Staff / Personnel
The staff at LFS is one of our most important assets. Our Lead Teachers have degrees and experience in early childhood education, and many of our staff stay with us in the long-term. Lead teachers develop and implement daily lesson plans to engage and support the children, and often work collaboratively with an assistant teacher. Assistant Teachers have ongoing education in early child development and work closely with lead teachers to maintain a positive classroom environment.
The school is administered by a Director, with oversight from the Board of Directors, the governing body of the school. Parents are encouraged to become involved by joining the board or attending the monthly meetings.
Direction (Office Staff)
Assitan Sylla Traore
LFS is pleased to welcome a new Director as of April 2016! Assa is a native French speaker and brings experience in nonprofit management as well as a love of children and early childhood education to our school. Bienvenue Assa!
I was born and raised in Mali in an extended family. I have always loved children. Growing up my favorite thing to do was to role play teacher/students interaction in the classroom.
I have a Masters degree in Linguistics / language teaching from Moscow Linguistic University, a Masters in International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.
Before joining LFS, I worked for 17 years in Mali in diplomacy and government, first, as the Special Assistant to 8 Ambassadors of Nigeria to Mali and as a Special Assistant in Mali Prime Minister office.
I also worked as the Africa Program Director at Instove, a nonprofit located in Cottage Grove manufacturing big cooking stoves for school feeding programs and hospitals in countries where people still rely on wood for cooking and heating.
I have 4 children all raised bilingual. I also have a grand daughter. I love cooking and watching movies in my free time. I am honored to be part of the Little French School community.
Senior Administrative Assistant / Substitute Teacher
Lucero Franco Gallardo
Float Teacher /Assitant Toddler 2
La Moyenne Section ( Pre-K)
Lead Teacher, La Moyenne Section, PreK
I am a Native French Speaker, raised in a bilingual home speaking French and Dutch. My upbringing gave me a strong interest in foreign languages. In High School, I chose to apply myself to a literature and language degree, studying German, English, and Russian. I married a German citizen and I now have two wonderful children who attended the French immersion program at South Eugene High School. They are both trilingual. They speak German with their father, English to their friends and pets, and French with me! It is such a wonderful experience to see how much my children did benefit from the exposure of different languages and cultures. The learning of a foreign language is a life-long skill that leads to a better understanding and acceptance of the diversity in our world. I am very excited to teach my students a little bit of that magic and to take them on a wonderful journey…
I have a Master’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Languages and the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I taught French at Lane Community College in Eugene for 2 years, while working as an Assistant in the Preschool at The Little French School. I then taught 2 years in a French-German Immersion school in Germany. After our stay in Germany, we returned to Eugene and I spent five amazing years at The Little French School as a Preschool Teacher. I later returned to teach the Pre-K, where I have been since 2011. I enjoy every minute I spend with the children in the classroom. Their smiles are priceless, their curiosity and imagination are inspiring, and their love is unconditional.
I am an avid patissière. I have learned that teaching is like a good dessert. First, you learn the basic techniques. The more often you make it, the more fun you have, and the more proficient you get. You start to be creative and you try many new things out until it becomes a daily craving and you realize that you cannot go too long without it. I found the perfect dessert: Teaching! It boosts my energy and elevates my spirit. I can have it every day and it helps me stay happy, healthy, and fulfilled.
Assistant Teacher, La Moyenne Section, PreK
My name is Ariel, I am the assistant teacher in Pre-K. I have had the pleasure of assisting Barbara since 2016.
I am a fluent French speaker. I began learning French when I was 5 years old at the Ecole Française de Nairobi and continued at the Lycée Français de Vienne and the Vienna International School. Growing up in Austria, I learned German as well. I have studied Spanish, and did an intensive scholarship semester learning Mandarin followed by a semester abroad in Beijing at BFSU. I have experienced first hand how language enables a deeper understanding of people and cultures, and the interconnectedness of the world we live in.
I met my husband while living in Hawai'i and we moved to Oregon in 2009. Both of our children attended the Little French School and are now continuing in the French immersion program in Eugene.
I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at LCC. Early childhood language immersion is fascinating to me. Children are such little sponges. It is gratifying to watch them learning French along with the other skills they need to successfully navigate the world around them.
It is a joy and a privilege to teach children. I am grateful to be a part of the Little French School community.
La Petite Section ( Preschool)
Lead Teacher, La Petite Section, Preschool
I am a native of Austria (fluent in German) and studied French in middle school, high school and college. During my last summer in high school, I spent three months in France as a nanny caring for four children between the ages of one and eight.
In 1992, I came to the US to follow my sense of adventure. Since then, I have worked as an au -pair, a program manager in the tech industry, and as a classroom assistant in various preschools and elementary schools. While working full-time I also earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher at The Little French School since 2014 and love to see the kids thrive and grow.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, our dog, two cats, and four chickens, as well as hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling, and reading.
Assistant Teacher, Petite Section , Preschool, Extended Care
La Toute Petite Section ( Toddler)
Lead Teacher, Toute Petite Section / Toddler-1
Assistant Teacher, Toute Petite Section / Toddler-1
Teacher, Toute Petite Section, Toddler-2
My name is Miss Madison, and I am the teacher in the second toddler classroom. I am so excited to be leading a classroom this year and look forward to getting to know each of your children. Our classroom is called "Les chatons" meaning kittens.
A little about me:
I have been teaching for three years and this will be my fourth! I graduated from LCC with honors and completed my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. I know the basics in French and will introduce small basic words that will be taught everyday (greetings, colors, numbers). As the children get more confident we will progress with more French language.
I have worked at the ILP foster care youth center before I began teaching. I have a deep passion for helping children and am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of your children's lives. I am here to guide, nurture and help your child to grow in a safe and fun environment. The schedule, and curriculum will be the same in both of the toddler classrooms. As well as having a combined recess and nap as needed.
Some of my favorite things include my two cats who are both seven years old. I love anything outdoors: hiking, snowboarding, boating, etc.
L'après-midi (Extended Care)
Teacher, After School Care
Abigail Jost (Abbey)
On Call Substitute Teacher