Team spirit

Here is a quote that best reflects teachers’ team spirit at The French American Academy.

“Tout seul on va plus vite, ensemble on va plus loin” “Alone, we go faster, together we go farther” Proverbe africain / African proverb

As you are about to discover a short biography of each member of the faculty, we want to pay a tribute to the tremendous strength that comes from our teachers teams. Gathered around shared values, our professors have proven many times how committed and driven they are, as a team, to nurture and mentor each and every one of our students. For example, their adaptation to Covid-19 crisis and remote learning has been extraordinary in many ways. Click on the Remote learning page to learn more! Discover teachers team spirit and meet the administrative staff by clicking on The Team

…And strong individuals teachers !

Meet your child’s teacher(s). Like the rest of our community, The French American Academy’s educators are diverse and multicultural. In addition they all are certified and own various degrees.

Middle School

Elsa Mucyo
Elsa Mucyo
FSL Teacher - Jersey City
Lisa Lucas
Lisa Lucas
French & Performing Arts - Jersey City

Lisa est professeure de Français depuis 5 ans et pour la première fois, elle tente l’aventure à l’étranger ici, à la French American Academy. En plus de son métier d’enseignante, elle fait du théâtre depuis toujours et compte bien partager sa passion avec les élèves afin d’approfondir leurs compétences à l’oral.

Lisa has been a French teacher for 5 years and for the first time, she is attempting the adventure abroad here, at the French American Academy. In addition to her teaching profession, she has always been acting on stage in theaters and intends to share her passion with the students in order to deepen their oral skills.

Maryse Riviere
Maryse Riviere
Library - Jersey City
Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Music - Jersey City
Anais Bouxin
Anais Bouxin
Physical Education - Jersey City
Cathy Hartranft
Cathy Hartranft
Sciences - English - Jersey City

Cathy has been teaching middle school science for over 25 years. She challenges her students to connect science concepts to what is happening today in their everyday lives and to use that knowledge to make conscious decisions.  In her free time she can be found hiking, practicing yoga or hanging out with her family.

Boris Catelin
Boris Catelin
Sciences - French - Jersey City

Boris Catelin is originally from France where he taught for more than 10 years in different grades. Three years ago, he moved with his family to Santa Rosa, California to teach in a bilingual school. Boris is a dedicated teacher who brings his international teaching experience to the French American Academy. Thanks to his energy, he sets the students on their journey towards discovery and learning.

Elisabeth Spettel
Elisabeth Spettel
Hist.&Geographie (Middle School) and Visual Arts (Elementary & Middle School) - Jersey City

Elisabeth Spettel will teach History & Geography in French, as well as Visual Arts. Elisabeth brings us eight years of experience in teaching French, Literature and Art History. Originally from Bordeaux, Elisabeth has also worked in Paris and developed her artistic sense at the “Centre Pompidou”. She moved to the USA in 2015. During the last two years, she was the coordinator of youth classes at the Fiaf. She is happy to be back in the classroom sharing her passion for the humanities through projects and arts, as well as partnerships with other schools.

Karla Proano
Karla Proano
Spanish - Jersey City
Meena Negandhi
Meena Negandhi
Maths - Jersey City

Meena has been teaching for almost 25 years. She started her career in India as business management teacher, then pursued two degrees one in education and another in economy and business. Meena personalizes teaching to better meet the needs of students. She brings energy, her experience and kindness to the French American Academy team. 

 

Courtney Karam
Courtney Karam
Humanities - Jersey City

Courtney earned her Masters degree from Columbia University, Teachers College, after graduating with a BA in history from Marymount Manhattan College. She began her teaching career at MS167, a math and science magnet school on the Upper East Side, where she taught 6th grade Social Studies and English Language Arts (Humanities.) Courtney was instrumental in developing the project based curriculum, implemented in the 6th grade. This is her 3rd year teaching Humanities in the Middle School at the French American Academy. She continues to enjoy creating hands-on and integrative Humanities and bilingual units to engage her students’ curiosity, while advancing their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. 

 

Elementary School

Tim Morris
Tim Morris
4th & 5th Grade, English - Englewood

Tim entame sa 5e année d’enseignement et rejoint la French American Academy avec enthousiasme. Sa philosophie d’enseignement est de traiter chaque élève comme un individu au lieu de penser que tous les élèves apprennent de la même manière. Il fait ressortir le potentiel complet de chaque élève en faisant preuve de patience et de compréhension et en permettant aux élèves de formuler leurs propres opinions sur les choses. Il est désireux d’inspirer les étudiants, d’inculquer l’amour de l’apprentissage et de façonner un esprit pour penser.

Tim aime voyager et a passé deux ans à l’étranger en Australie avec un contrat de basket-ball professionnel. Dans son temps libre, il aime la randonnée, les sports et la défense des animaux

 

Tim is starting his 5th year of teaching and joins the French American Academy with excitement. His teaching philosophy is to treat each student as an individual as opposed to thinking all students learn the same way. He is bringing out each student’s full potential by exhibiting patience and understanding as well as allowing students to formulate their own opinions on things. He is eager to inspire students, instill a love of learning and shape a mind to think.

Tim loves to travel and has spent two years abroad in Australia on a professional basketball contract. In his free time he enjoys hiking, sports and advocating for

Lama Ghossoub
Lama Ghossoub
Aftercare - Englewood
Sandrine Ajram
Sandrine Ajram
Subbing and aftercare - Englewood
Keri Weiss
Keri Weiss
3rd Grade, English - Englewood
Maryse Riviere
Maryse Riviere
Library - Jersey City
Michael Browne
Michael Browne
Music - Jersey City
Anais Bouxin
Anais Bouxin
Physical Education - Jersey City
Thibaut Bastide
Thibaut Bastide
5th Grade, French - Jersey City

Thibaut comes from the South of France. After studying English, he decided to become a primary school teacher in the Academy of Toulouse. After a year as a substitute, he went back to the Gard department to teach different classes from K to 5th. He has been a school director for 6 years in another school. To get back to English, Thibaut taught in a middle school in Saint Gilles from 2017 to 2021. He likes music, watching rugby and cooking, and he is interested in electronics and technologies

 

Marie-Francoise Morandais
Marie-Francoise Morandais
1st Grade, French - Jersey City

Marie-Françoise is from Guadeloupe (French Caribbean island) where she taught for more than 10 years in different grades. After having carried out ERASMUS + school exchange projects with Spanish, Italian, English and French schools, she decided to join the French American Academy team this year in order to continue to grow professionally and humanely. She loves reading, traveling and sports especially CROSSFIT, HIIT. She will bring her energy, her passion, her determination and her motivation to help her students to surpass themselves while having the pleasure of learning.

 

Aline Jourdrin
Aline Jourdrin
1st Grade, French - Jersey City

Born and raised in the Brittanny region, Aline grew up in the Paris region where she obtained her diploma as a school teacher. After 5 years of teaching in elementary school, Aline left to teach in Myanmar where she lived for two years. This enriching experience confirmed her choice to work in French schools abroad. It is therefore with great pleasure that she joins the French American Academy this year. Passionate about art and cooking, she tries to pass on her two passions to her students.

Jocelyne Denat
Jocelyne Denat
Arts - Englewood
Jeremie Peyre
Jeremie Peyre
French - Englewood
Jerome Maas
Jerome Maas
3rd Grade, French - Englewood
Jennifer Gonzalez
Jennifer Gonzalez
1st & 2nd Grade, English - Englewood
Floriane Bollet
Floriane Bollet
1st Grade, French - Englewood

A teacher for over 15 years, Floriane joined the FAA in 2020. Her professional background made her work with a very diverse audience, ranging from the age of 3 to 18 years old.
Floriane holds a degree in history and geography which she obtained in the Franche-Comté Region. Passionate about travel, Floriane enjoys traveling the world and opening up to different cultures. She also enjoys dancing and the creative arts which she performs in her spare time.

Carine Saint Jevin
Carine Saint Jevin
2nd Grade, French - Jersey City

Carine is originally from France where she taught for more than 15 years in different grades. She joined the French American Academy in September 2018. Her degree in psychology makes her an attentive and scorching teacher of the well-being of her students. She has 13 years of experience in classic and modern jazz dance and she plays piano. Since last year she has been in charge of a full-time class in which she thrives greatly and enriches herself at the same time with co-teaching.

 

Julia Weber
Julia Weber
3rd Grade, English - Jersey City

Julia joined French American Academy in September 2017 where she taught English for 1st then 3rd grade. She started her journey in the bilingual world teaching English as a Foreign Language in France. She was then able to follow her career at FASNY, a bilingual school in Westchester. Julia is an ardent Francophile.

Julia a rejoint la French American Academy en septembre 2017 où elle enseigne l’anglais pour la 1ère puis la 3e année. Elle a commencé son voyage dans le monde bilingue en enseignant l’anglais comme langue étrangère en France. Elle a ensuite pu suivre sa carrière à la FASNY, une école bilingue de Westchester. Julia est une ardente francophile.

 

Jamila Iddnajem
Jamila Iddnajem
French - Jersey City

Jamila joined the French American Academy in September 2015. She is originally from France where she taught in Paris in different grades for more than six years . She also taught during one year at Dakar, Senegal. She is passionate about languages and extended her knowledge to FSL – French as a Second Language. She is certified for DELF exams.
Jamila is a dedicated teacher. She brings energy and professionalism in each project she implements in her class so the students are always eager to learn and stay motivated.

 

Rose Spicher
Rose Spicher
1st Grade, English - Jersey City

Rose Spicher is originally from Ohio, and spent ten years teaching in Korea and China before coming back to the US. This is her 7th year teaching in a French school. She has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics with a focus on TESOL, and she’s been in love with the French language since the age of 12. On the weekends you can find Rose hiking in the woods or knitting (badly!). Her other loves include black coffee, pastries, exercising, and hugs.

Celine Clement
Celine Clement
3rd Grade, French - Jersey City

Celine joined the French American Academy team two years ago and is responsible of a 2nd grade class. She started her career in France where she taught more than 10 years in different grades. Then she decided to move to Dubai to work in a bilingual school for 4 years. Celine brings passion and dedication to all she does and sets the students on their journey towards discovery and learning. She loves dance and  theater. 

 

Aldijana Radoncic
Aldijana Radoncic
2nd Grade, English - Jersey City

Aldijana has been teaching at the French American Academy for 5 years. She grew up in Hackensack, NJ.She earned her bachelor’s degree in K-6 Elementary Education and her masters degree in Teacher of Students with Disabilities. She enjoys taking walks with her two dogs, Jada and Paris, traveling, scrapbooking, Zumba and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Boris Catelin
Boris Catelin
Sciences - French - Jersey City

Boris Catelin is originally from France where he taught for more than 10 years in different grades. Three years ago, he moved with his family to Santa Rosa, California to teach in a bilingual school. Boris is a dedicated teacher who brings his international teaching experience to the French American Academy. Thanks to his energy, he sets the students on their journey towards discovery and learning.

Elisabeth Spettel
Elisabeth Spettel
Hist.&Geographie (Middle School) and Visual Arts (Elementary & Middle School) - Jersey City

Elisabeth Spettel will teach History & Geography in French, as well as Visual Arts. Elisabeth brings us eight years of experience in teaching French, Literature and Art History. Originally from Bordeaux, Elisabeth has also worked in Paris and developed her artistic sense at the “Centre Pompidou”. She moved to the USA in 2015. During the last two years, she was the coordinator of youth classes at the Fiaf. She is happy to be back in the classroom sharing her passion for the humanities through projects and arts, as well as partnerships with other schools.

PreK – K

Tim Morris
Tim Morris
4th & 5th Grade, English - Englewood

Tim entame sa 5e année d’enseignement et rejoint la French American Academy avec enthousiasme. Sa philosophie d’enseignement est de traiter chaque élève comme un individu au lieu de penser que tous les élèves apprennent de la même manière. Il fait ressortir le potentiel complet de chaque élève en faisant preuve de patience et de compréhension et en permettant aux élèves de formuler leurs propres opinions sur les choses. Il est désireux d’inspirer les étudiants, d’inculquer l’amour de l’apprentissage et de façonner un esprit pour penser.

Tim aime voyager et a passé deux ans à l’étranger en Australie avec un contrat de basket-ball professionnel. Dans son temps libre, il aime la randonnée, les sports et la défense des animaux

 

Tim is starting his 5th year of teaching and joins the French American Academy with excitement. His teaching philosophy is to treat each student as an individual as opposed to thinking all students learn the same way. He is bringing out each student’s full potential by exhibiting patience and understanding as well as allowing students to formulate their own opinions on things. He is eager to inspire students, instill a love of learning and shape a mind to think.

Tim loves to travel and has spent two years abroad in Australia on a professional basketball contract. In his free time he enjoys hiking, sports and advocating for

Lama Ghossoub
Lama Ghossoub
Aftercare - Englewood
Sandrine Ajram
Sandrine Ajram
Subbing and aftercare - Englewood
Coco Ghossoub
Coco Ghossoub
Assistant, K - Englewood
Virginie Gilles
Virginie Gilles
Assistant, K - Englewood
Eliana Restrepo
Eliana Restrepo
Assistant PK - Englewood
Sophie Lac
Sophie Lac
K, French - Englewood

Sophie est française et enseigne depuis 8 ans.  Sophie vient de rejoindre la French American Academy cette année.  Elle a un master des Métiers de l’Enseignement, de l’Éducation et de la Formation. Elle aime les activités artistiques et prend plaisir à pratiquer la couture.

Sophie is French and has been teaching for 8 years. Sophie has just joined the French American Academy this year. She has a master’s degree in Teaching, Education and Training. She enjoys artistic activities and enjoys sewing.

 

Frederique Giboire
Frederique Giboire
PK2 & PK3, French - Englewood

Frédérique est enseignante depuis plus de 20 ans et maman de trois enfants, Angèle, Romane et Martin. Frédérique a souvent enseigné en cycle 2 mais son goût pour l’aventure l’a conduit dans une classe de maternelle cette année.
Habitante du sud de la France, avant de partir pour les USA, Frédérique aime les voyages, la cuisine et l’escalade. Elle aime attiser et exercer la curiosité de ses élèves et leur donner envie d’apprendre.

Frédérique has been a teacher for over 20 years and mother of three children, Angèle, Romane and Martin. Frédérique has often taught in cycle 2 but her taste for adventure led her to a kindergarten class this year.
Living in the south of France, before leaving for the USA, Frédérique enjoys traveling, cooking and climbing. She likes to arouse and exercise her students’ curiosity and make them want to learn.

Ryma Hamzi
Ryma Hamzi
PK, French, Jersey City - Jersey City

Ryma vient d’Algérie et parle quatre langues (arabe, Français, berbère et anglais). Diplômée en sciences politiques et relations internationales, elle a travaillé comme adjointe administrative à Alger. Elle a plus de 3 ans d’expérience en tant qu’assistante d’enseignant, et les enfants aiment la façon dont elle prend soin d’eux. Ryma aime chanter et partager avec sa famille

Ryma comes from Algeria and speaks four languages (Arabic, French, Berber and English). She has a degree in political science and international relations, and has worked as administrative assistant in Algiers. She has over 3 years of assistant teacher experience, and children love the way she takes care of them. Ryma loves to sing and share with her family.

 

Adama Diallo
Adama Diallo
K, French - Jersey City
Lorelei Tarricone
Lorelei Tarricone
PK4, French - Jersey City

Lorelei TARRICONE, is 30 years old. She studied cinematography before spending a year in Australia in order to improve her English. When she came back she took the School Teacher Exam at the Academy of Créteil. She was trained at the ESPE of Bonneuil.
She taught in the Paris region for 5 years, before leaving to teach at the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley in California where she was mostly responsible for pre-school classes. Her goal as a teacher is to make students feel good about coming to school. She really enjoys working on projects that bring the kids together. She is a very dynamic and smiling person.
Outside of school Lorelei likes to travel, to discover new regions. After 2 years on the West Coast she can’t wait to explore the East Coast. She really likes playing sports, also following sports news. She particularly likes rugby, which she practiced for more than 10 years

Cécile Bastide
Cécile Bastide
PK3, French, Jersey City - Jersey City

This summer 2021, Cécile arrives in the USA with her family and joins the Preschool team on the Jersey City campus. Skilled Educator of young children, she worked for 11 years in a nursery. She is passionate about the psychological and motor development of young children discovering their incredible ability to learn every day.

Cécile comes from the south of France, in the Gard region, and loves Hip Hop dance which she has been practicing since her teenage years.

Sabrina Chenna
Sabrina Chenna
PK3, French - Jersey City
Myriam Walker
Myriam Walker
PK3, French - Jersey City

Mryiam was born in Toulon, located in the southeast of France, and she was raised in French Polynesia. Considering herself a citizen of the world. Miriam moved to the US in 2004 after having teached in Russia and Vietnam. In addition to French and English, she learned to speak multiple languages, including Russian, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, in order to effectively communicate and gain a greater understanding of the cultures she visited! 

Mariam’s favorite pastimes are swimming, dance, and literature with adamant a preference in the classic works!

Vanessa Thiam
Vanessa Thiam
PK3, French - Jersey City

Having graduated from l’Université de la Sorbonne in Paris, Vanessa has since been teaching for 4 years. Vanessa first started teaching in college, and then in elementary schools in Brooklyn. This year, Vanessa is teaching 5th grade at the FAA! Vanessa has been living in the United States since 2019. She loves to travel, canyoning, hiking, and building! In her free time, Vanessa creates DIY wooden objects. Her passion for nature and creative talents are demonstrated in teaching philosophy and throughout her classroom!

Alexandra Yacoub
Alexandra Yacoub
PK4 French - Englewood

Alexandra has been teaching PK for the last 13 years. She first started teaching PK in Egypt, where she and her family lived for 5 years. She is starting her seventh year at the FAA, and this year, she is taking on a new role as pedagogical coordinator of our Pre-K and K program in Englewood. She is passionate about early childhood development in a bilingual setting, speaks 4 languages herself, and wishes to share her love for the arts as she earned her Masters Degree in History of the Arts and Archeology.

Alexandra has an extensive expertise in the “Cahiers de Progres”, a major tool used in PK and K. Here, students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and can independently monitor their own progress over the year.

 

Andrea Greenberg
Andrea Greenberg
PK2/3, PK4, K, English - Englewood

Andrea has over 20 years of Early Education teaching experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Andrea joined the French American Academy team in September 2020. She loves to knit, hike and spend time with her family.

Andrea a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans l’enseignement de la petite enfance. Elle est titulaire d’un master en Education et d’art du Teacher College de l’Université de Columbia. Andrea rejoint l’équipe de la FAA en Septembre 2020. Elle adore tricoter, marcher et passer du temps avec sa famille.

 

Pauline Davias
Pauline Davias
K, French - Jersey City

Pauline has 7 years of teaching experience at different levels. It is her first year abroad, so she brings all her know-how and an emphasis on French education. Her fresh vision allowed her to bring innovative ideas to our team. 

Pauline a 7 ans d’expérience dans l’enseignement dans différents niveaux. C’est sa première année à l’étranger, elle apporte donc tout son savoir-faire de l’éducation à la française. Sa nouvelle vision lui a permis d’apporter des idées novatrices à notre équipe.

 

Anette Morfe
Anette Morfe
PK3 & 4, English - Jersey City

Annette has 12 years of teaching experience in different levels. She joined the FAA team last year. Annette has a bachelor degree in Liberal Arts. She brings passion and professionalism to our team. 

Annette a 12 ans d’expérience dans l’enseignement dans différents niveaux. Elle s’est jointe à l’équipe de la FAA l’année dernière. Annette est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en arts libéraux. Elle apporte passion et professionnalisme à notre équipe.

 

Nolwenn Clerbout
Nolwenn Clerbout
PK4, French - Jersey City

Nolwenn  joined the French American Academy  team in September 2018 after teaching in France and Switzerland in a trilingual school (English, French, and German). She loves to dance and shares this passion with her students. In Switzerland, in addition to being a French teacher, she was also a dance teacher for her different classes. 

Nolwenn a rejoint l’équipe de la French American Academy en septembre 2018 après avoir enseigné en France et en Suisse dans une école trilingue (anglais, français et allemand). Elle aime la danse et partage cette passion avec ses élèves. En Suisse, en plus d’être enseignante de français, elle était également enseignante de danse pour ses différentes classes.

 

Benedicte Berger
Benedicte Berger
K, French - Jersey City

Benedicte is originally from Lyon where she studied and obtained a master’s degree in Geography and FLE at the University. She has been a school teacher since 2001 and teaches multi-grade classes, from kindergarten to CM2. She attaches great importance to the well-being of the school and likes to make her students happy to come to school every day. 4 years ago, she moved to the United States with her husband and 3 children. First in California, she joined the FAA team last year. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new cultures and making ceramics, long distance running, skiing and hiking.

Rose Spicher
Rose Spicher
1st Grade, English - Jersey City

Rose Spicher is originally from Ohio, and spent ten years teaching in Korea and China before coming back to the US. This is her 7th year teaching in a French school. She has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics with a focus on TESOL, and she’s been in love with the French language since the age of 12. On the weekends you can find Rose hiking in the woods or knitting (badly!). Her other loves include black coffee, pastries, exercising, and hugs.

Management and Administration

Catherine Prie Leray
Catherine Prie Leray
administration - Jersey City

Graduated from the French National Education and holding a master’s degree in management, – Specialization Management and development of academic organizations, I first served as primary school teacher and then as Principal or Head of school.

I worked for 26 years in France for the National Education. Over the years, I have always worked with teams to create a welcoming environment for everyone – students and teachers and parents – in which students can reach their potential and ensure that all experience success in a school culture that inspires dreams, develops compassion, and opens minds.

In August 2017, we moved in North Carolina, and I immediately began working as teacher in a French American bilingual school in Raleigh.

Then, I was employed by a bilingual High school in Houston for a specific mission: provide instructional leadership for the school’s K-12 programs and therefore restructure the French program to focus on its academic implementation while creating a link to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to ensure that high school students have a dual opportunity for further education.

Administration - Many years
Celine Fischer
Celine Fischer
Office Manager - Hoboken

After twenty years in finance in Luxembourg, I came to New York in 2017, following my husband. I decided to start a new career in  bilingual education as my 3 sons made me realised that learning another language when you’re young is a great opportunity. I worked first as a shadow teacher at The Ecole, helping children in needs. Then I was in charge of the administration at La Petite Ecole. I finally joined the French American in April 2022 as the Office Manager of the new campus of Hoboken.

Frederick Banks
Frederick Banks
Maintenance - Jersey City
Veronica Cotto
Veronica Cotto
Administrative Assistant Medical & Aftercare - Jersey City

Prior to joining the French American Academy of Jersey City, She worked as a head teacher for a bilingual Kindergarten class. She also was a teacher assistant to middle school students that were in ESL and those classified with learning disabilities. She  graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and language pathology. Currently at the French American Academy, she has many duties between her administrative duties and overseeing the before and after school program. You will find her located on the second floor wearing a big smile! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Radia Filippini
Radia Filippini
Office - Englewood
Fabienne Tomeda
Fabienne Tomeda
Controller - Englewood
Cathy Joly
Cathy Joly
Admissions Director - Jersey City & Englewood
Isabelle Adamo
Isabelle Adamo
PK and Elementory Director - Jersey City

Originaire de Paris, Isabelle obtient une licence de Sciences de l’Education à la Sorbonne avant de passer le concours d’entrée à l’Ecole Normale. Elle commence sa carrière dans l’enseignement à Paris, puis s’expatrie à New York avec sa famille où elle enseigne au Lycée Français de New York pendant deux ans. Elle s’installe ensuite dans le Westchester pour travailler à la French-American School of New York pendant plus de 15 ans. Elle devient coordinatrice du programme français puis, en 2011, prend la direction du campus de la maternelle. Elle rejoint l’équipe administrative de la French American Academy en 2018, sur le campus de Jersey City, en tant que directrice de l’école maternelle. L’apprentissage du français langue seconde pour les jeunes enfants de maternelle est au coeur de ses pratiques. Lorsqu’elle ne travaille pas, Isabelle aime s’immerger en pleine nature pour y pratiquer ses sports favoris, le vélo tout terrain et la course, ou s’allonger sur son matelas de yoga qu’elle pratique depuis plus de 30 ans.  

Originally from Paris, Isabelle obtained a bachelor in Education from the Sorbonne.  before taking the entrance examination to the Ecole Normale. She began her teaching career in Paris, then moved to New York with her family. She taught at the Lycée Français in New York for two years. She then moved to Westchester to work at the French-American School of New York for over 15 years. She became coordinator of the French program then, in 2011, took over the position of Preschool Director. She joined the administrative team of the French American Academy in 2018, on the Jersey City campus, as Preschool Director. Learning French as a second language for young children is at the heart of her practice. When not working, Isabelle enjoys immersing herself in nature to practice her favorite sports, mountain biking and running, or lying down on her yoga mat, which she has practiced for over 30 years.

 

Audrey Poirette
Audrey Poirette
Middle School / Deputy Director - Jersey City

Audrey has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She was a pedagogical coordinator from 2012 to 2015 and became deputy director in 2015. Audrey has almost 20 years of experience in the education field. She has a bachelor degree in foreign language education. She loves dancing and makes the students enjoy it preparing the end-of-year show. She loves yoga too and teaches it to the students of the elementary. 

 

Jean-Francois Gueguen
Jean-Francois Gueguen
Business Manager - Jersey City

Jean-Francois Gueguen is the founder and CEO of The French American Academy Franchise. He promotes and organizes the French American Academy preschool model by assisting prospective and existing franchisees in structuring their own French American Academy.

He co-founded the French American Academy of Jersey City in 2012. Since then, he has launched multiple events like Bastille Day and French Week to promote the French culture in New Jersey.

Jean-Francois got an MBA in Finance from ESSEC Business School and the honor of French Knighthood of the National Order of Merit by the French Government.

Anne-Sophie Gueguen
Anne-Sophie Gueguen
Head of School - Jersey City & Englewood

Anne Sophie Gueguen is the founder of the French American Academy and co-founder of the French American Academy of Jersey City.

She is the Head of School of The French American Academy and responsible for curriculum and program development. Also, Ms. Gueguen leads the training program for new franchisees, their teachers, and their staff, focusing on the methods and principles which have made the French American Academy a successful brand name.

She was awarded The Palmes Academiques in 2012 by the French Government for her accomplishments in Education.

Deborah Steenhout
Deborah Steenhout
Enrichment/Camps Coordinator - Jersey City

Deborah has more than 10 years experience in teaching and translation (English / Russian). She is proudly Belgian, and in Belgium they place great importance on languages.  It is because of her nation’s linguistic culture that she became a teacher. In addition to her work as Enrichment Program and Camp Program Coordinator, Deb wears many hats within the French American Academy.  She is a FSL teacher, the DELF examiner and has an important role in administration.  She joined the French American Academy team in 2013 and since then has become a fundamental part of the team. She loves video games, traveling and reading. 

 

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Don’t forget to check on other members of French American Academy’s community like parents. or  students. Otherwise, dig in our Academics section, to learn more about our programs for preschool / kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and remote learning.