Christiane Zablit-LortsChristiane

Christiane Zablit-Lorts holds a B.A. degree from Oakland University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a PhD (ABD), from the University of Minnesota, in French Literature.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience at both colleges and high schools.  She comes to the Alliance Française from the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, and the Cranbrook Schools, as well as Oakland University and University of Detroit, Mercy, in Michigan where she has taught all levels of French.  A native French speaker, she has completed her Baccalauréat in Littérature and Philosophie and studied Fine Arts  in Italy as well.  Christiane has also taught Arabic and Italian.

Catherine Laur-WhiteCatherine

Catherine studied Education and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, then worked as a French high school teacher in Wisconsin. Catherine moved to New York where she worked in international banking and finally as the creative director of an advertising agency.  Catherine moved to Arcadia in 2002 where she has been teaching French to adults.

Sabrina TogliaSabrina Toglia 3

Sabrina is a native from Montreal and has studied in both French and English. She discovered her love of working with languages when in Italy studying music. She found herself naturally tutoring her American friends and translating from different languages. She later went back to Montreal and received another degree in Education in both French and English linguistics and comparative studies. She has been working as both an English and French teacher for over ten years and she absolutely enjoys watching her students learn and improve. Cross culture integration is also a big part of her teaching experience. She earned her Masters here in the US in Education (curriculum and instruction) and has been building curriculum for schools and personal contracts.



Marie Christine Rouffiac

Marie-Christine Rouffiac

Born in France, Marie-Christine studied French Literature at La Sorbonne and also recieved a Masters Degree in French as a second language. She has taught French in the Unites States at the New College of Florida, the Alliance Française de Minnesota, and the Alliance Française de Sarasota.  Her past activity with the Alliance has included serving as the Cultural Director, serving on the Board of Directors, and teaching both Core and Thematic classes, including the New Wave class.  On top of all that, Marie-Christine is a published poet in France.


Vesna Petrovich

Vesna C. Petrovich, Ph.D.

Vesna is a native speaker of French and Serbian.  She was born in former Yugoslavia and raised in Francophone Northern Africa (Tunisia).  She studied extensively in Paris and has a Master’s from Sorbonne (Paris III) and a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.  She is a published scholar in Eighteenth-Century French Literature and has taught French at the college level, including at New College of Florida in Sarasota.  Dr. Petrovich is happy to join the AFS language program.