SCHOOL TEAM

 

ISABELLE KELMAN / SCHOOL DIRECTOR

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Isabelle Kelman was born and raised in Paris, France. She moved to Irvine, California in 2001 with her three children and husband. She was first introduced to the Alliance Française in New York in 1995, where she trained to become a French literature teacher. She began at the Alliance in Newport Beach in 2005 as a professor. Isabelle moved up in management at the Alliance Française in 2007, when she became director of the Newport Beach location. She is currently continuing to teach French literature and is attending Cal State Long Beach to obtain her Masters in French literature to further her education. She is focusing her teaching in 19th century literature. She enjoys skiing and hiking with her family. 

She is a certified TCF/DELF/DALF examiner and she is currently teaching every level of French.


ELENA R. / TEACHER

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Elena Rolland has been teaching French at the Alliance Française for over a year. She also works with the International School of Los Angeles and is the Instructor in charge of the program “Mommy and Moi” at the Campus of Orange. Passionate about the interface between first and second language acquisition, Elena advocates for bilinguisme and its memory benefits.

She is a mother of three children and moved to Irvine with her family in 2014. Previously, she has lived in Bordeaux for over twenty years and is very fond of the regional south-western cuisine.  Her favorite: the Canelés de Bordeaux!

Elena is currently attending the Irvine Valley College and is taking classes in College English Writing.She is involved in the Friendly Visitor Program with the Council on Aging Southern California as a volunteer.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and reading.


PASCALE C. / TEACHER

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I moved to the US 20 years ago with my hubby and my two year old baby. After adapting to the “American way of life” I took the opportunity to have another baby, who is the “real American” of the family!

 I taught French for adults and students in Long Beach during a couple of years and during 10 years I was a High school French teacher in a famous and extremely demanding Charter School in Tucson, Arizona. I love to teach French and its fabulous culture. Specifically, I have a strong experience in teaching AP French.

The dark side of my life (because everyone has one!) is a passion to make “entremets”. I really enjoy the difficulty of baking these cakes and I always find a good excuse to create a new one when I am not teaching! I also enjoy having a drink once in a while (un petit apéritif!) with my friends and family like people do in the South of France, where I grew up.

Finally, I have a (big!) cat named Zizou, like the nick name of the famous French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, and because I have 3 fans of soccer at home!


SARAH D. / TEACHER

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Sarah is originally from Granville in Normandie, where she grew up. She studied in France & Spain before moving to Biarritz. She started working in marketing and event management in different organizations in Basque Country and Bordeaux. In 2015, she left France to move to Southern California, in which she joined the Alliance Française in Newport Beach. She started teaching at the Alliance in September of 2015.

She is a certified TCF/DELF/DALF examiner and she is currently teaching every level of French.

She is a very active person who loves to travel and spend time with friends.


 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

 

BONNIE BLEVINS / PRESIDENT

Bonnie Blevins was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she attended Marquette University.  She has a degree in economics and accounting and a minor in Political Science.  She worked in investment banking at Salomon Brothers and First Boston in Chicago before moving to Southern California. She has been involved at the Alliance since 2008 serving as membership chair, vice-president 2009-2010, and president since 2010.  She has taken many classes over the years at the Alliance and is currently taking the French Literature class.  She enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

LESLIE TERPIn / VICE PRESIDENT

Leslie Terpin grew up in Oregon.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oregon State University and spent her career in the insurance industry.  She has lived in Southern California since 1987 and began taking French classes at the Alliance in 2002 following her first trip to France in late 2001. She continues as a student today in the literature class. She has been involved with the Alliance in various capacities since that time, serving as a committee chair or board member.  She is an avid baseball fan, loves to read and enjoys traveling.

 

ANTOINE KELMAN / TREASURER

Antoine Kelman has lived in Orange County since 2001.  He has a Masters in Science/Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France; a Ph.D in Computer Science from Paris VI University, France; and he attended the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer - North American Payment at Oberthur Technologies.  He has been involved at the Alliance since 2005 where he has served as treasurer and as the Webmaster from 2006-2015.  He enjoys playing tennis, hiking and skiing.

HUGUETTE SCHAER / SECRETARY

Huguette was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and landed on the US shore over 20 years ago. She has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Temple University in Philadelphia and is presently working at Turtle Rock Elementary School in the computer lab helping students K through 6. She enjoys walking, skiing, yoga, and discovering new places.