Our People

Nathalie Foos - Director and Head Teacher

Qualified Registered Teacher in French and Spanish (Primary and Secondary level)

Qualifications
  • Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University - Melbourne - Specialisms: French and Spanish - Primary and Secondary Education
  • Masters in Modern Languages (English, Spanish, French) from the Sorbonne University-Paris
  • Masters in Market and Social Research from Westminster University - London

Originally from the South of France, I settled in Australia over 12 years ago. I married an Australian and we have two young children. After working for a few years in Translation and International Marketing, my love for the French language drew me back to teaching. I understand what it takes to learn a new language and I believe we can all do it. I have been teaching French for the past 10 years to both children and adults and I enjoy having to adapt to different students needs. I commenced A French Journey with the vision that a language should be learnt in context and in a communicative and stimulating environment. A French Journey is using all five senses so students can experience France without leaving Australia.

Mathilde Busson - Teacher and Event Coordinator

A true parisian who has been teaching and running marketing and social media at French Journey since 2013. With a background in theatre/film production and administration Mathilde brings a flair for the creative and entertainment to her classes at A French Journey.

Equally comfortable and competent working in our group classes, one on one tutoring or private lessons Mathilde cuts through her Paris chic with a sense of fun and enjoyment that makes learning a breeze and cements the lesson content in a way that will have key points remembered for years to come.

Sarah

Sarah Zwick Teacher - (Prep to Year 12)

Qualifications

  • June 2011 : Master 2 in Education and Teaching (Bordeaux University)

Sarah is a qualified French teacher originally from Biarritz, South West of France. She had worked as a French primary school teacher in the Bordeaux area before coming to Melbourne to extend her French teaching skills.

Sarah loves teaching children from kinder to VCE and has a real talent for providing fun yet educationally challenging classes.

At A French Journey, she is the expert in children classes for both Australian and French children. She knows how to adapt to their specific needs and her approach is strongly focused on play based activities. She believes the children should have fun and enjoy their experience, so the learning can happen naturally.

She is also tutoring a number of VCE students and has a very methodical and encouraging approach perfectly suited to exam preparation.

Clemence

Clemence Poly

Qualifications

  • June 2005 : Master of Modern Litterature
  • June 2004: Professionalization of teaching Degree

Clemence is a French Parisian who relocated to Melbourne three years ago with her husband and two young children.

Having worked in the publishing industry for a number of years, Clemence is passionate about French literature, cartoons and all that is written in French. She is a natural teacher who knows how to share her passion for the French language and is a great source of inspiration and motivation for students of all ages.

At A French Journey, she specialises in adult teaching and is particularly interested in conversation workshops where she can challenge students and let them discover the art of the French debating.

She has a very encouraging, nurturing, and lively style of teaching which creates a positive and stimulating learning environment. Her core group of students deeply value her approach and return term after term.

Marie Pierre

Marie Pierre - VIT Registered Teacher (High School Students and Adults)

Qualifications
  • Master of Higher Secondary School Teaching (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Master in Social Communication with Honours (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)

Marie Pierre is a qualified French teacher originally from Belgium. She has an extensive teaching experience in both school and corporate environments. Marie Pierre loves teaching and sharing her broad knowledge with the students. Her unique approach which combines passion, creativity and strong positive energy, provides a great source of inspiration for students of all ages.

At A French Journey, she is the expert in helping high school students achieve their highest potential. She knows how to adapt to their specific needs and is highly resourceful when it comes to motivation and exam preparation. She offers a comprehensive teaching of the language taking into account not only the linguistic aspect but also the broad perspective of the French cultural world.

Marie Pierre has recently brought to A French Journey her experience of Social Communication. Her successful “Etiquette workshops” have brought another French cultural dimension to our students.