Boris Catelin
STEM – French

FAA Teacher Boris

Born and raised in Lyon, Boris studied Geography and FLE (French as a Foreign Language) at university. Then he entered the IUFM (University Institute for Teacher Training) in Lyon to become an elementary school teacher. After working in Lyon and taking two trips around the world, he left the city with his wife and son […]

Cathy Hartranft
Science – English

FAA Teacher Cathy

Cathy has been a middle school science teacher for over 25 years. She challenges her students to link science concepts to current events in their daily lives and encourages them to make informed decisions. In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with her family.  

Courtney Karam
Humanities – English

FAA Teacher Courtney

Courtney received her Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in History from Marymount Manhattan College. She started her teaching career at MS167, a math and science magnet school located on the Upper East Side of New York City, where she taught 6th-grade Social Studies and English Language Arts […]

Elisabeth Spettel
Media Education,
Visual Arts & FSL – French

FAA Teacher Elisabeth

Elisabeth Spettel teaches French History & Geography, as well as Visual Arts at the French American Academy. With eight years of experience in teaching French, Literature, and Art History, Elisabeth brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. A native of Bordeaux, she has also worked in Paris and honed her artistic skills at the […]

Laurence Decugis
French & Histoire-Géographie – French

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Laurence is a graduate of CAPES (Certificate of aptitude for secondary school teachers), a professional diploma from the French Ministry of National Education. A teacher of over 22 years, Laurence has taught in college and high school in Paris. She also prepared students for the French baccalaureate during and after its reform. Laurence is no […]

Dominique Amar
Math & Coding – French

FAA Teacher Dominique

After being a squash coach, Dominique decided to become a teacher. He taught mathematics in middle and high school for over eight years in the French overseas territories. Dominique loves to share his passion for mathematics with his students and uses puzzles, problem-solving and geometric figures to challenge and instill his love for math in […]