Eléonore Le Corvaisier - Teacher & AFA School Coordinator   Eléonore was born and raised in Paris. She has a Master's in English Studies from the Sorbonne. Eléonore   moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois, where she was a teaching assistant in French for three years. She has been living in Austin since 2011 and teaching at the Alliance Francaise since 2017.  She is working at the Alliance Francaise because she loves meeting motivated students of all ages and backgrounds, and accompanying them as they grow into competent speakers and culture savvy travelers. Her work is done when the students can make bilingual jokes.  When she is not teaching Eleonore enjoys spelunking with fellow Texas cavers, hiking, gardening and reading.

Eléonore Le Corvaisier - Teacher & AFA School Coordinator

Eléonore was born and raised in Paris. She has a Master's in English Studies from the Sorbonne. Eléonore moved to the United States to attend the University of Illinois, where she was a teaching assistant in French for three years. She has been living in Austin since 2011 and teaching at the Alliance Francaise since 2017.

She is working at the Alliance Francaise because she loves meeting motivated students of all ages and backgrounds, and accompanying them as they grow into competent speakers and culture savvy travelers. Her work is done when the students can make bilingual jokes.

When she is not teaching Eleonore enjoys spelunking with fellow Texas cavers, hiking, gardening and reading.


Elisabeth Vedrine - Teacher   Elisabeth was born and raised in Paris. She studied at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Paris before moving to Austin, Texas in 1991.  She later relocated, first to Grand Rapids Michigan and later Seattle, Washington. She spent more than a decade teaching art and French to schoolchildren as part of an after-school program. She also served as a French instructor for Inlingua, the French immersions program for employees of Motorola, and has worked as a private tutor. In 2013, Élisabeth returned to Texas and joined the Alliance Française of Austin. Élisabeth has worked with students of all ages. Quick to laugh, she has a wonderful sense of humour which she brings to the classroom knowing that fun is a key element for learning. She leads conversation classes for A1 students and pronunciation classes for all levels.  Élisabeth loves cooking healthy foods, spending time outdoors enjoying nature and abstract painting.

Elisabeth Vedrine - Teacher

Elisabeth was born and raised in Paris. She studied at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux Arts de Paris before moving to Austin, Texas in 1991.

She later relocated, first to Grand Rapids Michigan and later Seattle, Washington. She spent more than a decade teaching art and French to schoolchildren as part of an after-school program. She also served as a French instructor for Inlingua, the French immersions program for employees of Motorola, and has worked as a private tutor. In 2013, Élisabeth returned to Texas and joined the Alliance Française of Austin. Élisabeth has worked with students of all ages. Quick to laugh, she has a wonderful sense of humour which she brings to the classroom knowing that fun is a key element for learning. She leads conversation classes for A1 students and pronunciation classes for all levels.

Élisabeth loves cooking healthy foods, spending time outdoors enjoying nature and abstract painting.

Maryvonne Le Guilly - Teacher, Cafe Conversation & Scholarship Lead   Maryvonne was born and raised in Cholet, Francein the Loire Valley. She studied Liberal Arts and Foreign languages (English, Spanish) at the University in Nantes. She furthered her studies at ACC and the University of Texas.  She embraces travel to other countries discovering different cultures and languages. Her travels have taken her to Spain, Italy, Madagascar,Germany, England, Netherland, Belguim, Switzerland, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. Maryvonne says, “Through my travels, I have learned the importance of communication, tolerance and patience having the opportunity to practice the languages I have studied.” She has been teaching all levels of French and the culture of France to adults and children at Alliance Francaise for thirteen years. She finds it so rewarding when her students travel to France and come back saying proudly that they were able to communicate with the locals.  When not traveling or teaching, Maryvonne enjoys jogging, cycling, hiking and swmming.

Maryvonne Le Guilly - Teacher, Cafe Conversation & Scholarship Lead

Maryvonne was born and raised in Cholet, Francein the Loire Valley. She studied Liberal Arts and Foreign languages (English, Spanish) at the University in Nantes. She furthered her studies at ACC and the University of Texas.

She embraces travel to other countries discovering different cultures and languages. Her travels have taken her to Spain, Italy, Madagascar,Germany, England, Netherland, Belguim, Switzerland, Mexico, Costa Rica and Canada. Maryvonne says, “Through my travels, I have learned the importance of communication, tolerance and patience having the opportunity to practice the languages I have studied.” She has been teaching all levels of French and the culture of France to adults and children at Alliance Francaise for thirteen years. She finds it so rewarding when her students travel to France and come back saying proudly that they were able to communicate with the locals.

When not traveling or teaching, Maryvonne enjoys jogging, cycling, hiking and swmming.

Julia Podgorsek - Teacher & Cine-Club Director   Julia was born and raised in a parisian banlieue called Créteil. She graduated in 2013 from the Sorbonne Nouvelle with a Master's Degree in English and Film. In fall 2014, she moved to Austin and one year later created the Alliance Française Ciné-Club and started working at the Alliance as a French and Literature teacher. She's deeply involved in making French and Francophone culture accessible to people by shedding a different light on it. She also loves figuring out the learning process of each of her students and adapting her teaching methods to them.  When she doesn't share her love for French and Film, she focuses on her passions for dancing and drumming.

Julia Podgorsek - Teacher & Cine-Club Director

Julia was born and raised in a parisian banlieue called Créteil. She graduated in 2013 from the Sorbonne Nouvelle with a Master's Degree in English and Film. In fall 2014, she moved to Austin and one year later created the Alliance Française Ciné-Club and started working at the Alliance as a French and Literature teacher. She's deeply involved in making French and Francophone culture accessible to people by shedding a different light on it. She also loves figuring out the learning process of each of her students and adapting her teaching methods to them.

When she doesn't share her love for French and Film, she focuses on her passions for dancing and drumming.

Anne-Virginie Ternoir - Teacher   Originally from Paris area, Anne-Virginie studied in la Sorbonne university and has a Master's degree in French Language and Modern Literature with a major in Publishing. She worked for ten years as a copy-editor in publishing in France. She had a first teaching experience in France where she was a tutor for two years and helped students to prepare for examination.  Since 2016, she lives in Austin and teaches at the Alliance Française d'Austin. She enjoys to explain how French works and to find some tips to make things easier when teaching French. She believes that learning a language is also embracing a culture and always connects the language to the reality.  She loves sharing her passion for cooking, art and French culture and offers themes classes besides regular children and adult classes.

Anne-Virginie Ternoir - Teacher

Originally from Paris area, Anne-Virginie studied in la Sorbonne university and has a Master's degree in French Language and Modern Literature with a major in Publishing. She worked for ten years as a copy-editor in publishing in France. She had a first teaching experience in France where she was a tutor for two years and helped students to prepare for examination.

Since 2016, she lives in Austin and teaches at the Alliance Française d'Austin. She enjoys to explain how French works and to find some tips to make things easier when teaching French. She believes that learning a language is also embracing a culture and always connects the language to the reality.

She loves sharing her passion for cooking, art and French culture and offers themes classes besides regular children and adult classes.

Sylviane Didnee - Teacher   Sylviane was born in a small town close to Lille, France. She received a degree in computer science, and lived and worked in Grenoble as a software engineer. She first arrived in the U.S. in 1989. Before moving to Austin, she lived in Boston, then in Phoenix, Arizona, where she started tutoring students. She started teaching at the Alliance Française of Austin in 1999, and has been teaching all levels. She loves meeting new students, sharing French culture, and helping new and old students to improve. In her free time,  Sylviane loves reading, gardening, and learning new languages. Currently, she is challenging herself with Chinese lessons.

Sylviane Didnee - Teacher

Sylviane was born in a small town close to Lille, France. She received a degree in computer science, and lived and worked in Grenoble as a software engineer. She first arrived in the U.S. in 1989. Before moving to Austin, she lived in Boston, then in Phoenix, Arizona, where she started tutoring students. She started teaching at the Alliance Française of Austin in 1999, and has been teaching all levels. She loves meeting new students, sharing French culture, and helping new and old students to improve. In her free time,

Sylviane loves reading, gardening, and learning new languages. Currently, she is challenging herself with Chinese lessons.

Serge Brethe - Teacher   Serge Brethe was born and raised in Paris, France. He has a Master's in English from Tulane and a PhD in poetry from the Sorbonne. During his first years in Austin, he taught French literature at the Ecole Francaise d'Austin, then became an English Composition teacher at ACC, and has been so for 25 years. He has been teaching French for Travelers at Alliance Francaise for 5 years now and relishes this opportunity to share his travel tips and  bonnes adresses  with students.  When he is not teaching, Serge enjoys reading and writing poetry, swimming a Deep Eddy's, riding his bike and traveling the world.

Serge Brethe - Teacher

Serge Brethe was born and raised in Paris, France. He has a Master's in English from Tulane and a PhD in poetry from the Sorbonne. During his first years in Austin, he taught French literature at the Ecole Francaise d'Austin, then became an English Composition teacher at ACC, and has been so for 25 years. He has been teaching French for Travelers at Alliance Francaise for 5 years now and relishes this opportunity to share his travel tips and bonnes adresses with students.

When he is not teaching, Serge enjoys reading and writing poetry, swimming a Deep Eddy's, riding his bike and traveling the world.

Gilbert Seraphin Kond - Teacher & AFA Event Moderator   Gilbert is originally from Cameroon. He came to Austin recently by way of Brazil. Gilbert has a degree in management and a passion for languages and has been teaching French and math for 15 years.  He is an avid sports fan and also loves scrabble, reading and travels. He is now leading AFA’s Salon de Conversation and Club de Lecture events.

Gilbert Seraphin Kond - Teacher & AFA Event Moderator

Gilbert is originally from Cameroon. He came to Austin recently by way of Brazil. Gilbert has a degree in management and a passion for languages and has been teaching French and math for 15 years.

He is an avid sports fan and also loves scrabble, reading and travels. He is now leading AFA’s Salon de Conversation and Club de Lecture events.

Shanin’ Smith - Administrative Assistant   Shanin’ Smith recently joined as us our Administrative Assistant. Shanin’ has worked creatively over the last 30 years as a caterer, band manager, event planner and personal assistant along with raising two boys. She is, currently, a yoga teacher and has numerous public classes around Austin. She loves cinema and supporting the Austin Film Society.

Shanin’ Smith - Administrative Assistant

Shanin’ Smith recently joined as us our Administrative Assistant. Shanin’ has worked creatively over the last 30 years as a caterer, band manager, event planner and personal assistant along with raising two boys. She is, currently, a yoga teacher and has numerous public classes around Austin. She loves cinema and supporting the Austin Film Society.


Board of Directors

Meri Krueger, President

Jacques Weber, Vice-President

Ellen Cartsonis, Treasurer

Christina Aimard, Secretary

Brice Zakra, Director

Kathy Keils, Director

Melissa Vogt, Director