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

Valérie Faure

Bonjour, je m'appelle Valérie! I was born and raised in Paris where I studied History and English at the university and I obtained a Master's degree in Education. Back in France, I'm a primary school teacher but I have international experience in teaching French to kids, teenagers and adults as well. Over the past few years, I worked as an instructor and a private tutor in a Canadian university for a year, I also worked as a Teacher's Aid in Auckland and in Los Angeles for a few months. When I'm not teaching, you can find me cooking, hiking, reading or singing. I never stop travelling and I like sharing some of my adventures with teenagers on summer camps worldwide.

Master MEEF

Amélie Marvier

Kia Ora! I'm Amélie, I come from a city called Montpellier in sunny south of France and I'm here to teach french and discover New Zealand. It's been almost 3 years that I teach french to people from all over the world and I love it! I taught french in a primary school in England, in an Alliance Française in Canada and in a language school in Montpellier.  I also like biking, hiking and learning new languages.

À très bientôt!

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 is also a DELF/DALF examiner. 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 NZ to be part of the Alliance Française Wellington team.

MASTER FLE

Nadia Ettaher

Nadia is originally from Paris. She arrived in Wellington in February 2015, and graduated with a DAEFLE Diploma , DELF/DALF examiner. Previously, she worked as a clinical psychologist in France for 2 years, and spent 7 months living in Melbourne. She is now teaching adults and bilingual children at Alliance Française Wellington. 

DAEFLE Diploma

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)

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

Louise Cornette

Louise is from Upper-Normandy where she studied English literature and civilization at Le Havre University. 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 in 2018, she taught English to children in a primary school in Nantes and took care of International programs for students.

International Volunteer, Pedagogical and Development Coordinator

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 am a New Zealand permanent resident and I have been working at the Alliance since 2017.

Administrator and Librarian

Gary Childs

I am an accountant who has lived and worked in Wellington for most of my life. My work experience covers a wide range of sectors including government, multinational, listed companies, manufacturing and not for profit. This covers many industries mostly involving finance and insurance. I was overseas for two years in my twenties, based in London with several months spent travelling in Europe and especially France. I have played many sports and now follow various codes, especially the English Premier League.

Accountant

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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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