Marie-Claire Ribeill

Executive Director

I was born in France and am an American naturalized citizen. I have a background in education and hold a CAPES and AGREGATION in Foreign Language teaching from the university Paul Valéry in Montpellier France. I founded l’Ecole in my home in 2009. I 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). This allowed a grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to French schools teaching French to French children around the world.

I was the president of the board of l’école from 2012 to 2019. I have been the honorary Consul of France in North Carolina since March 2010. As such, I am dedicated to the promotion of France, friendship and trade between France and North Carolina as well as supporting the French population in the area. I 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. I have then been a tutor in French and history for French students in Raleigh, followed by a position at SKEMA Business School. I was an English and French teacher first, then the North America Development and External Relations Officer. I have re-assumed the directorship of L’école in  I have two sons: Guilhem, who works in Boston, and Axel, who works in Durham, NC.

Milaure Muteba

Preschool and Afterschool teacher

I am from Democratique Republique of Congo. I am a doctor; I obtained my bachelor degree in 2015 to the Protestant University of Congo. The children are my passion and my greatest dream is to become a pediatrician.

I am married to a wonderful man and we are both parents of an adorable little girl.

My experience as a young mother has allowed me to get all the beneficial knowledge in the education of a child such as ability to listen, communication, anticipation, sense of responsibility, organization and creativity (artistic and musical). I always love to work with children and I give my best to bring attention and security to them.

It has been two years and a half since I joined my husband to the USA.

I started working at l’Ecole as an assistant teacher first, then as a teacher, having been trained by a very talented teacher from France. I still like to learn from the other French teachers around me that have much experience and are always happy to help. I have a background in pediatric psychology that gives me another advantage to care for the children.

I am young, full of energy and good ideas, naturally a very patient person, nice and especially attentive.

I currently teach French in the 3 years old classroom at l’Ecole and it is really a pleasure to contribute to the instruction and the education of those children.

Laurence Elia

Preschool and Afterschool Teacher

Bonjour! 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 3 year olds as well as beginners preschool, beginners 2 and Kindergarten after school classes.

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

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 grandchildren (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. I currently work at l’Ecole as an Afterschool teacher specialized in FLE (French as a second language).

Rebecca Rumpf

Baby and Me class

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. Working at l’Ecole I am enjoying speaking, singing and playing in French with the babies and their mum/dad/grandparent in the Baby&Me classes. I enjoy teaching through fun activities from the youngest age, and watching my little students become confident in French throughout their path in l’Ecole.

Tiffany Fleury

Preschool Teacher

Hello, I am Tiffany. I am native French. I was born and have lived all my life near Paris. I am married and have two little daughters. We came with my family to the US two years ago for my husband’s job. I first taught French as a second language then I taught French at the 3rd and 5th grade  level. In my free time, I enjoy visual arts, crafting, sewing, gardening and cooking. I am passionate about my profession as a teacher. I am completely devoted to my students. I am patient, calm and always full of new ideas. Positive education, respect, and child development is essential for me.

Clarisse Materanya

Preschool Teacher

My name is Clarisse Materanya. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I emigrated to the US in 2010, and became a US citizen in 2015. I am a happily married woman with four beautiful children the last two of whom are fraternal twins. I came to the US with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a concentration in financial management from the University of Kinshasa. Then, I obtained a Master’s degree in Accounting from Strayer University Raleigh/US.

Since my husband worked overseas, I was a dedicated mother to my four children until the last ones reached the age of four. This gave me a real opportunity to re-discover myself and to embrace that inner passion inside of me; the desire for taking those little angels through the premises of human life as a childhood educator with assurance and confidence.

My French native background has offered me an incredible plus, and joining “L’école,” the French School of North Carolina, has given me a real opportunity to share my passion as well as to live it day-after-day as a teacher assistant, and since 2020 as an accountant too.

Cherine Zaki

After School Teacher

I was born and raised in Cairo-Egypt where I went to a French immersion school. I grew up speaking Arabic and French together. After graduating from high school , I went to the Faculty of Arts and majored in French and French Literature where I got my BA. I worked as a French teacher in American international schools then decided to immigrate to the U.S in 2005. I then pursued furthermore my teaching certificate and did alternate route at the college of New Jersey , and took a Masters course in language acquisition at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I am a certified French teacher K-12. I am also certified in ESL.
I worked as a French teacher for 6th, 7th and 8th grades in one of the most prestigious schools there for 13 years.
I also tutored high school students within the same school district.
My years of experience in teaching taught me that kindness is key when teaching children along with a good sense of humor. Students always described me as animated, energetic, kind, inspiring and very positive.
My other passion in life is singing, I sing in 3 different languages as I am trilingual. I also love fashion, shopping, traveling and learning new languages.
I am married to a French man and have 2 beautiful kids who are the world to me.

Aurelia Rascle

Teacher Assistant

My name is Aurelia, I’m French, I moved to the US in January 2021 and I arrived in NC in September.

In France I used to be an assistant teacher and a youth leader for few years. I worked with children and teenagers from 3 to 18 years old.
Three years ago, I started studying psychology. My aim is to become a family therapist and work in child protective services.
Childhood is a very important period and I’m glad to help children to develop all their potential in the best environment.
I also loved to be involved in my community by working in nonprofit organizations who help to improve inclusion for people with disabilities.
For my free time, I love to bake, craft, and sew a lot.