MEET THE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE TEAM !

We have a fantastic team of talented and enthusiastic teachers, administrators, volunteers and community members who make the Alliance Française such a vibrant place.

 

 
TEACHERS

Maxime Desjardins

Maxime comes from Berry-Bouy, a little town situated in Sancerre - the region famous for its world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc. He is a law graduate, however, education has always been his real passion. He taught French in Europe (Poland), Africa (Mayotte), Australia and New Zealand and he has 5 + years of experience in working with children. In Mayotte - a small French island, situated in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mozambique, in cooperation with the NGO 'Village d'EVA', he created the 'Street Education Program'. It allows the most disadvantaged children to participate in free classes and receive basic general education. In his free time, he enjoys playing squash and swimming.

MASTER FLE

Elisabeth Sy

Elisabeth comes from Bordeaux.  She has an African father so travelling is in her blood. That's why it was pretty obvious for her to work in a foreign country. She started teaching French in London and then in Cambodia before she arrived here in New Zealand this year. She loves teaching to both children and adults. 

CAVILAN FORMATION

Faustine Cachau-Herreillat

Faustine was born in the beautiful island of La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean, which might be the origin of her love for exotic and remote places. Traveling was always part of her life so it was only natural for her to find a job where she would be free to wander around the world. After graduating from the University of Toulouse, she worked as a French as a Foreign Language Teacher in Sri Lanka, Canada, Vietnam and is now happy to discover the wonders of New Zealand

MASTER FLE

Noélie Mancon

 Noélie is from Bordeaux where she has completed a Master’s degree in Education with a specialisation in primary schools. She studied in England for a few months, then spent one year in Australia as a French Language Assistant in primary schools in Melbourne. She has also worked as a camp leader overseas and as a private tutor for children and adults. 

MASTER MEEF

Lenaïg Souffran

Lenaïg is from Nantes, where she studied international business and applied languages (English and Japanese). Then she moved to Cambodia for her internship in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, teaching french to military officers while doing her Master's degree in FLE. She decided to stay in Cambodia and teach french mostly to medical students in the French Institute for 1.5 years. After that, she applied for a working holiday visa in N-Z to be part of the Alliance Française Wellington team.

MASTER FLE

Nadia Ettaher

Nadia is 31 and is originally from Paris. She arrived in Wellington in February 2015, and graduated with a DAEFLE diploma with a concentration on FLE (French as a foreign language). Previously, she worked as a clinical psychologist in France for 2 years, and spent 7 months living in Melbourne. She is now teaching to toddlers and adults at the French Alliance.

DAEFLE diploma with a concentration on FLE

Mélanie Lacombe

Mélanie has been working at the Alliance Française Wellington since 2014 after spending 7 years in Japan where she taught French to a very diverse range of students: in small private schools, in a university and at Institut Franco-Japonais de Yokohama. After completing a Bachelor degree in English and a Master's degree in FLE in Paris, she also enjoyed traveling and experiencing life in several places, from England and India, to New York or South America.

Master FLE (French as a foreign language)

Mariama Mergelina

I was born in the Loire Vallée but was raised in Bordeaux, where I studied Japanese, French as Foreign Language and Marketing and Economics. I am now finishing my Masters degree online with the university of Paris La Sorbonne Nouvelle. Over the last 4 years, I have been working as a private tutor, as a language assistant in Australian and New Zealander schools, as well as a teacher at the Alliance Française de Melbourne. I am specialised in exam preps (DELF prim, junior and general, DALF, International Baccalaureate, and Victorian Certificate of Education in Australia) and I am a DELF-DALF accredited examiner. 

Master FLE (French as a foreign language)

Aude Oughton

Aude arrived in New Zealand in 2008 as a French Language Assistant in primary schools around Wellington as well as a French teacher at Alliance Francaise Wellington. Previously, she worked as a primary school French teacher in Scotland (Glasgow) in 2005. She specialises in teaching French to children and is in charge of the off-site classes at Alliance Française Wellington.

Senior Teacher - Master FLE (French as a foreign language)

Juliana Stroghiu

Juliana came to NZ in 1995 after teaching French and Italian in Europe for several years. Her degrees in French as a second language, NCEA, IB and MYP training courses enabled her to teach French around Wellington in numerous primary and secondary schools and organisations, both public and private, including the Alliance Française and the ACE Wellington. She has been teaching students of every age from pre-schoolers to adults and her passion and strength is motivating learners to study a foreign language through a variety of language and tourism courses.

Master FLE (French as a foreign language)

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ADMINISTRATION

Nathalie Buckrell

Nathalie first arrived in New Zealand in 1996 and has a background in education and administration, having previously worked in International Schools and Universities in Indonesia and more recently Victoria University of Wellington. Nathalie has previous AF director experience in Indonesia, broad teaching and administration experience along with extensive networks both in Wellington and overseas.

Director

Violette Duquesne

Violette comes from Paris where she worked for 4 years in the cinema company GAUMONT as International Promotion Manager. She is passionate about french culture and especially french cinema! She loves to travel and wanted to get an international working experience. She will be working at l'Alliance Française for one year.

Communication and Marketing Coordinator

Louise Cornette

Louise is from Upper-Normandy where she studied English literature and civilization at University in Le Havre.
Then, she moved to Nantes for her Master's degree in FLE where she was able to teach to Erasmus students.

For her second internship, she spent 6 months at the Alliance Française in Plzeň in Czech Republic.
Before coming to Wellington, she taught English to children in a primary school in Nantes.

International Volunteer, Pedagogical and Development Coordinator

Anne Appleby

Anne is from Brittany where she studied technical translation and international commerce. She first arrived in New Zealand in 1996 with her Kiwi partner, after working as a Senior Project Manager in various translation companies in London for 6 years. She has a background in technical translation, marketing, project management and administration. Before working at the Alliance Francaise, Anne worked for an English school for foreigners, and as a teacher aid in a local primary school in Wellington. She is still a freelance translator in her spare time.

Administrator

Claire Trotot

Hi I'm Claire! I've come from Nancy, which is in the north-east of France. There I studied a masters in french literature and cultural studies, which then lead me to work for a children's book publisher.  I came to New Zealand on a Work Holiday Visa and I loved it and I decided to stay!

Administrator and Librarian

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS
 

The Alliance Française Wellington is, in common with Alliance Française branches all over the world, governed and directed by officers and committee in partnership with the director. The executive committee is elected annually by the local membership at the Annual General Meeting, and meets in accordance with the rules of the association.

 

The role of the committee includes:

  • To plan and implement the activities of the Alliance in close cooperation with the Director

  • To discuss cultural activities carried out by the Alliance

  • To oversee administrative and financial matters in close cooperation with the Director

 

Click here to download a full copy of the constitution of the Alliance Française Wellington.

 

Adrienne Bushell: President

Elizabeth Rose: Secretary

Warick Dunn: Treasurer

Jean-Michel Carnus  

Sarah Dennis  

Bridget Hargreaves

David Kember

Winston Roberts

Sian Robyns  

Christine Stonyer  

 
VOLUNTEERS

Book Club Volunteers: Jacqueline Ferry, Monia Hay, Katherine Wharton

 

Volunteering is one of the easiest and most essential ways to support Alliance Française Wellington. Check this page if you wish to become a volunteer.

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