• M.  Tom Aden (President)
  • M. Jorge Jaramillo (Vice-President)
  • M. Sina Tabesh (Secretary)
  • M. Patrick Patterson (Treasurer)
  • Mme. Cristina Casacuberta (Vice-Treasurer)
  • Mme. Robin Bates
  • Mme. Dori Bonn
  • M. Goéry Delacôte
  • Mme. Marketta Fourmeaux
  • M. Pierre Massé
  • M. Mark Opperman
  • M. Georges Vieux
  • Ex-officio:
  • M. Charles A. Ségalas

Our Staff

Pascal Ledermann
Executive Director
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Noemie Causse
Director of the Cultural Center 
noemie@afsf.com

Amandine Gourves-Ingalls
Administrative Assistant
Emmanuelle Latouche-Bouvier
Administrative Assistant

Maxence Jonvel
Administrative Assistant

maxence@afsf.com

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Our Instructors

Even though I was born in California, I spent most of my life in Paris. While getting my B.A in Film at La Sorbonne and my M.A. in Art History at the École Normale Supérieure, I studied for a year at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and developed an interest in teaching French and French culture.

The Alliance Française de San Francisco is a great way to teach the beauty and the complexity of our language to Bay Area locals. In addition to working at the AFSF, I also teach at Stanford University as a French Language Instructor, where I give conversation and cultural courses.

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 History of Art at the University of Lausanne and took a two-years pedagogical course to become a teacher. In Switzerland, I taught French and German to teenagers. Since I moved here, I’ve been working with kids, teenagers and adults at the Alliance Française and as a part-time French teacher in a private school.

At the Alliance Française, apart from my teaching responsibilities, I coordinate and am an examiner for the TCF and TEF exams. I am a very dynamic person and handle all my tasks in a serious manner.

When I have some free time, I enjoy drawing or visiting art & design museums. I love exploring mountains: In winter, I enjoy telemarking and in Summer, I like to spend time hiking and camping.
I really enjoy living here in San Francisco, both for the dynamic nature of the city and its multicultural structure.

A lifelong Francophile, Arya nurtured his reverence for French literature at Middlebury College, where he earned a doctorate in modern languages.  He wrote his dissertation on characterization through body language in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.  Now starting his fifth year of teaching at the Alliance Française, Arya’s always happy to suggest a book for you to read.

Born and raised in France, I am a French teacher who has graduated with the DAEFLE teaching degree from the Alliance Française de Paris and with a master in linguistics from the University of Angers.

Additionally, after graduating with a degree in Sociology at the University of Paris VIII, I worked as a sociocultural coordinator for 5 years in the vibrant Belleville neighborhood in Paris.
As a avid enthusiast of traveling, culture and the Arts, I love sharing my knowledge of the French language and culture in various dynamic and interactive classes. I joined the team of the Alliance Française of San Francisco in 2017 where I enjoy immersing myself in a creative and professional pedagogic process with my students.
Look forward to speak French with you !

I started to teach in my hometown Tours, France at the Institut de Touraine after passing a Masters in French didactics in 2010 at the Université François Rabelais. After a year, I decided to travel and to teach in different institutes in Europe, such as the Institut Français of Budapest in Hungary, the Institut Français of Prague in Czech Republic and The Alliance Française of The Hague as well as the Institut Français of Amsterdam both in the Netherlands. I teach at the Alliance Française of San Francisco since January 2018. I am described as a passioned teacher, always willing to share his culture and language in a communicative way.

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.

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 have taught French to children and grown up, beginners and advanced, individuals and classes, for over 30 years. 

I have also always been  part of a theatrical project: as an actress, a director, a teacher or a writer.Today, I write and perform solo shows in English in San Francisco and I perform in French with “ Génération Théâtre”.

I am quite convinced that learning a language is easier when motivated by real needs in real situations. Like memorizing a text in order to perform it on stage, or improvising…in French!

Frederico Fellini once said  “A diferrent language is a different vision of life”)

Originally from Cote d’Ivoire, I lived in Lille, where I studied photojournalism at the Ècole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille. I returned to Cote d’Ivoire where I worked for the country’s major daily newspaper Fraternité Matin for 10 years. then I moved to the United States to Antioch University in Yellow Springs where I studied business management and communication. Upon graduating I moved to California to study broadcast journalism and worked in radio media in Cupertino and San Jose as producer and host of a bilingual (English French) international radio program for several years. I have been living in the bay area since the mid 80s. The bay area has many awesome places with beautiful landscapes, the air is clean, so much to do and see. I took on an education career to teach social studies and French and for 15 years I taught in Sunnyvale Public School District. 

In 2005 I founded a French club in the south bay cities of Sunnyvale and Cupertino because 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 have retired now from public school teaching, but my passion for teaching French remains one of the most fulfilling things I love to do. Because I believe that people who speak two of more languages perform better educationally and the acquired language skills translate into opportunities in the business world and in private life. It is exciting to see students of diverse nationality and cultural backgrounds at the Alliance Française of San Francisco thriving. Whether you are a beginner,intermediate or an advance speaker, French is a beautiful living language and it is a lot of fun. I was a member of the teaching team at the Alliance Française of Santa Clara and  the San Jose International Language Institute. Beside my work as an educator, I produce and host a world radio program here in San Francisco for NPR affiliate radio KALW.  In my spare time I like to go for a promenade in various cities of the bay or go for a drive faraway from the cities. I love playing tennis,(always 2 rackets in the trunk of my car) I enjoy  outdoor activities, dancing, travels and I am an avid reader of mystery, science fiction, all that deals with arts and literature.

Have great fun!

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.

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.

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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