I was born in Switzerland and have lived in Europe, in Iran and in the US. I have been teaching French as a Foreign Language for many years, including in the FLES program of Montgomery County Public Schools. I have been at Alliance Francaise de Washington since 2005.
Gerard Beck, Academic Director
, Children's Programs Manager
After an extensive diplomatic experence in the French Foreign Service in Paris and New York, Stéphanie worked as a Political Affairs Officer at the UN Headquarters in New York. She returned to Europe, where she joined the European Commission in Brussels as an administrator. She has now been in Washington for the past two years and teaches advanced private classes at the AFDC and the weekly Revue de Presse group class.
Dawn Gaither, ESL Teacher
A native of France, Jean-Philippe has over four years of experience teaching both private and group French classes in the Washington, DC area. Before moving to the US, Jean-Philippe was a quality control trainer, focused on providing support, feedback, and advice to industrial clients to improve their management processes. These experiences contributed to strengthening his coaching and mentoring skills. His particular interest as a French instructor is in providing tailored support for students from multiple backgrounds to achieve their personal or professional goals. Jean-Philippe holds a M.Sc. in Quality Control from le Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers de Paris and a Bc. in International Trade from la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. With a passion for languages and cultures, he also speaks Spanish and English.
Véronique was born in Paris and grew up on the Côte d’Azur in a family from the Burgundy region of France. She spent a significant part of her adult life in the U.S., playing tourists... and teaching French ! Before coming to the Alliance Française de Washington in the fall of 2010, she taught at Montclair State University (NJ), Hartwick College (NY), and the University of Virginia.
Makom Yvonne Tezong
Vincent has been an educator for over 5 years. He holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Lyons (France). He started his career as a CIT. He moved to Berlin (Germany) where he taught French to Kindergartners and to elementary school students enrolled in bilingual schools.. He joined the AFDC’s teaching team in November 2013 and has been teaching French as a Foreign Language to toddlers age 3 to 5, and leading Science workshops and Shadow Puppetry workshops for children age 5 to 12.