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, Preschool and 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: Preschool and Junior K Teacher
Moumy Niang, Preschool Teacher
“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.”
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.
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.
Pierre Burthey, After School Teacher
Frederic Terradura, PE Teacher
Frédéric is a sports enthusiast who grew up in Nice, in the south of France.
Very early on, he joined the French Navy and studied at the Sous-Officier’s school. He had a long career in the French Army as a diver and sports instructor, an experience which taught him teamwork, adaptability, and sense of responsibility. It was also an opportunity to travel the world.
After arriving in Martinique in 2009, he obtained a professional diploma as a sports instructor with a specialization in rock-climbing. He then trained children, adolescents, and adults for leisure and competition. Those years taught him much about managing a group, keeping motivation high, and managing emotions.
Although climbing remains his favorite sport, he also practices boxing, skiing, yoga, running, and canoeing. He is also a fan of comics and science fiction books.
Ashley Brandenburg, Adult French Teacher
Ashley Brandenburg is a freelance French translator and editor and a former academic. She holds her Ph.D. and M.A. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, where she specialized in Early Modern French and Italian Literature. Before graduate school, Ashley lived, studied, and worked in France, including a one-year stint working as an English teacher in public schools in Challans (Vendée). She has taught French extensively at both the university and K-12 level, and enjoys introducing the language to students of all ages.
Ashley grew up in Michigan, but has lived in France, Italy, Upstate New York, and Arizona. She and her husband, Drew, have two daughters (Violet and Rosalie) at ILA, and they enjoy spending their free time exploring all of the natural wonders that Oregon has to offer!
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!
‘A wonderful rapport with children’
Massene has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. His ability to connect with his students and his talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. Massene is a real team player and always has the best interests of his students, and the school at large, at heart. In my career, I met few teachers who have his level of pedagogic skills. He has also excellent leadership skills and he will be an excellent head of school.
Matthias Guichard, 4th grade head teacher PFS
‘Builds authentic relationships
Having been myself a French schoolteacher, I was impressed by many of the qualities Madame Raclot demonstrates in her teaching. Her initiative and dedication are very strong. Additionally, she has built authentic relationships with her students. Each morning, she is waiting at the entrance of her class, greeting warmly her students each by his/ her name, and talking to them with respect and dignity. Later on, even when they are not in her class anymore, her students run to greet her and give her a hug. When I get to meet Madame Raclot in the school hallways she is always in a good humor, smiling and creating a welcoming atmosphere. Personally, I feel grateful and fortunate to have had my daughter in her class last year, and wished Madame Raclot was her teacher this year as well. I am sure she will make her students very successful, ready for future challenges.
Khadija Khalifé, Ph.D. (French Language and
M.A. (Spanish Language and Literature)
‘An engaging and creative teaching style’
We have known Massene for five years. (He) has an engaging and creative teaching style, which encourages openness to cultural diversity and promotes critical thinking and inquisitiveness. He has a gift for communicating with students and motivating them to learn. Most striking is his pedagogical range. Students learn more than reading and writing and multiplication tables: they begin to see themselves as living within an interconnected global community, to cultivate a basic sense of justice, and to gain exposure to valuable citizenship skills. He was remarkably effective at putting these ideas into practice. When differences occasionally broke out among students he had a wonderful technique of gathering the whole class and having them work out the problem together through a classroom dialogue. These students-centered methods were typical of his entire approach of teaching. Massene was eager to use the knowledge and expertise of parents in the classroom. Sinan’s mother was one such parent volunteer, narrating folk tales as a guest when the class was covering a unit on folk tales and fables from around the world. Another parent, a lawyer, explained the workings of American courtrooms, which led to a tense investigation and trial of Scooby-Doo, who had come under suspicion of mischief in a story. Still another brought in work kits and explained basic electronics. Sinan responded to all these events with great enthusiasm.
James Grehan Pelin Grehan
Director, Middle East Studies Center
Portland State University Dept. of World
Languages and Literature
Patricia Raclot was my daughter Alexandra’s teacher in CE2 (third grade) for the 2009-2010 year. I was very impressed that Patricia, while an excellent disciplinarian, was able to maintain a very affectionate relationship with the children. She always handled difficult situations with grace and intelligence.
Felicia Ferguson, MD
‘Couldn’t Be Happier’
Our children began attending ILA in the Fall of 2012. We couldn’t be happier with their learning experience. They get individualized attention from terrific educators in a very warm and caring environment. I would recommend ILA to any parent who wants their children to receive a unique educational experience. Our children did not know any French when they started. I’m amazed at how quickly they are picking it up. Now, they are beginning to communicate in French and are picking up Spanish as well. The transition from a public school to ILA was smoother than we had imagined and the best decision that we could have made for our children’s education.Massene Mboup: Massene has a natural ability with children that is apparent when you see him interacting with them. He challenges the kids to think critically. He teaches a philosophy class where the students are asked thought-provoking questions. I’ve seen both my kids critical thinking skills grow tremendously as a result. It’s a wonderful feeling to have as a parent to know that your kids are learning to think for themselves and also to think of the world around them.
Patricia Raclot: Patricia is a wonderful educator. She is firm and demanding of the children in a positive way. Patricia creates a comfortable learning environment where the children progress. Our daughter has learned so much in her classroom. Our daughter started in the fall in the 2nd grade without knowing a single word in French and in a few short months she has been learned to speak, read and write in French.
Cary Page: Cary is the children’s English teacher. She is a kind and patient teacher. She does a terrific job of keeping the kids challenged with individualized learning plans. My daughter enjoys being challenged at above level English work. My son loves learning to read and he’s proud of his progress. Both of my kids look forward to her English class.
Ben Hayes: My son attends the computer class with Ben. He loves the class. He’s always so excited and happy to work on the computer with Ben, it’s one of his favorite classes.
Emilia Lepori: Emilia is such a wonderful teacher’s assistant. She is always happy and patient with all the kids. The kids enjoy her very much.
Ana Laura Arias: Ana is the children’s Spanish teacher. Her class is also one of my kid’s favorite classes. Their Spanish has improved tremendously as a result. She keeps the class fun and the kids interested.
Natascha Duclos: Natasha is a terrific pre-school teacher. She is always patient and kind with the little ones.
Marc Bescond: Marc’s love of music is infectious. Our daughter is so excited, having been exposed to all kinds of music in his class, that she has asked to take piano lessons. We are happy to see her passionate about music.
John & Klarissa, parents of Kayla (8 years old) and William (5 years old)
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