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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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Claudine Adams

Pre-K4 Teacher
This picture shows the tile roofs of the city of Toulouse, in France, where I was born. Hi, I am Madame Claudine. I started teaching in New Orleans in 1992, fell in love with this city, and decided to stay here. As a child, I lived in Italy and in Tunisia. I also learned English and German in school. I got certified as a schoolteacher in Paris in the 80’s. As I gained experience, I felt more comfortable teaching younger children. This is my second year with Pre-K. I feel very lucky that I encountered so many different cultures. I am very happy to be part of the team of Lycée Français!

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!

Emilie Graell

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello my name is Emilie and I am originally from Montpellier in the south of France. I am very happy to be working at the Lycée Français for the first time. After obtaining my BA in Language Sciences and a Masters in Teaching, I taught for several years in primary schools before getting certified to teach children with learning difficulties in junior high school. I wanted to be fully bilingual in order to enrich my professional experience even more, and that’s why I am so thrilled to be teaching here at the Lycée Français, so that I can teach the French language and culture and all that I love about my country to my new students.

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.

Katia Savignan

First Grade Teacher
With a baccalauréat in my pocket and four years of university studies in Paris under my belt, I chose to become a primary school teacher. Since becoming an educator, I have taught students from kindergarten through 3rd grade. In 2006, after ten years in the profession, I became a specialized professor. I have since become very interested in different pedagogical approaches with children with special education needs. In 2014, I became a teacher at Lycée Français and discovered the benefits of immersion education.

Cecile Bonnet

Second Grade Teacher
I’m from Nîmes, a city in the South of France. I taught several years in a one-class school in Gers, and for one year in Martinique. It’s my second year with Lycée Français de La Nouvelle-Orléans. I love New Orleans life. I like writing, reading. traveling, live music and restaurants. I am also pursuing a Master’s in FLE (French Foreign Language).

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.

Stéphanie Lodenet

Second Grade Teacher
My name is Stéphanie. I come from Orleans, a city located south of Paris. After obtaining a degree in language science and a masters in education, I taught in schools at all levels. I have also worked with an NGO in Cambodia. The experience inspired me to continue to learn about other cultures while sharing my own. I am very happy to be in New Orleans!

Annie Maté

Second Grade Teacher
Hello, my name is Annie. I am married and have a 14-year-old daughter. Before coming to live in New Orleans, I was living in Albi, a small village in the southwest of France. After getting my PHD in Process Engineering, I worked in research. I have now been a teacher for the last nine years.

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.

Anne Bissey

Fourth Grade Teacher
My name is Anne, and this is my second year as a Fourth Grade teacher. I am originally from a small seaside village in Normandy called Ouistreham.

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!

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.

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.

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 “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!

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.

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.

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


Julia East


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

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

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

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.

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!

Vincent Wiemann

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.

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.

Claire Dahm

Thinking Outside the Classroom Aquarium Liaison

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