Head of School
Jennifer joined NSFS as Head of School in 2020. She has been a school principal and executive director in Seattle for more than 30 years, and retired in July 2020 after 10 years as executive director of the Academy for Precision Learning (APL). Prior to joining APL, Jennifer spent 25 years at the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit (EEU) where she was principal and later director; the EEU is a birth-to-age-six center with a threefold mission of research, training and service. Jennifer was the 2010 recipient of the Division of Early Childhood Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice, a national award recognizing the highest standards of practice in the education field. She holds a master’s degree in education as well as a Principal’s Certificate from the University of Washington, and she received her bachelor’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jennifer is certified in Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Special Education, and K-8 Elementary Education.
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!
Admissions - Marketing - Communication
Aurélie’s passion for nurturing children’s curiosity and creativity led her to education. Originally from the north of France, Aurélie received her master’s degree from the IESEG School of Management in Lille. Previously, she worked as an event organizer for the French-American Chamber of Commerce here in Seattle and for a medical conference organization in Toulouse. Before coming to Seattle in 2008, she spent a year living in Lima, Peru and several months in New Zealand. In her spare time, Aurélie likes hiking, paddle boarding and exploring with her husband and two kids. She loves yoga and learning new things. She is engaged in her community and passionate about environmental protection.
Development & engagement
Jenna grew up in the U.S. Studying Arabic took her to Morocco, where she met her husband, and also grew to appreciate the French language. Deciding to raise their family in the US as opposed to Morocco meant actively taking steps to ensure their children grew up multilingual and that they would have the linguistic tools to connect fully to both their Moroccan and American cultures. In her professional career, Jenna is committed to increasing opportunities for adults through education and working to make our systems more equitable. Jenna has a Masters of Public Administration and enjoys running, playing the mandolin, and a good card game.
Hailey is a native of Portland, Oregon, where she attended the French American International School through 5th grade, sparking a lifelong passion for French. She went on to earn a master’s in French literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Hailey discovered a love of teaching during her graduate studies, and she has taught French language and conversation since 2009 at the Alliance Française de Seattle. In her free time, she enjoys being on and around the water of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two children.
Bus Driver - Facility Support
Carlos came to us with over 18 years experience driving in heavily trafficked urban areas. He was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He graduated from High School in 2004 and attended Hyles-Anderson College for secondary education. Carlos worked his way up to GM at Pilot Travel Centers. Following an injury which affected his walking Carlos started driving for Uber and Lyft in Chicago in 2014. He moved with his wife and daughter to Bellevue in the summer of 2018 and joined NSFS in 2019.
Mia is a student at the University of Washington where she is pursuing a major in Education, Communities, and Organizations along with a minor in French Language and Culture. In the future, she hopes to use this degree to become a French teacher. She studied the language for almost 9 years throughout school and had the opportunity to study in Nantes, France for 6 months in 2022. Mia is passionate about learning as much as she can about the language and how to teach it to others in a meaningful and inclusive way. Mia joined the NSFS team in January 2023. In her free time, she loves to go skiing, play volleyball, and do different kinds of arts and crafts whenever she can!
Director of Curriculum - French Teacher 4th & 5th Grades
Céline loves teaching and holds a certification in education through the Mission Laïque Française (MLF). She was born and raised in Arcachon, in the southwest of France, and received a bachelor’s degree from Cefire, a business school in Bordeaux, before working as a financial analyst in France. She then moved to Montreal and finally Seattle, where she started an art studio, taught sewing classes for students from toddlers to adults, and also taught French at the Alliance Française de Seattle. Céline joined NSFS in 2016 and became the director of the curriculum in 2019, as well as continuing to teach in the classroom.
French Teacher Kindergarten
Clarisse grew up in Champagne, France and was a physical therapist for 10 years before relocating to Prague and then to the Seattle area with her husband and four children in 2013. In Seattle, Clarisse found a new passion for education and helping children acquire a foundation in French. She started her teaching career as a preschool teacher in a French immersion school and now holds her French education degree and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Clarisse is outdoorsy and loves taking advantage of all the activities the region has to offer, such as hiking, backpacking, skiing and paddle boarding.
English teacher Kindergarten and 3rd grade
Anna grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and spent the majority of her career in St. Louis, where she taught kindergarten and preschool, and worked as a supervisor in Saint Louis University’s Early Childhood Education Department. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Elementary Administration. Anna recently moved to Seattle from Vevey, Switzerland where she spent the past four year with her husband and two boys, teaching ESL to French-speaking students in a fast-growing language school and serving on the PTA of a French-English international school. Anna’s passion for languages includes a minor in Spanish and ongoing study of French. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family including hiking, skiing and being on the water.
Associate Teacher Kindergarten
A graduate of Seattle University, Michaela received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in French and international studies. Born in South Dakota but raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Michaela attended French immersion school starting in kindergarten and continued her French language studies through high school. She had the opportunity to spend four months living with a host family in Grenoble, France. Michaela has been working for NSFS as teacher’s assistant since 2019. In her free time, Michaela enjoys reading and spending time visiting Seattle’s waterfront parks.
French Teacher 1st Grade
Audrey was born in Lyon and raised near Valence, in the southeast of France. She obtained the CRPE, a French degree in elementary education, and worked for 12 years in elementary and early childhood education in France. For 2 years before moving to Seattle, Audrey was an elementary school principal in the Paris area. She moved to Seattle with her family in 2019 and joined NSFS in September 2020. When she’s not at school, she loves playing board games, outdoor activities and cooking.
English teacher 1st grade & 4th grade
Jill has been working within education and in a bilingual French-English environment since 2009. Originally interested in the culinary arts, she worked as an intern at Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2010. While working toward her master’s in education with a specialization in second language acquisition, Jill completed a research project in Nice in 2013 and worked at the University of Iowa as a French teacher’s assistant. In 2015, Jill started the first ELL program in an elementary school in Iowa that receives many francophone families from west and central Africa. Jill is passionate about inclusive education models and loves working with students. She is also a huge fan of cycling, photography, arts and crafting in her free time. She volunteers for the Pedaling Relief Project.
French Teacher 2nd Grade
Julie was born in Paris but has lived all around the world. At the age of five, she moved to Canada and then to India, where she grew up in a bilingual French-English environment. Ultimately Julie settled in Belgium, where she obtained her degree in elementary education. After teaching in Belgium, she moved to Spain to work at the Lycée Français d’Alicante, and then relocated to Chile to be a French elementary teacher in a bilingual school and discover another new region. Julie has lived in Seattle and taught at NSFS since 2019.
French Teacher 3rd grade
Born and raised in a polyglot household in Tunisia, Fatem earned a bachelor’s degree in French literature and language. She has 7 years of experience teaching in a bilingual environment, as a French teacher first in a middle and high school in Tunisia and then, in an international middle and elementary school in Dubai. Fatem moved to Seattle in 2015 and while working for another French-American school, she completed her teaching certificate of world language in Washington State. She loves traveling, learning about new cultures, spending time with her family and cooking.
Claire was born and raised in France near Orleans. She has worked for 20 years in a bank before becoming a specialist of child writing remediation during 5 years. When she moved to Seattle in 2018 with her husband and her 4 children, she naturally turned to French education to continue working with children. She has learned a lot during her years as a teacher’s assistant in other French schools and is now excited to help children grow and thrive as a teacher. During her free time, she likes to travel, discover new places, cook and spend time with friends and family.
Teacher's assistant preschool
Daniela was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. From a young age, Daniela was passionate about discovering other cultures. She graduated from Le Lycée Francais in Sofia and was a volunteer in an international NGO when she was a teenager. She studied marketing in Bulgaria and then moved to France where she obtained a master’s degree in tourism management. She has worked in various companies as an administration assistant before moving to Morocco with her French husband. Her interest in working with children came when she became a mother of two. She has enjoyed teaching her children, making them discover the world and volunteering in her “kiddos” preschools. Daniela likes team sports and making craft.
Teacher's assistant preschool
Karen was born and raised in Washington. She graduated from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham and holds an associate in Arts and Science degree. Karen has been an early childhood teacher’s assistant since 2018. She truly enjoys teaching young students, watching them grow and reach their highest potential. During her free time, Karen likes spending time with her family, hiking with her husband and their dog and going to the beach.
Melanie De Torrente
Mélanie grew up between the mountains and the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland and a Master of Arts in special education from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Mélanie has worked as a social worker with adults living with blindness and intellectual disabilities, with children and teenagers facing behavioral and academic challenges, and also as a teacher with students from preK to 8th grade. Before moving to Seattle with her family in 2019, Mélanie lived in New York and taught bilingual French-English preschool. In her spare time, Mélanie loves discovering Seattle with her daughter, traveling and skiing.
Ryan was born in California then lived in New Mexico and Idaho before moving to Seattle in 2017. After 7 years working as a sales manager and traveling around the world for his job, he realized he loved working with children and decided to change his career path. Ryan joined NSFS in 2021 and loves sharing his passion for sports, especially soccer and basketball, with the students. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, listening to music and going to soccer games with his wife Julie, who is a teacher at NSFS.
Sara grew up in Georgia and focused on attaining fluency in the French language during her high school and early college years before moving to San Francisco in the early 1990’s to sing and write music. Upon returning to GA, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Sara holds a master’s degree in painting and drawing from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a Master of Arts in teaching from Central Washington University. She is a professional painter, a Washington state art educator and is passionate about teaching innovative visual arts to learners at all levels. During her free time, she enjoys hiking with her Great Pyrenees, playing guitar, and spending time with her husband and their teenage son.
Jean was born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, France. He obtained the Jazz DEM, a French degree in music, from the Conservatory of Orsay and has been working for over 20 years as a jazz musician. He is also a composer and guitar, piano, and ukulele teacher. Jean has worked for French national television in film scoring and most recently composed all the original music for a podcast. In 2018, he released his debut album in jazz which was featured in the best albums of the year by Downbeat magazine. Jean moved to the United States in 2014 with his wife, Andrea. Besides a life of music, Jean enjoys spending time by the ocean, playing tennis and golf, cooking, and baking.