Jean-Marc AKAKPO

I hold three Master’s degrees in Political Science, International Relations and Public Law.

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I have experience in communication, development and research and I am currently working at Kennesaw State as a Political Science professor and at Alliance Française of Atlanta as a French instructor. I have published articles and book chapters on gobal climate change both in French and English. I speak seven languages including French, my native language.

I have been privileged to study, travel and work all over the world including Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico and several countries in Africa such as Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, and Senegal just to name a few. I also studied and lived in several Asian countries, such as Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore while pursuing my Master’s in International Relations.

I view teaching as an art form. I have honed my communication skills not only through my experience working as a journalist and jurist, but also through my innate ability to connect with students. I personally believe that no matter the race, color, national origin, gender or age, every individual can learn if taught in a meaningful and engaging manner. I also believe that each student is unique and receives information in different ways. For these reasons, I adhere to a teaching method that is tailored to the individuality of each student. The goal of an instructor, just like that of a farmer, should be to find a way that enables each student to be like fertile soil in which one plants a seed of knowledge.

I communicate energy and excitement to all of my students and they often tell me that they see and feel my passion! I believe that teaching is the best way to learn therefore, I teach as if I am learning new things every day, an adventure that I share with my students.

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I am a native of Detroit, Michigan.

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After receiving my Bachelors of Arts in French and Education I taught in elementary and high schools in Detroit, MI. After moving here to Atlanta, I have decided to pursue a Masters in French Studies at Georgia State University. I have travelled and done several programs in Senegal, France, Switzerland and Québec, Canada. In the the meantime, I love to travel, read, go for walks in local parks and swim. I plan on continuing to travel to broaden my knowledge of the world and all its cultures-there is so much to discover!

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Juliette CARRION

I am a passionate about culture, languages and arts.

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I was born in Northern France, lived near Le Mans, studied at Aix-en-Provence and I have been living in GA since 2012. My objectives are to share my love of the language, while reinforcing world history knowledge and challenging cultural stereotypes. But most of all, the main objective is to enjoy a fun learning experience!



I was born just outside Paris and spent most of my life in the région parisienne.

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I graduated as a trilingual Translator/Interpreter in French English and Spanish fromInstitut Supérieur d’Interpétariat et de Traduction of Paris. As I wanted to see the world before settling down as an Interpreter. I joined Air France as a cabin attendant while continuing my work as a freelance translator. Then I joined the Alliance Française of Durban, and later Johannesburg in South Africa as a French teacher. I have been with Alliance Française of Atlanta since July 2006.

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He is American and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey.  His interest in French dates from his early youth and was nurtured by his mother and grandmother who studied classical music in Paris.

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He earned a Masters Degree in French literature at Central Connecticut State College.  Paul is a lifelong learner and knows first-hand how to learn French as a foreign language.  Additionally, his excellent command of English enables him to help American learners seamlessly bridge the gap between English and French in an effective, yet non-intimidating manner.  He understands the peculiarities of how anglophones learn and process language, as well as the pitfalls in grammar and pronunciation that French presents for English speakers.  Paul travels frequently to France to visit his daughter and her family who live in Paris.  In France, he gleans many inspirational ideas and effective resources for making his teaching fresh, relevant and fun.  He appreciates the beauty, the subtlety and the intricacy of the French language as only a non-native speaker can.  These attributes plus his passion for sharing the joy of learning the French language and culture make him uniquely qualified to teach French at the Alliance Française of Atlanta.

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Hello! My name is Philippe Dormegnie, a native of southern France.

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I began my teaching career as a coordinator-trainer for young adults seeking non-traditional studies in health. Afterwards, I spent 15 years counseling in France’s justice system and its overseas departments. As a result, I have become a seasoned educator and counselor.

My professional teaching experience with students of all backgrounds, and a passion for learning development have aided numerous students not only to succeed academically, but also to have a joy for learning. I do not consider myself as a giver of knowledge, but rather as a mediator that allows learners to get to know a new skill, language, or art form. I develop language-learning programs to suit both one-on-one and group settings.

Beyond the classroom, I play the piano as often as possible, and adore the botanical world.

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She is a Belgian native.

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She earned a Ph.D. in International Maritime and Aviation Law from the University of Brussels, Belgium. After practicing law in Brussels and being a Legal Counsel abroad, she came to Atlanta where she worked in Trade Development at the Italian Trade Commission before joining our team of professors. She is also an instructor of French at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Lionel GALL

He was born just outside Paris and grew up in the French Alps. He has been living in Atlanta for the past 10 years.

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He studied in France and Germany, where he earned a French-German Degree. He earned his Ph.D. in Literatures and Civilizations of the Anglophone World and his interdisciplinary pre-doctoral degree (DEA- Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) on classical and modern European literatures and arts, from Lyon III-Jean Moulin University, Lyon, France. He has been a full-time instructor at Georgia Tech for the past 6 years and started to teach at the Alliance Française in 2000. He is married and has two children.



French, a native of Monaco. I started teaching French as a foreign language in 2004 after having moved to Atlanta.

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Previously, I worked for 15 years in France, in large businesses (Carrefour France, Xerox, Framatome-Areva) as a Human Resources Manager. I have a master in Psychology, a graduate degree in Management (D.E.S.S.) from the Grenoble University Graduate Business institute, and a degree in Teaching French as a foreign language (DAEFLE) in May 2007, with honors. I am married and have two boys.

Française, native de Monaco, j’ai commencé à enseigner le FLE en 2004, après avoir déménagé sur Atlanta. Auparavant, j’ai travaillé pendant 15 ans en France, dans de grandes entreprises (Carrefour France, Xerox, Framatome-Areva) comme responsable des ressources humaines. Je suis titulaire d’une maîtrise de psychologie, d’un D.E.S.S. de gestion de l’Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Grenoble et d’un DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’enseignement du Français Langue Étrangère) obtenu en 2007 avec la mention bien. Je suis mariée et j’ai deux garçons.




She is a native of Croatia. She earned her BA in French Language and Literature and General Linguistics from the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

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During her studies, she also lived and studied in France, at the Université Lyon II. She worked as a French teacher at AF de Zagreb and at the American School of Zagreb concurrently with Youth Radio 101, where she was journalist and Editor in Chief of the foreign language bureau. In 1996 she moved to Atlanta, where she became a Registered Court Interpreter for Croatian and Bosnian. In 1998, she joined the AF d’Atlanta team and taught French at Heritage Preparatory School until 2007. After relocation and a 4-year break, in 2010, she returned to AF d’Atlanta. Her favorite past-times are long walks or bicycle rides with her husband and their 9 year old son, as well as watching francophone and foreign movies.

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I was born and raised in Normandy, France. At 21, I left for the USA and decided to stay.

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I taught in the public schools before coming to the Alliance and decided it was the best place for a French teacher. I love reading, going to parks. I also love cooking and eating, of course. I live in Decatur and love it.


Catherine MASSERON

She is a French native raised throughout various parts of French speaking African countries and parts of Europe, I studied French Literature in Senegal.

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Before coming to the United States, I worked for Cartier, BMW, and participated as one of the first females to race cars in Africa. I began teaching for Alliance Française shortly after moving to Georgia and have been working here for 17 years. During those 17 years at the Alliance Française, a little over 2 of them were spent working as the Marketing Director for our partners, The German Cultural Center. In my spare time I enjoy reading, taking Italian lessons, watching TV5 Monde, and educating myself more in various facets of the French language to learn news ways of teaching. I also enjoy branching out from teaching and working on translations and voice over work. My students usually classify me as a fun and quirky teacher while I still make sure they gain a full and complete grasp of the intended material. I thoroughly enjoy teaching because not only do my students learn something from me, but I also learn a lot from my students.


Jean Louis Emmanuel MENDY

I am a French native speaker born and raised in Senegal and lived in Louisiana for 7 years before I moved to Georgia last July 2013.

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I graduated from the University of Dijon, in France with a Major in French Foreign Language studies. I became part of the teaching staff of Alliance Française this year. I have been teaching French for 17 years to students from different academic backgrounds and age levels in Africa, France and the United States. I really enjoy teaching and sharing my languages skills with other. I love to travel, play soccer, play French scrabble, paint, and play the djembé.



Patrick Mourjan is a native of France. He comes from Marseilles.

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He completed his education in France and moved to Atlanta in 1980. He has been teaching French since then in Atlanta and in San Francisco. He taught at the Alliance Française in both cities. Although the has been teaching in several private schools in Atlanta, he recently retired from Westminster. Patrick taught all levels of French including AP Language and Culture. He also taught conversation and grammar classes to adults.



A Canadian expat, I was born and raised in Ontario; I teach the English for French speakers course.

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A Canadian expat, I was born and raised in Ontario but lived and worked in Montreal, Quebec before finally settling in Atlanta in 2007. Over the past 18 years I have worked as an educator, trainer and coach in Canada, Mexico and the USA.

After earning my M.A in Art History, I moved to Mexico where, for a few years, I managed a hotel/art gallery and taught ESL to employees in the tourist industry. In 2000, I returned to Canada and held a career lecturing in Humanities and Cultural Studies before my love of language and culture drew me back to teaching ESL and officially certifying as a teacher (CELTA) in 2005 and as an accent modification trainer (Institute of Language and Phonology, California), in 2009.

Over the years, I have taught ESL in the classroom, trained corporate and government employees in business English and communication, and have even gone on tour with a Korean pop group as their language and communication coach! I truly love what I do, and in addition to teaching English to Francophones at the Alliance Française, I provide English language, cross-cultural and accent modification training to expatriate professionals and their spouses in Atlanta.


Samba SY

Born and raised in Senegal, I have been living in Georgia for the past nine years.

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My degrees are in Political Science (from East Stroudsburg University, PA) and French, and a translation certificate (from Georgia State University, GA). I taught middle school and college foreign languages classes. I love francophone literature and movies, and in my spare time I do enjoy watching a good soccer game.

Catherine THILLE

I am a French native speaker, born in Paris, from a French mother and an Italian father.

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I spent most of my childhood traveling between France and Italy and started at a very young age enjoying traveling, speaking foreign languages and learning about other cultures. I love music (I started playing the violin at age 4) and cooking as well (spending my weekends in the kitchen cooking and baking with my father). I started learning English in Kindergarten and then German, Italian, Spanish and Latin in Middle and High School.

I graduated from a Business School in Paris (Group ESSEC) and obtained a B.A in Marketing and International Business. I met my husband while studying in California for my 1 year exchange student program. I moved in 1998 to Los Angeles and I started traveling for my career and went to China, Japan, Hong Kong, all over Europe and the U.S. I was also a translator for all the corporations I worked for. I moved to Atlanta in 2002 and stayed at home to raise my 2 daughters in a bilingual environment. While at home, I truly discovered my passion for teaching French and sharing pride and knowledge of the French culture. I started teaching French in private schools or as a private tutor in 2007 and never looked back. In my spare time, I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer for abused and neglected children in Forsyth County.


Sabine WALSH

Sabine Walsh was born in Provence and is a Provençale at heart. She studied at Sorbonne University in Paris, earning her BA in English, with Honors.

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Receiving her certification to teach English at the middle and high school levels, she returned to her native Provence to begin her career. Her love for languages and foreign cultures led her to live in both Great Britain and the U.S. before permanently settling in the U.S. where she worked as an interpreter and translator, and French teacher at the high school and adult education levels prior to joining Alliance Française. Sabine has 17 years of teaching experience in various countries, and her love for the French language and culture is the motivation that permeates her private life in raising her bilingual children.



A Georgia native, I fell in love with France while in Aix-en-Provence in 1992-93, where I studied and worked in the course of my University studies.

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After obtaining a BA in French from the University of Georgia, I worked in the fashion industry and taught English to international students in NYC. I also worked at the French Consulate in Atlanta in the cultural, educational and press sectors. I received my French teaching certificate from GA State University and spent three years teaching high school French. I joined the AF team in June 2010 as the Educational Director, with the added benefit of being able to continue teaching.


Marie-Claude ZAJDE

Cadre Commercial dans l’industrie pharmaceutique pendant 15 ans, à Paris, Marie-Claude a enseigné le français en entreprise à Atlanta avant de rejoindre l’équipe de l’Alliance Française.

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Elle aime les voyages, la lecture, le cinéma et adore faire du vélo dans la belle nature avec ses copines. Elle a obtenu son diplôme DAEFLE* en mai 2009, mention bien. Elle est mariée et a 3 enfants, Paul, Clara et Samuel.


A Sales Executive in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Paris for 15 years, she taught business French in Atlanta before joining the team at Alliance Française. She loves traveling, reading, film, and riding her bicycle in the great outdoors with her girlfriends. She finished her DAEFLE dipoma in May 2009, with honors. She is married and has three children, Paul, Clara, and Samuel.


* DAEFLE (Diplôme d’aptitude à l’enseignement du français langue étrangère) délivré par l’Alliance Francaise de Paris.


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