Anaëlle was born in Montbrison in central France, known for its blue cheese. Montbrison is the birthplace of Musical Director, Pierre Boulez. Anaëlle is a renaissance woman with a wide range of abilities and interests. After obtaining her Baccalaureate (Math and Sciences), she earned a degree in communication at the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, an area surrounded by dormant volcanoes.
After graduation, she decided to travel and learn a new language. Because of her love for children, she found herself in a small town in Maryland as an au pair for almost two years. This was a wonderful experience that confirmed she wanted to become a teacher. Back in France, Anaëlle studied to become an elementary school teacher for the French Ministry of Education and eventually taught 4th and 5th grade in several schools in the Loire School district. Her insatiable thirst for discovering the world allowed her to teach at the French International School of Bogota (Columbia). Anaëlle is thrilled to continue her journey at l’Ecole Française du Maine as a Primary school teacher.
Anaëlle enjoys reading, swimming, running, and of course, traveling.
Fabien Sureau, a teacher for the French Ministry of Education AEFE / MENJS since 2009, was born in Nantes, France, and grew up in Guinea, Africa.
In France, his studies took him to the universities of La Rochelle and Poitier, which allowed him to focus on Elementary Education and Physical Education. After earning his teaching certification with the French Ministry of Education in 2009, he taught in several schools in France’s “La Rochelle School District.” Throughout his teaching career, Fabien has taught every grade level from Kindergarten to 4ième (eighth grade) to various students, some with special needs, and even literacy curriculum to young adults in French Correctional Facilities. Following his dream and passion for traveling and foreign cultures, it was only a matter of time before Fabien set his sights on new horizons beyond France to come and teach in the United States. In 2015, Fabien Sureau developed the skills to teach French to non-French speakers at the French School of Managua, Nicaragua. Then, in 2018 and 2019, he taught 1st and 2nd grade (CP-CE1) at the French International Leadership Academy in Lake Oswego, Portland, Oregon. Fabien is a competitive athlete, trained in various sports such as handball, surfing, hiking, squash, snowboarding, and swimming. In addition, he is a French Volunteer lifesaver assisting search and rescue operations at sea and training future volunteers with their swimming skills in the open ocean. He loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two young children, future students at l’Ecole Française du Maine. He enjoys cooking and making arts and crafts at home. Fabien is delighted to join a dynamic school and live a new experience in Maine.
Alison was born in a town near Paris but grew up in a small rural village in Yonne, Burgundy-France. Alison has always been passionate about foreign languages and cultures, especially Japanese culture, and pursued her education with hopes to work abroad one day.
After obtaining her Literary Baccalaureate, Alison studied law and obtained a Bachelors from the University of Dijon, on the path to become a lawyer in international business law. However, the private tutoring she did for children and teenagers during her bachelor’s degree revealed a great interest in teaching and early childhood, resulting in a change of direction for her professionally. Alison decided to become an elementary school teacher. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education, specialized in Early Childhood, from the ESPE of Auxerre, and became a Certified Teacher for the French Ministry of Education.
Throughout her teaching career, Alison has had the opportunity to teach at every level of elementary school, from the Toute Petite Section (2 years old Early Childhood) to CM2 (Fifth grade). However, she chose to specialize in Early Childhood Education and La Maternelle because of her love for guiding and teaching the little ones.
Having never forgotten her dream and passion for foreign cultures, it was only a matter of time before she set her sights on new horizons beyond France. So she applied to be a Teacher at L’École Française du Maine, and the School is thrilled to welcome Alison to our teaching team in the fall of 2021.
During her time off, Alison enjoys singing and listening to music. Whenever possible, she travels to observe new landscapes and meet new people. She loves nature and animals. She also enjoys astronomy and well-being philosophy; in that way, she practices sophrology and meditation. In addition, she enjoys reading books on Japanese culture and practices various sports.