Marie-Claire Ribeill

President of the board

Marie-Claire Ribeill was born in France and is an American naturalized citizen. She has a background in education and holds a CAPES and AGGREGATION 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

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.

Anne-Cecile Poignant

Preschool teacher and teacher for other levels

Hello! I’m Anne-Cecile.  I have been a certified teacher in France since 1999.  I graduated with a Master’s degree in chemistry from Paris University. I’ve taught all grades from Preschool to 5th grade. In recent years, I specialized in teaching children on the autistic spectrum, including high functioning, and other special needs such as dyslexia. I believe that every child has his/her unique way of learning and enjoy looking for the most effective way to bring the best out of each child in my care.

I moved to Raleigh a year ago because my husband took a position with a local Tech company.  I have 4 kids. 3 of them live in France: Lucile is in Medical School, Guillaume and Alexandre study IT engineering. My youngest daughter, Helene, is a junior at the IB program at Broughton HS in Raleigh.  Our dog Java followed us over here from France.
I’m excited to be part of the L’Ecole team. I feel that we all have in common the same passion for the young child’s development and the same joy for sharing our native language and 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 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.

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.