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 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.
Armelle was born and raised in Châteauroux, in the center of France. She then spent twenty-five years in Paris where she studied at La Sorbonne and worked as a certified teacher. In 2005, a Fulbright grant allowed her to teach French as a foreign language in the U.S. She has taught French to students ranging from 6 years old to 80 years old, to students with learning disabilities and to gifted kids. She recently left France and moved to Sarasota with her American husband and her daughter and is very happy to be teaching at the Alliance Française de Sarasota.
Kiki was born in France, spent her childhood in Occidental Africa, and her adult life in Canada and the United States. She considers herself a citizen of the world, with an understanding and taste for European, Canadian, and American cultures. She has traveled to, and lived in, many countries for pleasure and work, including Europe, India, Thailand, Tunisia, Morocco, West Indies, USA, and Latin America.
Sabrina was born on the French Italian Riviera and is a native French speaker. She later went to Montreal and received degrees 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.
Tess Cieux is a native Chicagoan with French nationality. She lived and worked in France for 24 years in the fields of teaching, tourism, and the environment. Tess travels to France regularly to visit family and to explore the latest trends in cuisine, design, and fashion. She incorporates these unique insights into her classes.