About 

US


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 

vivre





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

The mission of the Alliance Française de Sacramento 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 in a French-speaking environment, our teachers all hold a degree for teaching French language. We have permanent full-time teachers and non-permanent teachers.

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 10 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.

Alaina King

Instructor

Alaina King is a passionate educator and Francophile. In 2019, she obtained her B.A. in International Relations and French Studies from Lewis and Clark College. She fell in love with the French language and culture after living in France multiple times, particularly after participating in a high school exchange program in Dole and later studying political science during her study abroad at the Université de Strasbourg. She also served as the French language teaching assistant for her university and her undergraduate thesis work was an analysis of French extremist politics. Immediately following her graduation, she worked as part of the administrative team at the Alliance Française de Sacramento before returning to France to work as an English language assistant in primary schools in the Pays de la Loire region. Apart from French, Alaina also has over six years of experience in youth recreation programming and currently interns at the World Trade Center of Northern California working in international trade. In her spare time, she loves playing sports, going camping, and hanging out with her adorable cat, Eva!

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.

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.

ELISE NOUI

Instructor

Elise Noui was born in Nantes in a family of teachers and graduated from the University of Angers, majoring in International Relations. While living in Brazil, she worked as a guide-interpreter and taught French as a second language for adult beginners. She then moved back to Europe, working as a business developer in London and Paris. Then, she followed her passion for wellness, natural beauty and nutrition and moved to Sacramento, where her husband is originally from, and opened a French vegan bakery business. As a new mom of a little girl, she decided to come back to her first love: teaching French to kids and adults at the Alliance Française of Sacramento. She also works as a journalist-translator. She loves reading, practicing cross-fit and is completing her yoga teacher training this year. In her free time, she loves to cook and bake plant-based French recipes!.

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.

Florence Picca

Instructor

Florence Picca is the newcomer at the Alliance Francaise de Sacramento. She was born in Antibes on the French Riviera, and attended high school and university in France, where she received a degree in international business. In 1989, she moved to the United States to pursue her studies. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree. in French literature from the University of Nevada Reno. In 1996, she moved to California to pursue a doctorate program in French literature at UC Davis. She has been working as a French teacher at Saint Francis High School in Sacramento since 2001. Florence loves traveling, running, hiking, swimming and scuba diving. And in a typical French fashion, she is a foodie! She loves to have her house full of friends, family and cats.

Kim Frasse

Instructor

Frasse, a native of Sacramento, grew up here in a trilingual home and lived in Europe for a year during his youth. He returned to Europe to study in Aix-en-Provence and Heidelberg for his undergraduate study, got his B.A. from Sacramento State College and his M.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. For 27 years he taught French and ESL in a high school in Los Angeles, which included a year at Lycée Raymond Naves in Toulouse through the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. In addition to French, Kim speaks German and Spanish and has lived in Mexico City where he also taught. He loves to travel and returns to France on a regular basis. His main interests are literature and art, and he seizes every opportunity to discover new places and cultures. He recently moved back to Sacramento from LA and is enjoying getting to know the French-speaking community at the Alliance Française.

KYle patterson

Instructor

Kyle Patterson earned his B.A. in French and Francophone studies with a minor in Spanish and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the French department at the University of California, Davis. Having worked as an Associate Instructor of French for five years at UCD, participating in a student homestay program in Québec, Canada, and later leading a language program there as Program Director, he has developed a passion for connecting his students to the French language and the various Francophone cultures. Outside of French, Kyle enjoys baking, yoga and cycling, building terrariums, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks!

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.

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.


Kristin Rapinac Graessle

President

burt cohen


First Vice President


SUSAN TUNE


Second  Vice President
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don rodeS


Third Vice President

jim sandberg-larsen

Treasurer

Julie Baumhoff


Secretary

Barbara Cotter


Board Member

Danielle Dana


Board Member

Étienne Girard


Board Member

Susie Hennessy


Board Member

Guy Michelier


Board Member

Benigno Salazar


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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