Willy LeBihan is a bilingual, French-American educator, business entrepreneur, non-for-profit leader, amateur geologist, and classical guitar aficionado. Willy is the co-Founder of the French School of Maine, La Maison Française du Maine, and the French American School of Tampa Bay. Willy was born near Paris, France but spent most of his childhood near Quimper, a medieval city that fosters much of the Celtic culture of Brittany. Willy’s interest in geology took him to French, Irish and American universities. He studied structural geology and mountain building processes through fieldwork in the French-Italian Alps, Connemara in Western Ireland, and the Northeastern Appalachian Mountains. Willy has 25 years of experience in education. He has shared his enthusiasm with students in many settings: early childhood, elementary school, middle, public, private high schools, and even colleges and universities teaching French or Sciences. Willy served as President of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Willy is a recipient of the National Defense Medal from the French Marines (1990) and Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (2009), a Knighthood Order of Chivalry of France, presented to academics and educators.
Willy co-founded The French School of Maine in 2002 and The French American School of Tampa Bay in 2017 with Elizabeth LeBihan. When not at school, Willy can be found boating with his wife Beth and their three grown children on Maine Lakes, Casco Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.