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.

Faculty & Staff
  • Elodie Le Nézet, Interim Head of School
    Elodie Le Nézet, Interim Head of School

    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 comes to NSFS following 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 exploring a new coast with her partner, Andrew, a research scientist at the University of Washington.

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

    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 at companies including L’Oréal and Sihl. She moved to Seattle in 2013 with her husband and taught science at NSFS in its inaugural year. After several years at a French school in Bellevue, she returned to NSFS in 2016 as an assistant preschool teacher and part-time office administrator. Marie-Alice enjoys living in the Seattle area and also loves traveling, discovering new places, and learning about new cultures. She used to play tennis and would like to improve her piano skills.

  • Mohamed “Mo” Belaiche, 4th Grade Teacher (CM1)
    Mohamed “Mo” Belaiche, 4th Grade Teacher (CM1)

    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; 2017-2018 will be his 18th year in education. In addition to teaching, where he especially enjoys the challenge of teaching different subjects in an immersion environment, Mo also plays and coaches tennis.

  • Céline Coquet, 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher (CE1 and CE2)
    Céline Coquet, 2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher (CE1 and CE2)

    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 as a kindergarten teacher, and is now excited to work with the 2nd and 3rd grades (CE1 and CE2).

  • Aurélia Graf-Bosko, 2nd and 3rd Grade Substitute Teacher (CE1 and CE2)
    Aurélia Graf-Bosko, 2nd and 3rd Grade Substitute Teacher (CE1 and CE2)

    Born near Fribourg in Switzerland, Aurelia is from a multicultural family and grew up in the French countryside. She studied many different topics like cognitive sciences, anthropology and geography and received a Master’s degree in Francophonie, Multilingualism and Intercultural Mediation from the University of Rennes 2. During that time, her study focused on how students learn the Korean language. She wanted to be on the learners’ side to better her teaching methods. She gave French lessons for almost 4 years and wanted to specialize particularly in bilingual elementary schools. She travelled to different countries, to open her teaching horizons and to discover an existing diversity in Education. Her last mission was in Christchurch in New Zealand, where she worked in the first bilingual unit in the South Island. She enjoys teaching kids and is a huge fan of DIY and origami… and she just started to learn ukulele.

  • Nola Shenk, 1st Grade Teacher (CP)
    Nola Shenk, 1st Grade Teacher (CP)

    Nola was born in the United States to French parents. She grew up in Ottawa, Canada until her family moved back to France, where she finished lycée and earned a degree at the Sorbonne. She holds two master’s degrees: in political science from the University of Mississippi, and in education from the University of Nevada. Nola has taught for over 10 years, most recently in the Bellevue school district. In her free time, Nola enjoys spending time with her family, including her two high school-aged children, and traveling in the USA and abroad; she returns frequently to France, where her parents and extended family live.

  • Marie Le Darz, Kindergarten Teacher (GS)
    Marie Le Darz, Kindergarten Teacher (GS)

    Originally from Brittany in France, after earning a master’s degree in education, Marie lived in Madrid and then London. After three years of teaching in a bilingual school, she decided to come discover Seattle. Passionate about education and nature, she tries to link them both to share her knowledge and help children understand how and why we need to protect our planet. Marie divides her spare time between her love of crafting and her devotion to environmental projects.

  • Sarah Yaakoby, 4th Grade Teacher (CM1) and Kindergarten English (Grande Section)
    Sarah Yaakoby, 4th Grade Teacher (CM1) and Kindergarten English (Grande Section)

    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 Toronto, France, and Israel, where she piloted a bilingual kindergarten program. Sarah completed her bachelor of education degree at the University of Windsor and bachelor of arts in political science at Concordia University in Montreal. She grew up in San Diego, Italy and Prague, and now loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her Israeli husband, Ben, and their French Canadian cat, Marcel.

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

    Kacey was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Florida. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of Florida, and she taught kindergarten and 1st grade in Florida. She has been a lifelong French learner and is looking forward to being immersed in the language along with her students. Kacey enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her newly adopted puppy.

  • Nicolas Breuillaud, Associate Teacher
    Nicolas Breuillaud, Associate Teacher

    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 left France in 2015 for the Pacific Northwest to join his wife, who is local to the area. Nicolas has worked with children of all ages, leading international linguistic trips, as a counselor at summer language camps, and as a day care provider. Nicolas enjoys spending time with his family, including his young son and two cats, hiking and reading books.

  • Céline Bourdales, Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)
    Céline Bourdales, Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)

    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 is currently completing a degree in education. She is very excited to be part of the NSFS community.

  • Sonya Kaiser, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)
    Sonya Kaiser, Assistant Preschool Teacher (Moyenne Section)

    Sonya was born in Lyon but her family moved frequently, and she lived in Texas and Brussels before the age of six. Her family then settled in the suburbs of Paris, where she did her primary and secondary schooling at an international school with classes in French and in English (similar to NSFS in many ways). Sonya went on to earn a B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also indulged her love of languages by improving her Spanish and studying American Sign Language. She moved to Seattle in 2017 and is excited to be working at NSFS!

  • Anne-Marie Canis, Preschool Teacher (Petite Section)
    Anne-Marie Canis, Preschool Teacher (Petite Section)

    Anne-Marie was born and raised in Paris and has lived in Seattle since the late 1990s. After earning a certificate in early childhood education and psychology, she taught in various preschools and daycares, including as one of the inaugural NSFS preschool teachers. She is passionate about early childhood education and young children’s ability to learn languages. Anne-Marie is also part of the Seattle Urban Squash Program at Northgate Elementary and spends her free time at the yoga studio or pursuing outdoor activities.

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

    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!