At the Alliance Française de Westchester, our teachers are experienced native French professionals, offering classes in small groups. We cover current affairs and cultural themes, we emphasize speaking and listening at all levels. We build a strong grammatical foundation for language development and enrichment.

Agnes, a native of France, holds an engineering degree in IT and applied math. She worked as a project manager at BNP Paribas in Paris for 10 years before moving to the US with her family in 1998. She has been teaching French since 2011 after she successfully completed the DAEFLE course of the Alliance Française. She especially enjoys preparing and teaching her conversation class based on current events using all media format (newspaper articles, video, radio podcast…). When she is not working for one of her classes, she enjoys playing the piano and cooking for her friends and family.

Armelle is a teacher, a songwriter and a musician.  She has worked with children in the US, France and Guatemala for over 20 years. She created the Learn French/Spanish Through Music program in 1998. Using this program, she taught French and Spanish at her studio and at LinguaKids in Larchmont.  Armelle has recorded three albums  for teaching French and Spanish to children through song.  She is a featured vocalist in three award-winning language learning videos. Armelle performs at  schools, libraries and birthday parties. She gives benefit concerts.  Busy as she is, she still has time to teach in our children’s programs.

Originally from Lyon, city of „Lumière” and gastronomy, Béatrice Cadot has been teaching French in France, Jordan, Romania, Germany and Austria before moving to the US in 2013. She holds a postmaster’s degree (DESS) in Teaching French as a foreign language and Intercultural Operations from Lumière University of Lyon. She has worked with a wide range of audiences, from kindergarden children to students, professionals and diplomats. Béatrice is sharing her enthusiasm for her language and her passion for regional cultures with the students of the Alliance Française de Westchester since the summer of 2014.

Christine is from Gascony in the Southwest of France, birthplace of famous musketeer d’Artagnan. After Business and Management studies in Bordeaux, she moved with her bi-cultural family first to Germany, then to Texas, then back to the French Riviera and finally settling in New York, all along promoting bilingualism and the French culture. From a family of teachers and educators, and after a first career in the IT industry, she started teaching FLE as a second career. Active in not-for-profit organizations for many years, Christine joined AFW in 2009 and has been its Executive Director since 2013.

Coralie is a native of Nantes, a city on the Loire River in western France. After completing degrees in English and Spanish, she moved to New York to pursue her opera studies at the Manhattan School of Music. As a lyric soprano, Coralie has appeared in leading operatic roles and in concerts in many countries, promoting French music whenever possible. She has previously been on faculty at Barnard College in New York, and Quinnipiac University and University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Coralie enjoys sharing her fondness for all things French as well as meeting people from different cultures to learn about their traditions and to exchange ideas about cultural diversity.

Florence is originally from Reims, the capital of the region of Champagne in France. She has traveled the world, from Italy to Bangladesh, as well as Haiti. Her longest stay was in west Africa, where she lived for 22 years. Often there were no schools close enough for her children to attend. Her interest in teaching began out of necessity – her first students were her own children. On her return to France, she became a fully credentialed teacher and worked in suburban Paris elementary school for seven years. Before coming to the US, she began a master’s degree at the Sorbonne in teaching French as a foreign language. Besides teaching, her passions are art, nature, food and wine.

Marie was born and raised in Brittany. She holds a Master’s degree in French as a foreign language and worked as an English and French instructor for 7 years in Paris before moving to New York. She has taught French and English in companies to office workers such as accountants, sales representatives, fashion designers, journalists, politicians, managers, TV and radio employees, musicians – and many more – who needed to learn the language (French and/or English) mainly for professional purposes. Marie enjoys listening to music, reading  – she is a big Paul Auster fan which is nice when you live so close to Manhattan – and watching movies!

Murielle is a native of Dauphiné, a former province in southeastern France.  After her Design degree in Lyon, she worked for international companies in Europe and Parisian design offices before moving to Westchester with her family. At this point, her professional orientation changed towards non-profit organizations, promoting the French language and culture and has been teaching French for several years. She particularly enjoys working with students and seeing their accomplishments at all levels and through a wide variety of cultural activities.