Meet Our Passionate Team
Behind every successful educational institution is a skilled and passionate administrative team. Ours ensures everything runs smoothly, allowing our French teachers to focus on what they do best: teaching.
Founder | President | Executive Director
An educator for 18 years, Rachèle DeMeo, M.A., M.Ed. was born in Nîmes (Gard), in the south of France, where she lived for nineteen years. Raised by an American-Italian father and an English mother, Rachèle grew up in a bilingual and multicultural environment. She is passionate about languages and other cultures, and her professional journey has been focused on language learning and teaching. She holds two Masters degrees, one of which is in teaching and learning.
Currently, she resides in San Diego, California, with her husband and their two children whom she is raising bilingual. In 2020, she founded FLAM San Diego (as a volunteer) with about thirty children participating in virtual French classes. She is the director of FLAM San Diego, offering different programs for about forty children and teenagers.
A former secondary school teacher and university lecturer, she is also a presenter/trainer. She teaches French courses and other lectures at Belle Terre Academy. She is also an author (with six published books to date) and a YouTuber.
Treasurer | Accountant
Andrée-Anne Tardif was born and raised in Victoriaville, a small French-speaking town located in Quebec. She later moved to Montreal, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Montreal. During her academic journey, she had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Mexico at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica. In 2018, Andrée-Anne decided to move to San Diego with her husband and their two cats.
Andrée-Anne is passionate about culture and languages. She is a member of the American Association of French Teachers (San Diego chapter) and currently serves as the treasurer of FLAM San Diego. She is also an active member of HOTEPA, a dog shelter located in Acapulco that aims to educate the local community about animal welfare.
Outside of work, Andrée-Anne enjoys learning new languages, cooking, traveling, playing with her two dogs, practicing yoga, going hiking, and relaxing at the beach.
Communication & Marketing Manager | Administrative Assistant
Fanny Jolly, a mother of 3 daughters and living in the USA since 2016. I am passionate about communication and have a background as a Medical-Psychological Assistant. I am happy to join the FLAM San Diego team as the Communication Manager.
Ariane is originally from around Paris, France but has been living in San Diego county since 2004, ever since she attended San Diego State University. Go aztecs! Her husband is American and she has identical twin girls and a little boy. Ariane is trilingual in French, English and Spanish and is very invested in passing this gift to her children. FLAM has been the perfect tool to perfect her children’s French level. Ariane has 15 years of global purchasing and team management experience as a full time general merchandise manager for an international retailer. When not working, the family enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, camping and being creative with crafts! It will be Ariane’s pleasure to provide fun crafts and activities during our in person get together.
Our French Teachers
At the heart of FLAM San Diego are our dedicated French teachers who bring not only their expertise but also an unyielding enthusiasm and love for the French language. Every one of our native instructors undergoes continuous pedagogical training. They are all certified and shine in their talent and creativity, delivering both quality and enjoyable lessons. It’s no wonder our students adore them!
My name is Perrine. Of Belgian origin, I was born and raised in Liège. Holder of a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Brussels, I have been teaching French since 2014 to children, adolescents, and adults of all levels. Being a great travel enthusiast, I had the opportunity to work with my husband in Mexico, New York, Paris, Belgium, and now California. Over the years, I have always been extremely happy to be able to share my passion for the French language and the world of the Francophonie with my students, giving them, too, the desire to travel and learn. always more.
In my free time, I love enjoying nature, rock climbing, yoga, hiking, and skiing.
It is with great pleasure to join the FLAM team!
Romuald was born and raised in France. He initially obtained a Master’s degree in Economics and Management, followed by a Master’s degree in FLE (French as a Foreign Language), FLS (French as a Second Language), and FOS (French for Specific Purposes).
After traveling the world extensively, he made his home in Colombia for a period of twelve years, where he dedicated his expertise to teaching young students in international schools. His responsibilities extended beyond teaching, as he also held the position of French department head. Following this enriching expatriate experience, he chose to return to France and took on the role of director at a language school located in the northern part of the country. His unwavering passion for teaching then led him, starting from September 2022, to engage in online teaching at an international school based in London.
Outside of his work, Romuald nurtures a passion for travel and discovering new cultures.
Additionally, he particularly enjoys mountain hiking with his spouse.
Therefore, it is with immense pleasure that he joined the FLAM San Diego team.
Nathalie was born and raised in Paris, where she earned her Master’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages at Paris X-Nanterre University, followed by a DEA in Intercultural Communication.
Having been an expatriate for over 25 years to follow her husband, she began her career as the Head of the Licensing Department at Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland. She then shifted her focus to teaching as a tutor for children in Miami, Washington D.C., and Paris. Her expatriation in the Middle East provided her with the opportunity to establish the Extra-Curricular Activities Committee at the French School in Muscat, Oman, and to teach French at an Omani university and an international school. She continued her teaching journey in Canada, in Winnipeg, as a tutor for Education students at the university, and in the United States, in Milwaukee, as a French teacher in a high school. She recently decided to settle in San Diego to be close to her son, who is pursuing his university studies at SDSU, and also to enjoy the Californian way of life.
She is the mother of two grown children: her daughter, a graduate of UMN Twin Cities with a Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Paris, and her son, a student in Information Systems at SDSU, are both fully bilingual. French has always been the only language spoken at home, although her children grew up in a truly multicultural environment and consider themselves “third culture kids.”
In her free time, she loves taking long walks on the beach, playing tennis, enjoying nature, and, above all, traveling.
She is thrilled to be joining the entire FLAM team!
Born in Paris, Laura obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Foreign Languages before moving to London for a year as an au pair. During this year, transmitting French culture and language has been an incredible experience. It was at this moment that the desire to explore the world and discover other cultures by sharing the Francophone culture was revealed.
Laura therefore then lived in Berlin, Germany, where she began a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language.
After obtaining her diploma, in 2018, Laura taught children aged 3 to 12 at the French Institute and at the Domino School with French-speaking children who could not attend bilingual schools.
Thus, Laura taught French to children beginning the French language but also to bilingual children following the National Education program.
Shortly after and with the pandemic, Laura continued her face-to-face online classes, notably joining two FLAM schools located in the United States. She, therefore, familiarized herself with the expectations of FLAM schools and their curricula by developing skills specific to online courses.
Its goal is to offer students a chance to learn French in a positive, creative, and fun atmosphere while being online.
Giving them the necessary motivation and confidence is essential to enable them to be the citizens of the world of tomorrow!
My name is Benjamin, I’m 32 years old, and I was born in Paris.
I am passionate about sports, traveling, and discovering new things.
I worked as an elementary school teacher in the Parisian region for 10 years, and I also worked as a sports coach in a football club and as an animator at the largest vacation center in Europe.
I am also an Ambassador for the Olympic and Paralympic Week with the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I am fully committed to this role as it will take place in my hometown.
Lastly, I have been a French as a Foreign Language (FLAM) teacher for some time now, and I am very happy to be a part of this network!
Annabelle was born in the Mauricie region, Quebec. She initially pursued a college education to become a specialized educator. She worked in various primary schools, where her main task was to assist children aged 5 to 12 with learning and/or behavioral difficulties.
Always having a strong interest in cultural diversity, languages, and teaching, Annabelle returned to school in 2020 to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in teaching French as a second/foreign language at Laval University. One of her dearest wishes is to teach outside of Quebec to promote the French language and Quebecois culture.
Since 2020, she has had the joy of teaching various subjects online to individuals aged between 6 and 16. She is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about the success of her students.
In her free time, Annabelle loves to travel, be in nature, and make people happy.
With great pleasure, she joins the wonderful team at FLAM San Diego!
School Psychologist & Evaluator
Originally from Arles, in Provence, Marie is a psychologist and teacher.
Holder of a DESS in Clinical Psychology and a Master in Child Psychology, she has worked in France with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as in the prison environment for the reintegration of young offenders.
Marie has more than 45 years of professional experience in teaching: first as an assistant professor at UCSD (The University of California San Diego), then in nursing school in France, and finally in various language schools, where she has been teaching French since 2004.
She enjoys teaching in a dynamic, interactive, and fun way, using storytelling and anecdotes to explain linguistic concepts and share her enthusiasm with her students.
Her hobbies include hiking, dancing, reading, and all kinds of crafts, a passion she was lucky enough to be able to teach at the Recreation Center and at the International Center at UCSD.
Language Therapist & Educational Support
My name is Marie, and I am French. I speak French and Spanish fluently. With a background in special education, I spent the first decade of my career working with children and adolescents facing challenges. I primarily worked in France, but also in Mali, Turkey, Spain, and Canada. These diverse experiences have given me a profound understanding of the needs of young people and the diversity of their experiences.
For some time now, I have been teaching French (FLE) to expatriate adults in French-speaking countries, and I continue to support children and adolescents in their educational journey. It’s a rewarding experience that allows me to put my passion for education into practice and help learners of all ages achieve their linguistic and academic goals.
What truly motivates me is the belief that every child is a treasure trove of unique talents. I enjoy helping them shine, believe in themselves, and view the world as an adventure to seize with both hands. Education, for me, is much more than classrooms; it’s a mission to unleash everyone’s potential.
I am a travel enthusiast and love exploring new cultures. Beyond that, I thrive on adventures. From skydiving to learning salsa, I am always up for new experiences.
Main Substitute Teacher
Born in Montreal, Manalle is a Canadian of Egyptian/Nubian parents. She grew up in Quebec and accumulated trips to the land of the pharaohs with her family. She became trilingual at a young age and developed an interest in the languages she mastered.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from McGill University in 2018. Passionate about sunsets and wanting to explore California, she moved to San Diego in November 2021.
Concerned about wanting to preserve the French language, Manalle developed a strong interest in teaching the language. In XX, she supervises students with learning difficulties as a tutor. The complicity that binds her to young people pushes her to consider a career in teaching.
She loves fashion, music, dancing and cooking.
Our activity coordinators
Morgane was born in Paris, France. She lived in the Netherlands for 15 years (4 years as a child and 11 years as a young adult).
Fluent in three languages (French, Dutch, English) and holding a master’s degree in pharmacy as well as a doctorate in neuroscience, she has a strong passion for science.
Living in San Diego since 2014, she has two children with her Dutch husband, and they are raising them to be trilingual.
Apart from her scientific interests, Morgane enjoys surfing, which she has been practicing since the age of 12, hiking, swimming, gardening, and many other activities. She hopes to instill a love for science through the activities she leads at FLAM.
Clotilde Delestre, a French mother of three with a passion for children’s literature created her first French bookstore in 2006 in California.
After extensive experiences in International Education globally, Clotilde has returned to California in 2021 and has relaunched her bookstore where she showcases a large and diverse selection of brand new imported French books, from all French editors. As an activity leader for FLAM San Diego, she regularly participates as a storyteller.
Feel free to discover her selection of books for children and adults www.clotildefrenchbookstore.com
And follow her on Instagram @ Clotilde French Bookstore to know more about the dates of her bookfairs, French culture, and events she organizes.
Ariane is originally from around Paris, France but has been living in San Diego county since 2004, ever since she attended San Diego State University. Go aztecs!
Her husband is American and she has identical twin girls and a little boy. Ariane is trilingual in French, English and Spanish and is very invested in passing this gift to her children. FLAM has been the perfect tool to perfect her children’s French level.
Ariane has 15 years of global purchasing and team management experience as a full time general merchandise manager for an international retailer. When not working, the family enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, camping and being creative with crafts!
It will be Ariane’s pleasure to provide fun crafts and activities during our in person get together.
Antoine, originally from a small mountain town near Lyon, France, spent his childhood in his hometown until the age of 18. Since then, he has primarily resided abroad, including in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from USD (University of San Diego) and a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from SDSU (San Diego State University). Since 2009, Antoine has been living in San Diego with his Filipino-American wife, their two dogs, and their two daughters.
After many years in the business world, Antoine transitioned to become a wedding and portrait photographer in 2016. He has developed a unique style of portrait and wedding photography, characterized by a documentary and photojournalistic approach, which has earned him numerous accolades and significant media presence. He regularly hosts photography workshops at FLAM San Diego.
We’re proud to introduce you to the dedicated individuals who make FLAM San Diego the premier destination for French education. Our team comprises seasoned administrators, talented French teachers, visionary board members, and dynamic interns and volunteers.
Teachers change the world. Thanks to our incredible teachers.
If you’re passionate about fostering a love for the French language and culture, consider joining our team at FLAM San Diego. To get started, complete the form corresponding to the position that interests you. Don’t forget to attach your CV and any other document that could support your application. Thank you for your interest in FLAM San Diego!
- All positions we offer are part-time.
- We are unable to provide a visa to work in the United States.
FLAM San Diego is currently hiring an Administrative/Administrative Assistant based on the following criteria:
We are looking for: an organized, dynamic and punctual person in his work, who knows how to work in a team and follow instructions.
Knowledge of: Google Workspace, Zoom, Canva, MailChimp.
FLAM San Diego is currently recruiting French teachers and replacements according to the following criteria:
Expert French teachers (meticulous in their work, especially grammar, spelling, etc.)
Teachers whose native language is French (speaking it without an accent) or their language
Experience and passion in teaching French language and culture, especially to children
Diploma in education, in French or equivalent
The remuneration is generous and commensurate with experience and diplomas.
If you want to be part of our network of San Diego area community babysitters, complete the form below with your availability, preferences, and rates. We will share your details with interested parents.
Internships and Volunteering
Are you passionate about French culture and education? If you’d like to undertake an internship with us or assist us as a volunteer, please complete the form or contact the director, Rachèle DeMeo.