OUR FRENCH TEACHERS IN THE BAY AREA

With the objective to provide the best French learning experience, EFBA thrives to recruit the finest French teachers of the San Francisco Bay Area. To reach this goal, we have put in place a very stringent recruitment process. The result is a fantastic team of credentialed & experienced individuals who are aware of the issues linked to bilingualism. All year long, our teachers attend an EFBA training dedicated to their professional development and our service quality control.

All of our teachers and assistants are Francophone and come from different places around the world. They either know the French Education Ministry’s curriculum or are trained in teaching French as a Foreign Language. They bring a unique teaching experience and a different culture. All are dedicated to EFBA’s mission, values and innovative teaching methods. They know how to structure a class for several levels to ensure that each student gets personal attention.

Meet EFBA’s teachers and assistants below!

FLORENCE LABROUSSE
FLORENCE LABROUSSE Teacher
Florence was born abroad and loves languages and travel. She lived in or visited North America, South America, Europe and Africa and holds a Master’s in Teaching French as a Foreign Language.
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NADIA BODIN
NADIA BODIN Teacher
Nadia holds a Master’s in Computer Science Applied to Business Management (MIAGE) and worked as a Project Manager in IT. She has worked at EFBA since 2015.
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LAURA BOUVET
LAURA BOUVETAssistant
Born and raised in Lyon, Laura studied Psychology at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, she works for a laboratory research on emotion and cognitive functions, like memory, language and attention.
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VERONIQUE GOBRY
VERONIQUE GOBRY Teacher
Born in Paris, Véronique spent half of her life in various parts of the world before arriving in California. Trained as a chemist, she took on teaching French to share her language throughout the world.
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TUNDE VACSI
TUNDE VACSI Teacher
Born and raised in Hungary, Tunde received her degree in teaching French as a Foreign Language. She lived in Bordeaux and London before moving to California in 2014. Since then, she has been working at a Montessori preschool and has been a staff member at EFBA since 2015.
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ELODIE COTTEREAU
ELODIE COTTEREAU Teacher
Since her first 2-year stay on the East Coast 20 years ago, Elodie had been dreaming of a new opportunity to come back to the US. She made it! Elodie loves horseback riding and her life is filled with stunts, hiking and traveling in the wilderness and trips on horseback.
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CELIA CHAZALET-HERVE
CELIA CHAZALET-HERVE Assistant
While studying chemical engineering in Compiègne, Célia met her future husband. From the beginning of their relationship, she knew that she would have to leave France to follow her husband’s dream of working in the United States on his postdoctoral research. They ended up moving to California in 2014.
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JENNY BENNETT
JENNY BENNETTTeacher
Though she has an English name, Jenny is indeed French! After a university exchange program in the United States followed by a short period of time in France, she lived in London for over six years before moving to California in 2014.
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GENEVIEVE LABAT
GENEVIEVE LABAT Teacher
Born in France in 1958, Geneviève came to California in 1998 with her husband and three children. After receiving her work permit, she started giving French lessons.
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HOPE IZABELLE
HOPE IZABELLE Teacher
Hope Izabelle is starting her fourth year with EFBA, starting first as an assistant in Oakland, then as lead teacher in Kensington. She is a gifted educator who shares her skills in French and English with both children and adults.
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MARIE PERETMERE
MARIE PERETMERE Teacher
Born in Paris, Marie loves the French language, reading and travel. She was trained as a speech therapist and moved to the Bay Area a year ago with her husband and two children.
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PIERRE MERIEAU
PIERRE MERIEAU Teacher
Pierre has a passion for education, history and biology. He aspires to broaden and share his knowledge as well as his curiosity through his classes and in daily life. He holds degrees in Immunology and Education Sciences.
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SIMONE BLOCH
SIMONE BLOCH Teacher
Simone comes from a cosmopolitan family and grew up in France. She is a certified teacher and has taught French and German in various settings. She is also an energetic performer, fascinated by physical movements and the magic of words.
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ANNIE SEIGNERET
ANNIE SEIGNERET Teacher and assistant
Hailing from Nice, which she keeps in her heart, Annie appreciates the gentle climate and the Mediterranean plants of California. A passionate teacher of literature and art, she loves transmitting the French culture.
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MARIE ANNE POUDRET
MARIE ANNE POUDRET Teacher
Nomadic, Marie-Anne moved over three continents and nine countries. Her identity is anchored in a language: French. College degrees in Literature, French as a Foreign Language, and French teaching degree, she is now studying Early Childhood Education in a California.
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MORGANE BRETON
MORGANE BRETON Teacher and assistant
In Paris, Morgane worked for many years in Marketing and Communications, a field that required creativity, discipline and organization. But it is her love of children and her ability to teach that have finally led her to the world of education.
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MUSTAPHA OULDAMER
MUSTAPHA OULDAMER Teacher
Growing up in a multilingual environment, Mustapha has loved French from an early age. After studying engineering, he turned back to his first passion and became a teacher of French as a Foreign Language in Libya. When he moved to California with his family, he continued on the same path and joined EFBA.
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GAELLE GOUTAIN
GAELLE GOUTAIN Teacher
As a journalist, Gaëlle was in no way fated to move abroad and become a French teacher… until she met her husband, a Frenchman fascinated by the United States.
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HARITINA MIHAILA
HARITINA MIHAILA Teacher and assistant
Haritina Mihaila holds a Ph. D. degree in French Literature from the University of Toronto. She is interested in multilingualism, teaching and French culture.
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MERIEM EL HADJ
MERIEM EL HADJ Teacher
Meriem was born in Algiers. French is her native language, but she was exposed to the Berber and Arabic languages from birth. She lived in France for five years, then completed her secondary education in a French high school in Algiers. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she obtained her PhD in Environmental Sciences.
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KHADIJA BARTLOW
KHADIJA BARTLOW Teacher
Khadija is French-Moroccan, raised and educated in France. Having had to live in several countries, she realizes the importance of knowing a language for integration and adaptation.
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SAIDA BOULEMCHE
SAIDA BOULEMCHE Assistant
Saïda spent her childhood between Algeria and Belgium, being the youngest among a French speaker family that made her exposed to French culture since her young age. Mother of two kids. She speaks Arabic, French and English. Living in the United States since 2007.
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EMILIA HAGERMAN
EMILIA HAGERMAN Teacher
Emilia was born in Moldavia, a Republic in Eastern Europe. She has always dreamed of traveling, discovering the countries of Europe and settling in one of them, even though she ended up living in California, which she does not regret.
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TORAL MEHTA
TORAL MEHTA Teacher
Born in India, Toral moved to Djibouti at the age of 6 months. She was the first Indian to be admitted into a French Catholic school. She was also the last one, because all of her other Indian friends went home to finish their studies.
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AUDREY POULIGNY
AUDREY POULIGNY Assistant
Born in France in a French-American family, Audrey decided to leave for California in order to immerse herself in bilingualism. Having worked as a legal expert and lawyer, she is now devoted to transmitting her passion for learning languages.
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MARION CZEROPSKI
MARION CZEROPSKITeacher
Marion has always love to travel and she spent a year in Galway, Ireland
after finishing her baccalaureate. After completing her art history studies in
Paris…
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LEATITIA FRAEYMAN Teacher and assistant
Laetitia was born and raised in Brittany, where she studied Business. She has lived in California with her family since 2002.
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ANNA SUSINA
Born and raised in the north of Italy, Anna has always had a passion for languages because they are essential to better understand the world…
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ANNE CELINE WINS Teacher
Anne-Céline grew up in Belgium, speaking French as her native language. In 2010, she passed the Agrégation (high level competitive examination for teachers) for secondary school in Social Sciences. She worked as a full-time teacher in a middle school with adolescents for 5 years.
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