Monday, February 20th, 2017

Our staff


Jacqueline Fournier
I am native from France and have been teaching to toddlers and adults since 2008.
I teach both in one-on-one and in group settings.
I enjoy being able to promote the French language and culture.
I am a certified teacher of yoga & Ayurveda RYS200.
I am also a volunteer for Cincinnati Art Museum as a Docent, Matthew Ministry.
I am creative, I do craft, paint, and enjoy Ikebana.
I love traveling, reading, outdoor activities, spending time with friends.
Dorothée Dufour
I am French and have been living in Cincinnati since July 2012.
In France, I was a High School teacher and I am very happy to be able to continue teaching while living in the USA.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge of French with the Americans.
Iliana Rosales
Iliana did her B.A. in French and English at Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, studied her M.A. in French at the University of Missouri and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Cincinnati. She teaches at Xavier University and French Alliance. Her research interests include Comparative studies on Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean literatures with an emphasis in the representation of power, resistance, and space. Her research agenda also focuses on postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and 20th and 21st century Latin American fiction.
Sylvain Fasciotto
I am a native French speaker and have been teaching at the Alliance Française since 2014. I have taught French and English since 2001 at various levels, but mostly high school and adults. I have a MA in Teaching World Languages and a MA in French literature. I am the proud father of three children and have a lovely wife.
Alal Elayyadi
Master of French Literature and Civilization, University of Cincinnati
French teaching degree, grades 7-12
Present time: French teacher at Clark Montessori High School, grades 9-12.
Paula Callaway
I was a high school French teacher in Michigan City, IN for 39 years. I retired in 2013. I earned my BA in French at David Lipscomb University in 1973 and my MA at Valparaiso University in 1978. I am an active member of the American Association of Teachers of French. I find teaching adults at the Alliance Française to be a very rewarding experience. I am also a substitute teacher in Boone County and a volunteer in the literacy program at Citylink in Cincinnati.
I have two grown children, Brett and Elizabeth.
Yvan Verbesselt
I was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1956. Reared in a Flemish/French bilingual family, I completed all my education in the Francophone education system of Belgium. I graduated as a Teacher of Germanic Languages. I came to Louisiana in 1977 where I taught French until I moved to Cincinnati in 1989 where I taught French in many different programs in the C.P.S district. I obtained my B.S. in Elementary Education from Xavier University and later on obtained my M.A. in French Literature and Civilization from the University of Cincinnati . I retired from Cincinnati Public Schools in 2011. I have been the Director of the Institute of the Alliance Française de Cincinnati as well as a teacher from 2012 to 2014.
Dominique Brandt
A native French Speaker, born in France. She has studied at the University of Strasbourg and has taught economics and social sciences for six years in a Parisian suburb as a certified professor, before moving to Cincinnati 15 years ago. Here, she has worked at Berlitz as a French Instructor. She has been working for the Alliance Française de Cincinnati since October 2014, teaching different levels groups. She is the mother of twins, Anna and Leo.
Martine Verbesselt
Born and raised in Brussels Belgium, I arrived in Louisiana in 1977 to teach French as a second language in different programs and did one more year in Kansas City before coming to Cincinnati in 1989. I retired from Cincinnati Public Schools in 2012 where I was a French teacher in Full immersion programs. Since 2013, I am the Director of the Alliance Française de Cincinnati “Language Institute” where I manage the school and teach several classes.