Céline Dandoy

Céline Dandoy

Founder 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 Hugon

Nausicaa Hugon

Teacher

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 – 6 years old and adults beginners. 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.
Hanna Volbeda

Hanna Volbeda

Teacher

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.

Annick Noirfalisse

Annick Noirfalisse

Teacher

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!
Héloïse Girard

Héloïse Girard

Teacher

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!
Vincent Bonnet

Vincent Bonnet

Drama teacher

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 Dobigny

Elodie Dobigny

Teacher

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.
Juliana Joly

Juliana Joly

Teacher

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!

Clémence Broquaire

Clémence Broquaire

Teacher

Clemence was born and raised in Bordeaux in the Southwest of France. She studies History and holds a master in Education Sciences. From childhood, she wanted to become a teacher.
This dream became reality in 2014 when she was appointed teacher on an elementary school in the Paris region.
Clemence enjoys travelling very much, and therefore she also dreamed about living abroad and discovering there the habits in educational theory and pedagogics.
Last year she took the plunge and left everything behind to go live in Amsterdam.
Clemene is a dynamic, creative and cheerful person.
Natacha Bonnet

Natacha Bonnet

Teacher

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.
Elodie Le Nezet

Elodie Le Nezet

Teacher

Elodie is a native of France and spent her earliest years between Normandy, Brittany, New Caledonia, and Toulon. She went on to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Language and Civilization in Angers as well as a Master’s in French as a Foreign Language (Angers/Paris) before moving to the US to begin her international teaching career.
Elodie’s nearly 20-year career in French language education spans nearly all levels and brought her from France to the United States, where she has worked at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans, l’Ecole Française du Maine, and most recently the North Seattle French School in Washington State. In addition to teaching, she has created and coordinated adult education programs; led DELF certification programs; and curated monthly Ciné-Club film and discussion series. As well, Elodie has spent the past several years as a school director from 2016 until 2019 when she moved to Amsterdam.
Elodie loves teaching all ages and has been described by her students as lots of fun but also demanding. She loves using “gestures” and drawings and making her class full of energy! When she does not teach, she loves to explore Amsterdam with her husband Andrew and their son Isidore!

Margaux Brial

Margaux Brial

Teacher

Margaux was born and raised in Perpignan, in the south of France. She studied at the Paris-Sorbonne University with a Master’s degree in French language and received her teaching diplomas (CAPES and Agrégation of French literature).
She then taught at various schools in the Paris area, where she shared her passion with French and non-French speaking students. Eager to discover new languages and cultures, Margaux fell in love with the Venice of the North (along with a tall Dutchman!), where she just moved this year.
Energetic and positive, she is happy to share her love of the French language and follow the progress of her students, old and young alike. Besides teaching, she loves going to the movies, museums and rock’n roll shows.

Alexandre Barbier

Alexandre Barbier

Teacher

Born in Paris, his parents gave me curiosity about art, history, sport and food culture. During his studies at La Sorbonne in the French capital, he spent a lot of time in museums, galleries, cinemas, restaurants and theatres. Alexandre hold bachelor’s degrees in history and law along with a Masters in Europe’s International Relations, a Masters in International and Strategic Affairs, and an Associate Degree in Language and Culture. History and geography gave him the passion of traditions, civilisations and the desire to travel and understand languages and cultures.
He became a tutor at La Sorbonne, then a French teacher for a few years in an international private school, worked in Paris in events and finally he quit everything to move to Melbourne. He spent time travelling in Australia and Asia for 3 years, before coming back to Europe and throughout this journey he met so many beautiful people.
He is also a photographer; he is passionate about people, nature, black and white photos. In February 2018, his wife and him decided to move to Amsterdam permanently, one of the most incredible cities in the world.

Maria Chalevelaki

Maria Chalevelaki

Teacher

Maria is an independent researcher and creative thinker. She holds a Phd in Linguistics and has taught in Higher Education in France and in Greece. She loves languages and discovering new cultures. She has lived in Canada, Greece, France, Germany and the last 3 years she enjoys life in the Netherlands. Teaching and French are her passions that she is happy to share with her international students in Amsterdam. She is the author of a successful book on semiotics -a cool science about signs and codes- and is planning to publish a second one. She loves spending her time with her precious family. Her 7 year old son already speaks three languages and knows how to say I am big in Japanese.

 

Manon Clément

Manon Clément

Teacher

Manon was born in Montpellier in the south of France and grew up in a very small village in the Pic Saint Loup region. She has a bachelor’s degree in French language and Literature (“Lettres Modernes”) and she is finishing French as foreign language studies. She was language assistant in England for two years and she worked in several primary and secondary schools. After this first expatriation, she came to Utrecht in order to join her partner, she worked at the Hogeschool and she started to learn Dutch. She likes meeting people with different cultures and she is interested in languages. During her free-time, Manon enjoys reading, going to the cinema, traveling and hiking.