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.



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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My name is Aline Bedart and I am French native speaker.

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I was born in the east of France. I earned a Master’s degree in Law. I then worked for 10 years in Paris for several French companies as a corporate lawyer. I had the opportunity to move with my family to Bangalore, India where I taught French and  co-founded a charity program for young children. I moved to the United States in 2015. I’m pursuing studies in Child Psychology. I consider bilingualism as a great skill to acquire for my son and for all children in general. I love traveling, going on long nature walks with my family, practicing yoga and reading.

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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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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.



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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Françoise HARPER

As a teacher of English language and civilization for the Education Nationale, I have been working for more than 20 years in Middle Schools, High Schools, and Engineering College.

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Additionally, I have promoted the transfer of international cultural knowledge, including literature and film studies, exchange trips with European countries. Always willing to promote a European education, I participated in training programs and conferences both in France and in Europe. Convinced that traveling in foreign countries would form my students & experience and open their minds on other cultures, I organized educational trips and formative cross-disciplinary projects within Europe, including the UK, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cyprus, Norway.

In 2012, due to a stay in the USA, I became a full-time artist, returning to my former passion. Indeed, as far as I can remember, I have always had crayons or brushes in my hand! I also took classes at the College of Fine Arts in Belfort, where I was born. I enjoy travelling around the world and have visited several continents including Europe, Australia, Asia, and America. I also like trekking in the mountains, skiing, swimming, and I used to be an active light aviation pilot between 1997 and 2000




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.

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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

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As a native French speaker from Gabon, with a Bachelor’s degree in Eco-Tourism and a Master’s degree in Management from the American Public University (APU), I started loving teaching at a very young age.

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As far as I can remember, my first student was my neighbor, when I was in kindergarten. Once at home, I taught her the colors and vowels learned at school. It was much more a game of sharing than a teaching, but I enjoyed it.

Since then and without being aware, I naturally started teaching by volunteering at my church and community helping teenagers with their homework, tutoring them in French, philosophy, English, singing, catechism, also teaching adults how to read and much more.

Being part of the Alliance Française team of teachers is an honor and a blessing because it is an opportunity for me to do the things I love doing, such as teaching French and promoting francophone culture.



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

Robert Nelson


Robert Nelson is a linguist and double bassist in Atlanta.

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He currently teaches French at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, as well as English as a second language at Georgia State and the Latin American Association. His research interests include multilingual identities, metrolingualism, and the Modernist theater and poetry of Belgium. Robert studied French and classical music at Rice University, and recently graduated from Georgia State with a master’s in Applied Linguistics.

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Ghislaine SMITH

Ghislaine Smith was born and educated in Paris, France.

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She received her National Teaching Certification from the University of Greensboro, Nc. She has developed a curriculum from kindergarten through fifth grade for private schools and taught all levels to Ap at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston Salem. In addition, she prepares French teachers for certification. Mrs.Smith has been with Alliance Française since 1999.


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.

Samuel Vernhes


My name is Sam. I am a graduate MDiv student…

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at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, a bilingual French-American citizen, a preacher, a French teacher, a husband, and a former collegiate soccer player. I love sports, art, literature, music, and food


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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