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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.


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.

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.


Susan Benepe

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Susan Benepe. Since a young age, I’ve been fascinated by the French language and culture. I was 18 when I took my first trip to France, boarding the plane on New Year’s Eve from NYC and arriving in Paris to begin the new year. I worked as a nanny in Grenoble for six months, and after the three children would go to bed, I would study the French dictionary to build my vocabulary and grammar skills. This provided the linguistic base and confidence to continue to live and travel throughout French-speaking countries for the next forty years.

I’ve been fortunate to have a multitude of extraordinary French experiences: playing my guitar in the Paris subways, working for Club Med, sailing on a marine biology vessel on the Mediterranean Sea, spending five years in the French West Indies’ island of Guadeloupe, marrying a noble Frenchman from Normandie, and teaching French to children and adults once I returned to the United States. Now, I am excited to share my love of the language and culture with the Bon Voyage French School.

Besides being fluent in French, I have a teaching degree and a background in Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota and Western Governors University. I currently work as a teacher at the Lummi Nation School in Bellingham, Washington. When I am not in the classroom, I can be found in my kayak, exploring the incredible Puget Sound and the environs.