Meet our Staff!
We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Lindsay McNicol.
Born in San Diego and being Tahitian, Lindsay had the opportunity to travel to the South Pacific Islands, her mother’s homeland. This experience opened a whole new world for her – she learned a great deal about the Tahitian culture, the dance, the music, the food, and especially the people who influenced her choices in life. Lindsay was Miss Pacific Islander in 2009, founded a non-profit organization Reva Tahiti Productions and Heiva San Diego in 2010, and opened her wedding and events coordination company, Reva Events in 2017. She had been involved with the Alliance Francaise de San Diego since July 2017.
Amelie Chappaz is a native French speaker and her teaching qualification is internationally recognised. She is passionate about the French language and even more so about sharing it and inspiring others. She has recently relocated to San Diego with her husband and their two daughters. Previously living in England, she has been teaching and tutoring in various settings including schools and enterprises, and is thus used to adapting her lessons to various audiences from children to students, adults and senior citizens. She was also the head teacher of the school Les Petits Caméléons for French bilingual children. She is dedicated to developing the skills and abilities of her pupils so that they have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their potential both in the written and spoken fields of the French language. Her lessons are therefore structured to include listening and reading comprehension, oral participation on a wide range of topics, as well as writing practices. Differentiation is key in her teaching practice. Modern technologies and a diversity of outstanding resources are offered to promote motivation and excellence.
Amelie is also the book club coordinator.
Elisabeth Madeleine Bergman was born in France in Britany and moved to Portugal when she was 15. She started teaching French in Portugal as a teenager for pocket money as she learned the Portuguese language and culture. In 1991, after finishing a Linguistics degree at the University of Lisbon, she was offered to teach Portuguese at UCSD where she met a future husband. Elisabeth enjoys teaching French, mostly evening and week-end as she also is a full time employee at CDG, a Boeing Company since 1999. Teacher (and just recently School Director) at the Alliance Française de San Diego since 2009, this is where she share the love of the French language and Culture to everyone who wants to speak that beautiful language.
Bonjour! My name is Kate Morris and I study International Business and French at the University of San Diego. I took my first French class at 9 years old and I’ve been in love with the language ever since. I enjoy watching French films, listening to French music, and practicing speaking French! I look forward to exploring the French culture here in San Diego via Alliance Française while helping people to reach their goals in certifications. Bonne journée!
Bonjour à tous! My name is Riley Lim, and I am currently an undergraduate freshman at the University of San Diego. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California, and am excited to connect with the French community here in San Diego. French has been one of my greatest passions since the 9th grade, and I am currently majoring in it as well. I am a proficient speaker and love reading French literature and listening to French music. My favorite song is currently L’hynme à l’amour by Édith Piaf, and I hope to sing it with all of the students and faculty at Alliance Française very soon. À bientôt j’espère!
Bonjour! My name is Zhala Hasili. I was born in Azerbaijan, Baku. European countries and culture is something that I’m always passionate about and that lead me to do my bachelors in International Relations. Currently I am an MBA student at Alliant International University, San Diego. I’m excited to be part of the Alliance family and having a chance to get to know the French culture!
Je m’appelle Maurie C-Blanchard. J’habite à San Diego et je suis une ingénieure en biotechnologie. J’aime la langue française et la culture française aussi. J’étudie français à Mesa Collège il y a 2 ans. J’ai un chien qui s’appelle Amy et j’achète beaucoup de jouets pour elle parce qu’ils sont très mignons. Je veux pratiquer ma française plus et je veux apprendre plus de la culture française aussi.
Carrie Blanton has taught both English and French as foreign languages and recently relocated to San Diego after completing her master’s degree in Didactique des Langues Étrangères et Tice at the Université Lumière Lyon 2. Fulfilling her dream of living in France, she spent the past four years teaching English to students of all ages in Lyon: first, as an assistante de langue in the TAPIF program, then as a lectrice d’anglais at Université Lyon 2, and finally as an English teacher at Gaming Campus Lyon (a university focused on gaming careers). A passionate Francophile, she is even more enamored with the French language than when she began studying it in the fourth grade and appreciates how every exchange, whether in French, English, or any other language, is ultimately about communication and building connections with those around us.