ILA Professional Staff
ILA has put together a highly educated and motivated staff to teach your children. Every one of our educators brings a dedicated, loving and focused attitude to ensure that children get the most of their time spent at ILA.
Massene Mboup, School Director
After 4 years of Teachers Training School (École Normale) Massene began his teaching career in a small village classroom of 81 students– with no assistant! Though at first tempted to resign, Massene stayed in that classroom for another five years because of the wonderful students, who were so willing to study, and who were teaching him Fulani (a local language). Massene then went back to college and graduated with dual majors in English (American Literature and Civilization) and in Linguistics (General Linguistics, and General and Experimental Phonetics). He then attended the École Normale Supérieure, where he graduated with a Secondary School Teaching Degree. He taught high school at the Lycée Maurice De La Fosse in Dakar before coming to Portland, where he has taught at the Portland French School since 1999.
Massene obtained his Director Certificate with The Oregon center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education.
Massene is an avid soccer fan and has been coaching soccer at Portland Youth Soccer Associationleague, at the PFS, and at the French American International School, for more than a decade.
Massene is a griot ( or storyteller), and also writes stories and poetry. He has been teaching Philosophy for Children for 10 years and has developed a philosophy curriculum for children with the help of Joshua Fost, a Professor of Philosophy at PSU.
Patricia Raclot, Pedagogical Director, Teacher and Summer Camp/Afterschool Coordinator
Patricia Raclot is a native of France where she graduated from the University of Metz with a Bachelor Degree in English and French as a second language. She has been teaching for the last 22 years both in Elementary and Middle school after she graduated from the IUFM in Epinal (Vosges) where she got her Degree in Education. She takes the initiative to develop special projects, has a clear mastery of the teaching methods she uses and puts together the ILA’s pedagogical program for the different courses. She has excellent management skills and is able to create very good partnership rapport with parents and co- workers. She is fluent in French and English, and has basic skills in German and Spanish. Patricia’s outside activities and interests include swimming, aquafitness, modern jazz, fitness, stretching, hilo, dance, cinema, art, literature, theater, visual arts and English and American Literature.
Cary Page, English Teacher and Maternelle Assistant
Cary has worked with children in a variety of situations over the years. For the past 16 years she has been an assistant teacher in French immersion classrooms, first at the French American International School, and then at the Portland French School. She has also put together and run a number of children’s summer camps and after school programs. She lived in Paris two years while studying the French language and culture, first at the School of the Alliance Française, and then at the Sorbonne. Her B.A. is from the University of Delaware, where she also followed graduate studies in Linguistics and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). “Even after so many years,” she says, “the children still amaze me with their creativity and their joie de vivre. They keep me optimistic for our future.” Cary gardens, writes poetry and short stories, and facilitates a local writers’ group.
Karen Terradura, Kindergarten Teacher
Marion Baudry, Junior-K Teacher
Marion was born and raised in France, in the Jura, near the Swiss border. She studied at the University of Franche-Comté where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature before succeeding in the competition for Professor of Schools at the IUFM of Besançon. For fourteen years she has been teaching children from three to ten years of age.
Fabien Sureau, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
Fabien was born in France but spent his entire childhood in Africa, in the Republic of Guinea.
After obtaining his baccalaureate in literature, he joined the French Navy for six months before returning to his first passion: teaching.
Sportsman to the core, he earned a license to teach physical education (STAPS) and then won the national contest to bcome a schoolteacher. From this point, he worked at all grade levels, from nursery school to 5th grade, and then progressed rapidly into specialized teaching in high schools and in prisons.
Fabien loves to cross borders. He and his family lived for a year in Nicaragua, after which he is more persuaded than ever that one must open oneself to the world and teach this openness to others.
Fabien likes to meet, share, and learn with others. He also enjoys squash, hiking, and all kinds of nautical activities.
Nicolas Baudry, 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher
Audrey Courtois: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Teacher
Moumy Niang, Teacher, La Creche Program
“My philosophy is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. Part of my job as a preschool teacher is to help each child discover his or her individuality. I believe in hands-on experiences, in learning creatively and learning through play.”