Leadership & Faculty

Executive Director and Pedagogy Director

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).

Patricia Raclot

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.

Classroom Teachers


Malika Bouzerar 

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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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Ibrahim Baguigan

Assistant TPS 2 

My name is Ibrahim Hachim Baguignan. I go by Hachim Akeem). I am from Ouagadougou, Bukrina-Faso in West Africa. French is my first language and its the official language of my country. I came to the US in 2014 and attend the University of Oregon where I studied International Studies with a focus on Non-Profit Administration. I enjoy basketball and soccer. I love work with children and teaching them French and exposing them to African culture through music, language and dance. I have been working at ILA since March 2022.

Best regards

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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Amandine Gelez

Teacher Petite Section (2)

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 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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Pauline Marino 

Teacher Moyenne Section (2)

Pauline did a Literary Baccalaureate and then a bachelor's degree in Spanish and History in Toulouse. Then she passed her 2nd Master's degree to learn how to be a teacher. She is passionate about neuroscience and child development. Pauline is a fan of travel and discovery and has long dreamed of discovering different styles of teaching throughout the world. Since August she has embarked on this adventure in the USA that she does not regret! 

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Nour Hammach 

Teacher Moyenne Section (3)

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Colin Labelle 

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.

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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Lauren Wiame 

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.

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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Blake Vigran 

After School Care and Summer Camp Director

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.

Katie Pippel

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English Teacher (K-5th)

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. 


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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Beatriz Ruiz

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.


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.

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Jesus Rubio 

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


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.