Emily joined L’Ecole Française du Maine in 2018 to assist the Office Manager part-time and immediately demonstrated a capacity for running an efficient school office. She took on the role of Office Manager soon afterward, and starting in 2020; she will be increasing her responsibilities as Childcare Director and Office Manager. In this role, Emily takes charge of the day-to-day operations, and she is the lead person for all protocols, school records, and school licensing compliance. Her college internships in office management roles at various healthcare and childcare facilities in NYC helped her find employment as Office Manager at local tutoring center Affect Academics, where she continues to gain integral communication and business management skills. Emily is the point person for daily communication; she answers the phone and emails- relaying information between the teachers and families and making connections. She assists with scheduling conflicts, organizing special events & admission inquiries, and she fulfills the vital role of providing a band-aid and a smile when a child gets a boo-boo! It takes an exceptional person to run a school office, and Emily is just that kind of person. The School is excited to see Emily’s role in the school continue to grow: in addition to running the school office, Emily continues to teach Yoga at the school, her passion, and perhaps her secret to running the office so smoothly!
Coordinateur Pédagogique MENJS - AEFE - MLF
Victorien joined the faculty of L’Ecole Française du Maine in 2017 and has been teaching Preschool and Kindergarten ever since. He is also the School’s Curriculum Coordinator, serving as a mentor for the faculty and ensuring school-wide cohesion and adherence to the expectations of the French curriculum. 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 working 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 in France and at EFDM. 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 he loves working in an immersion school in Maine. In addition to playing music, Victorien enjoys scuba diving, martial arts and is passionate about origami.
Director of DELF/DALF Program
Laura joined the faculty of L’Ecole Française du Maine in 2008 and has been a valued member of the School ever since, teaching in several classrooms and ultimately leading the school’s DELF Program that helps our graduates maintain their proficiency in French beyond EFDM. 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 cultural awareness and understanding were 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 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. 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, 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 and was assigned full responsibility of a class almost immediately. Laura worked diligently to follow the French national curriculum closely and respect each child’s learning needs. Finding her pleasure in teaching, Laura decided to combine her two favorite things, teaching and cultural exchange, which, to the good fortune of EFDM, ultimately brought Laura to the teaching team at L’Ecole Française du Maine.
What’s next? The question then becomes: “Where do they go from here and how can they maintain their French beyond their time at L’Ecole?”
DELF: 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!
For more information on our DELF Program, please contact Laura Piehl at DELF@frenchschool.me