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Maternelle (Kindergarten)

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I come from Burundi. I am a kindergarten French teacher at Académie Lafayette. I began teaching in 2014 after receiving my teaching degree from the University of Burundi (Ecole Normale Supérieure) in 2012. I have taught French in different schools — kindergarten, elementary and secondary schools and finally in Burundi and Russia.

In my free time, I like to read news, poems, and literature-fiction. I also enjoy dancing and singing.

1ère Année (1st Grade)

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2ième Année (2nd Grade)

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Mme Marchand is from Québec, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in preschool and primary education and a master degree in education major Teaching and Learning from Avila University. She is certified K-12 French and elementary 1-6. As a teacher, she is very dedicated to her students and their learning. Mme Marchand taught 1st grade at Académie Lafayette from 2004 to 2007. She went back to Canada, from 2007 to 2009 where she taught in a French Catholic School in Toronto. She really enjoyed that experience, but she decided to come back in the fall of 2009. She taught kindergarten for one year then moved to 2nd grade. In addition to her qualification as a teacher, she has been a figure skating coach for several years. She did also compete in several major figure skating events, but quit in order to devote herself to teaching. She is the proud mother of two beautiful girls, Marie-Claire and Gabrielle. Being a mother has been one of the most beautiful things in her life. Having a child changes your life and gives you an entirely different perspective.

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3ième Année (3rd Grade)

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I was born in Nantes in the west part of France among the vineyard where I used to play when I was young. I have been teaching since 2006 and since 2016 at AL. I have studied at the University of Nantes. I have a degree in French as a foreign language, in foreign languages, and in education.

I am married with two kids. I love traveling and teaching abroad. I was an Au Pair in Spain, an assistant in Gibraltar and a volunteer teacher at The University in Ho Chi Minh Ville. Then I taught French as a foreign language in Cambodia at the university, at the French Cultural Center, and in a military school. When I came back from Cambodia, I went back to the university to become a primary school teacher. I taught in preschool, elementary, and special education in Vendée, France. In 2013, I moved to the island of Saint Martin for three years. When I was there, in 2016, I decided to answer an ad. That’s what led me to teach at AL. I really enjoy reading, movies, and traveling around new places.

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Madame Martine Kuevi was born in Lome, Togo, in West Africa. After finishing high school, Madame Kuevi enrolled at the University of Benin in Lome where she obtained her master’s in public law in 1998. In the meantime, from 1992 to 2002, Madame Kuevi was recruited to work at the World Health Organization (WHO) Training Center in Lome. She lent her services there and also worked in two different schools.

In 2002, Madame Kuevi decided to come to the United States and after a couple of years, started working as a paraprofessional at Académie Lafayette. In a need to improve her opportunities in the teaching field, Madame Kuevi registered at the University of Central Missouri (formerly known as CMSU) to study for a master’s in teaching: curriculum and instruction. She graduated from that program in 2007. By then, she had already obtained her certification in teaching of the French language. In 2011, she obtained her second certificate in education of young children. In the interim, from 2005 to 2011, Madame Kuevi worked for the Kansas City, Missouri, School District in order to become more exposed and gather more experience in the American school system.

Madame Kuevi returned to Académie Lafayette as a building substitute in August 2011. Madame Kuevi has been a member of the 3rd grade teaching team since 2012. Her drive in teaching depends on motivation, maintaining (focus), management (and control), meritorious (rewarding for good and hard work), and merriment (to do everything with joy). Her philosophy on education is founded on the established understanding of the role every individual plays in the field. She believes in developing strong relationships, working hard, engaging the child completely in the process of learning, making learning fun and finishing all tasks. She believes in mutual respect, honesty, and acceptance of individuals as they are.

In her free time, Madame Kuevi enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

4ième Année (4th Grade)

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I grew up near Angers, France. I taught in French immersion schools in Minneapolis, MN from 2004 to 2006. I’ve been with AL since 2006. I have a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from UCM and an elementary education certification from the state of Missouri. I enjoy hiking, running, playing ping pong, learning about History and going on road trips. My goal is to visit all the U.S. national parks.

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5ième Année (5th Grade)

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Anglais (English)

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My name is Stacia Milius, and I am the 3rd grade English and Language Arts teacher at Académie Lafayette. I began teaching in 1990 after receiving my teaching degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have taught in a wide variety of schools. These include a small town school, a country school, a church preschool, an inner-city school and finally, a French immersion school. My favorite subjects to teach are Reading and Language Arts. I LOVE CHILDREN AND I LOVE TEACHING! My family and I moved to Kansas City from Nebraska in July 2010. My husband is a civil engineer. We have three children. Our daughter, Courtney and her husband, Connor live in Omaha, Nebraska where Courtney attends Creighton University Physical Therapy School. My sons, Ben and Thomas, are students in the Liberty school district In my free time, I like to read historical fiction, attend small group Bible study, shop, scrapbook and watch movies with my family. I also enjoy putting puzzles together and going on coffee dates with my husband and my friends.

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Les Classes de Spécialistes (Specials Classes)

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Hello ! I’m from Martigues, in the South East of France. I have been teaching music since 2009 and at Académie Lafayette since 2017. I have a degree in Music, French state diploma as a music teacher, a certificate from the conservatory of Marseille and a professional musician diploma from the Music Academy International of Nancy. As you can see I love music, so I’m glad to teach my passion to AL students, share with them my experience! I also love cooking, photography, cinema and traveling (U.S., Mexico, Japan…).

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Les Services Sociaux et L’Infirmerie
(Health & Social Services)

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Liz Seely is the Homeless Liaison for AL. Please click the links below to find out more about student eligibility for services and support under the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act. This includes immediate school enrollment, school choice, free meals, school fee waivers and transportation.

English — Spanish.

Services de Soutien aux Elèves (Student Support Services)

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I have been in the education field for over 30 years. My experience includes teaching in a general and special education setting as well as holding the positions of building principal, associate superintendent and director of special services. I have been an instructor at the university level and served as a trained hearing officer for Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I love to travel internationally and enjoy spending time with family and friends in Colorado. Due to the efforts of my daughter, my family supports an elementary school in Cape Town, South Africa.

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L’Administration

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Heather Royce joined Académie Lafayette in 2011 first as a vice principal and then as the principal of the Cherry campus. Mme. Royce earned a bachelor’s degree in French education, a master’s degree in school counseling, and did her doctoral coursework in education administration at the University of Kansas. She was part of the inaugural Kansas City Leadership Cohort (2016-2017) to go through the Relay School’s National Principal Fellowship program. She has prior experience as a French teacher, a special education teacher, an elementary and high school counselor, as well as an administrator. She jokes that she’s done every job possible in a school, except drive a bus! Heather is married with a son, as well as two dogs and a small cat. She enjoys running, doing yoga, reading, cooking, and traveling.

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