Preston Albertine

Preston ALBERTINEPreston is a native of Washington State and earned his MA in French studies from the University of Washington in 2016, as well as BAs in French and business in 2013. As a graduate instructor at University of Washington, he discovered his passion for teaching and sharing his love of French language and culture and is thrilled to continue doing so at AFSeattle. In addition to teaching French, Preston worked for two years as an English language assistant in French middle and high schools. He has spent significant time in Paris, Nantes, Romans-sur-Isère, and Amiens. Preston also works as a tour guide in the Seattle area

Florence Bangue-Tandet

Florence Bangue-Tandet, a French native from Lille, relocated to Seattle 14 years ago with her family.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in education sciences from the University of Toulouse II and a master’s degree in teaching English/French as a second language from Seattle Pacific University. She has been teaching at AFSeattle since 2010 and at Seattle Pacific University since 2011. She is passionate about teaching, meeting new people, and sharing her knowledge and experiences about her native country.



Janice Brown

Janice Brown was a language professor for many years in England. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and Italian and a master’s in translation. She taught foreign languages during most of her career, as well as English as second language to teens and adults. She regularly travels to France to visit her acquaintances. She currently lives in Seattle and is very happy to continue her relationship with France by teaching at AFSeattle.



Hailey Burgess, educational coordinator & instructor

IMG_4283Hailey Burgess received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Washington in July 2018. Previously, she got her MA in French literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2011) and BA from Whitworth University in French, with minors in German and Spanish (2009). During her master’s program in Chicago, Hailey discovered her love of teaching language and has now been doing it for nine years. She grew up speaking French after attending the French American International School in Portland, OR. Traveling was an early love of hers and she was fortunate to spend many summers in France. Hailey lives in Lynnwood with her husband and three-year-old son.

Pauline Chateau, educational coordinator & instructor

Pauline is a French native born and raised in Normandy. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, she discovered her passion for languages and began teaching French in 2014 in Oklahoma City. She received her master’s degree in French in 2017 from the University of Artois and has taught students of all ages and from all over the world throughout various locations such as Denver, CO, and Brittany, France. In addition to teaching French, Pauline also served as program officer for three years for a French culinary theater company, has a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in management of performing arts. Having recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest, Pauline is thrilled to be teaching at AFSeattle and to meet the local francophone and francophile community.

Céline Fassetta (on leave)

Born in Aix-en-Provence, Céline received a master’s in French in 2013 from the University of Strasbourg. The same year, she travelled to China, where she worked as a French instructor for three years at Zhengzhou University. In 2016, her husband was transferred to the USA, and she moved to Seattle with him. She teaches adult classes at AFSeattle ever since.



Isabelle Gouni

Isabelle grew up in Paris. She received a master’s degree in engineering from Ecole des Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur and a master’s in chemistry from University of Lille. After moving to the USA, she changed her carrier path and taught French to teenagers and adults in the Bay Area and in Seattle. She joined AFSeattle’s team in 2018.



Aurélia Graf-Bosko

Born near Fribourg in Switzerland, Aurélia grew up in a multicultural family. She holds a master’s in Francophonie, multilingualism and intercultural mediation from the University of Rennes 2. She taught French to adults and youth in New Zealand, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, France, Switzerland, and the USA. She is currently teaching French at North Seattle French School and at AFSeattle.



Danielle Jouët-Pastré

Photo_Danielle_Jouet_Pastre-300x281With a French and Italian background, Danielle was born and grew up in Brazil. There she attended a local Alliance Française 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 from 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.

Gabrielle Falardeau

Passionate about French and Quebecois culture, Gabrielle is a Montrealer based in Seattle since summer 2019. Having graduated in 2013 with a film production bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Concordia University, Gabrielle worked in the film production industry as a set designer and project manager. With a strong interest in entrepreneurship, in 2014 she cofounded Jarre, an objects design company specialized in the reduction of food waste and healthy eating. After volunteering at the Moses Lake High School, she is now ready to share her native language at the Alliance Française of Seattle.


Michelle Kendall

Michelle Kendall has taught French for over ten years to students of all ages. She specializes in the communicative approach to language teaching. She holds a PhD in French from UC-Santa Barbara.



Cécile Kestenbaum

Cecile K 2Cécile grew up in the Paris area, where she greatly enjoyed the cultural life.  She received her master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Paris Ouest la Défense. She taught middle and high school students for about ten years. Cécile relocated to Seattle a couple of years ago. Before joining AFSeattle, she taught French at the US Department of Defense and various schools in the Seattle area



Brice Lantheaume


Brice grew up near Valence, in the Drôme, one of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region’s departments. Before teaching, he traveled around the world to train professionals in the biomedical industry. Brice received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Montpellier and his master’s in microbiology from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1. He moved to Seattle in 2017, where he has been teaching French at l’Alliance Française to students of all levels.


Céline Maillard

Born and raised in Nantes, France, Céline Maillard received her PhD from the department of French and Italian Studies at the University of Washington in June 2019. She has been able to explore and expand her interest in pedagogy and teaching since she began her graduate work at UW in 2012. Since 2009, she has been teaching French from elementary to advanced level, as well as classes in English on French literature, history, and cinema. Her interest in education extends to her research as well; her dissertation examined national education and identity formation and she holds a graduate certificate in second and foreign language teaching.


Alina Ptak

IMG_3403 (1)Alina grew up in the Seattle area and fell in love with the French language when she went to Paris for the first time as a young teenager. This prompted her to study French as an undergrad at the University of Washington and later on, get a master’s in French from Paris-Sorbonne University. She also holds a second master’s in French-Spanish studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. Alongside her studies, she has spent the past few years teaching both English and French, translating, interpreting, and traveling extensively throughout Europe. Recently relocated back to her hometown from Madrid, she is excited to share her passion for French and love of teaching with the students at Alliance Française.


Aimie Shaw


Aimie began teaching at AFSeattle in 2011. Originally from Canada’s east coast, she completed her PhD in contemporary French literature at McGill University in 2014 and spent the next few years teaching French language and literature at various universities throughout Canada and the USA. She has since found her way back to Seattle with her husband and young son and is excited to once again be working at the Alliance Française and at the University of Washington.


Lusine Shoukourian

lusineOriginally 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 completed her master’s degree in linguistics in Montpellier, at University Paul Valéry. She has been teaching French and Italian languages for more than ten years, at Yerevan State University, at École-Fondation Française in Yerevan, at the University of Bologna, and at AFSeattle. Lusine is also a literary translator, having translated authors like Marguerite Yourcenar, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino, into Armenian.

AFSeattle’s Choir

Liz Frazer

Liz_Frazer_headshot-150x150Dr. Liz Frazer is excited to be the new choir director for AFSeattle. 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 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 the city has to offer. Liz can’t wait to see what musical adventures await her in this beautiful town!


Steven Luksan

Founder and artistic director of the Saltwater Music Series, Steven Luksan is a composer and pianist whose compositions have been performed throughout the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan.