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.
Joelle Ceran, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Joelle Ceran is a native of France where she obtained a Certified teaching Diploma with the Ministry of Education. She then continued studying psychology while teaching young children. Joelle finished an advanced degree in clinical psychology at the University of Nancy II, France.
With her teaching diploma and graduate degree in Psychology, Joelle has been working with children ages 2-10 for the last 17 years. She will be a great asset to ILA’s ambitious program.
Joelle likes swimming, alpine skiing, water-skiing, snowboarding, African dance, hiking, and going to concerts and to the movies.
Chantal Bulambo, Head Teacher, La Creche Program
She worked at l’Ecole maternelle ” le Volcan” de Goma from 2001 to 2004,then she taught mixed age (2-6 years old) at Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service(TCRS) school in Tanzania from 2004 to 2010. In the United States, Chantal taught in the toddler program as well as in the preschool at Atlas Immersion Academy from 2014 to 2015.
Chantal Identifies kid’s individualism and develops curriculum to accommodate different learning styles. She maintains productive learning environment by stating classroom rules.
Victor Attal, Pre-school Teacher
Victor was born in France where he grew up in an Italo-Tunisian tradition surrounded by 6 brothers and sisters. He has always had the desire to work with children and that’s the reason why he decided to follow a specialized course to become a school teacher which led to a Master specialized in education of young children (first degree) (MEEF).
Victor is a conscientious professor. He is attentive to his students. He loves building many projects including environmental ones and enjoys conducting field trips. Victor loves animals, African and classical musice, and likes to travel around the world.
He is currently working on writing a thesis on education for children under 3 years old.
Lucile Frezier, 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher
Aurélie Thomain: Kindergarten Teacher
“When I obtained my MA in Modern Literature, I went to Paris and received a Masters in Intercultural Mediation and Philosophy. I then attended the IUFM in Paris and was certified as a teacher in 2008. I taught in several schools in Paris, from Preschool to 5th grade, with children aged 3 to 12 years.”
“I enjoy walking in open trails as much as in the streets of Paris, where I often stop in museums, theaters and cafes. I appreciate literature, especially poetry and French, Russian and English classics.”
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.”
Sophie Vincent, Preschool Teacher
Ana Laura Arias, Spanish Teacher
Ana Laura Arias is a Spanish teacher and a native of Costa Rica. She has traveled extensively
as well as lived abroad. Ms. Arias has experience teaching and tutoring Spanish, her native
language which she loves and is only too happy to share with her students. Ms. Arias is an
animal and nature lover who in her spare time dedicates herself to rescuing animals, doing
gardening and tending to her own four dogs and three cats. She also enjoys playing tennis,
hiking, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Marc Bescond, Music Teacher
Marc Bescond, a native of Brittany, France is classically trained musician who has studied and taught in conservatories in France. He has been teaching children music-and heading music department-in French American schools in the past ten years.
He has played bass in the Gypsy Jazz Trio for years. Currently he plays the bass with the Portland Columbia Symphony, among other Orchestras. Marc has been teaching in ILA since the beginning of the school.
Mam Maty Cisse: Assistant Teacher
Mam Maty Cisse received his Bachelor in Library Sciencesfrom Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal). For seven years he was employed by the British-Senegalese Institute as the Librarian. In 2002, Maty moved to the United States. Maty has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Portland.
Prior to his job at ILA, he has worked as an entrepreneur, small business owner, and as the Librarian for the Portland French School.
Maty loves coaching soccer to kids and played in a regional league in Senegal.
Natacha Duclos, Maternelle And Art Teacher
Natacha is a native of France where she started teaching in the French Public School of Verclause in 2001. She moved to Doha,Qatar with her family and taught at the French Voltaire School of Doha. Natacha teaches styling and Fashion Creation. She also taught Sewing for adults in France. Natacha will also teach afterschool Fashion and Creation, and French for Children. With her experience in art, styling and fashion creation, Natacha will bring a strong French touch in the academy.
Jennifer Phillips : English Teacher
Jennifer Phillips was born in Glasgow, Scotland where she studied firstly, a BA (Honors) inCommunity Arts, wrote a thesis on the arts and then went on to complete her studies witha Post Graduate Degree of Education in primary teaching, both at Strathclyde University. She worked in Scotland as a public school teacher before moving to Italy where she taught various stages of the primary school in an English immersion school. Whilst living in Italy,she met her husband and they both moved back to his hometown in Oregon in 2013. Sincethen, she has taught in a private school before furthering her career at ILA. Jennifer thoroughly enjoys teaching English reading, writing and speaking and has both written and adapted the curriculum for literacy in various schools she has worked in. She has also successfully worked as a private tutor for many children and adults learning English as a second language.
Jennifer has also worked in disabilities and mental health and her love for music and thearts and has led her to facilitate workshops where people with mental and physical challenges can explore, learn and enjoy music, dance drama and the arts while developing life skills.
In her spare time, Jennifer loves to make music, sing, go to the beach with her family, paint and travel.
Johnathan Nett, Assistant Teacher Pre-School
Julia Nett, Assistant Teacher
Julia is Franco-American, having grown up in Portland. At the moment, she is a student of social anthropology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and has just returned from a year abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. She will remain in Portland for one year before returning to Scotland to continue her studies. She very much enjoys children, and has a lot of experience working with them in numerous daycares, schools, and as a tutor/babysitter. She looks forward to spending more time with the children of ILA, and to watch them grow in their French language abilities.
Ephrard Rulinda, After School Teacher
Ephrard taught in Atlas Immersion Academy Portland, was a Volunteer Educational Consultant for the Pacific Northwest Rwandan Association in Portland, taught General Psychology in School of Law and in Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management, Department of Rural Development in Kigali, Rwanda
Ephrard is a motivated educator with analytical abilities and attention to details. He has established his reputation for following procedures, active listening and multi-tasking. He embraces diversity in the work environment. Ephrard is adaptable to all situations.He works diligently to handle tasks at hand.
Thomas Tabarant, Physical Education Teacher
La Crèche Program Teachers
Valérie Rogers : Assistant Teacher, Toddler Program
Valérie Rogers was born in Lorraine, eastern part of France. She moved in the United States 24 years ago. Valérie has been working for 10 years in Child Care . She is teacher qualified.
Valérie is the mother of two children. She loves crafts and enjoys cooking different dishes form diverse countries.
Carine Saad, Assistant Teacher La Crèche Program
Mathieu Peulmeule, Assistant Teacher La Crèche
I arrived quite recently in Oregon, accompanying my wife, a teacher for grades 3,4, and 5. Before this, I lived in the north of France where I sometimes worked as a driving instructor and as an activities counselor during school vacation. A stay-at-home dad in my everyday life, I truly enjoy caring for my own young son. Assisting in Victor’s classroom at the beginning of the school year showed me how very much I also love to take care of other little “cheris!” To play, draw, paint, experiment with new activities, and to watch them grow is a great pleasure every day!