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Dr. Massène Mboup

Executive Director

Massene Mboup is the Executive Director of ILA. He began his career in a small village classroom with 81 students and no assistant. He then went back to college and graduated with dual majors in English and Linguistics. He then attended École Normale Supérieure, graduating with a Secondary Teaching Degree.

Since 1999, Massene has taught within the greater Portland area at both the Portland French School and the French American International School. His unique commitment and understanding to the needs of children are evident in his daily interactions with students, you will often find students walking into his office giving him a high five and a hug, while he hands out stickers and praise for a good day at school. Massene's passion is soccer, poetry, and storytelling in his free time. 

Massene graduated from Portland State University with the Doctor of Education Leadership (Curriculum and Instruction).

Pedagogical Director

Patricia Raclot is a native of France where she graduated from the University of Metz with a Bachelor Degree in English and in French. She earned her degree in Education from the IUFM in Epinal, les Vosges, and has since taught for over 29 years. She has a great vision and execution strategy for all teaching methods used in the ILA, as she organizes ILA’s pedagogical program. 


Patricia exemplary leadership skills as she facilitates and develops partnerships with ILA families manages special projects at the school and has a unique commitment to creating an exemplary learning environment for ILA students. Patricia is fluent in French and English and has basic linguistic skills in German and Spanish, and has diverse personal interest in swimming, fitness, modern jazz, dance, cinema, literature, theater, visual arts, and French English and American Literature. Patricia is a wonderful communicator and advocate for ILA.

Patricia Raclot

Classroom Teachers


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Malika Bouzerar 

Teacher TPS 1

Malika was born in Morocco. She grew up in Algeria. She worked as a physical education teacher in Algeria. She loves staying active and stimulating her mind by reading and learning new things. She loves taking walks with her dog, PIpo. She played for the Moroccan and Algerian international basketball teams. Malika loves working with children and is inspired by their imaginations.


Avery Scatena

Assistant TPS 1 

Avery was born and raised in California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Sonoma State University and is now pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education. Avery has always had a passion for inspiring, nurturing, and educating children. She is eager to become fluent in French and to be a part of a community who is inspired by learning. She loves coffee, music, science, and travelling.

TPS 2 


Valerie Rogers

Teacher TPS 2

Valérie Rogers was born in Lorraine, in the east of France. She moved to the United States 24 years ago. She has been working in the early childhood sector for 15 years and has a qualification as a teacher.
Ms. Valérie is a mother of two children. She loves handicrafts and loves to cook different dishes from various countries.

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Assistant TPS 2 

Aubrey joined ILA in summer 2022 as part of the summer camp team and is thrilled be working with TPS2. She began learning French in high school and continued throughout college, and loves working in a multilingual environment. Aubrey recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College, having majored in English and minored in French Studies. Beyond working with kids, Aubrey enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and roller skating. She plans to travel to France to teach English in the near future.

Aubrey Roché

PS - Preschool   

PS 1 - Preschool 1  

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Nadia Labelle Ennadifi

Teacher Petite Section (1)

Nadia was born in Picardy. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in geography then a master's degree in cultures and heritage, she embarked on teaching and it was a revelation: she discovered a real passion! She wants to work with children and participate in the transmission of their knowledge by applying positive discipline. She has taught for 5 years in private establishments in the Aisne. Franco-Moroccan, she has been passionate about travel and foreign cultures from an early age, she has been able to discover more than thirty destinations around the world. She also enjoys music which she plays for leisure with her husband.

PS 2 - preschool 2

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Teacher Petite Section (2)

Amandine Gelez

Hails from the southwest of France, Amandine arrived in Oregon with her husband and two daughters in August 2022. After obtaining a master's degree in Physical Education, she decided to continue education and enrolled in Teachers College where she graduated in 2006. Wishing to combine work with travel, Amandine and her family started their adventure in New Zealand and then moved on to Morocco, Uzbekistan, Montenegro and Ivory Coast. Amandine lives life to the fullest, she loves intercultural encounters, going on family hikes, cycling and gastronomy.

Moyenne Section - PRe k 

Moyenne Section 1
- PRE K 1

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Nesrine Hamza

Moyenne Section (1)

Madame Nesrine was born and raised in Algeria and arrived in Oregon in 2017. Nesrine graduated in French literature and taught French in high school for 4 years. She is passionate about the culinary arts and is constantly looking for new dishes and recipes to prepare. Nesrine also has diverse interests and enjoys traveling, discovering new spaces and new ways of life.

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Teacher Moyenne Section (2)

My name is Nour, I was born in France, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Fez in Morocco. I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners!!  Helping each child progress in all areas of their development, academic, social, language, and motor is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily.  I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment. 

Personally, I have been married for 7 glorious years and have two fantastic children who are 4, and 6 years old and attend ILA. We love to watch our kids' sports, Soccer, Teakwood, and swim! I also enjoy reading, swimming, cooking, music, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Nour Hammach 

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Justine Neybon

Teacher Moyenne Section 

Born and raised in Lyon near the Alps, Justine arrived in Lake Oswego with her husband and two sons.

Passionate about the great outdoors, travel and nature, Justine enjoys living in Oregon.

After earning a Master's degree in archaeology, Justine turned to her primary passion of teaching. 

She completed her Master's degree in teaching in Lyon, and taught there for 8 years.

Always on the lookout for new pedagogies and innovative methods to best suit the needs of her students, Justine loves to see the enthusiasm of her students when they learn.

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Teacher Grande Section 

Originally from Pierrefonds in Picardy, Colin obtained a bachelor's degree in foreign languages then a master's degree in international management. It was later that he decided to move towards teaching and then obtained his assistance from the CRPE. Colin is a musician and he enjoys sharing his passion with students through the discovery of instruments and through musical practice. He likes to be in front of vast natural spaces or in the kitchen to prepare good meals.

Colin Labelle 

CP - First grade

CP - First grade

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Mathias Devaux

Teacher First Grade CP

Mathias is from the Jura massif, in eastern France on the Swiss border. He embarked on studies of nature protection, went on Erasmus in Finland and Krakow in Poland. He obtained his degree in Geography in Chambéry. He started out as a nature guide, then became a teacher in Savoie. He teaches in the mountains, then obtains his specialist teacher certification in Lyon. He taught in elementary and high school. Passionate about mountains, wide open spaces and itinerant trips on foot or by bike, that's why he became a mountain guide. He loves music, to dance and Jura cheeses. He arrives in Lake Oswego with his wife and two children.

CE1 - CE2 second and third Grade 

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Teacher 2nd and 3rd Grade 

Lauren is passionate about travel and new discoveries, she is always ready to go on an adventure! At 14, she left home to study theater for 3 years and then continued her geography studies in France and Spain as part of the ERASMUS program. She then went to the Caribbean to train in teaching, a profession she has always wanted to practice. She took courses at the IUFM and graduated in Educational Sciences in 2010. After a few years of teaching under the coconut palms at different levels, she decides to explore the desert, and teaches four years in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). A lover of the arts, she particularly enjoys painting, theater and dance. In her classroom, she likes to create a reassuring environment so that children can express themselves freely, let their creativity speak and learn while having fun.

Lauren Wiame 

cm1, cm2  4th, 5th grade

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Fabien Roumezi 

Teacher 4th and 5th Grade

Fabien was born in France, in Annonay (Ardèche). He was educated in Grenoble University and at Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and also at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). He enjoys playing soccer and has been on a team since he was 8 years old.

He likes traveling and going to the movies.

Department Teachers

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English Teacher (K-5th)

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Spanish Teacher

My name is Beatriz Ruiz, (Betty), I was born in Huacho, Lima Peru, I have lived in the USA since 2003. I am very happy to teach my first language, Spanish at ILA, and to help the children of this country, which I am very grateful for . I have three adult children. I studied Education at the National University, José F. Sánchez Carrión, de Perú, and graduated with a degree in Language and Literature. I worked , for more than ten years, in the city of Lima, as a Language and communication teacher .I am looking forward to a great year of learning and teaching.

Katie Pippel

Katie "Pip" Pippel grew up in Idaho before moving to Oregon to attend Willamette University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and was president of clubs for writing, dance, and hosting community events. She worked as an artist (painting, illustrating, collage, mixed media, embroidery), performed dance and gave dance lessons to people age 3-60. She earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marylhurst University, and focused on teaching students in small alternative programs for students whose school performance is affected by trauma or neurodivergence. Pip is excited to be a part of the ILA program and looks forward to getting to know the community members and the opportunity to begin learning French. 

Beatriz Ruiz


Kathleen Lopez

English Teacher (Preschool and Pre-K)

I am excited to be teaching at ILA.  My previous students include ages 4months to 80 years.  Some of the children and adults have been either physically, emotionally, and/or mentally challenged.  I continue to learn every day about listening and responding to others.  My MS in Communication emphasizes cultures and language uses.

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Head Chef 

Jesus is a new member of the ILA team functioning as the creator of the school lunch program. However, he is not new when it comes to food and has a rich history in the culinary arts, with forty years plus to his credit.

He migrated to the United States In his teens and shortly after began his career in fine dining which led to a training position for a prominent and large restaurant corporation. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of food venues which includes more recently Pambiche, Bugattis and La Provence. His passion is to continue to learn new things about food and he enjoys cooking wood fired delicacies when entertaining at home.

He is delighted to focus his skills at the academy and finds it quite rewarding to be a part of providing high quality and nutritious school lunches and snacks at ILA. Jesus hopes to be a part of raising the bar in academic food programs

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Marc Bescond 

Music Teacher

Monsieur Marc received classical training at the Conservatoire in France. Born in Brittany, he has studied music since his childhood. He has taught music to children in the French-American schools of Portland for over ten years, as well as in several French conservatories. He likes to teach and share his love of music with children. Marc currently plays bass with the Portland Columbia Symphony.


Pierre Burthey 

Substitute Teacher 

Born in Marseille, Pierre spent most of his youth in Haute-Saône, in eastern France. After studying at the University of Franche-Comté, he obtained the status of teacher at the IUFM in Besançon. Pierre then moved to Germany to teach French to primary school students in Koblenz as part of an international teaching exchange program (OFAJ). After 4 years, he returned to teach in his native France, first in Montbéliard, then in Paris. In 2006, with his wife and children, Pierre moved to Oregon, where he continued to explore the beauty of the Pacific on foot, by bike and on motorbike, as well as while camping with his three children. Pierre enjoys volleyball, hiking and skiing, and has a particular passion for classical music and opera.

After Care and Summer Team

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Blake Vigran

After School Care and Summer Camp

Blake Vigran was born and raised in Portland. He grew up speaking French in the international school system and says the French language has always inspired him. After graduating from Sunset Highschool, Blake studied business administration at Portland State University. Mr. Blake enjoys traveling and being exposed to new cultures and traditions. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, playing tennis and golfing. Blake is passionate about getting kids excited about learning.

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Valentin Raclot

After School Care and Summer Camp

Originally from Metz, France, Valentin is a man of many trades. He has started as a Store Keeper, became a Salesman, has worked as a travel agent, a waiter, and even as a carpenter. These skills he acquired during his life made him a very flexible and patient member of ILA staff. He has a natural feeling with the children that bring a mix of authority and silliness that is very rare in this line of work. He speaks perfect english since he did graduate high school  in the USA. He is authentic and that is why the  children love him.


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Zion Smith

After School Care and Summer Camp

Zion Smith is a new addition to ILA’s 2023 staff, and son of acclaimed children’s artist Aaron Nigel Smith. Zion got involved in education from an early age, teaching his first music classes at the age of 18 before going on to become an Americorps Member for City Year Los Angeles. Three years after completing his service in the 2018-19 school year, he returned to Portland to continue his teaching career. He currently serves as a co-director of the ILA Aftercare program, and plans to remain local for the foreseeable future.

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