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 freshman in college this year. 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.

Mme Bentley teaches the Advanced Conversational daytime French class.

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.

Mme Marie-Odile teaches the children’s classes and is the current President of the AFNWCT.

Joanne Hutchings

Joanne 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.

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.

Madame Hutchings teaches classes for adults and teens and is the current Language School Director.

Dr. Yolande Bosman

Recently retired as Region 15’s Head of Modern Languages, Dr. Bosman began teaching French at Pomperaug High School in 1974. For many years she was also the Consul Honoraire de France, after which time the French Government knighted her.

Dr. Bosman will be teaching the Teens Advanced French IV class.  Excerpts from past student reviews:

“Dr. Bosman is a LEGEND!”

“Great French teacher…. can be pretty tough, but you learn French soo well in her class!

Mary Conseur

Mary Conseur has two Masters’ Degrees from Purdue University, one in French and one in education. She also completed an internship in French at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She has taught French for more than 20 years at the high school, college, and adult levels.

Most recently, Mme. Conseur has taught at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, the University of Bridgeport, Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Education Connection,  and the OLLI adult education program at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury.

Mme Conseur served on the AFNWCT for several years and currently teaches the Conversational French for Travelers class.

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. Mme Rogers has taught adult classes and business classes to executives and worked as a purchasing executive with prestigious French luxury goods companies such as Guerlain, and Chanel. She lives in Southbury and loves sailing. Mme Rogers currently teaches full-time at the Region 15 high school.

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.

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.