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Educators + Support Staff

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

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Cecile Olivieri

Pre-K4 Teacher
I am a Parisienne and I love Paris, but I also love traveling and discovering other cultures. I studied in Paris and then I left to study in Dublin, Ireland. I returned to France and taught in Paris and then in the south at Perpignan. When I moved to Louisiana I didn’t know how long I would stay, and here I am 10 years later! I am incredibly happy living in New Orleans, it’s a wonderful city. This year I look forward to new experiences at Lycée!

Elise Becker

Pre-K4 Teacher

I come from Nancy, a city in the northern region of France. There I studied psychology at university before starting my career in teaching, which was over 25 years ago. I have two sons who are studying in university now. To them I have given the gifts of hard work, kindness, music, culture, curiosity for the world, love of life, and a good sense of humor.

Sam Fick

Pre-K4 Teacher

I was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University–during which time I studied in Nantes, France–where I received my B.A. in English Literature. After graduating I worked for a year in Le Mans, France as a high school English teacher. Upon returning to Louisiana in 2012 I began working at Lycée Français as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten class. I was also an assistant teacher in a Pre-K4 class before beginning my current role as an interventionist. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, swimming, reading, and bicycling.
Audrey Chiaramonte

Kindergarten Teacher
I worked at Lycée as a PK-4 teacher from 2011 to 2013. Afterward I taught PK in Beirut and 1st grade in Dubai. But of course, I missed Nola so much that I decided to come back with my husband, who has also worked at Lycée. I am from Lille, in the North of France. I enjoyed traveling and making things with my hands.

Gwladys Dal-toé

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello. While I am relatively new at Lycée Français, I am accustomed to working in an immersion environment, having taught as a kindergarten teacher in Lafayette. I have been teaching since 2009, mostly with pre-k4 and kindergarten students. I am happy and proud to work at Lycée Français, which will be the only public lycée in the United States!

Viviane Lerichard

Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Viviane, I am originally from Martinique! I graduated from the “Université des Antilles” with a Masters in teaching French as a Foreign Language. After 12 years as an Accountant Director Assistant, I decided to pursue Education. Throughout the past 16 years I have passionately dedicated myself to teaching Pre-K and Elementary grades, as well as, adults. To my surprise, it was teaching at a PreK-Elementary level that inspired me to reflect the most on the way we learn, and in particular how we take in a foreign language. In part due to the multicultural atmosphere of New Orleans and my experiences as an immersion teacher, I was inspired to research and write papers about the neurological processes of learning a foreign language. I enjoy being exposed to so many different cultures and every year is a challenge as I meet children with different needs and personalities. The key word is to be able to work collaboratively with the whole educational community involved in the child’s education. Additionally, I like traveling, hiking and playing board games.

Julie Helbert

Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Julie, and I was born near Orléans, France. I grew up in the center of France and then I lived in Paris for seven years. I majored in history and geography at the University of Tours and the University of York (UK). I am thrilled to come and teach here and be a part of the local life of New Orleans. I am looking forward to getting to learn about softball and Cajun cooking!

François Zoutu

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello! My name is François. I was born and raised in Louviers, a small town in Normandy. I studied the sciences for two years in the eastern part of France, in a city called Nancy. Back in Normandy, I specialized in physics, but later decided to become a primary school teacher. I have been a teacher since 2004, specializing in pre-school. I love being in New Orleans because music has always been a big part of my life!


Elodie Allard

First Grade Teacher
Hello. I am Elodie. I come from Dunkerque, a town in the north of France. Since 2004, I worked in Dunkerque as a teacher specializing in serving learners with special needs. After having worked with numerous NGOs in Asia, Africa and South America, I studied to obtain a masters in French as a Foreign Language in order to teach abroad. I am excited to work at Lycée Français. This year will be enriching, both on a professional and cultural level!

Luce Guignery

First Grade Teacher
My name is Luce and I started my teaching career in Normandy. My love for adventure took me to Acadie, Canada, for two years. What I love best about teaching is putting culture first, being open to the world, and sharing my love for the French language. My main goal is to help my students become active and autonomous to have them take charge of their own learning. Seeing the children smile and their joy in coming to school is the best reward I could get.

Laila Hachimi

First Grade Teacher
Hello everybody! I was born and grew up by the sea at Dunkerque, in Northern France. I taught in the region of Seine-Saint-Denis near Paris. Before becoming a teacher, I was a journalist, working in television, radio and print media. Before or after work, I practice meditation, which I like to teach to my students because it soothes and make them pause amid the many distractions that surround them.

My two bold children are taking part in this awesome adventure with me. I’m sure I’ll learn with my new students tremendously this year and… vice versa of course!

Claire Honoré

Instructional Strategist & First Grade Teacher
I was born in Lille, a very pretty city in the north of France. In 2004, I went to work for a summer in London, and that was my first experience abroad that made me want to continue working with language immersion. In 2007, I became a teacher and after having taught for four years in Lille and after several trips in Europe, Morocco, Lebanon, and India, I decided that I wanted to live and teach abroad. That is how I came across New Orleans in 2012! I have been teaching at LFNO since 2012. I am so happy that my international adventure is ongoing. I love New Orleans!

Martin Honoré

Instructional Strategist & First Grade Teacher
My name is Martin Honoré. I am originally from the Bordeaux region in southwest of France. I have a Master in Cognitive Science and a degree in biology. I started working at Lycée during its first year. I am proud to participate and to work in this newly accredited school that will be the first public Lycée in the United States.

Florence Olivieri

First Grade Teacher
Hello! I’m from the Paris region. After having taught for 12 years I wished to experience something new and I chose Louisiana because it’s an area that I really like. Teaching for me is a passion, I love to spend time with my students because they are so creative! Outside of school I play sports and take long walks with my dog.

Kelsi Dougherty

Second Grade Teacher
Hi there! My name is Kelsi. I’m a lifelong resident of Louisiana. I’m originally from St. Francisville, but I lived in Baton Rouge for five years to attend LSU before moving down to New Orleans in 2013. I worked as an assistant at École Bilingue for two years, then spent this past year in Rennes, France working as an assistant and taking master’s courses. I love music (you’ll probably hear me singing with the kids at least once!) and fully take advantage of the thriving music scene here in New Orleans. I’m so excited to be a part of the team here at Lycée.

Blandine Fontaine

Second Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Blandine Fontaine and I come from Normandy. After studying foreign languages, I became a primary school teacher. I taught all elementary grades for seven years in my region.This will be my second year at Lycée Français and I can’t wait for the new experiences this year will bring!

Emilie Gauthier

Second Grade Teacher
Hello. My name is Emilie, and I am from Nantes, a city situated in the west of France. After studying psychology, I became an elementary school teacher. As an educator, I wish to share my language and my culture through teaching. What I love about my job, it’s when I see my students working together and expressing the joys of success.

Marielle PeeterBroeck

Second Grade Teacher
Hello. My name is Marielle. I come from Belgium, a country north of France. After graduating, I worked in Brussels as a primary school teacher in 4th, 5th and 6th grade for seven years. I taught French too for 3 years in an immersion program with children from different countries. During that period, I helped pupils in 1st through 6th grade with difficultes in French and Mathematics. I love my job because there are a lot of challenges and I think it’s very important to teach with kindness so that the pupils can flourish while learning. I can’t wait to start this new adventure in the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans and discover this beautiful country.

Josette Wamba

Second Grade Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Joey Wamba. I come from Nantes, a city located in western France, close to the Atlantic Ocean. After having studied French literature and education, I became a teacher. I am very happy to begin a new adventure at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans and very proud to represent and share French culture.

Sandrine Alonso

Third Grade Teacher
My name is Sandrine. I was born in Corrèze, France. After several years, I moved to the south, near Montpellier. When I attended university, I studied the life sciences, including biology, biochemistry and genetics. As a teacher, I have worked in small schools in both urban and rural areas. I am excited to work at Lycée, teach my students about France and learn about New Orleans and Louisiana. I enjoy nature and outdoor sports.

Audrey Congi

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Belgium, a tiny country near the north of France. After graduating from university, I worked as a primary teacher in an immersion program for nine years in Liège, the city where I come from. I have always taught third and fourth graders, for whom I have great appreciation. They are avid learners! I often feel as if I am growing with them. My husband and I are extremely happy to live here in New Orleans, and we can’t wait to discover all the beauties that Louisiana has to offer.

Valérie Delpy

Third Grade Teacher
I am originally from Corrèze, a beautiful region in central France. After getting my BA in history, I also got my teaching certificate. I have taught many different grades and have had students from ages 2 to 11. I have taught at Lycée Français since 2015. I’m happy and proud to teach here. I am happily married. I also love reading and traveling. One of my main passions is salsa.

Sarah Issaad

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Sète, a little village situated in the south of France. There I taught for six years. Prior to that, I studied contemporary literature before obtaining a master in education. It is with great pleasure that I am able to work at Lycée.

Eugénie Soria

Third Grade Teacher
I am originally from Avignon in the south of France. After studying biology, I worked for two years in private laboratories before becoming an elementary school teacher in 2005. When I was younger, I spent my free time playing sports, notably judo, for which I have earned a black belt. In past years, I have discovered the joys of acting in theater. I also enjoy traveling. After visiting numerous countries in Europe, I am excited to start my journeys in America, starting with Louisiana.

Stephanie Lodenet

Third Grade Teacher
Coming soon!

Margot Marks

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Margot and I am a born and raised New Orleanian (but with a french mother)! I attended an elementary immersion school here in New Orleans where I developed a real love for the language. I am incredibly excited to get to share that love with my students next year!

Julien Dal-toé

Fourth Grade Teacher
I come from France. I have been teaching for 9 years, including 7 years as a director and 1 year in immersion in Lafayette. This is my first year in New Orleans. I love music, movies, books, nature and sports.

Coralie Maillet

Fourth Grade Teacher
I grew up outside of Paris near Auvers-sur-Oise, where the countryside served as inspiration to many 19th century impressionists. I first studied Law and later got my teaching certificate. I have been an elementary school teacher for the last twelve years.

Sarah Mellouki

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi, I’m Sarah and I come from Brittany, in the northwest of France. I studied physics and chemistry for three years before becoming a primary school teacher. I love cinema, arts and music. I am really thankful to be able to teach at Lycée and share my culture with American students. I already love New Orleans, and I’m sure it will be a rich and wonderful year!

Hubert Heidseck

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hello! I am originally from Reims in the eastern side of France. After my receiving my Bachelors in Science, I went to work in Rome in 2009. In 2012 I decided to become a teacher and have taught in Paris since then. I am excited to start this new chapter in New Orleans; a city that has always amazed me.


Philippe Chavet

Fifth Grade Teacher
My name is Philippe and I am originally from Marseille. I used to teach in Avignon, France. I have been a schoolteacher for thirteen years now, and have taught all grades. I was also in charge of the USEP, the Primary School Athletics Union in France for several years where I used to coordinate games and cultural events between local schools in my region. I had worked in New Orleans for two years previously and I am very happy to be able to be back in this great city. For this new adventure, I brought my sweet wife Sabine and my son, Antoine.

Stephanie Sportiello

Fifth Grade Teacher
Bonjour, my name is Stephanie. I was born in Marseille but I grew up in Côte d’Azur. I am the mother to two adorable boys. As an elementary school teacher, I taught for 18 years in Guyana. My work there allowed me to experience the different cultures that contribute to the region’s richness. The experience also allowed me to become specialized in French as a Second Language, as I had been working with non-francophone students. I have also volunteered with adults and children to share my passion for mosaic art. Lastly, I love to travel.

Pierre Van Hamme

Fifth Grade Teacher
I taught for 16 years in Guyane. But I grew up in Algeria and France, so I consider myself a citizen of the world! I’ve come to Louisiana to discover a new culture and a new aspect of francophone life. My initial studies were in the sciences, but teaching has allowed me the gift of learning from different communities. I’ve worked a good amount with non-Francophone students. Therefore I hope to use my experience to the benefit of my students.

Jeremy Deveil

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Jeremie and this is my first year at LFNO. I come from Bordeaux. I like movies especially those by David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. Contemporary American Litterature is definitely my favourite literary genre and I am also a big fan of rock music. I enjoy playing and watching most sports as well. I am looking forward to discovering a new way of teaching and I hope this is going to be a great year for my 5th graders and me.

Laurie Navarro

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hello everybody ! My name is Laurie. I was born and raised in Narbonne, a city in the south of France. I have a Masters in Teaching (Primary School) and a Masters in Languages. I studied English and Spanish, and I fell in love with the English language, which lead me to spend one year in the United Kingdom as a French assistant. And that’s also why I decided to come to New-Orleans. I am proud to work at LFNO and share my language and my culture through teaching. I can’t wait for the new experiences this year will bring!

Caroline Chauvet

Sixth Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Caroline, and I was born in La Rochelle, France. I started my teaching career in Orléans in 2004 as a high schoolFrench Language and Social Studies teacher. I arrived in Louisiana in 2014 and taught at Cecilia Junior High, near Lafayette, for two years in an immersion program. It’s my first year with Lycée Français and I am very happy to continue my adventure in New Orleans. Lastly, I love to travel!

Stéphanie Aubry

Sixth Grade Teacher
Hello. I am Stéphanie Aubry. I am originally from northern region of Brittany in the west of France. Having passed the required examinations and diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées, I obtained my diploma in teaching math and science. I started my career working in a high school in Saint Martin, a small French Dutch island in the Caribbean where they speak French , English, Spanish, and Creole. Afterward, I taught college and high school in Guadeloupe.

Susy Raga

Sixth/Seventh Grade Spanish Teacher
Hola, hola! My name is Susy Raga and I am from Valencia, España. I studied Hispanic and Italian Philology at Valencia University, as well as Social and Cultural Anthropologie at Uned (Universidad nacional a distancia de España). I became teacher more than 12 years ago and I am still learning. I have lived in NOLA for 6 years and I really, really, really love this city. I am excited to start a new adventure at Lycée; I am sure it is going to be an awesome year! I love creating costumes, travelling and reading…did I mention I love New Orleans?

Francisca Martinon 

Sixth/Seventh Grade Teacher
Hello. I am Francisca Martinon, I have just checked in my luggage and I am already on the way to Lycee Francais de La Nouvelle Orleans. I am leaving my little carribean island;Martinique also called Madinina, a French island. Here I am! Surprise…I am not alone, I am with my daughter Amy, she is 7, she is fond of horse riding, swimming and reading. As far as I am concerned I am fond of Nature. First of all, I decided to come to New Orleans to have a new experience of teaching, I have been teaching French since 1993 in a middle school in the south of the island more precisely, Vauclin. Secondly, I felt like meeting peoples, discovering a culture different from mine and enhancing my knowledge. Moreover, I am convinced that I am going to improve my Dnglish by practising and Amy certainly will learn how to speak ‘Shakespeare Language’ as they say in France. It will be a very great experience for both. Travelling is formative? Do you agree?

Pascal Valcasara

Vocal Music Teacher 
My name is Pascal Valcasara. I am a professional musician. I have been living in the USA for 15 years now, in different states, but I consider New Orleans to be home. This town is providing me the amazing opportunity to fully live my passion that is music. My website is www.pascalvalcasara.com. “Without music, life would be a mistake…” F. Nietzche.



Courtney Spring

English as a Second Language, English & Spanish Teacher
I am from Lafayette and have deep roots in Louisiana. This year will be my ninth year in education. Before New Orleans, I lived and worked in Lyon, France, Greater Boston, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. My second language was French and my third is Spanish. Outside of school, I love food (who doesn’t?!), especially desserts, I love languages, learning about other cultures, and Latin dancing.

Ben Bruhnke

English Teacher
My name is Bernhard Bruhnke, but Ben is much easier to say! I am originally from a sweet little slice of America known as Shreveport, Louisiana. I have been teaching since 2008, and I have a degree in English Education with a minor in Journalism. I am happily married and have a son named Emerson. I am really excited to be a member of the Lycée faculty.

Ryan Burgess

English Teacher
This is my 4th year teaching English at Lycée Français. I’ve taught every grade level from kindergarten through 4th. I am the wife to a writer and a mother to a one-year-old boy. I grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I moved to New Orleans because of school but stayed because of love. My passion is to help my students enjoy learning, enjoy reading, enjoy writing, and to make school a positive environment for all.

Holly Kymes

English Teacher
My name is Holly Kymes. This will be my 14th year teaching. I have taught a variety of grade levels in Texas and Louisiana. I have an undergraduate degree from Centenary College where I played tennis, and I have a Masters of Education from Texas A & M- Commerce.  I have taught in private, public, and charter schools. This year I will teach ELA to kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade students.  I am married with 2 daughters, Mallory and Matilda.

Yoon Lee

English Teacher
Hi! I am one of the English Language Arts teachers at this gem of a school, making this my fourth year. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and have taught every grade from kindergarten to 5th grade. My B.A. is in English Literature from Sarah Lawrence College while my elementary education certification is from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. When I’m not working, I like to cook, garden, travel, watch movies, read, do yoga, catch up with friends, and spend time with my husband, daughter, cat, dog, and frog.

Annie Neahring

English Teacher
I am so thrilled to be joining the Lycée Français team this year! For the last few years, I have been teaching and writing curriculum for 7th grade English in St. Bernard Parish. Before that I had an opportunity to work as an English assistant in Toulouse, France; ever since returning to the United States I’ve missed being part of French culture. Et voilà, I sought out an opportunity to help with the Bonjour NOLA summer camp a few years ago and was informed that a 6th grade English position would be opening up this year. I am incredibly thankful to be part of an organization that deeply cares about educating the “whole” child from academics to social and emotional growth, to environmental issues and also focuses on opportunities outside the classroom.

Nha Schiro

English Teacher
The 2016-2017 school year marks my 16th year as an educator and my 5th year at Lycée Français. I am a New Orleans native and proud alumna of Benjamin Franklin High School and The University of Texas at Austin. When I am not in the classroom, I can be found marching in Mardi Gras parades with The 610 Stompers or singing onstage with Wes Raymond & The Soul Factory. I also enjoy photography and traveling as well as speaking, reading, and cooking both Vietnamese and Italian with my husband and children.

Jinger Whiddon

English Teacher
I am from Pensacola, Florida, but moved to a few different cities in the U.S. before choosing New Orleans as my forever home in 1996. I am a returning English teacher with two kids who are also students at Lycée. I have a passion for education that was ingrained in me and carried on by my entire family. I also love history, literature and cultural and physical geography. Teaching kids about all of these is a privilege, oh and so much fun!

Fidgi Simeon

English Teacher
Hello my name is Fidgi Simeon. I am thrilled and proud to work in New Orleans public schools. I believe that schools can provide children with developmental, growth and opportunities for success. I look forward to providing a quality French-immersion education for the students of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. I am excited to see the outcome of cultural exchanges between myself and students.

Rachel Barnett

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
I grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. I’ve worked with elementary children in Belize, India and here in the States. I believe education is freedom, and am proud to be with Lycée for another year.

Jacob Brashear

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
Salut! Born and raised in the Southeast United States, I left the region to study French and Linguistics at Boston University. Now, after working as a reading tutor and ESL substitute teacher in Boston, I’m excited to work at Lycée with its accomplished and kind staff.

Soledad Joseph

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
My name is Soledad Joseph. I am married and have 3 children. I am originally from Haiti and speak English, French, and Creole. I’ve been teaching at Lycée Français since 2013, but I’ve been working with children since 2000.

Thomas Goubet

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
I am from Lille in the North of France. I have been working for 2 years at Lycee at its opening with my wife and I am very happy to be back. I was a PK4 assistant. I have also worked as a kindergarten and 1st grade assistant in French schools in Beirut, Dubai and ISL last year. I have a young baby girl born in Nola and I love to travel and fishing.

Renée Bizette

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Je m’appelle Renée Bizette. I am a native of Louisiana. Since childhood, I have loved French culture. Therefore, it is a pleasure to be part of the Lycée staff. I enjoy living in New Orleans, a city which embraces diverse cultures and art. Some of my favorite activities are playing piano, singing in choir, ballet, art, hiking, and sailing.

Sabine Chavet

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Hello everyone, my name is Sabine Chavet and I am married and mother to a nine-year-old boy. I am originally from the south of France, near Avignon. I have a two-year degree in business management and I am also certified in early childhood education. In France I worked as an activity coordinator and a teaching assistant in elementary schools. Our family’s love for adventure is what brought us to New Orleans. I love art, and in my spare time I like to renovate, transform and build pieces of furniture out of odd parts. I also love going to the movies, walking outdoors, and cooking delicious meals for my family and friends.

Solange Jean-Pierre

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Salut ! My name is Solange. I am originally from Haiti, but I have been living in the US for 16 years now. In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at Paris Diderot University in France. I hold a degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2015 I moved to New Orleans and fell in love with the city. That same year I began working at this great school!

Nina Ouedraogo

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
I am a native of Burkina Faso. I have also lived in Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal. In the United States I have lived in Maryland and California. I believe I am a citizen of the world and can find my way anywhere. Throughout my travels the one constant in my life has been literature. I call myself an independent writer and my present focus is poetry. I believe wholeheartedly in multilingualism and hope to help form a future in which this is the norm. I am very happy for the opportunity to do this at Lycée Français.

Anna Schulte

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
I recently graduated from Loyola University with a degree in English Writing and French. In 2015, I spent six months studying French in Nantes, France, where I had a beautiful experience and fell in love with the language. I spend my free time exploring the outdoors and my imagination, and enjoy writing music, fiction, and poetry.

Julia Reagin

First Grade Teaching Assistant
I was born in Kentucky, and moved around from state to state throughout my childhood. I came to New Orleans on a Trailways bus in 1977, and here I still am. I have brought up my one son here, in Mid-City, where I still live. I have worked, sometimes as an assistant teacher, and at others as a teacher at Audubon, Isidore Newman, Langston Hughes and Ecole Bilingue, and at LFNO (my favorite) since its opening day, in various positions. I have a BA in French, earned late in life, as well as the DALF from the French Ministry of Education, and a certificate in Perfectionnement linguistique from the University of Mons Hainaut in Belgium. For many, many years I worked as a gardener, first for the City of New Orleans – a job I truly loved, and for which I earned a horticulture license from the La. Dept of Agric. -and then in private gardens all over town while bringing up my child as a single mother. For the past five and half years I have also been teaching ESL to Latin American immigrants and they have inspired me so deeply that I have begun to learn their beautiful language too!

Erin Petersen

First Grade Teaching Assistant

Chelsea Krout

Classroom Assistant
After living in Pennsylvania for the first 20 years of my life I decided to run away from home to live in France for two years. Upon returning to the U.S. I packed my bags (again) and moved to New Orleans in 2012. After two years in Pre-K at Lycée’s Claiborne campus I graduated to Kindergarten this year. So far my favorite subjects are snack and nap. When I grow up I want to be Batman.

Seth Mathews

Classroom Assistant
I grew up in San Francisco, and moved to New Orleans in 2010. I completed a B.S. in Psychology and French at Tulane in 2013, and started working at Lycée that same year in the after care program. I began working full time as a Teaching Assistant for Pre-K and Kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year, and this year I’m excited to begin my new role as a First Grade Classroom Assistant. During my free time I enjoy creating video projects, playing soccer, dancing, and riding my bike around the city.

Thomas McAree

Classroom Assistant
I was born and raised in Ithaca, New York. I grew older, went to college and earned a Bachelor’s in English Literature. After that, I started moving all around, working a lot of different jobs along the way. I’ve lived in South Africa, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Montana, Ohio, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas, and I’ve had 19 different jobs. Someday I’d like to live in an Earthship and give Dr. Seuss a run for his money.

Justin Wallace

Classroom Assistant
Salut! My name is Justin. I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. After graduating from Jesuit High school in 2012, I came to New Orleans on an academic scholarship to attend Loyola University where I received my Bachelors degree in Sociology. At Lyceé Français, I am a teaching assistant and coach of the boys flag football team. “If you’re ready we can shake the world, believe again, it starts within. We don’t have to wait for destiny, we can be the change that we want to see.” – John Legend


Caroline H. Johnson

Speech Language Pathologist
I have a Masters in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and French at Tulane University, spending a year abroad at Université de la Sorbonne in Paris. After university, I worked as an assistant teacher for K-2nd grades in the French immersion program at Audubon Charter School. I earned a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate from Loyola University and taught immigrants English through Catholic Charities. I then went to Samara, Russia to continue teaching English abroad. I love working with children and was delighted to return to Lycée Français after having spent Spring 2015 as a Speech-Language Pathology extern at the school.

Michael-Jean Zinni

Speech Language Pathologist
After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, I developed educational programs with a small NGO called Tutors for All. We provided one-to-one basic skills instruction in reading and math for over a dozen charter-public schools throughout the city. In 2012 I moved to New Orleans to pursue a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). In addition to conducting research in language acquisition for children on the autism spectrum, I work as a part-time SLP at University Medical Center in acute and outpatient care, providing services for a broad range of patients, including stroke survivors, persons with traumatic brain injury, ALS, Parkinson’s, swallowing disorders, and more.

Simone Feaster-Armour

Teacher of Gifted Services
I have a BA and an MA in French Area Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I also hold teaching and administrative certificates in multiple US states, including Louisiana. I have lived in multiple regions in America, as well as Northern India. Born in the South, I am so pleased to have left the cold snows of New England for this magical city. I am thrilled to be part of the Lycée Français community. In my spare time, I love to do anything outdoors from gardening to scuba, and I enjoy a good adventure, big or small.

Molly Critchlow Liberto

Teacher of Gifted Services
Salut! I’m happy to be back in New Orleans and at Lycée Français! I was raised primarily in Missouri, but I did spend a couple years of my childhood in New Orleans. Since I graduated from high school in Columbia, MO, I have lived mostly in St. Louis, but I have ‘roamed’ to Nashville, Québec, San Diego, Paris, and now back to New Orleans. In that time I collected many ‘things’: a husband and three children; a B.A. in French, Political Science, and International Studies; a M.A. in Sustainable Education; as well as, 15 years experience as a teacher. I’m very excited to be teaching in a language immersion environment. For most of my teaching experience I have been a French teacher, but I have also taught social studies and English. For one unforgettable year I taught English as a foreign language at Louis Pasteur School in Villejuif, France just outside of Paris. I look forward to an exciting year at LFNO.

Belinda Tanno

Teacher of Students Talented in the Arts

Keli Coleman

School Nurse
I grew up in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Health Promotion. I later attended nursing school in San Francisco where I lived for 13 years. I became a Registered Nurse in 2002 with my first job in Labor and Delivery. After having my own children, I moved to France for two and a half years, returning to New Orleans in August 2008 whereby I fell in love with this incredible city again. I love being a nurse and helping others and I love children, so naturally I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join such an outstanding team of colleagues at the most dynamic school in the city. In my personal time I love to travel, exercise, spend time with my kids, my favorite holiday is Halloween, and I love all animals.

Pam LeBlanc

School Nurse
Hi. I’m Nurse Pam. You can find me at Patton Campus.

Stephan Daniel

Coordinator of Student Safety & Behavior
I was born in Montainville, France. I have traveled extensively for my studies and my job both in France and abroad. I have lived in Louisiana with my wife and children for the last ten years. I have taught French in two different schools here.

Ashley Aucoin

Coordinator of Athletics & Behavior Supervisor
I am a native of Folsom, Louisiana and have now made my way across the lake to New Orleans, where I now call home. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life. I played basketball from an early age all the way through college, where I was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Spring Hill College. I have over eight years experience coaching at various levels, including high school, junior high, elementary and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). I worked with PlayWorks for three years as a Program Coordinator. This is my fourth year at LFNO, and I am honored to be the Coordinator of Athletics this year.

Angel Werner

School Counselor & Registered Play Therapist
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Registered Play Therapist. I obtained my Masters Degree in Education of Counseling from the University of New Orleans. I have extensive experience in the education system on all grade levels with a focus on early education. I see myself as a huge advocate for children. My philosophy on education is to meet a child where he is. Then, teach him the skills he needs to move forward in his growth.

Michelle Tate

School Counselor 
I have been an educator since 1999. I taught in the classroom for 9 years and have been a school counselor for since 2008. I’m so excited to be a part of the Lycée family.

Clare Kalmeyer

School Counseling Intern
Hi, I am Clare Kalmeyer and will be working with the counseling department for the 2016-2017 school year. I have completed master level coursework at the University of New Orleans and am currently working on my clinical hours to complete my Master’s Degree as a Counselor Educator. Previously, I attended Loyola University and received a Bachelor’s in Psychology. I spent 27 months in Kenya as a Peace Corps public health volunteer. After I found myself back in New Orleans working for several years in New Orleans charter school systems. I look forward to being apart of the Lycée family.

Doris Salazar

Resto! Technician
Hi! I have worked at Lycée since the 2015-16 school year. My daughter enrolled at Lycée in 2012 as a kindergartener. Hopefully my younger child will join us at Lycée soon. I have a background in hospitality and tourism. For fun, I like to travel, dance to any type of music and spend time with my kids. I’m originally from Nicaragua.

Lacresha Washington

Resto! Technician
My name is Lacresha. You can find me at Resto! Carrollton Campus.



Will Arute

Interventionist  

Julia East

Academic Interventionist  

Originally I was raised around the Mississippi Gulf Coast but learned the majority of my French in Germany and Japan. I have a degree from University of New Orleans in Interdisciplinary Studies in three disciplines: French, German, and Photography. I love nature and animals and enjoy bee-keeping as a hobby. This is my second year with this school.
Britt Hodanger

Academic Interventionist
I was born and grew up in Paris. I have always loved traveling and discovering different cultures and decided to come to the USA for grad school. I graduated from Nicholls State university with an MBA. I now call New Orleans home and have worked with different organizations including the Jazz Fest. I have been involved with the Lycée community since 2013 as a parent, substitute teacher and after-school homework teacher. I was also the liaison between the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the school for the second-graders’ “Thinking Outside the Classroom” program. It is a joy to see students grow. I love the outdoors, live music, cooking, and swimming.

Rae Horton

Academic Interventionist
I am a New Orleans native and the mother of four children, all graduates of local public schools. As a state certified teacher, I hold an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on multicultural education and teaching ESL. I have volunteered with many local service organizations, as well as sponsored several community arts and cultural events. I feel very committed to lifelong learning, conflict resolution and earth stewardship, and I LOVE to DANCE!

Anne Lootens

Academic Interventionist
I am from Indianapolis, Indiana but found a home in New Orleans after attending Tulane University. There I majored in French, minored in Music and Business, and had the opportunity to study in Paris for a year.  I love to play piano, travel, and explore this beautiful city.

Vincent Wiemann

Academic Interventionist
I was born and raised in Concarneau, which is located in the department of Brittany. After obtaining my degree in English and American literature, I packed my bags and moved to the UK. There I continued my studies at the University of Exeter. In 2013, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Louisiana through CODOFIL. I am proud to work with Lycée Français and be part of a school that is constantly evolving in the field of education. For fun, I love musique – I worked for several years with an English radio station. My two other passions are rugby and martial arts.

Chip Harmon

Academic Interventionist
I’m Chip. I was born and raised on the best bank, an enchanting pocket of New Orleans which is at times mistakenly named after its geographical location, the west bank (of the Mississippi). I earned my B.A. from LSU and thereafter moved to Nimes, France to teach English at the primary school level. My most recent professional endeavor is that of an arborist. Prior to that experience, I worked at Lfno from 2012-2015. I couldn’t be more excited to return to teaching at this wonderfully bilingual school while simultaneously earning my teaching certification through teachNOLA. It is very rewarding to work at a school which prioritizes serving a student population which reflects the fabric of our city, a city where high quality public education is critically important. I also coach soccer. My most beloved hobbies include but are not limited to all things nature, sporting, reading, food, music, gardening, kayak fishing (is it still called fishing if you don’t catch anything?), festing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and my dog.

Joanna Reniec

Behavior Interventionist
Bonjour! My name is Joanna, and I was born in Poland. I came to the United States for a one year adventure… almost 10 years ago! I have a Master’s in Cross Culture Psychology with specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. It has always been my passion to work with students with exceptionalities. Seeing their growth and progress is my biggest reward!

Seth Matthews

Behavioral Interventionist
I grew up in San Francisco, and moved to New Orleans in 2010. I completed a B.S. in Psychology and French at Tulane in 2013, and started working at Lycée that same year in the after care program. I began working full time as a Teaching Assistant for Pre-K and Kindergarten in the 2015-16 school year, and this year I’m excited to begin my new role as a First Grade Classroom Assistant. During my free time I enjoy creating video projects, playing soccer, dancing, and riding my bike around the city.


Ibrahima-Julien Diaban

Thinking Outside the Classroom Zoo Liaison
Hey y’all!!  You cannot imagine how happy and proud I am to work at Lycée for the 5th year. I remember when I graduated as a nurse in Laval – my lovely hometown in France – and when I earned a French as Foreign Language Diploma, I couldn’t imagine that I’d live this dream: to work with wonderful students in a zoo, to teach them ”football” (soccer in America), to enjoy the unique ambiance of this city, and to even live in a little house at the zoo swamp – or so the children believe.

Ann Woodruff

Thinking Outside the Classroom French Quarter Liaison
Originally from New York, I fell in love with New Orleans and moved here in 2000 to obtain a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Tulane. After graduation, I worked for almost five years at the Louisiana State Museum in the French Quarter. As Education Curator and later Acting Registrar, I explored Louisiana history through the Museum’s collection of artifacts, documents and historic buildings. I then spent ten years working in historic restoration and real estate while researching and lecturing on several topics related to music and historic preservation. When I became a Lycée parent three years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find my long-dormant interest in the French language and culture reignited. Becoming involved in the school has been a wonderful experience for me. As French Quarter Liaison, I am lucky to combine so many of my interests while helping the 4th graders learn first-hand about Louisiana history! It’s been fun and challenging.

Kyle Kessler

Thinking Outside the Classroom Ogden Museum Liaison