Administration

  • Victorien Rami
    Directeur des Programmes Français and Classroom Teacher
    Victorien grew up in the Loire Valley where he graduated from a bilingual program in high school and then obtained a University degree in Law. He has always been interested in arts and music and he obtained local prizes in traverse flute and chamber music. During his studies he taught in several music schools. This interest in arts lead Victorien to study Art History and he obtained a Master’s Degree specialized in Asian Arts. He then worked in the art business in Paris for several years where he completed his training by taking classes in an Academy for Computer Assisted Graphic Arts. Victorien always loved being able to pass knowledge on to others, and after his career in the art market, he turned himself towards teaching. Victorien pursued a Master’s Degree in Education, specialized in Early Childhood and became a certified teacher for the French Ministry of Education. Since then he always taught in French preschool classes and has been a teaching Director for the past two years. Thanks to his companion in life, Elodie, Victorien discovered l’Ecole Française du Maine. For a long time, he wanted to experience life in a different country and is very excited by the opportunity of working in an immersion school in Maine. Victorien looks forward to teaching his students as much as he will learn from them!  In addition to playing music, Victorien enjoys scuba diving, martial arts and is passionate about origami.
  • Kelly Valdmanis
    Director and English Language Arts Teacher

    Kelly Valdmanis has been an educator in public and private schools since 2004.  She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College in New York City, where she was recognized for graduating with a 4.0 for her coursework.  While living in Manhattan, Kelly taught for several years at the city’s top public elementary school, P.S. 6, on the Upper East Side.  In her teaching career, Kelly has taught various ages ranging from Kindergarten through Junior High School.  In 2009, Kelly and her family moved to Senegal, Africa where she taught at the International School of Dakar 4 years. Kelly returned to her home state of Maine in 2013, where she received her Maine Teaching Certification for grades K-8. Kelly joined L’Ecole Française du Maine in 2014, along with her twin boys, Laird and Dylan, who attend the school.  In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys knitting, marathon training, stand up paddle boarding, growing food, and is currently teaching herself how to play the ukulele.

  • Julie Kearns Fryer
    Assistant to the Administration

    Julie Kearns Fryer moved to Maine in the summer of 2011. Born and raised in the Sunapee Lake Region of New Hampshire, she spent her teenage years helping her family renovate and reopen their small family lake resort on Silver Beach, in Acworth, New Hampshire. She wanted to remain in New England for college and attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Julie began her career working with children with disabilities for Health Care and Rehabilitation Services in Vermont and became the agency’s first autism case manager. She was promoted to Program Manager and supervised a team of social workers serving two counties in the state. She also earned her certification in the prestigious Parents As Teachers Program and provided in home early childhood development curriculum and assessments to children ages birth to 5 years. After 15 years in the field, she decided to move to Maine where she “reinvented” her social work career as a Family Assistant to clients in the Yarmouth and Freeport areas. She also worked as the Office Assistant for Ring’s Marine Service where she met her marine customers, Willy and Beth LeBihan, three years ago. Julie enjoys spending time with her three children: Josiah, Ben, and Alanna and her partner, John.