Serving all of Louisiana

Administrative and Operations Teams

Get to know a little about our hard-working Academics and Operations teams! Say, “bonjour!”, next time you see them around campus.
If you’d like to see how the whole team works together, check out our organizational chart, HERE (updating).

Marina Schoen

Chief Executive Officer
marinaAs a seasoned educator with a strong linguistic background in four languages, my role at Lycée Français has always been informed my own life experience, language studies, my European upbringing and work experience on two continents. My five years serving as Lycée’s Academic Director grew out of being a parent of two children who both attended a French immersion school and my own extensive teaching and learning experience that has been primarily focused on foreign language acquisition, immersion, and bilingual education. Providing a sound learning environment and innovative programs, such as Thinking Outside the Classroom, will continue to be one of my priorities.

It is a great honor to now serve as Lycée’s Chief Executive Officer for the next critical chapter of our school’s already rich history, which will be met with even more enthusiasm, dedication and drive. I am thrilled by the challenge of developing our high school program, realizing the permanent Priestley campus and fulfilling our charter’s mission. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing our young children grow and develop into bilingual and often trilingual adolescents, watching them obtain a global outlook, powered by our school’s multicultural sensibility and their exposure to France’s rich culture in which they learn a different way of both seeing things and expressing themselves. Our world class French educational program will open up a whole new world of opportunities for all our students, and I am so grateful to be part of their journey.

Chana Benenson

Principal – Johnson Campus
I have a love for travel paralleled only by my love for learning. This combination has led to amazing experiences as a student living abroad in Switzerland and Spain and as an adult traveling all over the world. In 2004 I landed in New Orleans and fell in love with the city and stumbled into my career passion: building and leading high quality public schools. I am a fierce advocate for increasing opportunity for students and I love the energy of being in a school everyday. I am thrilled to join the LFNO family and look forward to the years to come! I love being outdoors and have a beautiful garden, although pulling weeds plays second fiddle to chasing the pitbull and toddler around the yard.

Danielle Dufauchard

Principal – Patton Campus
I am a native New Orleanian. I graduated from the University of New Orleans, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and MBA with a Finance Concentration. Prior work experience has been in engineering, education (high school and college instructor), the non-profit sector and the health care industry. My passion for mathematics and being a positive agent of change propelled me to leave the engineering world to teach high school math. The beck and call has sounded again – to assist in building the first public Lycee in the United States. Great joy fills my heart to be a one of the LFNO team members!

Sophie Capmartin

Director of Academics
Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, I moved to New Orleans in 2006 to work as a French immersion teacher for the CODOFIL. For the past 13 years, I have taught and conducted research in diverse French immersion and second language acquisition programs in the greater New Orleans area, including the French and ESL Departments at Tulane University where I am a PhD candidate. In my most recent position, as co-director of the Student Support Department at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, I worked with teachers on targeted instructional and environmental accommodations to ensure that all students could be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. I am thrilled to join the LFNO team and contribute in consolidating and developing the curriculum, academic programs, and pedagogical practices for this unique school. When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband, our two boys, and two dogs. I am also an avid runner and triathlete so you might catch sight of me on the river levee or down St. Charles Avenue!

Yann Colin

Director of Middle and High School
Half French half British, I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many countries, and live in a few of them.  As a student, I attended l’école Française Jacques Prévert and the French Lycée in London. As a professional, I’ve worked in law in Belgium, as a teacher, a dean of students and assistant principal in France.  All these experiences have allowed me to evolve in a multicultural and diverse environment. As an educator, my main focus was to empower students and make sure that they went into the world with all the necessary tools to flourish in anything they want.  This is why I’m very proud to be part of the Lycée, to be part of a team dedicated to every student’s success and to be able to call New Orleans my new home.

Mandi Lehnherr

Director of Exceptional Student Services
Originally born in Wisconsin, I lived in several different states as a child, which fostered a love of new places and people. I came to New Orleans in 2009 as a special education teacher and fell in love with the city, but took a brief leave to learn more about what education looked like across the globe. I moved to Budapest, Hungary to work at the British International School in Learning Support, and engaged in short-term teacher development and support assignments in Bangladesh, Slovakia and Malaysia. As many people do, I learned what it meant to miss New Orleans, so I moved back in 2015 to continue my work within special education, instructional design and teacher coaching. I am so excited to be part of the Lycee team to ensure that all students have the opportunity and access to become inspired, lifelong learners.

Samantha ‘Sam’ Kreuscher

Stem Coordinator
Hey there amazing humans! My name is Sam. I was born in New York, raised in Northern California, and received my undergraduate education at Occidental College.  There I majored in Kinesiology and Critical Theory & Social Justice, and found a love for education.  I earned my master’s degree at the University of San Diego in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics).  I have been an educator in New Orleans for 14 years, 13 as a classroom teacher, and 3 as an administrator.  I am certified in General Science (6-12), and Middle School Math (4-8).  As Lycée’s STEM Coordinator, I will be facilitating in the growth and development of Lycée’s STEM curriculum, materials, educators, and programs.  I enjoy spending time with my 5-year-old daughter, doing ceramics, yoga, kickboxing, training, photographing, and traveling.  If you have read this far and have ideas, connections, or donations to help improve and grow our STEM program, please email me at skreuscher@lfno.org.

Annie Neahring

Humanitites Content Coordinator
I am thrilled to be part of the Lyée family as a curriculum coordinator! Formerly, I was part of the ELA team, and now I am serving as the humanities curriculum coordinator at both Patton and Johnson campuses. The purpose of the coordinator role is to align ELA, literacy and social studies curriculum across all grade levels (pre-K through high school). Before joining LFNO, I had a backgroud teaching and writing ELA curriculum in a nearby parish. Additionally, after college I had an opportunity to work as an English assistant in Toulouse, France. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of building this historic French immersion school.

Jamela Dermish

Coordinator of ESS – Patton Campus

Ms. Jamela is thrilled to be joining the staff at Lycée this school year as the Coordinator of Exceptional Student Services. After graduating with her BA in Music, Ms. Jamela was inspired to become a teacher, because she viewed it as an opportunity to combine many of her interests: working with children, exploring the world through reading, and using education as a means for elevating compassion in the communities in which she learned and taught. Ms. Jamela began her teaching career in New Orleans working at the elementary, middle, and high school levels focusing on literacy and resource/inclusion support. After six years teaching students and working with families in New Orleans, she moved to Budapest, Hungary and worked as the Learning Specialist at the American International School. After three years, Ms. Dermish returned to the US to attend Teachers College, Columbia University, and recently finished her Masters as a Reading Specialist. Outside of school, Ms. Jamela loves spending time in bookstores discovering new stories to read with her students, going to shows, swimming, and singing. 

Vincent Wieman

Coordinator of ESS – Johnson Campus

I was born and raised in Concarneau, which is located in the beautiful region of Brittany. After obtaining my degree in English, I packed my bags and moved to the UK. There I continued my graduate studies in education at the University of Exeter and was also awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching. In 2013, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Louisiana through the CODOFIL program. This is now my 4th year at Lycée Français and I am very excited about starting my new role as the Coordinator of Exceptional Student Services at the Johnson Campus. Outside of school, I am very passionate about hiphop music – I used to be a dj in a rap band and hosted a radio show in a British radio station. I also love rugby, agressive rollerblading, Thai boxing and Japanese graphic novels.

Bernhard (Ben) Bruhnke

Dean of Student Culture – Johnson
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.

Marie-Isabelle Pautz

Dean of School Culture – Patton

I am from Lafayette, Louisiana. My mother is from Ville Platte, Louisiana, and my father is from Besançon, France. I  have volunteered and worked for a variety of causes (urban agriculture, community organizing, restorative justice, criminal justice reform, counseling, and ending homelessness.) I am very passionate about School Culture and Restorative Practices because I believe that if we figure out how to work together we can make the world a better place. I enjoy playing outside (kayaking, hiking, farming) and art (playing music, side walk chalk drawing, writing poetry, music festivals.)
You can find me playing fiddle and singing in my two bands: Truman’s Back Porch Review, and The Swamp Blossoms on most weekends.
Yassa Aici

Instructional Coordinator – Patton
I was born in the north of France and was able to travel for my studies and my first professional experiences far away from home. For 3 years in Louisiana, I worked in the Bayou and in another immersion school. I am proud to put my experiences at the service of le Lycée Français.

Julien Dal Toe

Instructional Strategist – Johnson

I came from the French Alps. I’ve been working in education for 11 years, 7 years as a principal in France and 4 years in French immersion schools in Louisiana. I am now the instructional strategist at the Johnson Campus, and I am very happy to help the teachers there. I like music, literature, movies, New Orleans and being in the mountains (I reckon that the two last might sound paradoxical…).
Mary-Devon Dupuy

Director of Extended Day Programs
Mary-Devon is born and raised in New Orleans, and she enjoys standup comedy and free food. Mary-Devon. has worked part-time at LFNO for the past four years doing aftercare, and occasionally subbing. Mary-Devon loves the aftercare team at Lycee, and is excited about her new full-time role.

Josh Stogner

Extended Day Site Manager – Patton Campus
My name is Josh Stogner. I’m from McComb, MS and I’ve been working at LFNO for the past four years. You can usually find me catching some live music, cheering at Pelicans games, or eating great food wherever I can find it. I’m glad to be back at LFNO and I’m looking forward to a great school year!

Ted Orphan

Extended Day Site Manager – Johnson Campus
I grew up right outside of Chicago. Before moving to New Orleans in 2014 I worked for ten years in special recreation. During that time I managed after-school programs, special olympics teams, and summer camps. I am excited to be part of Lycée’s Extended day network.

Get to know a little about our hard-working Academics and Operations teams! Say, “bonjour!”, next time you see them around campus.
If you’d like to see how the whole team works together, check out our organizational chart, HERE.(updating)

Marina Schoen

Chief Executive Officer
marinaAs a seasoned educator with a strong linguistic background in four languages, my role at Lycée Français has always been informed my own life experience, language studies, my European upbringing and work experience on two continents. My five years serving as Lycée’s Academic Director grew out of being a parent of two children who both attended a French immersion school and my own extensive teaching and learning experience that has been primarily focused on foreign language acquisition, immersion, and bilingual education. Providing a sound learning environment and innovative programs, such as Thinking Outside the Classroom, will continue to be one of my priorities.

It is a great honor to now serve as Lycée’s Chief Executive Officer for the next critical chapter of our school’s already rich history, which will be met with even more enthusiasm, dedication and drive. I am thrilled by the challenge of developing our high school program, realizing the permanent Priestley campus and fulfilling our charter’s mission. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing our young children grow and develop into bilingual and often trilingual adolescents, watching them obtain a global outlook, powered by our school’s multicultural sensibility and their exposure to France’s rich culture in which they learn a different way of both seeing things and expressing themselves. Our world class French educational program will open up a whole new world of opportunities for all our students, and I am so grateful to be part of their journey.

Ting-ting Rivers

CFO  
bio coming soon.

Jethro Celestin

COO  
I was born and raised in the pearl of the Antilles (Haiti) where I went to primary and secondary school. Soon after moving to Miami to go to college, I discovered the detached Northern part of my native land, New Orleans. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, I didn’t hesitate to move. After discovering the positive francophone impact of New Orleans on the rest of the US, I decided to engage in furthering this vision by joining the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans’ team as the Chief Operating Officer.

Jessica Aris

Director of Human Resources 
I am originally from France, but I also grew up moving around in cities such as New Orleans, Barcelona and New York City. I have been working in education for a total of 6 years, the last three serving in a Finance and HR role for a local independent school. My love for Lycee’s mission and their dedication to accessible French education is what makes me so excited about my new role. I love to travel, local music festivals, Mardi Gras, and going on bike rides with my husband and two sons.

Sophie Pena Uijttenboogaard

Director of Development
Hello, I am Sophie Uijttenboogaard, Director of Development. I am originally from Honduras, double-majored in International Business and Marketing at Loyola for my bachelor’s degree and later pursued a Masters in Global Entrepreneurial Management from the University of San Francisco. Through my graduate studies I was able to live, study and work in Europe, Asia and America. My interest in Lycée Français comes from my own education in an American immersion school, along with my love for travel and different cultures. Thanks to my experience living and working in different countries and among different demographics, I understand why knowledge of different languages and cultures is essential for future generations.

John-Henry Trant

Coordinator of Transportation and Meal Services

Bonjour a tous! Je suis un Acadien de Grand Coteau, Louisiane. I have 11 years of experience in the New Orleans Charter School education system, and a French-Acadian heritage, I am looking forward to helping advance and grow the mission of Lycee by keeping our students safe (transportation) and healthy (meal services). My beautiful wife, two wonderful kids, and I live happily in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower Ninth Ward. When we are not working, we enjoy canoeing, camping, whitewater rafting, and other adventurous outdoor activities. If we are not enjoying the great outdoors, you might find us dancing a two-step or waltz to any Cajun or Zydeco band, at one of South Louisiana’s many wonderful festivals, or crabbing down in Pecan Island, LA.

Daniel Henry

Director of Technology
I grew up in New Orleans and lived here until 1996 when I moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in international humanitarian work. For 20 years I represented the United States for USAID creating technology solutions in over 25 countries. My last 10 years focused on helping communities rebuild after natural disasters and violent conflicts. In 2013 I decided I wanted to come home to work for and be a part of the renewal of New Orleans.

Elaine Guillot

Director of Communications
Hello there! My name is Elaine Guillot, born in New Orleans and raised in north Louisiana. My background in French begins with CODOFIL teachers who instilled in me a love of the French language. As an undergraduate at Louisiana Tech University, I received two scholarships through CODOFIL, to study abroad where my love of Art and French blossomed. I earned my BFA, Studio Art and my BA, French. Inbetween undergrad and graduate school, I worked as a French teacher for Saint Scholastica Academy and worked in non-profits e.g. NOMA. During my graduate studies (MFA, graphic design), I used my thesis as an opportunity to bring together my love of French and design by creating the Say Oui campaign to promote French education in public schools. My professional experience extends from working in non-profits, teaching French at Saint Scholastica Academy, and as a senior graphic designer for an in-house advertising firm. I love doing what I do; designing and promoting French education for such an amazing school!

Keione Bastian

Data Manager
Born and raised in New Orleans I have traveled to many different places and I must admit there is no place like New Orleans in my book. I enjoy working in a community base setting especially those with kids.  I am a mom of an 8-year little girl and during my downtime I enjoy event planning, baking all types of goodies, and trying different restaurants around the city. I chose Lycée because I wanted to be a part of any organization like Lycée that put some much effort and time into changing the lives of our kids. I am very happy I chose Lycée as my place of employment and I am convinced that it will be an excellent place to work and serve our youth.

Nicole Kristol

Coordinator of Admissions
I am originally from Norfolk, VA and have recently moved to the New Orleans area with my husband, two kids, and dog. In 2004, I graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Communication Studies. Since then I have worked in marketing, promotion, program development and coordination- mostly in the non- profit world. The mission of Lycée Français makes me very excited to be a part of this team and this school. It brings me great joy to be a part of communicating that mission with the community and helping families become a part of our school family. I love engaging and meeting new people, as well as traveling and exploring new areas. In my free time you can find me exploring my new city with my family or searching for the best iced coffee New Orleans has to offer.

Gavin Robinson

IT Technician
Hi Everybody! I’m happy to be working at Lycée Français as the new IT Technician. I’m originally from Baton Rouge, LA & spent 8 years in Chicago after Hurricane Katrina. When I’m not at work, you can find me either jogging around Mid-City or on stage with one of the local theatre companies in town. If you need any IT help, just let me know!

Asia Age

Administrative Assistant
I have lived in New Orleans my entire life, and although I do enjoy visiting different places, I don’t think I could ever call any other city home. I am a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and have a degree in Mathematics. My love and passion for math led me to a career in education where I had the privilege of teaching math to some of the most amazing students. Now, I am excited to be a member of the Lycee family where I hope to grow as both an individual and professional surrounded by amazing people!

Anne Chapman

Bookkeeper
My name is Anne Chapman. I’ve lived in New Orleans  for 10 years. My experience in school finance and my daughters’ enrollment in a French immersion school led me to Lycee, and I am excited to be a part of this team. I am a life-long basketball player, an avid Game of Thrones watcher, and a recovering Frappuccino drinker.

Katie Bolin

Office Manager – Patton Campus
Hi! My name is Katie. I have been working for Lycee on and off for 3 years. I am happy to be back, you can find me in the front office at Patton.

Sarah Franz

Office Manager – Johnson Campus
Hi! My name is Sarah Franz, I am delighted to join the team at Lycee Francais Johnson campus as the new front office manager! I am originally from the Chicagoland area and have been in New Orleans since 2005. During that time, I have been grateful to have been able to experience many different different school settings in New Orleans, first as a High School science teacher and department head then as a mentor and coach for first year teachers across another charter school network. Besides working with the wonderful staff, teachers and parents at Lycée Français, in my spare time I like to paint, practice yoga and meditation, and cook.

Franklin Bell

Facilities Coordinator – Patton Campus
Hi! My name is Franklin Bell but you can call me, Mr. Frank. You can find me around most days around Johnson campus.

Roy Yost

Facilities Coordinator – Johnson Campus
Hi! My name is Roy Yost! You can find me around most days around Johnson campus.

Chris Cloudie

Custodian / Maintenance
Hi! My name is Chris, if you see me around Patton campus, say hello!

Lacresha Washington

Custodian / Maintenance
Hi! My name is Lacresha and you can find me around Patton campus and the St. Paul building. Say hello!

UPDATED: November 21, 2019