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Our team

Au Clair De Lune’s teachers are all French native speakers. They are experienced and dedicated professionals exceeding the qualification expected by the state of California. The well-being of the children is our 1st concern. 

Meet The Team

Claire Hemery 
Preschool Director / Teacher

Claire was born and raised in Angers (West part of France). Her parents were both professors who passed down to her their passion for teaching. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007, Claire worked as a special education teacher with special needs students for two years. During those years, she developed and adapted individualized teaching methods for children who needed extra support. In 2012, Claire continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Education from a French University. 

After a year traveling around the world, discovering new places and interacting with different people, Claire settled down in San Diego in 2013. Since 2016, Claire has been teaching as a French preschool teacher in a French American school here in San Diego. Meanwhile, Claire earned her certificate in Early Childhood Education courses. Teaching in an immersion environment was a revelation for her. Even though teaching French to non-French native speakers can be challenging, Claire finds it interesting and enriching to see children learning a new language so fast. 

Claire loves using creative and artistic approaches to her curriculum. In her spare time, Claire enjoys hiking with her dogs, camping, gardening and doing craft activities such as scrapbooking. 

Jessica was born and raised in the countryside of the Center of France. After she obtained her Nurse Assistant diploma in 2005, she graduated from the University of Tours in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2010, she obtained her Teacher’s credential diploma from the French Ministry of Education and started to work as a teacher in numerous different schools with children of all ages from 2 to 15 years old. Throughout her years of teaching, Jessica continued to learn about different pedagogies, completed the required classes set by the California Department of Education in Early Childhood Education and acquired a lot of experience. Throughout her learning and findings, Jessica eventually developed her own pedagogy. Indeed, she uses methods that place an emphasis on autonomy, perseverance, self-confidence, emotional management, and working in small groups; always taking into consideration each child's learning and developing rhythms.

Because she grew up in a French-Spanish bilingual family herself, she has always been interested in languages and multilingual children and families. Her personal history combined with her love for teaching to non-French speaker students, drove Jessica to pursue a career in teaching French as a second language in a French immersion school in San Diego for the past 5 years. 

When she has free time, Jessica loves to create and build new things; she loves sewing, creates jewelry, decorating items, but she also likes designing and building pieces of furniture and decorate rooms.

Jessica Bedin
Curriculum Developer / Teacher
Floriane Nicol

Floriane was born and raised in Brest, Brittany. After obtaining her French diploma in Business Management in 2014, she moved to the United States to work as an Au Pair and learn English. During her stay in San Diego, she discovered a French Preschool fell in love with the idea of sharing her culture and language with small children. In 2017, Floriane started to work as a Teacher Assistant with the 2 year olds and later became a Lead Teacher for 3 year olds.

Eager to learn, discover new things, and work with people, Floriane received a Certified Nurse Assistant license in 2019, and while working full time she also attended school to earn her Associate Degree of Sciences in Early Childhood Education in 2021.

She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
She believes that children learn a lot from playing, and being in a group while learning to become autonomous and do things by themselves. More importantly, children who are exposed to different languages at a young age is proven to be very beneficial for them in their academic future and personal lives.
Floriane welcomed her first son, Tiago, into the world in November 2021 and she speaks French, while the dad speaks Spanish to him.
During her free time, she enjoys playing and watching her son grow, as well as hiking, camping, and paddle boarding with her family.

Anne-Laure came to San Diego at the age of 13 from a small town in France. As an alumna of Poway High School she immediately fell in love with the American school system in terms of the diversity among the students, the school spirit and the importance of sports in the curriculum. In 2008 she graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelor's in Media Studies where she was also a teacher's assistant for a year. Later on, Anne-Laure taught English as a second language in an alternative high school for two years. This unique experience led her to continue her education by obtaining, from Alliant International University, both her Master's degree in Education and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential to teach French in public schools. 

Since then, Anne-Laure has been teaching English in a French bilingual school for a year and half where she directly interacted with preschool children all the way up to middle school students. Along with her two colleagues, Anne-Laure noticed that a lot of the students' struggles are directly related to their relationship with school at an early age. Because of this, she decided that a quality preschool is necessary to ensure all students have a successful academic future. Au Clair de Lune was soon created. 

Anne-Laure Petit
Head of School / Teacher
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