French Classes for Children and their Parents on Saturday Mornings

Our Staff


Jacques Whettnall - Operations/Publicity
Denise Ciobanu - Operations/Treasurer

Volunteer Parent Board:
 - Marketing, Social Chairmen, and IT/Tech Support

Sonia Salas

Judith Perez




Our faculty includes seasoned teachers educated in France, the U.S. and Francophone countries.


  •  Denise Steluta Ciobanu   (EDS Director)
Madame Ciobanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and went to the University of Bucharest, Faculté de Lettres, where she received her Bachelor in Philology. She taught French, Romanian and Latin languages in middle school for 4 years prior to moving to USA. Mrs. Ciobanu has 23 years of experience in teaching. Currently she teaches French and IB French, at Northwestern High School, in Rock Hill. She enjoys reading, traveling and cooking. She shares her passions with her students and enjoys teaching language, civilization and cuisine.


  • Jacques M. Whettnall (EDS director)

 Born and Raised in Paris, Mr. Jacques Whettnall has been educated at Hattemer Academy, Lycée Janson de Sailly, University of Paris (Licence de Philo), and Recherche et Application Pedagogic School.He has been a teacher for  L’Alliance Française in the US for 16 years.

In this class level cycle 3, CM2, He proposes a consolidation of the grammar and most used verbs with prepared dictations.

Role playing and theater sketches, kinesthetic activities and songs to practice fluidity in the speech, reading and writing in that order. Study of some of the classics as Molière, Lafontaine , G.Sand etc...and will revisit the syllabic method and the “ analyse logique “ of the sentences....


  • Pamela Shembo

Madame Shembo teaches fifth grade French Immersion at Waddell Academy of International Languages and has been teaching in CMS for 20 years.

She has a Bachelor of Philology from the University of Louvain.

Mrs. Shembo believes strongly in communication in learning a language and encourage the children to feel free to discuss, ask questions, make mistakes, respect each other and have fun, Grammar should be learned at a later Stage. Her students learn songs and she creates a very strong group dynamic.

  • Radwa Ahmed

Born and Raised in Cairo, Egypt. Mrs Ahmed studied French at “Sacré-Coeur du Caire” a full immersion model school, studied medicine at Cairo University and practiced laboratory medicine for 15 years. Choosing a different career path, following her passion for the language, became a French immersion teacher at Waddell.

This class propose reading and comprehension: L’île aux mots (text and vocabulary), basic grammar for a good communication, poetry and songs, as well as children’s theater.

  • Alphonsine (Alpha) Musoki

Madame Alpha works with the “bout’chous”, our youngest group. Alpha was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She brings to our school her love of teaching the little ones, passion that she started cultivating since her high school years, her experience and her beautiful culture.


  • Lea Nzieffe

Madame Léa Félicité Nzieffe was born in France. Before coming to the USA , she lived in the Parisian region, Seine et Marne. She has a double licence in Economy and Geography and a bachelor in letters.

Madame Nzieffe works  as an teacher assistant at Waddell Language Academy , in Charlotte, since 2016. She enjoys working with the little ones, and she brings to the class her love of teaching French , her nurturing skills and lots of good humor. She enjoys taking care of people, cooking, dancing and singing.

  • Emmanuel (Manu) Barbe

  Monsieur Barbe was born in Epinal, France. He came to the USA in 1995.

He is familiar with teaching French to all age groups.

He worked at Berlitz as an instructor, as well as Language Center Director.

He worked for “Hands and Minds” an after school program with CMS.

He is a private tutor and a coordinator of the French conversation Hour at the International House since 1998.

He enjoys acting in theater with Shakespeare Carolina, Free Reign Theater Co. Main Street theater. Etc…

 He likes to emphasize conversation as a pedagogical tool. He believes student participation should be at least 40% of the class time.

His super power, beside being a great teacher, is his good humor, which, attention, is contagious!


Our substitute teachers :

  •  Mrs. Anne-Karine Melius
Born in Carcassonne in the south of France and raised in Toulon, Anne-Karine Melius brings a world-view to her classroom. As the daughter of an airline pilot, she and her family have lived all over the world, including 13 years in Africa. Madame Anne-Karine has been teaching the Maternelles class at l' École du Samedi since its inception and has been a guiding force in the school's growth. What she loves most about teaching is working with children and seeing the French culture come alive in them. She has two children of her own, as well as a little Jack Russel. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and is a member at the Stowe Botanical Garden.
  • Mrs. Nse Eyo (Former teacher of the school)
  • Mrs. Sophie David ( French IB teacher with CMS)
  • Marie Muller (Former teacher of the school) 
  • Marie Martin Laguna-Hesbert (Former teacher of the school)