Our faculty and staff have come to Seattle from all around the francophone world, and they share a love of working with students and a passion for bilingual education.

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  • Elodie Le Nézet, Interim Head of School
    Elodie Le Nézet, Interim Head of School

    At NSFS since 2017

    The eldest child of a French navy family, Elodie spent much of her early life exploring the many French départements, from the rugged coasts of Brittany to the beaches of New Caledonia. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Angers, as well as a master’s in French as a foreign language from Angers/Paris. Elodie spent 11 years at l’Ecole Française du Maine, where she taught nearly all levels, led additional programs including a popular French movie night, and was most recently the school’s director. Elodie is looking forward to another exciting year at NSFS. In her spare time, she loves to cook, explore, discover new lighthouses and travel all around the world with her partner, Andrew, a research scientist at the University of Washington.

  • Marie-Alice Chapeau, Office Manager
    Marie-Alice Chapeau, Office Manager

    At NSFS since 2016

    Originally from Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast of France, Marie-Alice received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Orléans and worked for different companies including L’Oréal (leader in cosmetics), Sihl (Inkjet paper) and Novamex (leader of eco-friendly cleaning products). She moved to Seattle in 2013 with her husband, and after teaching science at NSFS in its inaugural year, she worked for several years at FISW in Bellevue and at the Alliance Française, before returning to NSFS. Marie-Alice enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest and loves traveling, discovering new places, spending time with family, and learning about new cultures. She is very proud to be a member of the NSFS community!

  • Mohamed “Mo” Belaiche, 4th/5th Grade French Teacher (CM1/CM2)
    Mohamed “Mo” Belaiche, 4th/5th Grade French Teacher (CM1/CM2)

    At NSFS since 2017

    Mo was born and raised in the north of France. He has a bachelor of science degree in education from the Université Charles de Gaulle, and a master’s in teaching French as a second language from the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in Boulogne-sur-Mer. He has also worked in France, the U.K., Louisiana and California; 2018-2019 will be his 19th year in education. He joined NSFS in 2017 and is thrilled to be part of our community. In addition to teaching, where he especially enjoys the challenge of teaching different subjects in an immersion environment, Mo also plays and coaches tennis.

  • Sarah Yaakoby, 4th/5th Grade English Teacher (CM1/CM2) – Director of English Curriculum
    Sarah Yaakoby, 4th/5th Grade English Teacher (CM1/CM2) – Director of English Curriculum

    At NSFS since 2016

    Sarah’s teaching career has focused on bilingual education and inquiry-based learning, and her goal is to guide students to become creative and engaged global citizens. Prior to joining NSFS, Sarah taught in Canada, France, and Israel, where she piloted a bilingual kindergarten program. She has taught every grade from K-6, in both English and French, at independent and public schools. Sarah completed her teaching certification at the University of Windsor, where she earned qualifications in elementary education, French as a second language and inquiry-based mathematics. She also holds a BA in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal. Sarah grew up in San Diego but she’s since lived in Italy, Prague, Paris, Montreal, Toronto and Israel. Now in her 3rd year at NSFS, Sarah loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her Israeli husband, Ben.

  • Céline Coquet, 2nd/3rd Grade French Teacher (CE1/CE2) – Lead French Teacher
    Céline Coquet, 2nd/3rd Grade French Teacher (CE1/CE2) – Lead French Teacher

    At NSFS since 2016

    Céline was born and raised in Nantes, in the northwest of France. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she moved to Toulouse in 2011, where she earned a master’s in teaching, training and education, with a focus on childhood and primary education. After teaching preschool for three years, she had her first experience teaching French as a foreign language, during a 2015 stay in Australia. She loved it and wanted to do more. Céline joined NSFS in 2016 and she is excited to be part of our community. She loves spending time with her husband and young daughter, hiking, and she particularly enjoys DIY activities.

  • Cécile Kestenbaum, 2nd/3rd Grade French Teacher (CE1/CE2)
    Cécile Kestenbaum, 2nd/3rd Grade French Teacher (CE1/CE2)

    At NSFS since 2018

    Cécile grew up in the Paris area, where she greatly enjoyed the cultural life. She received her master’s degree in teaching Spanish from the University of Paris Ouest la Défense and successfully completed the competitive teaching exam (C.A.P.E.S.). Before relocating to Seattle in 2014, she taught middle and high school students for 10 years, including organizing student exchanges to Madrid. Cécile has taught French at the Department of Defense and at the Alliance Française de Seattle, and she loves sharing her passion for Francophone cultures to broaden cultural awareness create bridges between people. She is thrilled to be part of the adventure of North Seattle French School.

     

  • Aurélia Graf-Bosko, 1st Grade French Teacher (CP)
    Aurélia Graf-Bosko, 1st Grade French Teacher (CP)

    At NSFS since 2018

    Born near Fribourg in Switzerland, Aurélia is from a multicultural family and grew up in the French countryside. Her academic studies included cognitive sciences, anthropology, and geography, and she earned a master’s degree in francophonie, multilingualism and intercultural mediation from the University of Rennes 2, focusing on how students learn Korean. Aurélia is particularly interested in bilingual education and has taught internationally, most recently in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is also a huge fan of DIY and origami.

  • Dan Fallon, English Teacher, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades (CP, CE1, CE2)
    Dan Fallon, English Teacher, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades (CP, CE1, CE2)

    At NSFS since 2018

    Dan was born and raised in Washington and has lived throughout the state. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Education (teaching English language learners) from Ashford University. Dan has a diverse teaching background spanning 12 years, with a primary focus on teaching kindergarten in international schools in Japan. As a lifelong learner, he is excited to pick up a new language through immersion with his students. Dan’s appreciation for the natural world leads him to hike, travel and enjoy local, seasonal food. He is also a musician and enjoys bringing his love of music into the classroom.

  • Céline Bourdales, French Kindergarten Teacher (Grande Section)
    Céline Bourdales, French Kindergarten Teacher (Grande Section)

    At NSFS since 2016

    Céline was born and raised in Arcachon, in the southwest of France. She received a bachelor’s degree at Cefire, a business school in Bordeaux, and worked as a financial analyst in France. She then moved to Montreal and finally Seattle, where she started an art studio, teaching sewing classes for students from toddlers to adults, and also taught French at the Alliance Française de Seattle. Celine loves teaching and completed last year a certification in education through the MLF.

  • Nicolas Breuillaud, Associate Teacher
    Nicolas Breuillaud, Associate Teacher

    At NSFS since 2017

    Nicolas is from the southwest of France and is the fourth of five brothers. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English literature and civilization, with a specialization in teaching French as a foreign language, from the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. Nicolas first came to the Pacific Northwest as an exchange student at Issaquah High School. Nicolas has worked with children of all ages, leading international linguistic trips, as a counselor at summer language camps, and as a daycare provider. In his spare time Nicolas loves spending time with his young child and going on hikes, and he is excited for another year at NSFS!

  • Ingrid MacLeod, Preschool French Teacher (Moyenne Section) – English Kindergarten Teacher
    Ingrid MacLeod, Preschool French Teacher (Moyenne Section) – English Kindergarten Teacher

    At NSFS since 2018

    Ingrid grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada where she attended Université Sainte-Anne, the only Francophone university in the province. In the Immersion Program, she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education (teaching French as a second language), and has nearly completed her master’s degree. Ingrid has taught French as a second language coast to coast in Canada, and she’s excited to teach internationally for the first time. Outside of the classroom, Ingrid enjoys hiking with her husband Tom and their boxer Bruges, as well as gardening, yoga and traveling, and she is currently learning how to play the ukulele.  

  • Alexa Cuillierier, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)
    Alexa Cuillierier, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)

    At NSFS since 2018

    Alexa was born and raised in Poitiers, in the west of France. After graduating with a master’s degree in international management and marketing, she moved to the U.S. in 2015 and spent two years in California, where she worked as a French teaching assistant. Her love of teaching inspired her to take up new challenges in the education sector, and she obtained the DAEFLE (French teaching diploma offered by the Alliance Française de Paris). She has lived in Seattle with her family since 2017.

  • Elodie Hoff, Preschool French Teacher (Petite Section)
    Elodie Hoff, Preschool French Teacher (Petite Section)

    At NSFS since 2017

    Elodie is from Alsace in the east of France, a region famous for its delicatessen and lovely medieval towns. At university in Strasbourg, the regional capital and a city that blends both French and German cultural elements, she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work, and then moved to Paris, where she worked with the elderly and disabled and also tutored children on the side. Elodie came to the U.S. in 2017, ready to meet new people and experience different cultures. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking in the mountains, and indulging her passion for baking–especially French pastries!

  • Anna Troubnikova-Rognin, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Petite Section)
    Anna Troubnikova-Rognin, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Petite Section)

    At NSFS since 2018

    Originally from Russia, Anna started learning French at a very young age. She pursued her passion for languages by earning a master’s degree in French as a foreign language and Philology. She also holds a master’s degree in Business from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Anna lived in various countries (Russia, France, Switzerland) before her family settled down in the United States. Since 2015, Anna has been teaching French to bilingual children in the Seattle area. In her free time, Anna enjoys the outdoors and is very fond of gardening.