Program Director: Monika Jalili
My two year old son was my inspiration for creating La Maison des Enfants. I wanted him to be immersed in the French language before entering elementary school since the best time for a child to learn a foreign language is between the ages of zero and four. My introduction to the French language began at the age of two when my family moved from New York City to Luxembourg. I have a degree from Columbia University in French Literature and from The Manhattan School of Music in Music/Voice. I taught French in NYC to children ages three through ten and later to high school students.
My husband and I moved from New York to Salt Lake six years ago and we are loving it!
Our philosophy at La Maison des Enfants is learning while having fun…..and in French.
Teacher : Nora Lebohec
My name is Nora Lebohec. I grew up in France where I did all of my schooling, including graduating high school with a baccalauréat in math and physics while simultaneously studying English, German, Latin and ancient Greek. I then went on to the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where I majored in Music. I worked in several places related to music and show business until I moved to the south of France in 1995 because of my husband’s work. We moved to Japan in 1997, to the US in 1998, and to Salt Lake City in 2007.
I have worked in preschool classrooms as well as all grades from kindergarten through 8th grade. My preschool experience includes working at a daycare from 2000 to 2002 and taking care of children from ages 3 weeks to 5 years old. Each age group had a different setting, including a preschool for the 4 and 5 year olds. In 2007, I began volunteering at the Open Classroom in the Avenues in Salt Lake City and then became a substitute teacher there in 2011. And, I have been caring for my own 4 children.
I would be honored to help your children get the right start in life.
Teacher: Suiyein Sou
My name is Siuyein. I am French, and of Chinese origin. My parents came to France when I was 3 years old and I grew up in that beautiful country. I love France, a country full of history and culture with all its varied landscapes. I loved learning French while at school. When I was a child, I dreamed of being a teacher. That dream became a reality. I was a teacher in kindergarten and elementary school in France for 10 years. I came to Utah five years ago to teach French in the Dual Immersion Program. I am happy teaching and sharing the French language with young American children.
I love being in the outdoors. In my free time I like to go hiking in the mountains. Utah is really the place for me with its beautiful sunny weather. Let the sun shine in our French classes!
Teacher: Laurence Delafraye
My name Is Laurence Delafraye. I’m married and have 2 daughters. I grew up and studied in France close to Paris. I obtained my baccalaurėat with a specialty in German language studies. I had the opportunity to learn and adapt to the many different regions in France, as well as, to our new life here in the U.S . During these different stages of my life, I worked as a teacher assistant, and as a bank agent. I also worked in sales in the newspaper industry. My last job prior to teaching was as an employee of the French government, helping people find employment. In 2008, my husband received an opportunity to come work and live here in Utah. Since then, I’ve been taking care of my children, while teaching them French and helping them integrate into the American life. I became involved in my daughters’ schools, working as a volunteer both in the 1st grade class, and teaching French in the 3rd grade class.
I’m really happy and excited to be part of this wonderful program and I hope children will love the French language as I love it !