Meet our Staff!
We are currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Marie-France Sanderson.
Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist
Office: (858) 550-0144
Lindsay Reva McNicol was born and Raised in San Diego California and spent most of her vacation time traveling to French Polynesia where her mothers family is from. She took an immediate interest in her Tahitian roots, dedicating herself to the culture and dance that is so unique to French Polynesia. In 2009 she was crowned Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego and shortly after founded Reva Tahiti Productions and Heiva San Diego Cultural Festival that attracts people from all over the world. She is currently the Executive Director at Alliance Francaise de San Diego with the intent of sharing and learning the Culture of France.
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.
Marie-France came to Las Vegas in July 2014 and moved one year later to California. She’s been working previously in Chile in South America for five years and in Washington DC for three years in French schools. She enjoys doing yoga and hiking and spending time with her husband and son. Since October 2015, she’s very happy to be part of Alliance Française de San Diego as Cultural Events Director and Certifications Specialist promoting the French language and culture in San Diego.
My name is Marine and I am the new intern at Alliance Française de San Diego. I study in France at Sciences po, a science political school and I am in San Diego for an immersion for 6 months. I come from a little village in Normandy with name is Pont d’Ouilly and in which concerts, kayaks, canoes, climbing are always here to make this little village soo pleasant to live. I had forever a creative spirit so it was naturally that I wanted to discover the cultural world and especially how to promote the French culture and language abroad. So I choose Alliance Française de San Diego for my 6-months internship. I like sewing and photography. I love listening music and going to festivals. And I’m curious to discover the American culture!
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.