Meet our Staff!

We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Marie-France Sanderson.

Marie-France Sanderson
Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist
Office: (858) 550-0144

Our Staff

Marie France
Marie-France Sanderson
Executive Director

Marie-France was born in the Alps in the South of France. She was working for 21 years in middle schools and high schools in different cities in France, in Washington DC and in Santiago, Chile. In October 2015, she moved in California and began to help at Alliance Française de San Diego as a volunteer first and then as a Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist until December 2019. She is currently the Executive Director and she is looking forward to promoting the French and francophone language and culture, for and with this warm and wonderful community.

Elisabeth Bergman
Educational Director

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.

Mathilde Chevalier

“Je suis Mathilde, j’ai 27 ans ! Je suis originaire d’un peu partout en France (pour avoir vécu à Grenoble, Dijon, Lyon et Paris). J’adore voyager, la musique et surtout… la bonne cuisine ! J’ai hâte de vous rencontrer à l’Alliance Française de San Diego !”

“I’m Mathilde, I’m 27 years old! I come from all over France (having lived in Grenoble, Dijon, Lyon and Paris). I love traveling, music and above all… good food! I look forward to meeting you at the Alliance Française de San Diego!”

Camille Ménard

My name is Camille and I am an intern at Alliance Française de San Diego for two months. I come from a little town in Vendée called Les Epesses (one hour driving from Nantes), where the Puy du Fou historical parc is located. It is also one hour from the sea, so the place is really dynamic, with lots of things to do, especially during summer ! I have a degree in French literature and language. Last year, I was interning as a French teaching assistant in a dual immersion school near Los Angeles, and I am now doing a Masters degree in order to teach abroad and to promote the French culture. I love sharing and discovering other cultures, to me this is what allows us to broaden our minds and to become better people. I also love singing and playing music. I like traveling, hanging out and discovering new things. I’m really excited about this internship and I can’t wait to discover the San Diego area!

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Amélie Chappaz
Book Club

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.

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Jessica Yurman

Jessica began studying French at 14 years old in Fair Oaks, CA. Her knack for languages led to a B.A. in French and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara as well as UC Education Abroad in Toulouse, France. After graduating in 2003, she “visited” Honolulu, HI only to spend the next five years, earning an M.A. in French from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in just three semesters. Here, in San Diego, Jessica has stayed true to French form, having earned a Level 3 Certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) as well as the Beverage Coordinator role at her current employment. She has assisted at various events in San Diego such as the AFSD Beaujolais Nouveau, AFSD Fete de la Musique, SommCon and the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. For Jessica, the Alliance Française of San Diego provides a means of self-expression, enrichment and community engagement.


Office hours:
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thurs-Sat: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wed: 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

School location: 
6640 Lusk blvd suite 104
San Diego, Ca 92121
Free parking

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