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Madame Elizabeth Porter

I am a National Board Certified French teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics, a Master’s degree in Education and a French degree called a DEUG in French as a Foreign Language (FLE).  I have a passion for France and all things French.

I spent several years living in France. I went to college in Normandy, France and I also spent a significant amount of time in Paris. I taught elementary and middle school English in Normandy. When I returned to the United States, I taught for 3 years at the French Immersion School of Washington and then taught High School French for several years.

My unique method of teaching language not only promotes fluency, but also reduces brain and sensory issues making it ideal for accommodating all learning styles and special needs.

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Madame Laurine Leung

Laurine was born in France and grew up in Avignon, in Provence. She started her career as an engineer in microelectronics. She moved to the United States in 2012, and had her first child in 2014. While a stay-at-home mom, she volunteered at a French school in Washington State and enjoyed teaching French to children. She decided to move her career towards teaching French and got her French degree as a Foreign Language (FLE) in 2015. Mom of two young children, she has been in the teaching field as a teacher assistant first, then as a teacher. She moved to Illinois a year ago and is currently enrolled in University to seek her French teaching certification from Illinois State with endorsement for Middle/High schools. In parallel, she is thrilled to join the team at Bon Voyage, and cannot wait to meet you and/or your child(ren) in class soon.
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Maîtresse Holly Pemsing

Salut les amis! My name is Holly Pemsing and I live in the dynamic city of Lyon, France. After graduating from Portland State University I embarked on an amazing adventure and purchased a one way ticket to the south of France. After arriving in France, I continued my education and met my future husband, Matthias. We have built a life together in this beautiful country over the past eight years and are raising two young bilingual children. 

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies specializing in Primary Education. I also teach English online to 3-12 year olds who live in China. When I am not teaching, you can find me outside—hiking, camping and exploring nature with my two sons. I have taught English through different learning techniques including volunteering at a French High School, private English lessons, and a specialty language school. 

I love teaching and sharing the gift of language with children and would be delighted to be your child’s French teacher. I welcome your family to discover French life and culture that I get to live everyday.

Merci
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Madame Catherine Lheureux

Bonjour! My name is Catherine Lheureux. I was born and raised in France near Paris, and I have been a French teacher for many, many years. I have taught all levels of French and all ages. I started at age 20 when I worked for Santa Cruz Adult Education while pursuing my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz. I went back to Paris after earning an M.A. in cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, where I worked in translation and publishing for 13 years. I came back to the US in the Seattle area in 2000 with my French husband Christian Dardonville, who owns Dardonville Furniture Restoration, and our son Yann, now a Spanish and Political Sciences student at Whitman College in Walla Walla. I have worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Washington, tutored adults and children on weekends, taught evening classes at North Seattle Community College, taught AP classes at Holy Names Academy and Kindergarten through 4th grade at the Villa Academy. I am currently a teacher at The Bush School (middle and upper schools) in Seattle, where I have worked for over 12 years. I have a lifelong passion for learning (new languages, history, geography, biology, astronomy) and teaching. I love to research and apply new language teaching techniques in my classes. I not only teach the French language, but also French culture and idiosyncrasies. Last, but not least, I love writing, reading and talking about French films and literature.

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Madame Megan Padden-Shin

Megan began her educational career as a college level French and Spanish tutor in 2005. Megan has since spent over a decade in the field of education. She has taught middle school and high school level English classes and even designed curriculum for a number of SAT prep courses. Megan has Bachelor of the Arts in English with a double minor in French and Spanish from Westfield State University and a Master of Science in Education from Walden University.

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Madame Morgane Réto

Bonjour à tous !

My name is Morgane Réto, I am French and I grew up in Brittany in the northwest of France. Since July 2018, I moved with my family in Greenville, in South Carolina for an amazing experience. I have two children, my daughter is 7 and my son is 5.
I worked for an international company for ten years in supply chain and logistics. After that I decided to follow my passion which is to teach, to share knowledge with people. So I decided to come back to school and I got another Master degree in Elementary Education in 2017. In French, I was in charge of a Kindergarten classroom.

Since I arrived in the United-States, I teach French as a volunteer in an American Public School, in an international association and I do private French lessons. I love sharing, explaining the French culture and proposing activities where we can have fun and we can learn in the same time.

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Sheng-Ping Wang

大家好! Greetings!

My name is Sheng-Ping Wang and I am excited to join Bon Voyage World Languages Academy as a Mandarin/Chinese teacher. I was born in Taiwan, grown up in Keelung and went to college in Taipei. I have Bachelor’s degree in Education (specialized in Music Education) from University of Taipei and a Graduate Certificate (Master credits) from U of Maryland, Baltimore County.

I was a certified teacher in Taiwan. As a home room teacher at elementary school, I taught Chinese daily along with other subjects. I and my family have lived in US for 13 years now and I also have years teaching experience in states. I start as an assistant teacher in pre-k classrooms then become a lead teacher in kindergarten enrichment programs as well as a lead staff in K-5 after school programs.

I and my family love to travel. We have visited France, Germany, Prague, London, and Oxford during summer vacations. In order to learn more new things from the world, I and my daughter also study French with Madame Porter in Bon Voyage World Languages Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy working closely with local musicians as a piano accompanist and share homemade recipes on my own blog and cooking websites.

Looking forward to working with you!