Teachers


A native of Annecy, France, Amandine emigrated to the United States in 2015. Initially working in administration and hospitality, her journey, after the birth of her two children, eventually led her to Portland. Finding her passion in early childhood Amandine worked at Atlas Immersion Academy until 2019 after which she transitioned to L’Etoile to work in Petite and Moyenne section. Amandine loves to create warm, inclusive spaces that honor a child’s most important work: to play, move, express through the arts, and explore outside in nature. In her personal time she enjoys spending family time at the river, cooking, and traveling.


Emilie moved to Jordan to study archeology but discovered the pleasure of teaching while at the Lycée Français in Amman. Her passion is to focus on each child’s individual talents and strengths, and to apply a forward-looking pedagogical path. She seeks to shed light on the world around the children through discovery and experimentation, while also creating a caring and nourishing environment.


Steve graduated from the University of Ain Chams with a degree in French Literature. His career began in the tourism sector, but his passion for working with children became clear as a scout leader and a counselor for kids. He strives to build independence in his students, and to grow their skills such that they become capable, thoughtful learners.  He began his teaching career as a specialist responsible for students with special educational needs at the Lycée International Misr. From there he became a pre-k (MS) teacher at the Lycée Balzac, applying the French national educational model to his mode of teaching. In 2018 Steve moved to Kuwait to work at the Lycée Français of Kuwait to teach 3rd grade (CE2). Steve is married with two daughters who will attend L’Etoile. He enjoys traveling, snorkeling, writing and cooking.


Joëlle began teaching in 1995 in France. While teaching, she completed a Master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Nancy II. In 2013, her interest in teaching abroad brought her to Portland. At L’Etoile, Joëlle strives to create a nurturing, engaging environment where the children can feel secure and learn at their own pace, in harmony with their personalities.


Native to the Bourgogne region, Mélissa, an enthusiast of English literature, has always been interested in American language and culture. Earning her undergraduate degree and Masters in Education from the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, she has spent the past few years teaching every grade level from Petite Section to CM2. She interned at L’Etoile in 2018 and is thrilled to return. Mélissa looks forward to providing a safe environment for her students to thrive and learn at their own pace, blossoming a little more everyday.


Amandine was born in the French Alps. She has a degree in sports education and her French teaching certification. Amandine worked in the south of France for 10 years before realizing her dream of working abroad and relocating to San Diego and then to Portland. Amandine loves to incorporate her passion for travel to the classroom. Her approach to teaching French involves exploring and discovering the world and its many diverse cultures. In her spare time Amandine enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing ultimate frisbee.


Céline, a native from the Picardy region in northern France, obtained a Master’s degree in medieval history at the University of la Sorbonne In 2007. From there she moved to Egypt and discovered the pleasure of teaching. After earning her French teaching certification in Paris, Céline taught in the Lycee Balzac in Egypt where she eventually became an educational coordinator of the French elementary school.  In 2019, she moved to Kuwait to work for the Lycée Français du Koweït as a third grade teacher. In her personal time Céline enjoys traveling, playing violin and reading. She and her family are excited about their transition to Portland.


Laure grew up in the rolling hills of Gascogne in Southwest France. After studying English and Spanish in France, Spain and Northern-Ireland, she moved to Canada for graduate studies in translation studies, specializing in translation pedagogy. After a year of teaching French for all ages at Alliance Française in South India, she began a career as a translator with the Government of Canada in Ottawa. When she moved to Chicago, she returned to teaching while also working as a freelance translator. Following a period of training at the University of Chicago, she joined the Department of Romance Languages and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a lecturer. From there she relocated to Portland to begin teaching at Lewis & Clark College and the Alliance Française de Portland.


Native to the Franche-Comté region, Clémentine graduated in Child Psychology from the University of Lyon where she developed a strong interest in different learning styles. She earned her Masters degree in Education at the University of Nimes with a focus on bilingualism. Clémentine has taught both in the South of France in the public system and in a French immersion school in California. She prioritizes giving her students a place to learn at their own pace in a caring environment, as she hopes to see them grow up and learn with confidence.


Morgane, originally a native of Brittany, graduated from California High School in the San Francisco bay area, where she spent a year as an exchange student in the late 1990’s. Back in France, she obtained a degree in art and graphic design before working for 10 years in Paris as a fashion and travel journalist. It is only when she and her husband had a daughter that she returned to school to earn a Masters degree in education. Since then, she’s been teaching 4th and 5th grade. She loves sharing with her students her passion for writing and traveling.

She and her family look forward to coming to Oregon to be close to her sister in Bend and to join the L’etoile community. “A day without laughter is a day wasted”, the famous Charlie Chaplin quote, is her mantra.


A seasoned teacher with a Master’s degree in teaching, Sarah spent most of her career teaching first and second grades, as well as preschool and parent/child classes. Sarah is passionate about early literacy, and enjoys using music and poetry to help language come alive. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, singing, and exploring the city with her family, including five-year-old twin daughters. Sarah strives to build self-confidence in her students by providing a warm environment where questions and the exchange of ideas are welcomed.

 


Theresa loves teaching elementary grade students, who present unique challenges as they establish their independence and craft their identities. From her teaching experience at Portland Public Schools and the Portland Village School, Theresa understands what it takes to build a solid foundation in writing, reading, and grammar, and how to best apply those skills in constructive ways. Her students have put on full-length Shakespeare plays, have hosted Open Mic nights in which they’ve read their creative writing, and have built model cathedrals to contribute to their understanding of Medieval history. She loves including parents in the classroom to both visit and celebrate their children’s work.


Administrative Team

Joëlle brings her deep experience as both an educator and administrator to her new role.  With an undergraduate degree from Stanford and a master’s degree in education from PSU, Joëlle spent nearly a decade teaching elementary aged children, first in Portland Public Schools and later at the Bryn Mawr School, a recognized leader among independent, college-preparatory schools on the east coast.  For over nine years she directed her efforts to advancing the needs of children emphasizing experiential and collaborative learning methods. Subsequent to her teaching role she began as an administrator at L’Etoile in 2017, but still maintained an anchor in the classroom. As both a L’Etoile parent and administrator, Joëlle is delighted to be part of this vibrant community.


After receiving her teaching degree in Aix-en-Provence, Nathalie moved to La Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, where she taught maternelle from 2000 to 2004. She went on from there to teach elementary at the Lycée Français de Caracas in Venezuela from 2004-2010. Her desire to explore America led her to the International school of Arizona and then to Portland.  At L’Etoile her experience includes teaching 4/5 grade and directing pedagogy.


Susan graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in French Language and Literature and spent 6 months studying in Dijon, France.  She has a strong background working in customer service and administration, including 2.5 years as the office manager at the Alliance Française de Portland.  Susan is excited to be a part of L’Etoile and is looking forward to working with everyone in the L’Etoile community.  In her free time, Susan enjoys fostering pups for a local animal rescue, planning her next trip to France, and biking around Portland.


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