Co-owner and teacher
Claire is French and was born and raised next to Bordeaux; her parents are from Normandy. They returned to Normandy when she was a teenager. She knows western part of France very well. But if you ask her what her motherland is, she may answer “the French language” (to paraphrase Camus)
She has a bachelor in French language and literature, master’s degree in Teaching French as a Foreign/Second Language (Thesis: rethinking the class in an interactive approach to make the learning process of communication in a foreign language more efficient.)
She has taught French for more than 10 years and 5 countries; with Students between 1 and 87 years old, in language schools, university, primary school, companies… She enjoys working with different sorts of students although she is best known for being very good at teaching little ones!
She is qualified by her students as dynamic, motivated and motivating, outgoing, and dedicated.
At l’école de français she juggles between her courses, managing the team, e-mails and administration. Since founding the school she has discovered an unexpected knack for spreadsheets and web design.
When she’s not at the school she loves reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her family (her Dutch husband and her French-Dutcht daughter!).
Co-owner and teacher
Céline is French, she is Parisienne born and bred and spent all her life in Paris until she decided to see what life is like outside of France…
She has a master’s degree in French Literature from Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She has also learnt lots of foreign languages (Spanish, Italian, Polish…) so she can definitely explain how languages work and understand what her students feel.
She has taught French for more than 10 years and in 3 countries (Australia, Poland, Netherlands). From students at the university of Melbourne to companies in Holland, from adults in evening courses to bilingual teenagers (at International School of Amsterdam) willing to expand their language usage and study French culture and literature.
She is described by her students as proactive, professional, challenging, organised, creative…
At l’école de français she divides her time between giving courses, directing the business, communication and partner relations. She’s also the one who remembers to buy new printer ink cartridges.
In addition to that, she’s a mother to two boys, and as such has become a true talent at multitasking.
Nausicaa was born and raised in Marseille, a sunny harbour city near the Mediterranean sea. As she grew up in both French and Chilean cultures, she has been travelling and living in Latin America and Europe since she was little. She holds a Master’s Degree of Cultural Management and then followed the DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère) of the Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France. Nausicaa gave private French language lessons to adults in Chile and in the Netherlands when she arrived in 2013.
Passionate about learning in a playful and participative way, Nausicaa specialises in working with children aged 0 – 7 years old. Nausicaa wants to share a creative way of learning a new language and uses her experience in the Theatre and Yoga to inform her dynamic and engaging classes.
Jessika was born in Ardèche and lived in Valence and Grenoble where she studied Modern Literature. After a master’s degree, she obtained the CAPES to teach French at college and high school, which she did for 5 years before moving to the Netherlands.
She is very familiar with French school programs, but she especially likes setting up writing workshops, teaching theatre, film and practice poetry to her pupils in order to develop their imagination and knowledge. Her students describe her as a challenging teacher but an understanding person with whom you can talk about anything. For her, a good teacher must be benevolent and communicative.
Apart from teaching, Jessika skates, travels, reads, sings (not always well) and learns the piano. She is also back into writing, slowly but surely.
Hanna was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the French Alps. She learned French in school and spoke Dutch at home. Being bilingual enables her to understand the obstacles in learning French very well. She got a Master’s degree in primary school education at the University of Grenoble and worked as a primary school teacher in France. She also has experience with teaching French as a foreign language to adults. Her students describe her as a positive, creative and professional teacher. Besides teaching, Hanna likes nature, traveling, French literature and cinema.
An economic and financial journalist for more than ten years, Annick also has a strong passion for travelling and discovering new countries, cultures and languages. This led her to study English, German, Japanese and more recently Dutch. A learning process which has improved her understanding of the difficulties and challenges facing language students, as well as the need for teachers to give lessons that are as lively, fun and relevant as possible.
Holder of a TESOL diploma to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, Annick also followed a training in teaching French as a foreign language at Geneva’s Université Ouvrière. She is experienced in teaching French as a foreign language at all levels, including Business French for advanced students, in classes as well as privately.
Outside of her work, Annick plays the piano and enjoys doing sports, helped by her 3 children who keep her fairly fit!
Vincent is our drama teacher. Although he is a drama teacher first and foremost, he has been working in the theatre business as a comedian and scenarist for more than fifteen years. Vincent has also been the artistic director of the theatre company Les Cochons de l’Espace for the past thirteen years. He is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in Mons in Belgium, the Cours Florent in Paris and the Compagnie Jean-Marc Chotteau – La Virgule in Tourcoing and Mouscron (Belgium). In the past, Vincent has taught at various schools and institutes in the north of France, in Paris and in Belgium.
Elodie was born and grew up in Perpignan in the south of France. She has visited and lived in several other countries.
During her experiences abroad, she discovered her passion for teaching languages. She taught FLE (French as foreign language) in Australia for 3 years, and in Tokyo she animated conversation classes for Japanese adults. She enjoys working with groups of adults as well as with children.
Elodie is dynamic and likes to work interactively by focusing on participatory learning from educational material that she likes to create herself.
In her free time Elodie enjoys exploring new places, cycling, reading and sharing good times with family and friends.
Sophie was born in Perpignan and grew up in a small mountain village in the Languedoc region at the Spanish border. Three years ago, she moved to Brest in Brittany after having lived in Toulouse for 8 years, which she calls her second home. Sophie also lived in Okinawa, Japan, for a year, where she obtained her degree in “Français Langue Étrangère” (French as second language) and taught French to a diverse and international public.
In her classes, Sophie likes to make use of popular culture, interculturality and a playful way of teaching through video’s and different kinds of games. With her humor and enthusiasm, she brings a pleasant vibe to the class. A part from teaching, Sophie likes drawing and travelling.
Christine was born and raised near Paris, and studied there French Literature and Grammar at the Sorbonne. She did her masters in Literature and Art and at the same time she prepared herself for teaching exams. Soon after, she departed for London to teach French at Lycée français, in language schools, at university and in business school to finally settle at the Institut français where she also qualified herself as a DELF/DALF examiner.
Her students describe her as professional, enthusiastic, and a teacher who has a real passion in sharing the French culture.
Besides teaching, Christine recharges her batteries in her yoga practice. She loves adventure and goes on trekking holidays to connect with nature. She also did ballet and piano in her teenage years and has a strong connection with the Arts in general.
Heloise comes from La Rochelle, a city in the West of France. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages Applied tu Business Studies (LEA), two Master’s Degrees in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation (RICI), and a Teaching Certificate for French as a Foreign Language. She likes travelling and has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, Romania, and now she’s enjoying the perfect life in Amsterdam!
In July 2015, Natacha moved to the Netherlands and since then she adores the country and the city of Amsterdam. In France she worked for 8 years as a schoolteacher at various schools in Lyon and surroundings. She was formed at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Mons (Belgium) where she also worked as an actor, theatre instructor, and president of the theatre group she established together with her husband.
Born and raised in the Paris suburbs for the first half of her life, Juliana then moved to Normandy with her family, where she grew up amongst cute villages and fields filled with cows (she still doesn’t like smelly cheeses like camembert though)
Later on, she moved to Strasbourg for her studies and discovered the beautiful Alsace region, and the Alsatian dialect. She holds a bachelor of Languages and Multiculturalism, and studied Dutch at the university. When her teacher told her that one of the queens of the Netherlands was called Juliana, she decided it was time to see this country for real. Therefore she moved again, this time to Amsterdam, within the ERASMUS exchange program.
She immediately fell in love with the city – and with a French man she met during Dutch classes (true story) – and never left! That was 7 years ago, and she has been in love both with the Netherlands and her french man since then.
After a Master in Translation Studies at the UVA, and quite a lot of Dutch classes, she worked as a translator and a copywriter.
She is also passionate about music and literature and always had a soft spot for children’s books, as well as illustration in general. She loves drawing (frogs especially, don’t ask why) and recently became obsessed with watercolours. She is a conscientious, reliable and fun person, who connects really well with children… as well as grown-ups of course!
She recently followed a MOOC with the Alliance Française and got a certificate to teach French. So… here she is, looking forward to meeting you all at L’école de Français!
Translation and administration assistant
In 2009, Lisa moved from her hometown near The Hague to Amsterdam to study French Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. After three years, she moved to Paris for a semester Lettres Modernes at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. As she fell in love with the city, she decided to extend her stay to write her bachelor thesis and do an internship. She returned after one and a half year. Lisa then conducted her master Intercultural Communication at the University of Utrecht while working besides at the Institut français. When the IF closed its doors, Lisa wanted to continue bringing people in contact with the French language and culture. She is very happy to be able to do just that at L’école de français. This way, she also feels very engaged in the intercultural contact between the two countries closest to her heart.