Our teachers

Linda Fenouil (Private lessons; Conversation du lundi - B1, B1, and B2 classes; since 2002)
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.

Lusumbi Dibaya (A1, A2 and B1 classes; since 2017)

Anne-Marie Lucchese (Private lessons; French for Travelers; since 2009)
Born and raised in Louisville, Anne-Marie has worked at L’Alliance Française de Louisville since 2009. In addition, she was a former board member from 2005-2009. She has fulfilled her studies of psychology, linguistics, and foreign languages at the University of Louisville. She is an independent contractor reading and writing about articles from foreign language periodicals/journals (French and Italian) and teaches French, Italian and ESL classes for JCPS (Adult Ed.). Anne-Marie has lived and worked in Montpellier and Paris, France and has attended language schools in Verona, Italy, Taormina, Sicily, Italy, Milan, Italy and Cologne, Germany. She also interned in the Press Department at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

Aminata Thioune (Children’s classes; since 2010)

Joseph Mackenzie-Rollinson (Conversation du mercredi - B2 class; since 2010)
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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. After graduating from the University with a degree in modern languages (French and Spanish), I then moved to Louisville, KY.
I have been working at Alliance Française de Louisville since 2010 where I teach the advanced conversation class, as well as private lessons.  I am passionate about French literature and world cuisine, and I am also a lover of playing the piano, even if I am not the most talented in playing it!
I can’t wait to get to know you in one of our Alliance Française classes where you will soon find out the fact that ‘practice makes perfect’.

Cristina Martin (Grammaire, B1, private lessons; since 2017)
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Originally from Chicago, Cristina has lived in Louisville with her husband and their three boys since 2006. She studied French and German at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and did her graduate work in French literature at Indiana University Bloomington. She has had the good fortune to have spent a good part of her youth in Europe, notably in Switzerland and Hungary. Cristina loves teaching French to all ages and all levels. She agrees with philosopher Roger Bacon, who said, “Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”

Cristina’s other interests include theater, music, and outdoor activities — especially skiing!

Martha Nichols-Pecceu (Private lessons; Corporate Classes; A1 and A2 classes; since 2016)
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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.

Rosette Obonou (Private lessons; A2 classes; since 2019)

Michelle Chesser (Private lessons; since 2019)
Salut, je m’appelle Michelle Chesser. I was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and I have been in the United States now for over 8 years. I am newly married to an American born and raised in Crestwood and we have two pups! My younger brother and I were placed in a full French immersion school from kindergarten through 8th grade. My maiden name is Molodynia as my paternal grandfather was from Ukraine and my paternal grandmother from France. Through high school I continued with French immersion and receive a bilingual certificate upon graduation. I then came to Louisville on a full track and cross-country scholarship to the University of Louisville. After four years and an undergraduate degree in Communications I decided to return for a fifth year and see where I could place in the French courses offered. I was able to complete a second undergraduate degree in French in a year. I then decided to apply for the French graduate teaching assistantship and after working for a year in between, I returned to UofL as a graduate assistant. I received my Masters in French in a year and am now currently at Sacred Heart Academy   as their French teacher. I never initially planed to become a teacher but I love working with students and not only helping them with understanding the material but also helping them to develop a love for the language and culture! Bienvenue à AFL!

Emeline Ulliman (Private lessons; since 2017)
Bonjour à tous! My name is Emeline Ulliman, and I am a native of Épinal, France. I received my B.A. and M.A. in English from the Université de Lorraine (Nancy campus), as well as an M.A.T.L. in French and TESOL from the University of Southern Mississippi, where I taught beginning French for two years. I’ve also taught French for the State Department in Arlington, VA, and middle-school English in France. I joined the Alliance Française de Louisville in early 2017. I have lived in France, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, and now Kentucky. I am married to a monolingual Ohioan and we currently have two cats and one dog.

Aminata Thioune (Les Petits Amis; since 2009)
Aminata has taught at AFLouisville for ten years, and specializes in teaching our classes for children, Les Petits Amis. Before working at AFLouisville, Aminata taught French in Minnesota on a cultural exchange. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Aminata received her B.A. in English language and American Studies from the University Cheikh Anta Diop! She loves educating students about Francophone culture and helping them learn the French language./em>