About the AFLCR

The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) is based in Burlington, Vermont where French history goes back 400 years. The AFLCR is dedicated to engendering awareness of French culture through a variety of activities, including those that take advantage of our proximity to francophone Canada.

AFLCR programs include French language and culture classes, bi-monthly French conversational gatherings, as well as picnics, potluck parties, and member outings throughout Vermont and Québec. Members and subscribers receive regular notices about cultural events throughout the region in the Newsletter, and periodic email updates.

The AFLCR is affiliated with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, the largest network of centers for French language and culture in the world, and is a chapter of Fondation Alliance Francaise.

L’Alliance Française de la Région du Lac Champlain sert les francophones et les francophiles de la zone métropolitaine de Burlington, Vermont, et toute la région. Nous promouvons la culture et la langue françaises en offrant des classes de langues, un ciné-club ainsi qu’une grande variété d’activités, en profitant bien sûr de notre proximité avec la nation francophone canadienne voisine. Chez nous, nous fêtons la terre et les eaux où ont eu lieu quatre siécles d’histoire française.

Our Location

Downtown Burlington: 43 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401

 

Meet our Teachers

Micheline Tremblay – Directrice

 Micheline is a career-long French teacher from Québec originally, where she began teaching before establishing herself here for 30 years at Colchester Middle and High Schools. She inherited the direction of the French Language Center at the AFLCR in the early 2000s, and has since that time also become the “point person” for all inquiries coming into the Alliance, be they academic or not. During her tenure as Directrice, course offerings have expanded from two to five sessions per year, and from classrooms in Colchester only to include Burlington and Montpelier. The number of private tutoring sessions have also greatly increased in parallel. Micheline is actively involved in many AF projects including the Annual Gala Dinner fund-raiser and the Deuxième Samedi conversational gathering, not to mention her year-round efforts to coordinate a number of different classes and to ensure students are properly placed. It is her hope in the coming years to increase enrollment of younger students, and also to improve awareness of the depth and richness of Québécois and the culture it reflects.

Alysse Anton

 Alysse was born in the French-speaking region of Switzerland to a Swiss mother and aSpanish father. After college, she left Switzerland and began teaching French in Bogota, Colombia. Later, she taught at the Washington International School in DC, followed by teaching in middle and high schools in Vermont. Her passion for French led her to work in private, public, and continuing education classrooms, with language learners from ages 8-88. For five summers, Alysse was the Assistant Director at the Middlebury Monterey Language Academy (MMLA), where her role spanned both managerial and teaching responsibilities in a residential language immersion program for high school students. In addition to teaching different level classes at the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (2011-present), she also runs her own business: Your French Connection (https://www.yourfrenchconnection.net), a language immersion program providing French learning experiences in the “cultural classrooms” of Québec Province and France. Alysse lives in Burlington with her husband and dog.

  Grant Crichfield

After retirement from thirty-five years on the French faculty of the University of Vermont’s Department of Romance Languages, Grant taught courses in French, humanities, and French cinema at Burlington College. Having majored in French at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he earned his M.A. and Ph. D. in French at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). These studies were interrupted by a year at France’s Université de Dijon as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow. Later, he spent a year as Director of UVM’s Vermont Overseas Study Program to the Université de Nice, and, back in Burlington, he was deeply involved in it for almost twenty years. At UVM, he taught French language, literature, culture courses; his research and publication interests generally focussed on nineteenth century literature. Beyond teaching and travels, Grant is a cinephlle; a Vice-President of The Caroline Baird Fund Crichfield Fund for Women in Need; and pursues his interest in cultural encounter and exchange as Board member of the Cuban American Friendship Society and volunteer translator for The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, a charity that works with victims of war and sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Grant very much enjoys exploring books on various topics with the committed, interesting, and fun students in the Alliance Française literature courses.

Marc Juneau

 Marc taught high school French for twenty years in both private and public settings before settling to teach exclusively at the Alliance. He was literally born into it, the son of two career-long French professors who raised him first speaking French in Burlington. After growing up in Vermont and in France, he earned his B.A. at U.V.M. in French and English, and went on to obtain his M.A. from Middlebury College in French Language. Highlights from his education included years abroad spent in Nice and Paris, first with U.V.M.’s Vermont Overseas Studies Program, and then later with Middlebury at the Université de Paris IX (Nanterre). His coursework in history, literature and art was especially inspiring and is what eventually pushed him toward teaching – that he might share with others the depth and diversity of France’s cultural heritage, including contributions from lesser-known French-speaking regions of the world. Today, while he still enjoys teaching the expressions and structures that are unique to the French language, he equally appreciates being able to offer new classes at the AFCLR that allow him to explore other areas: regional history, contemporary literature and popular culture. Marc currently heads the AFLCR and is delighted to live in a part of the world that places so much emphasis on French and French cultural heritage.

Nikki Matheson

Born of a Scottish father and French-Canadian maman, Nikki grew up in the New York City area, got her BA in French from St. Lawrence University with a year spent at the Faculté de Rouen. She moved to Paris to tour with a group and stayed for almost 14 years! Before moving to Vermont from Paris, France in 2000, Nikki worked as a musician, backup vocalist, song adaptor, and translation editor. Her musical expeditions took her all over France, Europe and as far as Japan. Her bilingual life did not stop there though. She went on to get her Masters in Teaching French (MATSL) from Bennington College, and has taught in some of the elementary schools of the Mad River Valley, The Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy’s immersion program for high school students, and has taught at Norwich University where she now works. She has also added some ESL graduate work and teaching as well. Through a DoD grant, she also designed and taught French and Wolof to the Vermont Army National Guard who were being deployed to Senegal to participate in Vermont’s State Partnership Program. This led to her interpreting for President Sall of Senegal during his trip to Vermont in 2014. Nikki continues to do translation, interpretation work and consulting for TV and movie script adapters in France. She currently teaches for the Alliance Française in Montpelier and Burlington. If you are curious about her musical past, you can visit nikkimatheson.com.

 Janet Whatley

 Janet Whatley has had the pleasure of teaching the French language and French and Francophone literature for many years.  She was on the Romance Languages faculty at UVM between 1973 and 2010, where she taught courses such as “Fables of Feminine Experience: Early French Women Writers;” “Power and Desire in French Classical Drama;” “Society Re-imagined: The Literature of the French Enlightenment; and “Joan of Arc in History, Image, and Legend.”

She undertook research in the early period of European contact with the Americas, which yielded a humanities course taught both at the first-year and at the graduate level: “The New World: Early Images and Encounters” (writings by Columbus, Cortez, Montaigne, Shakespeare, and others).  This research also led to her translation of Jean de Léry’s classic work of early ethnography (1582), Histoire d’un Voyage en Terre de Brésil.

Her study of pre-Revolutionary women writers produced a translation, with Malcolm Whatley, of the correspondence of Isabelle de Charrière, a Dutch writer who wrote in French, and who is now recognized as a major voice in the European Enlightenment.

In recent years she has worked with a number of people from other countries needing help in developing their English skills in reading and writing.  Under the auspices of the Alliance Française she has been leading a French literature reading group, exploring with her co-readers a wide range of subjects, such as Montaigne, Proust, Victor Hugo, the French experience of World War II.  She is grateful to the Alliance for this opportunity.

Meet the Board of Directors

 

Marc Juneau, President

Marc was raised speaking French in Burlington, Vermont, by his parents who were both native speakers and career-long university French professors. Marc eventually embraced teaching French himslef, given his life-long exposure to all things francophone and francophile. After earning a Masters Degree from Middlebury College, he went on to teach in both private boarding schools out of state and at public high school back home in South Burlington. Marc joined the Board in 2017, and currently tutors and teaches a variety of classes for the AFLCR. He hopes to bring his passion for the language and cultures which share it to as many people as he can. He  strives to bring his love of the French language, art, history and philosophies to the Alliance School’s diverse course offerings. Marc also hopes to help the AFLCR continue to fulfill its other essential mission of promoting as many French, Quebecois and other francophone cultural opportunities in the region as possible. He specifically would like to promote support and outreach to the newly-arrived French speakers who count significantly in Burlington’s expanding immigrant population.

Marc currently lives in Colchester, from where he enjoys going off to New York, New Hampshire and points out west to pursue his passion for hiking, mountain biking and climbing.  He also frequently returns to France to resource and reconnect himself with family and his native language.

Joerg Klauck, Director

Cheryl McAlister, Secretary

Bill Pence, Treasurer

Suzanne Stimik, Director

Suzanne had the seeds of international interest planted early in life, having been raised in a first generation Eastern European family. As a high school student, she lived in Madagascar on an AFS exchange program. As an adult, she has welcomed numerous international visitors and exchange students, thereby broadening her son’s and family’s life.

Suzanne earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Vermont, and furthered her studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. She taught art at South Burlington High School for twenty years, and also taught several courses at Community College of Vermont. Previous to her teaching career, she worked for a year as an art therapist in Jean Vanier Communité de L’Arche in Jarnac, France.  Other professional experiences include being Program Director for the Vermont Humanities Council, as well as the Site Coordinator for the literacy mentoring program EW! Vermont at Edmunds Elementary School.

Since leaving teaching, Suzanne has run her own interior decorating business, Suzanne Stimik Interiors. She enjoys life in Vermont with all its outdoors activities, culinary and cultural events. She is also an avid traveler who frequently embarks on European visits. Suzanne joined the AFLCR Board in 2017.  She is honored to be part of this organization that is working to include our increasingly diverse francophone communities.

Micheline Tremblay, Director & Directrice de l’École (French Language Center)

Micheline is a career-long French teacher from Québec originally, where she began teaching before establishing herself here for 30 years at Colchester Middle and High Schools. She inherited the direction of the French Language Center at the AFLCR in the early 2000s, and has since that time also become the “point person” for all inquiries coming into the Alliance, be they academic or not. During her tenure as Directrice, course offerings have expanded from two to five sessions per year, and from classrooms in Colchester only to include Burlington and Montpelier. The number of private tutoring sessions has also greatly increased in parallel. Micheline is actively involved in many AF projects including the Annual Gala Dinner fund-raiser and the Deuxième Samedi conversational gathering, not to mention her year-round efforts to coordinate a number of different classes and to ensure students are properly placed. It is her hope in the coming years to increase enrollment of younger students, and also to improve awareness of the depth and richness of Québécois and the culture it reflects.

Mme le Chevalier Lise E. Veronneau, Director of Community Relations and International Affairs

Lise is involved in many French initiatives in Burlington, Vermont and Internationally. Her main objective is to identify opportunities to promote French connections. She looks for people with like energy and enthusiasm and a modern sense of business with organizational and leadership skills that will help the AF and AFLCR’s planning for the future. Lise has been with AFLCR since 2009, when she was recruited by the then-President to help. 

When not working on her volunteer projects, such as AFLCR, Lise enjoys overseeing Information & Technology and the Financial affairs of the Fire and Police Departments for the City of Burlington.  In March 2012, Lise was asked by then-Mayor Bob Kiss to Chair the newly created Burlington-Honfleur Sister City Committee, the first with France and Honfleur, France’s first with the US. Honfleur is the port that Samuel de Champlain sailed from to New France. In 1609, Samuel de Champlain left Honfleur aboard the Don de Dieu to discover the lake that today bears his name. Lise is proud to hold a seat and position on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region. She was recently named Mme le Chevalier and be-knighted by France’s Ordre national de la Légion du Mérite for her tremendous volunteer efforts over the course of her career.

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