Marie-Claire Ribeill, President of the board
and honorary Consul of France in North Carolina

Marie-Claire Ribeill was born in France and is an American naturalized citizen. She has a background in education and holds a CAPES and AGREGATION in Foreign Language teaching from the university Paul Valéry in Montpellier France. She founded l’école in her home in 2009. She was the school director until 2012 when L’école became a non profit in order to be the recipient of the FLAM ( Français Langue Maternelle) grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: a grant for French schools teaching French to French children around the world.

Marie-Claire Ribeill has been the president of the board of l’école since 2012. She Has been an honorary Consul of France in North Carolina since March 2010 and as such is dedicated to the promotion of France and friendship and trade between France and North Carolina as well as supporting the French population in the area.

She worked for ten years as a teacher in France and England, then as a history teacher at the French School of Raleigh, a  French sub at Exploris Middle -School, a tutor in French and history for French students in Raleigh and now works at SKEMA Business School, previously as an English and French teacher, now as the North America Development and External Relations Officer.

She has two sons: Guilhem who works in Boston and Axel who works in Greensboro NC.


Laurence Elia – Preschool teacher and teacher for other levels. laurence

I immigrated from Northern France after graduating from L’académie des Beaux-arts. I moved to New York in 1992 to pursue my long life desire to live in the United States.

I have a daughter, Marine, who I am raising bilingual and passing down my French heritage to. It’s very important for me to share my culture with my students.

I have been a pre-k teacher and a summer camp counselor in an American school for 13 years. I currently teach the 2 and 3 year olds as well as beginners preschool, beginners 2 and Kindergarten after school classes. I also teach a weekly beginners class at St Timothy and run L’ école’s summer camps there.

I would describe myself as a fun, patient, and highly energetic teacher with a genuine love and interest in children’s education and growth.


Catherine Prié Leray – Preschool teacher and teacher for other levels.

I am Catherine, a French native, graduated from French National Education and Master degree in Management. Along many years in teaching and tutoring, close to Paris, I taught French at all levels from elementary to high school. I also tutored adults in private lectures. I always loved teaching and passing knowledge especially to children who are curious about everything.
I have two daughters who are French-American from Louisiana: Tiffen and Solene. Tiffen works in New York in finance and Solene as an aeronautical engineer in Berlin.
We arrived in North Carolina at the end of August 2017, and thanks to Eric my husband who works for an American company in the Triangle. I am truly happy to work for L’école in Raleigh and find people who loves the French culture.


Isabelle Sabourin – Afterschool teacher.

Born, raised and educated (Sorbonne, Paris) in France. We moved to the US as a family in 1992 and since then we also lived in England, France and China. We have 6 children (4 are married, and our youngest one is a freshman at NCState). We also have 7 grand-children (and counting). I love to use power tools, hike and exercise.

I have been teaching french since 2008 and in 2012 I earned the Alliance Francaise diploma :French Teaching to Foreigners.

Rebecca Rumpf – Baby and me.

I was born and raised in South Carolina, where I attended and graduated from Clemson University with a BA in French Language. During my university studies, I spent a semester at l’Université de Rennes II, Haute-Bretagne. I taught English at the Lycée Allende, l’École Montmorency and l’École Quesnel, all of which are in Hérouville-St. Clair.
After completing this assistantship in Normandy, I earned an MA in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and
Paris. In the U.S., I have taught high school and elementary school in Vermont, Massachusetts and North Carolina.

My life has been richer thanks to my bilingual education and international experiences. I am grateful for the opportunity to pass this language and culture to my son, who is a student at L’École. I am enjoying speaking, singing and playing in French with him. I am currently teaching beginning French at the Alliance Française. I enjoy teaching through fun activities and watching my students become confident in French.




The board of directors

The head of the board of directors is Marie-Claire Ribeill, Honorary Consul of France in North Carolina.

Other directors include: Christian Foubert. Jerry Horner. Chad Lang, Stephanie Rousseau-Playe, Gilles Ansellem, Carolyn Dubay