About 

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the Alliance Française de Sacramento

Where Sacramento gathers to learn, live, love and be French!

The Capital Region’s French language and cultural center is welcoming French-speaking people and francophiles from all over the Sacramento area and beyond. Founded in 2000 as an independent nonprofit organization, the Alliance now counts more than 600 members and 250 students per session.

Special events will immerse you in the French culture and introduce you to native speakers and francophiles just like you. Discover the French in you at the AF de Sacramento!






La France 

à Sacto





Art de 

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Founded in Paris in 1883, the Alliance Française currently boasts more than 800 chapters in 130 countries, with over half a million students worldwide.

our mission

Our mission is to promote the French language and francophone cultures and to foster friendships between French speakers and people living in the Sacramento region.



 

Our 

Staff


Frédérique Lamort

Executive Director

Frédérique Lamort, a native of Brussels, studied French literature and history and earned a BA in Education and a specialization in Français Langue Etrangère (FLE). She is a founding member of the Alliance Française de Sacramento, served as the Assistant School Director, and has more than 20 years of experience teaching French at all levels. After working in engineering project management in the UK, she came back to Sacramento and started her own consulting company helping small businesses. She’s a jazz and classical music lover and is passionate about art, literature and history. Frédérique jumps on any opportunity to travel and discover new cultures. 

Kevin Schaub

Office Manager

Kevin Schaub holds an MA in French Literature and Cinema from the Ohio State University, and a BA in French from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He first fell in love with teaching French while instructing undergraduates during his graduate work. He brings 18 years of experience in nonprofit educational and arts management—including work at several international film festivals in San Francisco, Marin, and Sacramento. He was the office manager for an international magazine company in New York. Kevin relocated to Sacramento in 2016; he is delighted to have found his new Francophile family here—and the opportunity to polish his French to perfection!

Our 

instructors


Native from France or having grown up in a French-speaking environment, our teachers all hold a degree in teaching French language.

Armelle Querbouët

Instructor

Armelle Querbouët was born in Paris, France, and moved to California in 2007. After studying at the University Paris X and Lettres Supérieures, Armelle began her career as a teacher in Paris before focusing on human resource management and communication, working first in France for the French government and then in the United States for private companies. Armelle later returned to translation and teaching, and since 2009, she has been teaching French to adults at all levels at the Alliance Française de Sacramento.

Caroline Chamberlin

Instructor

Caroline Chamberlin was born in Lebanon and grew up in Nice, France. She studied sociology at the University of Letters in Nice and then obtained a diploma in management at the Institute of Carbuccia in Nice. Caroline moved to the United States in 2000 with her husband and her two sons. She started working at the Alliance Française de Sacramento in 2011. Caroline is also a full time French teacher at Valley High School in Sacramento. Caroline loves to entertain, dance, and enjoy outdoor activities (biking, hiking, and camping). She also likes to cook traditional French recipes to share with her friends.

Marc  Birnkammer

Instructor

Marc Birnkammer is a passionate linguist. He holds a master’s degree in foreign languages and has over 15 years of French teaching experience. Besides French, he is also fluent in German, English, and studies Brazilian Portuguese for fun. Marc taught at the Alliance from 2013-15, and now returns after a year in the Bay Area. His students usually appreciate his down-to-earth approach and although he insists on the importance of grammar, he likes to digress from its rigid framework to take the time to provide his students with a more holistic understanding of French culture.

Camilo Frias

Instructor

Camilo Frias is a PhD candidate in French Literature at New York University, currently living in Davis while completing his dissertation on 19th-Century French translations of English poetry. Having grown up in a Chilean-American family, Camilo is also bilingual in Spanish and has a working knowledge of German and Italian. His research interests include Romantic and Symbolist poetry, translation studies and literary theory. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as an English assistant in France at the Lycée hôtelier de Saint-Chamond, where he led classes in culture and conversation with students ages 14-19 studying to work in the restaurant industry. Later, he taught English and Spanish language courses as an academic assistant at the Université Jean Monnet. The father of two kids ages 3 and 6, he also has over 10 years of experience teaching French to children as a private tutor.

lissa washburn

Instructor

Lissa was born and raised in Paris, France and lived in Japan for a while. She moved to California in 2000, after finishing her Japanese language degree at l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. She has been teaching French to children for over 10 years and recently moved to Sacramento from Southern California. 

Megan McMullan

Instructor

Megan McMullan received her PhD in French literature from UC Davis in 2014. As part of her dissertation-writing process, she spent a year in Paris researching 17th-century manufactured controversies and the role they played in early journalism. Prior to that, she spent time in France and Belgium studying abroad and working as an au pair. She has taught French for many years at the college and high school levels. Past experience includes upper and lower-division courses taught at UC Davis and the University of Nevada Reno. Currently she teaches at St. Francis Catholic High School. Outside of French, she also has volunteered and taught ESL with Sacramento’s refugee community, among others. Her primary interests are literature, theater, and human rights.

CLAIRE MICHELET

Instructor

Claire Michelet grew up near Paris and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. After teaching art history, drawing and painting in Paris, she moved to the United States in 1992 and becoming an American citizen in 2000. She has lived in New York, San Francisco and San Diego, and now resides in Sacramento, returning regularly to France to visit. Claire has taught French for years, and started teaching at the Alliance Française in 2005. She enjoys reading, drawing, photography, practicing Tai Chi and traveling.

Kyle patterson

Instructor

Kyle Patterson earned his Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies from UC Davis in September of 2022. Kyle has taught French for over six years in different settings. During his studies, he taught college students, but he has also worked with the Alliance Française for a year and led a French language program for U.S. high school students in Québec, Canada, as Program Director and French instructor. Through these various experiences, Kyle has developed a passion for meeting students of all backgrounds and connecting them to the French language and the various Francophone cultures that share the language. Outside of French, Kyle enjoys baking breads, cooking family recipes, teaching his group exercise classes, and taking care of his many, many succulents. 

Faten Ghariani

Instructor

Faten Ghariani was born in Tunis, Tunisia. She studied at the University of Law and Political Sciences of Tunis and obtained her B.A in judicial law in 2001, her first master's degree in intellectual property in 2003, and her second master’s degree in international contracts in 2005. During her years at the university, she taught French tutoring courses for elementary and high school students. She worked for 10 years for a private television channel in Tunisia as a chief legal officer and taught law in French for three years at the university where she studied. She has been an educator for several NGOs of socio-professional integration programs. Her passion for cinema led her to work on several film productions and to cofound a production company with her filmmaker husband in 2010. She moved with her husband and two children to the United States in 2017.

celina vargas

Instructor

Celina Vargas received her M.A. in French and Francophone Studies from UC Davis and currently works as a Lecturer of French at UC Davis. Born in Phoenix to two Spanish-speaking parents, Celina surprised everyone when in high school, she decided to take French classes in the International Baccalaureate Program. After her first year of undergrad, she became a French TA until the completion of her B.A. in Modern Languages (French emphasis). Throughout her learning and teaching experience, Celina has encountered incredible teachers and students alike and looks forward to continuing to foster Francophone community. When she’s not teaching, you’ll often find her in the kitchen cooking or baking while listening to True Crime podcasts. 

kathryn ferroggiaro

Instructor

Kathryn Ferroggiaro was born in San Francisco and grew up in Humboldt County, California. She discovered her love for French in high school. Attending Santa Clara University, Kathryn majored in both French and English and studied in Paris her junior year. She did her credential work at UC Davis and then taught all levels of high school French for 35 years. Kathryn recently retired and is excited to be a part of the Alliance Française. She enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, needlepoint, riding her horse and, of course, speaking French!

carrie meyers

Instructor

Carrie Rohrbach Meyers (she/her) has a dual Bachelor's of Arts degree in French Language and Literature and Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. She began her teaching career at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School in Washington, D.C., during which time she also got her Master's in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from UMDCP. Carrie transitioned to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School where she taught both middle and high school French for almost a decade before moving to Sacramento where she continued her love of teaching French at Sacramento Country Day School until August 2021. She is pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors as she offers various classes and workshops at the Alliance Française de Sacramento.

denise degelos

Instructor

Denise Degelos was born in San José, she also spent significant time in Louisiana and Ohio, among other states and Puerto Rico. 
Denise received her Bachelor's from San Jose State University in 2011 where she studied Spanish, Portuguese, French and Linguistics. After graduation, she moved to Europe and taught English in Spain and France. France became her home in 2013 and resided in Paris where she completed her Masters in Sociolinguistics at La Sorbonne University in 2017. In 2020, she moved to Sacramento and currently works in marketing and teaches languages part-time. 
In her free time, she dances Salsa, West Coast Swing, and other ballroom dances. She's also into reading, stand-up comedy, makeup and fashion. Finally, she is a proud aunt and dog lover.

erica forster

Instructor

Born and raised in the Sacramento area, Erica started learning French while in high school. She earned a Double Major in French and Global Studies while at Sonoma State University and studied abroad for a year in Paris as a junior. After graduating she continued her studies, earning a Masters in French at San Francisco State University, which also included six months of study abroad in Paris. Erica returned to Paris for a translation internship and then took a job in the tourism industry, which kept her in France for nearly another four years. Since moving back to Sacramento, she works primarily as a French and English instructor through her tutoring business. She loves travel, tennis and anything French!

keziah poole

Instructor

Keziah grew up in the UK surrounded by francophiles and has spent time living in France and Morocco as a teacher and researcher. She holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, where she specialised in queer and feminist writing from North Africa. An avid learner of languages herself, she has taught French and English as a second language for over ten years in international schools and universities. Her classes emphasise communication, culture and social engagement, and snacks wherever possible! In her free time, she loves to do pottery, go hiking with her dog and play the guitar (very badly). She also volunteers as a remote teacher for refugees and incarcerated students.

Gaby EmilE

Instructor

Gaby obtained a bachelor's degree in Spanish and French at UC Davis in 2004.  She fell in love with the French language in high school when she enrolled in her first French class. She decided to major in this romantic language after visiting France in the summer of her sophomore year in college. Visiting this magical country and seeing the culture in action made her decide to enroll in the Education Abroad Program that UC Davis had in place. She spent her best college year at the "Université de Toulouse Le Mirail" in southern France.  Throughout her initial studies of this beautiful language she was always motivated by phenomenal teachers who like her, learned French as a 2nd or 3rd language.  She was so grateful and inspired by these wonderful role models that she pursued a Teaching Credential to teach high school students world languages.  Maria has worked in the public schools for over 10 years and has enjoyed seeing her students cultivating that interest and curiosity about other languages and cultures especially the ones that have ties to the Spanish and French languages.

Florent vidal

Instructor

Born and raised in the south of France, Florent discovered the joy of teaching French in Japan where he spent a year, in 2008~2009, after getting his degree in applied languages. From there, Florent taught in a French highschool and tutored students, fixed computers and developed a POS solution before moving to California in 2016. Finally getting back to teaching after a few years, Florent is eager to meet new students.

alena furman

Instructor

Alena Furman was born in eastern Russia, where she first started learning French in elementary school. She graduated from the Pedagogical University with an MA degree in French and English. She pursued a career in teaching French, and has worked with students of all ages. She later obtained her PhD in education from the Moscow State Linguistic University and worked as a faculty member where she was originally a student. Alena had several internships in France at CAVILAM, Vichy (Centre d’Approches Vivantes des Langues et des Médias) and CIEP,  Sèvres (Centre International des Études Pédagogique) where she mastered French linguistics and didactics. She moved to California in 2009 with her family and has worked as a business analyst at various software companies. In her spare time Alena enjoys practicing yoga, pranayama, and meditation. She loves travelling, hiking, and sailing with her husband and two sons. 

our

 board of directors


The Alliance Française de Sacramento Board of Directors, made up of community leaders, francophiles, and native French speakers, provides guidance and direction for the organization. Elections of new and renewing board members are held each year at the Annual Members' Meeting in April.


don rodeS


President

burt cohen



First Vice President


Kristin Rapinac Graessle


Second  Vice President
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Barbara Cotter


Third Vice President

jim sandberg-larsen

Treasurer

Benigno Salazar


Secretary

SUSAN TUNE


Board Member

Danielle Dana


Board Member

Étienne Girard


Board Member

Mathew Abergel


Board Member

Guy Michelier


Board Member

Julie Baumhoff


Board Member

ED wright


Board Member








Contact us

Adress: 2420 N Street, Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: (916) 453-1723
Email: info@afsacramento.org
Office hours: Monday-Thursday: 12pm-7pm, Friday: Closed

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