MADAME KRISTEN ABDOUCH STILES
Kristen Abdouch Stiles has been serving as Lead Teacher for the Alliance Française d’Omaha since 2012. During that time, she has written and developed a number of courses and curricula for the organization’s education program. While living in Besançon, France during her undergraduate studies, Kristen studied teaching French as a foreign language at the Center of Applied Linguistics. She has been teaching in various capacities since 2000, and has worked in a number of linguistic settings including education, translation, academic research, and customer service. Kristen also has a background in art history and English. She has studied several other languages in addition to French, and fully believes that learning a new language is key to expanding one’s understanding of the world. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing for the blog Anouchka Talks, and spending time with her family.
Madame sue white
Madame White has recently relocated to Omaha from Massachusetts where she lived in the Boston area since 1983. She is a dual national — UK/USA. She has also lived in Belgium and Switzerland. Madame White has been a French teacher for 13 years. She is a board member of the Alliance Française d’Omaha and has been appointed the Education Coordinator.
Nancy VandenBosch has been a French teacher for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she taught all levels of French at Skutt Catholic High School here in Omaha. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and spent her junior year studying abroad in Bordeaux, France. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from UNL with a concentration in French. Prior to teaching at Skutt Catholic, she worked for several years with International Studies and Programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she taught English as a Second Language to students from around the world and served as Program Coordinator for the Japanese Studies Exchange Program. Nancy has enjoyed visiting France and Italy with students, as well as Japan and Quebec with colleagues.
Monsieur Chris West
Originally from Minnesota, Chris West brings his passion for teaching French to the the Omaha area. Chris received his Bachelor's Degree in French Education K-12 from Minnesota State University: Mankato in 2011. Chris has taught Beginner's French through his local Community Ed in his hometown, before he made his official teaching start in Omaha in 2012. He has traveled to France three times and during his college trip had the privilege of taking classes at the Université de La Rochelle. After teaching for five years at Omaha North High Magnet School, Chris has been looking for new ways to expand his teaching potential and is excited to work with the Alliance Française d'Omaha.
Monsieur adam erickson
Adam Erickson grew up in the United Kingdom and participated in school French exchange programs from a young age. These experiences, along with other travel experiences around France cultivated his passion for learning the French language. He studied French contract and tort law at the University of Lyon in 2003 and completed his bachelor’s degree in French and Education at UNO in 2016, receiving the University-Wide Honors Award for French.
Monsieur paul callahan
Paul Callahan has taught French with the Alliance Française d’Omaha for a little over a year. Paul is looking forward to his 5th year as a high school French teacher. After spending a couple of years in France, he completed his BA in French at UNL and then went on to finish an MA Ed at UNK. He’s working to exploit, to the extent possible, as much of the latest and greatest technology as he can get into his classroom.
Madame Mary Clare Liescheski
Mary Clare Liescheski teaches French at Douglas County West High School. She received her B.A. in French from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2009 and her M.A. in Modern Languages & Literature from UNL in 2012 with a concentration in French. Mary Clare studied abroad for a semester in Besançon, France in 2008, and she also taught English for a year at the Université de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée in 2011. Currently, Mary Clare lives in Benson and enjoys her two cats, cooking new foods, trying new restaurants, and exposing her high school students to French culture at Film Streams.
Sam is currently a Project Manager and Key Account Manager for the Canadian market at Travers Tool Company. A French-Armenian, Samuel moved to Omaha in the summer of 2017. He received his MBA from ICHEC, and before that was a graduate of Haute École de Lucia de Broukère, where he received a BA in Public relations. Samuel began his career in Brussels, where he specialized in Team Management and Human Resources at the European Institutions, eventually leading to a prominent position at Procter & Gamble where he later became a Brand Ambassador. In 2012 Samuel had the opportunity to move and live in the US. He worked in New York City for a home décor company as an e-Commerce Business Development Manager. Living in different countries has taught Samuel to enjoy meeting new people, trying new cuisines and exploring new cities.
Juliette Parnell was raised and educated in Paris. She is currently a Professor of French at UNO, where she teaches a variety of French classes. She particularly enjoys teaching French history and culture. Last semester, she offered for the first time a class on Francophone West Africa literature and culture.
Anne Marie Kenny
Anne Maris is an Omaha native who lived in Europe for 20 years where she was a professional singer. Anne Marie has performed in concert and cabaret at prestigious venues such as the Paris Ritz Hotel, the Salle Cortot, the Théâtre d’Opérettes de Cannes, the Joslyn Art Museum, and with the Omaha Symphony. In addition to singing and teaching voice lessons, she is fluent in French, and is the immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Omaha. Anne-Marie continues her own vocal and musical development with Janine Reiss in Paris, one of the greatest voice coaches of our time.