Our community is moving temporarily online - Alliance events cancelled indefinitely, but Spring Session class registration is open!

We are here for you! For the safety of our members, visitors, staff, and volunteers, and in compliance with Gov. Ever's recommendation regarding COVID-19, the Alliance Française de Milwaukee building will be closed to visitors indefinitely.

But not to worry, we are still here! We are holding our Spring Session classes through Zoom! as other AFs have done successfully, rescheduling DELF exams for June, and redesigning le mois de la francophonie and events going forward.

Stay cozy and expect to hear from us very soon!

Should you need to contact us, email is the best way.

And, as always, we are deeply grateful for your support! Merci!
L'équipe de l'Alliance Française de Milwaukee

P.S. Need a French book to read? Pick up one of our used books just outside our door.


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.

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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!”


Lena Lo Camara

Boutheina BelhibaLena is a native French speaker from Senegal who attended school in Nice, France earning a B.A. in Comparative and Literature, and in London, Ontario earning a M.A. in French Sociolinguistics with a minor in Second Language Acquisition. She moved to Milwaukee in 2006 and taught 3 years at MATC and 2 years at Alverno College. She was involved in theatre in college and loves cinema and gourmet food. Lena loves to incorporate these subjects in French classes to share francophone culture with her students. Currently, she also runs a family childcare where she immerses preschoolers in French.


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.



Flora Fuller

Flora 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!

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Ruba Saman

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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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