Originally from Bordeaux, Yvonne is a longtime active member and volunteer at the Alliance Française de Seattle. After living for over thirty years in Tokyo, Japan, Yvonne returned to the United States with her husband and began teaching at the Alliance Française. She has taught both French and English to students of all ages. Today, she primarily focuses her attention on private classes. Yvonne has been recently rewarded with the “Palmes Académiques” from the French Consul of San Francisco.
Céline is a French native. She left the Southwest of France in 2006 to Montreal and relocated to Seattle in 2010.
She is very creative in several craft areas (sewing, mosaic, cardboard furniture designing…)
She loves to share the French culture and French language with kids.
After starting teaching French grammar to her kids and to non-native French, she found out that teaching has become a veritable passion.
Born in Quebec, Gabrielle studied at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching English and Spanish in 2009. After completing her Degree, she traveled to Mexico where she worked as a French Language Assistant in a High school for one year. Back in Montreal in 2010, Gabrielle started a Master’s degree in Language Didactics and while working as a French Teacher to adult learners at McGill University. She moved to Seattle in 2016 and has been voluntering at the North Seattle French School and for Seattle Parks and Recreation animating school programs for students of all ages. She is passionate about nature and wildlife and loves being in the outdoors hiking, biking or skiing. She also enjoys cooking, knitting and travelling.
Marie-Adèle, a French native, was born and raised in Normandy, close to Mont Saint Michel. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Belgium in Psychology and Education and her Master’s in Speech and Language Pathology in 2009. She lived and worked in several French-speaking countries around the world, including France, the West Indies, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. In her spare time, she likes to read, hike, travel, play piano, attend concerts. She arrived in Seattle during the summer of 2014 and she really enjoys it!
Originally from Bordeaux, Marie-Alice moved to Seattle in 2013 with her husband who was transferred to the USA. She studied at the University of Orleans where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry. Once graduated, Marie-Alice worked in the chemical industry for large companies such as L’Oreal Paris. Once in Seattle, she joined the staff of the Ecole Bilingue de Seattle during the inaugural year as a Kindergarten science teacher. During the last two years, she worked at a French immersion school where she taught at the preschool level, helped the administrative staff as a receptionist and helped kids with their French homework in the afterschool program. This year, she started teaching at the preschool level at the Ecole Bilingue de Seattle for the new campus in Pinehurst. Marie-Alice loves travelling and learning about new cultures. She used to play tennis and would like to improve her piano skills. She enjoys living in the Seattle area and is really happy to join the Alliance Française de Seattle.
Amelie grew up in the Loire Valley, the French region of the famous castles. When she was a teenager, Amelie was a camp counselor over several summers for children 3 to 14 years old. During her studies, she helped kids with their homework as a side activity.She graduated as a Social Worker in 2009, and worked for l’Association des Paralysés de France alongside adults with motor disabilities, helping them realize their personal goals. She moved to Seattle in August 2016 with her husband, Nate, who works at University of Washington. She has been giving French lessons to American adults and since March she has been an teacher at La Maternelle de Seattle. Amelie enjoys a lot of outdoor activities so Seattle turns out to be a really good fit for her. She has a passion for photography: all sorts of activities are an opportunity for that, such as hiking, kayaking and travelling to new places.
Alexandra holds a B.A. in French from West University of Timisoara, Romania, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Laval University, Canada. Her previous work experience is diverse, with a concentration in research and instruction in social sciences, intercultural communication, and international cooperation—in Canada and various European countries. She moved to Seattle from Montréal in late 2013 and started teaching conversation and pronunciation classes in June 2014, with a special focus on French culture and society, lifestyle, media, and cinema. She is a former competitive swimmer and these days she enjoys running and skiing.
Dr. Liz Frazer is excited to be the new choir director for the Alliance Française. She received her doctorate in vocal performance in 2012 and has been working as the Director of Music at Soapstone UMC in North Carolina for the last five years, along with running a private voice studio, and teaching at a local community college. At the church, Liz conducted a variety of ensembles from children’s and adult choirs to a flute ensemble to handbells. Along with conducting, Liz is an accomplished classical soprano as well as voice teacher. She moved to Seattle in 2017 and is truly enjoying the rich cultural experiences that Seattle has to offer. Liz can’t wait to see what musical adventures await her in this beautiful town!
Sylvie, a real Parisienne born and raised in Paris, moved to Seattle few years ago. After earning the “Diplôme de professeur de l’Ecole Supérieure d’Etudes Chorégraphiques de Paris” and then the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Dancing in England, she taught for 20 years in the Conservatories of Paris and in San Diego where she lived for 2 years.
When she arrived in Seattle she was a volunteer at Highline Community College where she taught French. She got excellent appreciations from her students and staff and then became a French instructor. She taught classes in several schools in the Puget Sound and at the Department of Army. Her focus is to make the study of languages enjoyable, to give the means and desire to discover different cultures and a way of thinking through communication. Between ballet and French language, her passion has always been the art of teaching. Sylvie is also our Alliance Française’s Ballet teacher.
Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, Effie began French in a Gréco-Français high school, and later graduated from the University of Thessaloniki in Langue et Littérature Françaises. She also had the chance to take literature and linguistics at the University of Tours in France under a scholarship from the French government. She came to live in Seattle eight years ago and started to teach French at the Alliance Française, bringing her love for French language and culture to students of all ages!
With a French and Italian background, Danielle was born and grew up in Brazil. There she attended a local Alliance Francaise as a child so that she could improve her skills to communicate more confidently with her family in France. The constant exposure to multiple languages led her to a Master’s degree in French Studies and later on to a PhD in Francophone Literature (State University of New York – Albany). She comes to Seattle from New York State where she taught foreign languages for many years at public and private universities. Danielle is enthusiastic about being part of the Alliance Francaise again, this time sharing her experience and knowledge about French language and cultures.
Cécile grew up in the Paris area, where she greatly enjoyed the cultural life. She received her Master’s degree in teaching Spanish from the University of Paris Ouest la Défense (ex Paris X Nanterre) and successfully completed the competitive test to become a certified teacher (C.A.P.E.S.). She taught middle and high school students for about ten years, and organized trips and exchanges in Madrid to foster the language learning. Cécile relocated to Seattle three years ago. She has been teaching French for two years now at the Department of Defense for the Officers of the Special Operations Forces. She loves sharing her passion for languages in order to broaden cultural awareness create bridges between people. When she is not working, Cécile likes to spend time with her 14-year-old daughter, cook, read, and check out independent cinema.
Alison Lovell holds a PhD in French from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center with a specialization in Renaissance literature, and a BA in Religion from Barnard College of Columbia University. She has taught at Stanford, Tulane and elsewhere. Her passion for French led her to study abroad in Paris twice. She speaks Italian and has taught the Italian language. She enjoys teaching, travel, swimming, and exploring Mediterranean cultures.
Jacques Murinda has a Master Degree in Library and Information Science from Makerere University, 2001. Jacques was a French tutor at the Alliance Française de Kampala for three years. He taught students of intermediate and advanced levels. Jacques was also a French teacher at the World Health Organization in Uganda where he taught French as a foreign language to professional learners with the mission to acquire French language skills necessary for their career. Jacques was the director of educational nonprofit organization (open Learning exchange Rwanda) which worked to improve the quality of education using low-cost technologies and libraries in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Jacques has visited many countries, he likes travelling, movies and networking.
Cory grew up in Seattle studying French in high school and at the University of Washington. In 2010, he moved to Paris to teach English outside Paris at the Alfred Nobel high school in Clichy-Sous-Bois. In 2011, Cory moved to Brussels as a Fulbright Research fellow to study Criminology. He also worked as a French-English translator and was active in housing rights advocacy, returning to Seattle in 2016.
Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon and the Alps, Celine is a very passionate and dynamic teacher. After having passed her baccalaureat, she took two years of Classes préparatoires in Lyon, which is a very intense Humanities curriculum studying literature, history, geography, philosophy, art history, latin and foreign languages! She moved to Paris in 2000 where she decided to specialize in French Language and Literature. She studied in University Paris VII where she passed her Bachelors and Master’s degree. After university, she passed a French teaching diploma and started teaching in a High School where she loved her job. She moved to Seattle in 2016 following her husband and is currently teaching in a French Bilingual School. She is thrilled to join the Alliance Française to share her knowledge, curiosity and passion for the French language, literature and culture. Celine also loves cooking, hiking, playing badminton and board games, and traveling depending on her mood and desire!
Laurence is a native French speaker from Geneva, Switzerland. She tutored kids in all subjects at the primary school level during her college years and after studying and earning a bachelor’s degree in tourism management in the small town of Sierre, Switzerland , she moved to the United States with her husband in 2005 and to Seattle in 2007. She is a stay-at-home mom to her two kids, an 18-month old girl and a 4-year old boy. In her spare time, she likes to walk her dog, read French “bandes dessinées”, bicycling, and play board games. Laurence is in charge of our Bébé-Club!
Originally from Yerevan, Armenia, Lusine Shoukourian began studying French in bilingual Franco-Armenian school in Yerevan. She fed her love for the French language and literature by studying at the faculty of Romance and Germanic philology, at Yerevan State University. She also had a chance to complete her Master’s degree in Linguistics in France, in Montpellier, at University Paul Valéry. She has been teaching French and Italian languages more than 10 years, at Yerevan State University, at École-Fondation Française in Yerevan and at the University of Bologna. Lusine is also a Literary translator, having translated authors like Marguerite Yourcenar, Claude Roy, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, etc., to Armenian. She settled in Seattle in 2015 and in September 2016 had the chance to be a part of the great family at the Alliance Française of Seattle.
Anne Valin Gros
Anne, a French native speaker, worked for 17 years in marketing research companies in France and in the US before becoming a French elementary teacher in France. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lyon University and worked both with native and non-native French speakers. She fully understands the challenges of learning a foreign language and strongly believes that speaking another language creates new opportunities. She is dedicated, enthusiastic and creative in her teaching. She moved in Seattle in 2015 and is really excited to join l’Alliance Française de Seattle in order to give all students the opportunity to discover the French language and culture. In her spare time, Anne enjoys outdoor activities: skiing, hiking and camping with family and friends.
Born in Seattle, Claire earned her B.A. in English & French Literature from Stanford University in 2006. She fell in love with the city of Paris and the French language while participating in Stanford’s Program in Paris during her junior year. Immediately after she graduated, she returned to Paris and worked as an English assistant in suburban high schools for two years. While working towards her graduate degree in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, she also became an active member of the French literary culture and had poems published in French magazines. While in Paris, she worked as a translator, interpreter, private tutor, and library assistant, and ran a small class for grade-school students on the weekends. With music as another one of her passions, she also organized concerts at a jazz club in the 20th arrondissement. She received her Master’s degree in 2009 and returned to Seattle in 2010. She loves to teach and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience about living in Paris.
Fatouma was born and raised in Djibouti. After her ‘Baccalauréat’ in Literature, she went on to study at a University in the small city of Clermont-Ferrand in France. She spent 8 years there and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Corporate Management. Upon her return to her home town, she was hired as a High School Philosophy teacher and taught French as a foreign language to American expatriates working in the Republic of Djibouti. She was subsequently employed at a bank but her passion for teaching never subsided. She returned to the university as a professor in banking and of French. She has been in Seattle since 2014.