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A journalist and corporate communications professional by training, Sarah Guthrie stumbled into fundraising while doing something else. She was the volunteer in charge of creating a library at her son’s charter school in 1999 (AL, of course) when she realized that there was no budget for books. After her husband discovered her dipping into the grocery money to buy library materials, she knew she needed to learn how to raise money.
Combining on-the-job training with workshops, webinars, and other fundraising classes, she learned the power of using stories to raise funds for a variety of clients including the Child Protection Center and the American Stroke Foundation.
She has a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in broadcast communication arts from San Francisco State University. A speaker and writer, she obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification in 2014. When she’s not raising money, she’s dreaming about it.
Hello, my name is Randi McCreary, and I am the sixth grade English teacher at Académie Lafayette. I have been teaching for 18 years with a bachelor’s in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri and a master’s in education from Avila University. I truly enjoy teaching students how to become the best writers, readers, speakers, and listeners that they can. Académie Lafayette is a wonderful place to incorporate my love of creativity.
When I am not teaching, writing is a big part of my life. I am a published writer that has had work featured in Essence Magazine and O Magazine, and I am the author of two poetry chapter books found at Barnes & Noble. I am the mother of two beautiful daughters and love spending time with my family. A fun fact about me is that I am a Funds for Teachers Fellow and spent a summer in Harlem, New York, researching the life and times of Langston Hughes.
My name is Armand Tsafack; I’m married and I have five kids. I have master’s degrees in mathematics education and in pure mathematics. I have seventeen years (and counting) of teaching experience as a mathematics teacher from 6th–12th grade in my home country,Cameroon. I also have two certificates to teach in Missouri: Mathematics 5–9 and Mathematics 9–12. The 2017–18 school year marked my seventh year teaching at Académie Lafayette.
I currently teach 6th grade mathematics. I’m very excited to use my real work experience in the field of mathematics to live in a manner that makes learning both enjoyable and effective.
With 15 years in the Kansas City Public School District, I’ve taught kindergarten (5 years), first grade (1 year), second grade (2 years), third (3 years), and fourth and fifth grades (4 years). I joined Académie Lafayette in 2014 to teach science and math to fifth grade, which I still enjoy very much.I am a mother of a beautiful and intelligent young woman named Manuella. She is 20 and going to college but still lives at home with me.
Bonjour from the library! My name is Judy Clause, and I do the technical work in the library one day a week. This is mostly cataloging of new books and helping to make sure books make it back to the library from homes. I am a retired teacher and certified library media specialist. I taught in the primary grades, mostly 3rd grade for more years that I will admit! Then, I became a librarian.
Working at AL is like working in a small global community with teachers from many different places. I have even learned a few words and phrases in French! The staff here has been very kind and patient with this non-French speaking librarian. I love my time at AL and am so impressed with the way the staff works so hard for their students’ success. The children never cease to amaze me at how quickly they transition to French. I feel lucky to be here with this staff and these students. It has truly been a learning experience for me!
My name is André Sockmack, a native from Cameroon, a French speaking country in Central Africa. I have been teaching children, as well as adults, for more than 25 years. I have been teaching in the U.S. for 18 years and at Académie Lafayette for 11 years. I got my bachelor’s degree from the University of Yaoundé and a master’s degree in the art of teaching from Webster University.
I am a teacher, an author, and a writer of the series called La Pratique de l’Immersion en Français “Practical French Immersion.” I have a great family with three children. I love reading, listening to classical music, and being around happy people.
“I believe that Teaching is a Call from the above. I have been inspired to become an inspiring person.”
During my free time, I like to play sports, go to the movies, listen to music, cook, read, and play saxophone. I also really like spending time with my friends and traveling. One of my dreams would be to feel weightlessness.
Bonjour, my name is Chloé Gaillot, and I was born in a little town named Montceau les Mines in Burgundy. I came to the U.S. for the first time in 2012 as a kindergarten intern at Académie Lafayette. I got my master’s degree in education when I returned to France.
Before moving back to Kansas City as a homeroom teacher in 2016, I spent two years as a teacher in a French school in Vietnam.
I love challenges, and living abroad is one of them, along with athletic events. The activities I like are working out (more precisely boxing), being with my friends, meeting new people, cooking and trying to improve my English!