Anik de Giverny Claflin

Born, and raised in France, I have taught French for the last 16 years to adults and children at the Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut; Melrose School, Brewster, NY; Chase Collegiate School, Waterbury, CT ; Region 15 School District, St. Rose of Lima School, in Newtown, CT.

Having travelled around the world, I appreciate the importance of learning languages and believe in teaching languages early in life having experienced the excitement of young children learning French in Pre-School and After-School programs. I love teaching the language and culture of my native country.

I currently teach French at Immaculate High School in Danbury, CT, and two Adult classes for the Alliance Française of NWCT. I reside in Southbury, CT, with my husband John and our daughter Léa, a junior at Pomperaug High School. We travel to France every summer to spend time with my family on the coast of Vendée, and visit Paris whenever we can.

Brigitte Bentley

Native Parisian with 30 years experience teaching French from beginning to advanced levels  to American, Japanese and other foreign businessmen and women in Paris, Milan and now Connecticut. After studying biology-chemistry and working as a lab technician for ten years, I began teaching French in Italy and never stopped because I enjoy sharing the language and culture of France with other people.

Nancy Callahan

My name is “Madame Marie-Odile” and I profess that French should be started at an early age. I began speaking French at the age of 2 years old and grew up in a bilingual family. I obtained a degree in French, English and Education. My career path took me in another direction and I have shared my love of the French language and culture through teaching French in After-school programs for the towns of Fairfield and Stratford.

I have also privately tutored adults in French. I have actively participated in the programs of the Alliance Française of Northwestern CT since moving to this area and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and wealth of cultural materials with the children of the area through the Alliance Française programs.

Joanne Hutchings

Joanne Hutchings, recently elected to the 2016-2018 AFNWCT Board, is our new Language School Director and will be teaching classes for addults and teens starting in the Fall 2016.

Madame Hutchings received an Associate’s Degree from Western CT State University and then devoted time to raising four children. She then decided to return to college and attended Fairfield University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a concentration in French.

She was a substitute teacher for three years in the New Milford Public School system and enjoyed the experience so much that she enrolled once again at Fairfield University and received a Master’s Degree in Education. I

She taught high school French (levels I – IV) for eight years at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Waterbury, CT and in addition to teaching at WAMS, taught one class of French III this past school year at John F. Kennedy High School, also located in Waterbury.

Recently retired from teaching in the public school system, she is excited to continue promoting the learning of the French language and culture at our Alliance Française.

Norma Machalani

I was born in Lebanon and started my professional work in an Embassy before coming to the U.S.  The war had started everywhere and we, my husband Tony and I, were forced to leave Beirut. Upon arriving here, I took classes at Central Connecticut State University and received my teacher’s certificate to be an educator in public schools. I taught French for 14 years.  Besides my family, cooking and teaching are my other passions. I really enjoy sharing the cooking tricks I’ve learned over many years.

Je suis née au Liban et j’ai commencé à travailler dans une Ambassade avant de venir aux États-Unis.  La guerre avait commencé partout et pour l’éviter, nous étions forcés, Tony, mon mari et moi, de quitter Beyrouth.  Une fois ici, (J’ai fait des études le soir à Central Connecticut State University) pour recevoir le certificat d’enseignement dans les écoles publiques. J’ai enseigné le français pendant 14 ans. En plus de ma famille, j’adore faire la cuisine est enseigner. J’aime surtout apprendre aux autres les astuces de la cuisine acquises depuis tant d’années.

Marda Gutierrez

Lived in France for 5 years, is married to a French citizen and has 2 bi-lingual grown children (et aussi 3 petits enfants!). She currently teaches the French Grammar & Verbs and French for Travelers classes for adults and the Jouons Ensemble class for children and parents. She also leads the new Gunn Memorial library bi-monthly French Discussion group in Washington.

She received her B.A. in Education from Albion College, MI and has achieved the CECR tested levels of proficiency of C1 Oral Expression and C2 Oral Comprehension. While living in MA, she created, developed the curriculum and directed AVANTAGE, a language school teaching French to both children and adults. She is the current President of AFNWCT.

Servane Rogers

Servane Rogers is a native French speaker with a dual state certification in French and Spanish. In the past 16 years she taught all levels of French and Spanish in Middle and High School. She was born and raised in Paris, France where she graduated from the Sorbonne with a Master’s Degree in English as a second language.

Following her marriage to an American architect, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri and taught French conversation and intermediate French at Washington University where she received her Master’s Degree in French. Servane Rogers also taught adult classes and business classes to executives. She used her native fluency in the French language as a purchasing executive with prestigious French luxury goods companies such as Guerlain, and Chanel. Servane Rogers has lived in Southbury for the past 20 years and travelled extensively in Europe. She taught both in region 12 and 14. In her spare time she loves sailing.

Debra Staffiere

Debra Staffiere recently retired,  taught all levels of middle school and high school French in New Milford and Litchfield, CT for 20 years.

She has traveled several times with groups of students to both France and Canada, exposing them to the truly valuable cultural as well as linguistic experience of visiting countries whose native language is French.  During her undergraduate years, she spent her junior year studying at the Université de Dijon, in France. She received her B.A. in French from the University of New Hampshire.

Madame Staffiere resides in Southbury where she has lived for close to 40 years. She has two married children and four grandchildren who are her “pride and joy”.  In addition to teaching the AF French 2 highschool home schooled teen program, she volunteers weekly at DAWS, a dog and cat shelter in Bethel where she socializes with the cats who are waiting for adoption.

Veronique Shay

Mrs. Véronique Shay is a native French speaker and long time resident of the United States. She is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Mrs. Shay has been teaching French at Choate Rosemary Hall for the past 4 years. Prior to Choate, she taught French at Berlitz, Alliance Française and at Aux 3 Pommes. She has worked with 5 to 7 year olds, (in both small groups as well as in one on one situation) as well as with adults and teen agers.

Being an educator has always been a passion for Mrs. Shay; one that has grown stronger since the birth of her daughter Margot, 7 years ago. She enjoys sharing her love of the French language and culture with both students and peers alike.