Leadership & Faculty
Executive Director and Pedagogy Director
Dr. Massène Mboup
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 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.
2nd Grade Teacher
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.
Maestra Andrea Padilla was born in México, León Guanajuato. She was raised there until her teenage years, and then came to the US with her father and twin sister. She moved to Hood River, Oregon in 2015 where she completed her Associate degree in Humanities and Sciences at Columbia Gorge Community College in a picturesque small town. Her immense passion for teaching Español grew by volunteering at St. Francis House in a small rural town nearby. Through fun activities and field trips with St. Francis kids, she understood that by being able to speak Español and English she was a bridge between two cultures and communities! After the taste of helping kids get in touch with their mother tongue and simply teaching the basics to others that were not, she became thirsty to help more people. “Andy” became a Spanish private tutor for all ages--babies to adults-- and worked as an interpreter for several community events. She also worked as an Advocate for Healthy Living at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for the Hispanic community. She is passionate about equity, hiking, dancing, exploring new cultures, and trying delicious dishes from all parts of the world.