Armine is originally from Armenia. She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors. During her school years, she worked at SPFA and Espace as an English and French interpreter, where she continued to work after graduating. She then worked at France Formation as a French professor for 4 years. In November of 2009, she embarked on a new wonderful experience with the Alliance Française de Pasadena, where she now enjoys teaching her lovely young students.
Catherine was born and raised in Belgium. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Romance languages from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She lived in Boston for 3 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Catherine enjoys reading, especially Proust’s work. She has been teaching French for over 6 years now, both at the Alliance Francaise and in local universities.
Maye is a graduate in French literature. She started working at the Institut Français as an archivist and French-German translator. In the early 1990′s, she worked for the United Nations in the International Correspondence Department before pursuing her passion for French education. She has been teaching in the LA area ever since. Maye’s teaching experience is extensive: equally at ease with children as with adults, she has taught students as ranging from as young as 4 years old, to 4th and 5th graders at the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA), to adults at the Louis Vuitton main headquarters. A hard working and detailed-oriented professional, she was one of the first teachers at the Alliance Française de Pasadena and has more than 17 years experience in teaching FLE to a diverse crowd. She is an accredited examiner for the DELF and DALF exams and is also qualified to train students for the TCF exams. In addition to teaching, she continues her own development in French education by attending various workshops and seminars, such as a distant course in phonetics at the Université du Maine au Mans.
Guillaume is a French native hailing from Brittany. With 20 years’ experience in community services youth leader and tutoring, he has a passion for education, teaching and helping students succeed. Recreation and social manager in different city halls in Brittany & Normandy, he was director of education and social cohesion in Avranches when he left France for Pasadena one year ago. He implemented programs to meet new government regulations for the Reform of School Rhythms serving 700 students in pre-school and elementary school, leading a team of 60 people focusing on children and families well-being. Guillaume has an easy-going personality and enjoys discovering new cultures and country during his travels.
Alexandra was born in Fontainebleau. She grew up in a bilingual, French and English-speaking environment on the outskirts of Paris, in a provincial town called Meaux. After having lived in the UK, Berlin and Geneva for her studies, she moved to LA in 2016 with her family and started teaching French doing both group and individual classes. She also works for a translation company. At the Alliance Française, she teaches individuals and group classes. She enjoys teaching and helping her students progress in their French language learning.
Cédric Ih was born in the United States then raised in Paris, France by a French mother and a Chinese father. He has a Master's Degree in Digital entertainment and Media and he is a Digital Director. He speaks French, English, Chinese and German. He is eager to share his experience with foreign languages. He has also been a script writer, a filmmaker and a photographer.He a worked in animation, made commercials, music videos, short films etc...The French language and its numerous subtleties have always been a fundamental tool in his career. He moved to Los Angeles in 2018 where he continued his artistic life with 2 exhibitions and 2 short films. He's used to working with teams. For him, humor is important to make life better and be more efficient . He wants to use his experience as a script writer and film maker as an instructional tool to teach French. he would like his students to improve and have a fun experience.
Valerie Daval is a French born visual artist, art instructor and art therapist based in LA area since 2007. She studied Art and Architecture at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts du Mans, in France, with a focus on painting and drawing. In 2001, she obtained a Diploma in art therapy in Tours, France, and worked as art instructor and art therapist for several years in different institutions in France. In 2004, she moved to Paderborn, Germany where she was working at the Raum für Kunst artistic community. Daval artwork has been exhibited in France, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. Valerie has very good general knowledge, she has led various thematic workshops about New Caledonia, French cuisine, and some artists who painted in France. She teaches French to group classes of adults and children and she gives private classes.
Corinne Simon-Duneau has been a French translator, editor, author and teacher since 1989. Apart from managing and participating to large multi-lingual projects, she has created and published teaching manuals and taught students of all ages—from children to adults to high-school and college students preparing their final exams. Corinne has had the privilege to travel all over the world, which gives her a unique, multicultural perspective. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, majoring in art and history. She also received training in language teaching. She now lives in Los Angeles but returns to France regularly to see her family.
Brigitte Groche is an experienced, fun and dedicated native French teacher, from Dijon, Burgundy, who has a passion for fine cuisine & wines. Brigitte obtained a law degree from Université - Angers, France, right before immigrating to the United States, 20 years ago. Upon her arrival, not being able to practice law in the USA, she decided to , instead, dedicate herself to promoting what was near and dear to her heart: France and the French language. From 2003 to 2006, Brigitte was the Chairman of the Board, for “Los Angeles Accueil”, a non-profit organization focused on welcoming French-speaking newcomers. During that time, she was also the Financial and Editing Director of the “Guide Pratique”, a comprehensive booklet providing practical information to French citizens living in the American South West. In 2010, she started to give private classes and realized that she enjoyed it thoroughly. Teaching turned into a real passion! So, she became the French teacher at Carden Arbor View School. She achieved excellent results from the majority of her students. During her time at Carden Arbor View School, Brigitte was able to take her students on an annual trip to Quebec City, had some of her advanced students participate in the “Grand Concours”, conducted a baking class and and coordinated a pen-pals exchange with a school in Beaune Burgundy France. Brigitte is ready for you! Allons-y!
Caroline arrived in the US about 20 years ago. She has always wanted to create a cultural exchange between French and American high school students. Every summer, for several years, she connected about 100 French students to American students and households to exchange cultures. She has been a French tutor for many years. She has experience with adults and children. Her passion to share the French culture and the French language naturally led her toward a teaching position at the Alliance Française de Pasadena.