ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE OF HAWAII STAFF

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Teaching Staff

Catherine Nitelet-Vedder

Catherine Nitelet-Vedder

Catherine Nitelet-Vedder grew up in the French speaking part of Belgium before moving to Los Angeles in 1998 where she worked as an entertainment journalist. Her passion for writing and her native language made her also want to teach French. She has been teaching students from elementary school to adulthood since she arrived in the United States. In 2018, she moved to Oahu with her husband and two children where she has been working as a French substitute teacher at Punahou School. When she is not teaching French, she teaches Zumba en français! That fitness dance class can also be found in French on the Alliance Francaise website!

Teaching Staff

Malia Schlesser

Malia Schlesser

Born and raised in Luxembourg, Malia was raised bilingually and has enjoyed learning different languages ever since she was little. She has lived in Hawaii for 30 years and has been an educator since 2001. Malia has taught French, Spanish, German, and English, and personally continues to study more languages such as Japanese. Besides her love of travel, she also enjoys trivia games, reading, and being out in nature in our beautiful islands. Malia believes that teaching a language doesn’t just involve learning vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, but also learning about the traditions and cultures of that language.