Teachers

Courses focus on communication and are taught by experienced, professional instructors using European-designed teaching materials. Alliance teachers are native-fluent and specialize in FLE (French as a foreign language). Many teachers are available for private lessons, weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.

Rachele Avolio

Rachele holds a B.A in French and a Master of Arts in Teaching French as a foreign language from Portland State University, and has taught in Oregon universities and public schools. Before her teaching career, Rachele spent fourteen years in France, where she raised her two children and worked for a baker’s yeast company in Marcq en Baroeul near the Belgian border.

Rachele Avolio's Courses

Lucie Bonvalet

Lucie has two Master's degrees (English and FLE - teaching French as a Second Language) as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Originally from Dordogne, Lucie has taught French to adults and teenagers in high schools, conversation centers and cultural centers in Japan (both Kyoto and Tokyo) and in England. She has also taught French at Portland Community College. Lucie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2005.

Lucie Bonvalet's Courses

Patricia Bourque

Patricia is a native of Reims and longtime resident of Montréal. Her academic background in applied sciences, medicine and history spans the years she has resided in both France and Canada. Since her arrival in the U.S.  in 2004, she has focused on keeping her three children bi-lingual, and assuming a role as a school leader and community volunteer. She is a trained instructor of French.

Patricia Bourque's Courses

Camille Crampsey

Camille hails from Normandy and has been teaching in Paris and abroad for most of her adult life. She has her Master's in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Master FLE) from the Sorbonne as well as a Master's in Modern Literature from University College of Dublin, Ireland. Camille taught for two years at the Alliance Francaise in Manchester, England, and makes sure to say "Bonjour" at the local Alliance whenever she travels. Camille also teaches at the French American International School.

Camille Crampsey's Courses

Francine Martinie Chough

Francine is a native of Autun, near the Burgundy region. Following a career in teaching in Autun at the Lycée Bonaparte, then teaching French in an English public school near London for a year, and in the hotel business in Paris at the Paris Sheraton Hotel, she received a Bachelor degree in English and French from Lewis and Clark College. She taught French in a Montessori school in Vancouver, WA, then earned a Master's degree in Education from Loyola College of Maryland with an emphasis on Montessori Education. She taught 3 years as a Montessori Elementary teacher, and taught 1st through 5th grade at the Catlin Gabel School in the Lower School where she developed the French curriculum. She continues to teach all levels of students from elementary to adult, and is a certified in DELF/DALF examiner and corrector. Francine has been teaching at the Alliance since 2009.

Francine Martinie Chough's Courses

Laure Dutirou-Mason

Laure is originally from the southwestern region of Gers. She holds a Master's in Applied Foreign Languages from the Université Toulouse-le-Mirail and a Master's in Translation Studies from the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is an experienced French and Spanish translator, and has worked at the Alliance Française de Trivandrum, India. Laure also teaches at Lewis and Clark College, and has helped develop a new pedagogical program for French language study at the University of Chicago.

Laure Dutirou-Mason's Courses

Linda Fuchs

Linda grew up in Switzerland and is a native speaker of both French and German. She has a Master’s in Slavic Linguistics from NYU and a Master’s in Teaching with a French endorsement from Lewis and Clark College. Her experience includes six years teaching French in universities and over fifteen years of experience teaching French to children of all ages. Linda was the president of the Alliance Française in San Antonio, Texas, and founder of its language school. She has done in-depth research in the area of phonetics and is a certified DELF/DALF examiner-corrector. Linda has been with the Portland Alliance since 2010 and after 3 years as Pedagogy Manager, is currently the School Director.

Linda Fuchs's Courses

Nathalie Gerts

Nathalie has a BA in Philosophy and completed studies of French Literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). She earned an FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) Teaching Degree from the worldwide headquarters of the Alliance Française in Paris and is also certified by the French National Ministry of Education. Initially a teacher in French elementary schools, she has also enjoyed a career in the tourism industry in Paris and the U.S., and has taught French in the public school system in Oregon as well as Linn-Benton Community College. Nathalie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2004.

Nathalie Gerts's Courses

Eric John Kaiser

Known as The French Troubadour, Parisian-born Eric John Kaiser is a singer-songwriter reimagining Americana music through a French lens. Eric has released five full length albums recorded in Paris, Oregon and Québec, and has performed in France and throughout North America. He has been based in Portland since 2006.

Eric John Kaiser's Courses

Khadija Khalife

Khadija has dedicated her professional life to the study and instruction of French literature and language. She holds a Ph.D, M.A. and B.A. in French Literature from Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as a M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Portland State University. She is a published author and book reviewer, and since 2013, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Portland. Khadija also is a Review Editor of Work Creatives for The French Review.

Khadija Khalife's Courses

Emmanuel Laurin

Emmanuel hails from Rochefort, Charente Maritime, on the west coast of France. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and a B.A. in History and English language from the University of Poitiers. He lectured at the University of Créteil and Paris 8 before moving to Oregon where he currently teaches all levels of French.

Emmanuel Laurin's Courses

Lucile Lemons

Lucile hails from the medieval town of Auxerre in Burgundy. She has been teaching French immersion in Portland for the past year, as well as workshops here at the Alliance. Before joining our team, Lucile was a practicing podiatrist in the Parisian suburbs, and holds a Master’s degree in clinical research from the Sorbonne.

Lucile Lemons's Courses

Pierre Metens

Pierre is originally from Belgium where he studied pedagogy and sociology at the Université de Liège. In addition to teaching at the Alliance, Pierre is also a voice talent for recordings of commercials and guided tours in French for Bruce International. He has been with the Alliance since 2003.

Pierre Metens's Courses

Julie Nelson

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Oregon and her Master’s in French with a strong focus on second language acquisition and pedagogy from Portland State University. She previously studied FLE and French literature at the Université of Poitiers in France, then spent three years teaching English in Spain. Julie has extensive experience teaching French, Spanish, and ESOL in a variety of contexts to language learners of all ages.

Julie Nelson's Courses

Benedicte McAlpine

Bénédicte is an experienced teacher from France and a specialist in second-language acquisition methods. She has a Master's Degree in communication from Paris, and is also interested in teaching French through arts.

Benedicte McAlpine's Courses

Jack Seiber

Jack Sieber holds a Master’s degree in French Studies from Brown University and has been teaching at the Alliance Française de Portland since 2016. He began his teaching career in 2009 as a teacher of English and has been teaching French for a total of 7 years. Prior to arriving in Portland, he worked at the University of Burgundy in Dijon for 2 years and was a teacher in the French public school system for 2 years.

Jack Seiber's Courses

Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Marie-Pierre is originally from Lyon and was one of the founders of the French Elementary School program of the Eugene 4-J public school district, She served as a school principal in France before returning to the US where she enjoys teaching at the Alliance in addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of Washington in Vancouver. Marie-Pierre has been with the Alliance since 2008.

Marie-Pierre Wolfe's Courses

Elene Zedginidze

Elene graduated from the École du Louvre with a Masters of Arts in Museum Education and Cultural Studies. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, she was exposed to French starting from elementary school. She enjoyed teaching children and adults in various Parisian museums and researching for her doctorate at the University of Paris VIII before moving to Portland in 2014.

Elene Zedginidze's Courses

Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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