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.
English Language Arts Teacher and Communication Director
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.
Advanced French DELF Teacher and Director of La Maison...
Laura was born in Aubagne, in the south of France. She grew up in Castellet, a small village in the Var County. After earning her Baccalauréat Degree (French High School Equivalent), she went on to complete an Associate’s Degree in business. Her studies in business gave her a better understanding of various cultural and social environments. Her cultural awareness and understanding were further reinforced by her travels around the world, to the US, Canada, Australia, New Caledonia and France. Laura got her first taste of teaching when she tutored middle school students in their homes and realized right away this was to be her vocation. She particularly enjoyed working with students who had special learning needs. She enrolled in a teacher preparatory program and concentrated her studies on speech therapy where she worked individually with several children of various ages. Laura finished her Bachelor’s of Science degree in education at L’Université d’Aix en Provence. Here, she discovered diverse educational methods and was able to observe children of all ages and stages of learning. She continued on for one year to the IUFM (teacher training school) in Avignon. Anxious to put her newly acquired skills to work in the classroom immediately, she began working as a long-term replacement teacher for private schools in the area. She taught many grade levels in several schools throughout the Bouches du Rhône area through this position. She was assigned full responsibility of a class almost immediately. Laura worked diligently to follow closely the French national curriculum and respect each child’s learning needs. Finding her pleasure in teaching, Laura decided to bring together her two favorite things, teaching and cultural exchange, which ultimately brought Laura to the teaching team at L’Ecole Française du Maine.
The question then becomes: “Where do they go from here and how can they maintain their French beyond their time at L’Ecole?”
That is where our DELF program comes in, providing our students, with their advanced abilities in French, to continue speaking and writing French, to continue to progress, at their level, something not available elsewhere in the area. Our DELF certified staff guide the students through the achievement of diplomas issued by The French Ministry of Education. EFDM has also become an official testing Center for DELF, alleviating the previous need to travel to Boston to take the DELF exams. Our program is the only accredited DELF program north of Boston!