Armine is originally from Armenia. She received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors. During her school years, she worked at SPFA and Espace as an English and French interpreter, where she continued to work after graduating. She then worked at France Formation as a French professor for 4 years. In November of 2009, she embarked on a new wonderful experience with the Alliance Française de Pasadena, where she now enjoys teaching her lovely young students.
Blandine was born in the Jura Mountains, on the French side near the Swiss border. She grew up learning German and then English. The daughter of an extraordinary elementary school teacher who had a reputation as a great story teller and a pilot, she scored high on her Education Path, entering Junior High at 9 years old. After high school, where she obtained her French baccalaureat with Honors, she went to a prep school with designs on become a university professor. However, after she got a summer internship at Télérama, regarded as the best entertainment magazine in France, she diverged from this expected career path. Her writing skills and her enthusiasm got her hired, with the magazine paying for her education at the premier journalism school in Paris. After 11 years as a staff writer interviewing countless scientists, television directors, actors, producers, artists, and writers, her adventurous nature took her to the U.S. After a one year sabbatical, she decided to stay in Los Angeles, where she taught French privately and did voice-over work on the side. She has been teaching at the Alliance for eight years and is currently writing two books and a script. She has two daughters, one living in Australia and the other in Utah.
Catherine was born and raised in Belgium. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Romance languages from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She lived in Boston for 3 years before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Catherine enjoys reading, especially Proust’s work. She has been teaching French for over 6 years now, both at the Alliance Francaise and in local universities.
Maye is a graduate in French literature. She started working at the Institut Français as an archivist and French-German translator. In the early 1990′s, she worked for the United Nations in the International Correspondence Department before pursuing her passion for French education. She has been teaching in the LA area ever since. Maye’s teaching experience is extensive: equally at ease with children as with adults, she has taught students as ranging from as young as 4 years old, to 4th and 5th graders at the Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA), to adults at the Louis Vuitton main headquarters. A hard working and detailed-oriented professional, she was one of the first teachers at the Alliance Française de Pasadena and has more than 17 years experience in teaching FLE to a diverse crowd. She is an accredited examiner for the DELF and DALF exams and is also qualified to train students for the TCF exams. In addition to teaching, she continues her own development in French education by attending various workshops and seminars, such as a distant course in phonetics at the Université du Maine au Mans.
Catherine is a French native hailing from Paris. She first attended l’Université de la Sorbonne in Paris as a Russian and English major. She then spent many years in England, where she worked in the film industry. After raising a family, Catherine returned to school in California, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone studies at UCLA and a Master’s degree in French Literature at CSULA. Additionally, Catherine has a DUFLE license (Teaching French as a Foreign Language) from l’Université du Maine, Le Mans, France. Catherine has a passion for literature, film, theater, music and art, which informs the multidisciplinary nature of her classes. She is currently teaching French Language and French Cinema at California State University Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, and Alliance Française de Pasadena.
Pascale was born and raised in Paris, France. Prior to starting her career in education, Pascale worked in the entertainment industry and as an interpreter in international trade shows. She holds a Masters Degree in Communication and is a Certified ESL teacher. She started teaching French in 2003. She has taught group & private classes at the Alliance Française de Pasadena since 2011. Pascale’s hobbies include fitness and fashion/home décor/ pattern design. To briefly summarize her professional specialities as a French teacher/tutor:
- Hands-on experience teaching & tutoring students of all ages and levels at various private high schools, language centers, and tutoring centers in greater LA
- Practical approach to teaching and explaining grammar
- Emphasis on pronunciation, conversation, and culture
- Specializing in test preps (SAT, AP, DELF, TCF), homework assignments, middle/high school finals, and business and travel French
- Integrated curriculum and integrative teaching methods both used to provide students with a broader, more relatable perspective and understanding of the language
- Serious yet relaxed learning environment allowing students to feel comfortable and engaged in the learning process
Gaëlle is originally from Brittany, but she also lived in Orléans during her childhood before then moving to Lyon, where she worked as a nurse for the elderly. While in Lyon, she also tutored children and teenagers in English, French and German, upon which she discovered her passion for teaching. After moving to Los Angeles, she received her Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Lorraine through distant learning. Gaëlle has an easy-going personality and truly loves all aspects of teaching.
Guillaume is a French native hailing from Brittany. With 20 years’ experience in community services youth leader and tutoring, he has a passion for education, teaching and helping students succeed. Recreation and social manager in different city halls in Brittany & Normandy, he was director of education and social cohesion in Avranches when he left France for Pasadena one year ago. He implemented programs to meet new government regulations for the Reform of School Rhythms serving 700 students in pre-school and elementary school, leading a team of 60 people focusing on children and families well-being. Guillaume has an easy-going personality and enjoys discovering new cultures and country during his travels.