cultures and transmitting my own culture. I’m an experienced and passionate French teacher, with 5 years of teaching French as a foreign language in France and abroad (Bulgaria) which has qualified me to effectively teach French in various kinds of multicultural environments and to provide a high level of communication with students of all ages. Former students have praised my classes for their cohesive and playful learning atmosphere and for my ability to adapt to every kind of audience. I take pride in achieving results and making learning French into a fun and fulfilling experience.

Ingrid is a francophone from Brussels, Belgium.
She first studied musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, then moved to the Bay area where she studied Early Childhood Education at Merritt College in Oakland and Linguistics applied to foreign language teaching at the UC Berkeley Extension.
She has taught French at all levels and for all ages, from preschool to high school levels, or at the Alliance Française and other language schools for adults.
Ingrid has taught eight years at the Alliance Française de Berkeley and is happy to have joined the faculty team at the AFSF in 2015, where she teaches children and adults.
Ingrid also teaches Portuguese as a second language to adults and ESL to corporate clients.
She particularly enjoys teaching small classes and individually.

An adventurous traveler and francophone since childhood, I was always enamored with French the country, the culture, the language and the art! With a BA in French Literature, MA in Journalism and Communication and since I left Lebanon then France for the US, I decided to teach French as a Foreign Language. I studied and earned my DAEFLE masters from France and taught for 3 years at the Alliance Française de Milwaukee. After that, I was only for three months in DC but it was a great time because I got the chance to work at the fast paced Alliance Française de DC from dusk to dawn. Finally we settled in California and my excitement for the big move wouldn’t have been complete without joining the Alliance Française de San Francisco. I can continue doing what I love, sharing my knowledge and love for the language with dynamic and motivated students who participate actively in the learning process.

A très bientôt!

Caroline taught at the Alliance Française of SF from 1991 to 2001, and returned to the Bay Area this summer 2014 after living in Paris for 13 years. She enjoys teaching beginners as much as advanced levels. She particularly enjoys the students, genuinely friendly, open, interesting people, which is by far one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. Aside from teaching, Caroline is a corporate trainer and coach. Her areas of expertise are intercultural management and public speaking skills enhancement. She holds a Maîtrise in ESL from Paris VII and a Master’s in US History from UC Davis. She’s also a published author of essays, fiction and poetry (in English) and recently won awards for three of her poems (in French).

Paap is originally from Jurbel, Senegal, and a graduate of (MA) the University of Dakar; a language teacher, interpreter / translator for English, French, Wolof, Paap has taught in secondary and tertiary education in Senegal and California, and interpreted for artists, institutions, and governments. Currently teaching at the University of California, Berkeley since 1994 and at the AFSF since 2006.

Pierrette was born in Marseille, France. She attended elementary and high school in Marseille, then Ecole Normale and University of Aix en Provence where she received her Master’s Degree. In Montpellier, she received her doctorate in Comparative Literature. She has studied at the University of California, at San Francisco State University, at Saint Mary’s University, at the College of the Holy Names, at the University of Pennsylvania, also in Quebec [ University Laval ], in Washington DC [ Georgetown ], and in Guadalajara (University Jaime Balmes). Pierrette taught at the US army education center in Frankfurt, Germany, then mostly at Clayton Valley High School in Concord where she was also head of the Foreign Language Department and Senior Class Adviser for some years. Then, she moved to Adult Education and enjoys teaching French Literature at the Alliance Française de San Francisco.

With more than 10 years of teaching experience in education of FLE (French as a foreign language), learning is focused on grammar, vocabulary and a lot of cultural content. I also encourage active oral comprehension and participation in the classroom. I believe that even beginners can gain the means to strike up a conversation in French within the first 24 hours of tuition and that you can only learn a language by learning the culture of the country and its people.  I was born in Champagne but studied cinema in Paris and British/American History and Literature in Nice. I have a passion for cinema, literature, music (electronic and jazz) and painting. When I am not teaching, sending emails to students to perfect their French or prepare my classes, you will see me composing music, drawing, reading or even working on my needlepoint (it soothes me). Gardez l’esprit ouvert et tournez votre coeur vers l’autre!

I was born in Morocco, and had a Master’s in Economics and in Urban Development in University Paris 6- Sorbonne. I have been working as a French instructor for the Alliance Française of San Francisco, CA from 2006 till 2011 and then for UvA-Talen, University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands from 2011 till 2015. My job involved working closely with other teachers in designing and teaching language courses for students from all age groups and various cultural backgrounds. I found great satisfaction in my abilities to engage students in the learning process. I came back to the Alliance Française to join a team of instructors because I enjoy working with them.

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