Biographical sketches below

Benjamin Bussenault – President
Rodolphe Bouichou – CFO
Virgil de Voldère – Dual Language Development
Estelle Haratsch – Treasurer
Talcott Camp – Former President
Nathalie Van Braekel – board Member
Naomi Frazer – Middle School Development

EFNY instructors are bilingual or native French speakers and experienced professional teachers, with at least one diploma from a French-speaking country. We select all teachers for their ability to provide a stimulating environment that inspires children and encourages them to expand their knowledge of French. We assign teachers carefully to fit the age group of each class in terms of both personality and teaching experience.

We brief teachers to combine the best of the French and American approaches. They apply our rigorous curriculum, but also remain approachable and use an individualized teaching philosophy. All EFNY teachers have the ability to share the culture of French-speaking countries through projects and interactive methods.

EFNY’s site coordinators are volunteer parents who run EFNY enrichment French programs in their local schools. These volunteer parent coordinators ensure the continuity of the programs by building strong relationships with the parents, teachers, and administration of the host schools.

PS41 (West Village): Amelie Marian
PS321 (Park Slope): Laurence Nicolas & Anna Nadal Burgues
PS110 (Greenpoint): Eric Majorelle
PS58 (Caroll Gardens): Delphine Wynendaele
PS84 (Upper West Side): Alexana Bussenault & Jeanne Hoefliger-Rezai
PS234 (Tribeca): Estelle Haratsch

Benjamin has lived in NYC since 2008 and is a father of 3 children. He works for Orange, a Global Telecommunication Operator. Within EFNY, he has long been dedicated to the enrichment program development. He believes that EFNY is meant to serve the whole francophone community across NYC. Benjamin currently serves as President of the EFNY Board.

Talcott Camp is a native New Yorker and an attorney who has practiced in the area of civil rights for twenty years. She joined the EFNY Board in 2009, has served as Secretary and Board President. She supports French-English dual language programs in New York’s public schools, and helped launch the program at her family’s zoned school, PS84, in Manhattan. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and their two sons, who both became bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural at PS84.



NATHALIE VAN BRAEKEL is a native French teacher in New York and a mother of two bilingual children. Convinced that bilingualism is a real opportunity for children, she developed EFNY French afterschool curriculum to provide the students a deep knowledge of French language and culture, while learning with fun.