Our teachers are natives and follow continuous pedagogical training. All teachers hired at FLAM San Diego are certified, talented and creative in providing quality, fun lessons for our students. The students love them!
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Teacher of the Year 2021-2022
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Ingrid was born and raised in Paris, where she studied French literature and linguistics at the Sorbonne.
Having left for the United States more than 20 years ago to follow her husband, she began her career as a translator and editor, then turned to teach as a private teacher for adults and a tutor for children of all ages.
Passionate about French grammar, she has particularly appreciated over the years helping high school students in AP French classes to prepare for their exams and to refresh them in French before entering university. She is the mother of two fully bilingual grown boys who are both California college graduates. They are grateful to him today for having insisted throughout their childhood that French be the only language spoken at home and that they read novels in French.
Ingrid is always happy to share her passion for the French language and literature with other children because, like us, she is convinced that starting her career and her adult life by speaking several languages is a decisive advantage.
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Her name is Gwen and was born in the Paris region where she lived until 2016, the year of her expatriation to Los Angeles to follow her husband.
She obtained a master's degree in biology and general geology at the University of Orsay-Paris XI and then passed the school teacher competition at the IUFM in Antony in the Hauts de Seine. She taught for more than 15 years in the Paris region, devoting herself more specifically to the year of the Grande Section, a pivotal year for learning to read and write.
As a kindergarten teacher, she focused her pedagogy on learning through play, which is essential for children of this age. Since she arrived in the United States, she has devoted herself to the education of her 2 daughters Lola and Lily-Rose who are now perfectly bilingual.
Apart from teaching, she loves baking and manual activities, her greatest satisfaction is using her creativity to please her family and friends. She is thrilled to join the FLAM-San Diego team!
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Private classes teacher
Private classes teacher
Sebastien Gavignet, 42 years old. A native Frenchman, he has lived in Mallorca since 2017. He first discovered the love of the French language through writing and books. He devoted himself very early to these two passions. In 2004, he became librarian and head of teen activities at the Reims media library. In this context, he discovers the poetry slam and organizes within the network of libraries of Reims the Spring of poets and the Week of the French language. He even receives the French Minister of Culture (in 2016) in one of his workshops. He will be invited several times to France Culture and Radio France to talk about his artistic and literary activities. With his slam collective, Slam Tribu Reims (founded in 2005), he organizes activities around French every year and leads workshops for learners and training for teachers around "fun and cultural French". He travels the world as a slammer and trainer, to give or restore a taste for French. His adventures lead him to others in China, Armenia, the United States, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, United Arab Emirates.
He changed careers in 2017, to devote himself to teaching and became a librarian teacher in the network of the French Secular Mission for a two-year contract. In 2019, he passed the master's degree in teaching, education, and training (MEEF) documentation specialty. He is particularly interested in media education and sets up a school web radio and various expression programs. Since 2019, he has devoted himself to French as a foreign language and French as a second language and teaches for the city of Palma de Mallorca (young adults and adults discovering French). He also gives private lessons to students aged 8 to 88 face-to-face and online (specialty public and oral speaking) and teaches one Wednesday a week in an alternative school in Mallorca. Recently he passed the Master 1 MEEF specialty French as a foreign language. The sound axis dissertation: the influence of urban cultures on language learning, particularly French.
He continues to be involved in the defense of the French language, in particular with Slam Tribu Reims, as well as with his partnership with the association Made in France Spain, and the United States which aims to promote French culture and language through literature and art. He will leave, from this school year, on the roads of the United States, Turkey, and Tunisia.
He is also co-author of the anthology Beat Attitude, Women poets of the Beat Generation published by Bruno Doucey (2020), and of the book, Le jeu est un(e) autre, Tournament poétique des slameur(euse)s aux troubadours, published in 2022.
Sébastien likes reading (a great reader, he reads at least one book a week and always several at a time), music (he has been collecting vinyl since he was 17 and has more than 2000), traveling, and the sport.
Sébastien dislikes people who talk without saying anything.