Teachers


Eric Gordon Anderson


Faniry Andriamialisoa

Boutheina BelhibaBorn in Madagascar, where French is the official language, Faniry has completed all her schooling in French from elementary to university levels. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics and was a consultant in economic studies before moving to Milwaukee in March 2019. She really likes helping others so in her free time, she offers private tutoring in French, Math, and English. Being passionate about the French language, she was part of a volunteer program that taught elementary school students to be fluent in both French and English.


Ivan Ascher

Boutheina BelhibaIvan is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of France, he came to the US for college, and stayed for graduate school. Many years ago, he taught English to children in Moscow, but at the Alliance Française in Milwaukee he mostly teaches French to adults.


Isabelle Barry

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Isabelle Barry is a native French speaker, a university-trained and certified teacher with more than 30 years experience teaching languages to students of various ages and levels in diverse settings. A few years ago, she relocated to a southwestern suburb of Milwaukee.

She is a dynamic and results-oriented education specialist and language instructor committed to promoting effective academic success and encouraging students’ learning in a supportive setting. Isabelle Barry is a reliable and approachable individual with excellent communication skills in working with students and families.

Isabelle Barry received her Master of Arts in English Language and Civilization from The Université Charles de Gaulle in Lille, France.

 

Boutheina Belhiba

Boutheina BelhibaBoutheina grew up in Tunisia and is fluent in French, Arabic, English, and Italian. She has worked as a translator, private language tutor, and French teacher for 7th graders through adults. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in French Language and Literature with a minor in Italian Language from the University of Tunis, where she was also an actress; she traveled to Avignon, France to act in the annual Festival d’Avignon.

Boutheina is happy to be a part of the Alliance Française as well as the Milwaukee French Immersion School. She loves reading, listening music, dancing, and traveling. “Life for me is keep calm and carry on!”


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Sylvie Deniaud

Sylvie_DeniaudI was born and raised in France and have always had the desire to share my unique cultural knowledge. I moved to the US in 2002 and have been involved in teaching French for all ages, babies to adults, including my 3 children. I have master's degrees in Science and Food Science from UFR Sciences in Nantes. Since 2013, I have been happily expanding my teaching of French with the Alliance Française.

 


Debra Desmoulin

Debra is proud to be a French Teacher at the Alliance Française because it offers unique French Language courses which promote fluency. Debra has a “Certificat de Langue Française Degré Supérieur” which she obtained while studying abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris. Additionally she has her Bachelor's degree in French from Central College in Iowa and her Master’s in French Language, Literature, and Translation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has experience teaching French to middle and high school students, as well as to adults and has served as a French-English translator and interpreter. While living in 6 different regions in France for a total of 15 years, she taught English to native French high school and adult speakers.

 

Flora Fuller

Sylvie_DeniaudFlora was born and raised in the region of Picardie, France. She studied English Literature and Civilization with a minor in Education in Lille, where she lived for 10 years, and holds a master's degree in English. Thanks to her love of discovering new cultures, she traveled throughout Europe and North America, and even studied for 2 years in Wisconsin! In France, Flora worked as an International Relations Coordinator in a French college and taught French and English. She moved to the Milwaukee area in 2012 and has been enjoying teaching adults (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) at l’Alliance Française since August 2013. Flora is also a Travel Consultant and loves to share her knowledge of the French regions, her culture, and anything related to food.


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Céliane Labouret

CelianeAFCéliane was born and raised in Paris and studied French literature before starting her career as a French teacher.  She has taught French for over thirty years, from the French Lycée in New York, to a middle school in Guadeloupe, to the French immersion program at a Montessori School in Milwaukee. She has been teaching at the Alliance Française since 2000, thoroughly enjoying teaching all ages. Céliane teaches various subjects, including world news, French literature, French songs and games; however, she is still not able to teach cooking!

 

Fanny Liard

Photo FannyBorn in Switzerland in a French-speaking family, Fanny went to school first in German in Zurich, then in French, and graduated from the University of Lausanne with a master’s degree in German and minors in French and English. Teaching languages has always been her profession and passion, both in Europe and in the United States. After teaching in high school and to adults, she specialized in introducing French to young children. As a result, after 8 years at the Alliance Française de Denver and now at the Alliance Française de Milwaukee since 2005, she loves to say that she speaks French with people ages 1 through 80 and beyond!


Evelyne Poma

Photo FannyEvelyne is from Haiti and grew up speaking French and Creole. She earned her degree from the Foyer des Arts Plastiques in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has worked at the Milwaukee French Immersion School for over 25 years and absolutely loves working with children. In 2019, Evelyne was honored to receive the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators Teacher of the year award. Her favorite things to do in Milwaukee are going to the Milwaukee Art Museum and the summer festivals (especially Bastille Days). In her free time, she enjoys painting, writing poetry and designing clothing.


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Ruba Sam'an

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Born in Jordan, Ruba speaks 4 languages: Arabic , English, French, and German . Her love of the French language started when she was 6. She holds a B.A .in Modern Languages (French and German) and a master’s degree in Women Studies. Ruba did part of her language study in France (L’Université Stendhal of Grenoble) and in Bremen University in Germany.

When she moved to the USA in 2003, Ruba finished her teaching program at Concordia University and is licensed as a K-12 French Teacher. Ruba doesn’t only teach school age students, but has a great experience teaching all ages and levels.

Ruba founded many cross-cultural clubs and international fairs in Madison and is a great advocate for bilingual programs and the importance of learning a foreign language.

Ruba worked for 2 years at the Milwaukee French Immersion School as a K-4 Teacher. She joined l’Alliance Française 5 years ago and she is so excited to share her cultural and language experiences with all students. Ruba is a certified A1/A2 Level DELF Examiner.

 

Margaret Schmidt

mschmidtMargaret Schmidt is an experienced French teacher, having taught all levels of French from early elementary to advanced composition at the college level. She taught AP French at Shorewood High School for eighteen years. Margaret is a consultant for the College Board, and provides workshops for AP French teachers throughout the United States. In addition, she has served as the president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French, and on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers. She is an active member of SWAAF (Southeast Academic Alliance in French) and a strong promoter of French all over Wisconsin. Having studied in Aix-en-Provence, France, Margaret holds a BA and MA in French, and an MS in Curriculum & Instruction.


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Lucy Wilhelms

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While Lucy is a Milwaukee native, she has spent much time abroad in France (notably Dijon and Paris), the French West Indies, and throughout Europe. Lucy started learning French at the age of six and ultimately received bachelor degrees with distinction in both English and French literature from Colby College. Lucy has since worked as a software translator, private French tutor, property manager, and realtor. Specializing in 19th century French literature, Lucy enjoys helping people of all ages to attain their linguistic goals.

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