Teachers at AF
Danielle Biton (Private lessons)
I am from Grenoble, France and I’ve been in Louisville for the past 10 years. I have been teaching French at Alliance Française since April 2011. I graduated with a Doctorate in Biomechanics from the University of Louisville in December 2010. I teach French at Indiana Southeast University for the summer session since summer 2011. I am a mother of 3 children (6 years, 4 years and 5 months). My 2 oldest kids are bilingual.
Jackie Eovino (Private lessons, En Route)
Bonjour! My name is Jackie Eovino and I have been teaching at the Alliance Française since 2007. I am a native of Louisville where my 4 years of French at Sacred Heart Academy influenced my choices in life. I graduated from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. I then moved to Montpellier, France where I studied at the Universite de Montpellier. It was during this year, living amongst my friends from Montpellier, that my true understanding and love of the French culture developed. These friends are still very much a part of my life.
My first career was 25 years with the airlines, Air France and Trans World Airlines. For 25 years I enjoyed a job where I could speak French all day, meet interesting and exciting people, and travel extensively. During this time, I met and married my husband, Frank, in New York. Here we raised 3 beautiful daughters who share my love of languages and travel. We moved to Louisville in 1994 when my husband accepted a position with U.P.S.
In 2000, I retired from TWA and began my 2nd career, teaching French and Spanish at St.Xavier High School. I am currently teaching at St. Albert the Great. At the Alliance Française, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know wonderfully interesting people, all sharing a desire to learn this beautiful language. It has been a pleasure teaching and watching the progress of the students here at the Alliance.
Joseph Mackenzie-Rollinson (Private lessons and Selon Nous)
My name is Joseph Mackenzie-Rollinson and I am delighted to be counted among the wonderful teachers that make up part of the team here at the Alliance Française de Louisville. Being of British origin and spending much of my life living between England and France, I learned from a young age to appreciate enormously the great cultural differences between these two countries.
In France I consider myself an adoptive Burgundian as it was in the town of Semur-en-Auxois (68 miles west of the city of Dijon) where I was able to learn, experience and live all that I know regarding French language, culture and (most of all !) gastronomy thanks to my godparents who owned a Hotel-Restaurant located in the walled section of the town. Later in life I worked at the local Anna Judic High School in Semur as an English teacher, upon where I met my future (American) wife, Julia. It was love at first sight and after graduating from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in modern languages (French and Spanish) I then decided to move to Louisville and we were married in April 2009.
I have been working at Alliance Française de Louisville for 3 years where I teach the advanced conversation class ‘Selon Nous’ as well as some private classes. I also work at Humana in downtown Louisville where I often have the chance to use my Spanish language skills in my day to day work.
When not working I love to train in the weight room at the gym as well as preparing myself for the many running races which take place here in Louisville during the year.
I am passionate about French literature and for all world cuisine and I am also a lover of playing the piano, even if I not the most talented in playing it !!!
I can’t wait to get to know you in one of the Alliance Française classes where you will soon find out the fact that ‘practice makes perfect’. A bientôt I hope !!!
Linda Fenouil (Private lessons, Reflets 2, Reflets 3 and Alter Ego 4)
Hello! My name is Linda Fenouil. I was born in Nice in the south of France where I grew up and spent most of my adult life. In Nice , I worked in a research laboratory ( CNRS ) for 12 years. I am married and I have three grown children. My family and I came to Louisville in 1993 when my husband took a position as a software engineer. I started working with the Alliance Française in 2002. It is a beautiful adventure that lasts.
Ken Lucchese (French Impressionistic Painting)
Ken Lucchese began oil painting when he was fourteen years old. He started teaching himself with painting method books. Marine painting is his favorite subject. Ken studied oil painting at the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville. He also studied at Vermont Studio School and Louisville School of Art. Ken is a founding member of the Zephyr Gallery. Zephyr Gallery is a co-op gallery that started in 1987 and is still operating in Louisville, KY. Ken has received awards including the “Outstanding Creative Award” Jefferson Community College and the “Merit Award” University of Louisville, Juror Peter Morrin, Curator Director at J.B. Speed Art Museum. He has volunteered for assisting in a Computer Graphics Workshop at University of Louisville and the “Foundation Studies in Art.” Through the Visual Arts Network, he volunteered with the installation of Public Sculpture in the Galleria, 4th St. Ken has paintings in private and corporate collections. The J.B. Speed Art Museum has purchased a couple of his paintings. Ken has taught oil painting and drawing at Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Louisville. He has also taught drawing at Bellarmine University, School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Ken is presently teaching at the Metro Arts Center and private lessons.
Martha Nichols-Pecceu (Private lessons)
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Martha Nichols-Pecceu. It is with great pleasure that I join the outstanding team of AFL teachers this year (2016). My passion for language learning and cross-cultural exchange has taken me far and wide. In Paris, I completed research for my Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Duke University. In the classrooms of Eckerd College, Southern Methodist University and, more recently, at Brown University, I have taught French language and culture for 20+ years. My research has also taken me abroad to the Francophone worlds of Senegal, Martinique and Tahiti. As my experience illustrates, language learning opens up life-changing opportunities. I would welcome the chance to be a part of your adventure in French!
My family includes my husband, Eric, and our two children, Henri and Charlotte. We love libraries, theaters and most anywhere in Provence.
Kim Weiss (On y va)
I am from North Carolina, and I started studying French in high school. I loved the language so much that I majored in French in college, and I went on to complete a Masters degree (and almost a PhD) in French Linguistics. Along the way, I spent a total of three years in France. I spent a year in Montpellier as an exchange student, a second year working as an English Assistant at a high school in rural Lorraine, and a third year teaching English to French students at the University of Strasbourg. I also taught French at IU-Bloomington for over ten years, first as a graduate student and then as a visiting lecturer. I love all things French, and I do my best to listen, speak, and read French as much as possible. I also completed a second masters degree in educational technology in 2015.