Micheline Tremblay – Directrice
Micheline is originally from Quebec, and it is there she began her long career as a French teacher. After relocating to Vermont, she taught at Colchester Middle and High Schools for thirty years. She inherited the direction of the French Language Center at the AFLCR in the early 2000s. Since then, she has become the AFLCR’s “point person” for all inquiries both school related and general. During her tenure as Directrice, course offerings have expanded from two to five sessions per year, and from its original classroom in Fort Ethan Allen to multiple classes in Burlington, Montpelier, and Stowe. Additionally, the number of private tutoring sessions has greatly increased under her directorship. Micheline is actively involved in many AF projects including the Annual Gala Dinner fund-raiser, the Deuxième Samedi conversational gathering, and our monthly Happy Hour, not to mention her year-round efforts to coordinate a number of different classes and 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 was born in the French-speaking region of Switzerland to a Swiss mother and a Spanish 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 several 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 the summer 2019, she started working at Middlebury College in their acclaimed French immersion program for adults.
Alysse lives in Burlington with her husband and dog.
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). His 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 as well as General Literature; his research and publication interests generally focussed on nineteenth century literature. Beyond teaching and travels, Grant is a cinema enthusiast; he is as well a Vice-President of The Caroline Baird 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 occasional translating and interpreting. Grant very much enjoys exploring books on various topics with the committed, interesting, and fun students in the Alliance Française literature courses.
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.
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 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.
Originally from the Southwest of France, Régine is a native French language speaker as well as near-native Spanish speaker. Régine earned her M.A. in English and Spanish with a concentration in International Business from the University of Toulouse-Mirail, France. For the past ten years Régine has lectured in French and Spanish at several universities on the East Coast of the United States. After completing a teacher licensure program at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she became a licensed teacher in Virginia and now in Vermont. Her areas of academic interest include the fundamental components of language arts such as listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Since her family’s relocation to Vermont in Fall 2018, she has been an instructor for the Alliance Française Lake Champlain Region, in Burlington. She also serves as a French Instructor at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, in Shelburne, and at CVU Access, in Hinesburg. Overall, Régine is grateful for the opportunity to share her language skills and strives to foster an appreciation for cultural differences with all her students.
Caroline Grace was born in Eastern France and lived in many different regions of France. She earned her French Baccalaureate in Normandy before heading to Vermont to pursue her education. She attended Saint Michael’s College and graduated with a BA in English. Upon graduation, she, her husband and newborn daughter moved back to France. They lived near Saint Quentin where she taught English and French in a local high school. Five years later, she, her husband and their two kids decided to move back to Vermont. She taught French evening classes for CCV in Burlington and began teaching middle and high school French in Central Vermont. She is a National Board Certified French Teacher and has a Masters Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her days are spent in French: she teaches it, her husband is a French teacher and French is the language they have always used at home with their children. She teaches Advanced Conversation for the Alliance in Montpelier.
Marcus Grace is a native Vermonter who has had a passion for the French language since Middle School! He went on his high school French Club trip to France and voilà! Smitten! As a result, he went to France as an exchange student and his life took a completely different turn.
Professionally, he taught English in Northern France for 4 years and has been teaching French at Harwood Union HS for the last 20. He has led MANY trips to both France and Québec.
What is most important to him is his family and everything related to it, especially the amazing meals, long walks, exciting trips and unforgettable moments with his wife Caroline, and two bilingual children: Anne-Marie and Nicholas.