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New Staff 2020-2021

Clarisse Devouton
Assistant in Delphine and Nathalie's Petits

What is your personal and professional background?

I grew up in Champagne with a German professor mother and a farming father. I was a massage physical therapist and I spent 10 years working in this profession, which I really enjoyed. Then we relocated to Pragues, and then the Seattle region with my husband and four children.

Since 2013, we have lived in Bellevue and love to take advantage of all of the activities the region has to offer: hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddle boarding...

Since my arrival in the US 6 years ago, I helped my children to acquire a foundation in French with the CNED method. I then started my career as a preschool teacher; instilling knowledge was a revelation.


What is your favorite book? Your favorite dish?

Choosing a favorite book is impossible for me because I love to read and discover new novels. Choosing a favorite dish is also difficult, because I love to cook for my friends and family, so every dinner I prepare is a pleasure. My children often ask me to make a strawberry cake or strawberry tart.

What is your motto? "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today."
What is your favorite place? My favorite place is the Islands of Saint-Quay-Portrieux (in Brittany).
What is your greatest dream? My ultimate dream would be to erase the distance between the Seattle region where I love to live and my family in France!

Emilie Declines
Pre-K and Kindergarten English Teacher

What is your academic and professional background? I have a Masters in Applied Foreign Languages - Business from the University of Bordeaux III and a DESS in Business and Trade with Asia from the University of Havre (Masters). I left France for Japan when I was 22 years old, and I met my husband the first day I arrived in Japan! I lived there for 10 years and I worked for Berlitz Japan all of those years. My first two children were born in Tokyo.

Why did you choose the profession you have today? In Tokyo, friends asked me to teach English to their children. And then one thing led to another and I found myself with a growing clientele and very little time. Therefore, I decided to become a French and English teacher with Berlitz Japan, and I had the opportunity to climb all the way up the ladder with this business. At the end of my career with Berlitz, I was Country Manager for the children's classes, and I was responsible for the training and the quality of the lessons for 40 language centers throughout Japan. This was how I discovered my passion for teaching. 


What was your favorite subject when you were a student? English, no question! Then Spanish, and finally Japanese.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Nantes, Seattle's sister city. I grew up in the Nantes countryside with my dog, my cat, chickens, ducks, three pigs, a sheep, and two nanny goats. When I was young, I wanted to be a farmer!

What is your motto? I have two mottos: "Always do your best" and "Always ready!".

What is your favorite pastime? I love to do puzzles and to read Stephen King and Dean Kontz novels, science fiction novels where you can really lose yourself in the story and forget everything around you.
What is your favorite place?  It's difficult to chose a favorite place: I loved my parents' house where I grew up, I miss the city of Tokyo tremendously, as well as the Arizona desert where we lived for a year and a half...But I think my favorite place is without a doubt the city of Sedona, AZ. It is a marvelous and magical place. I also love to spend time with my children in the public parks in Issaquah!

Is there something unusual about you that you would like to share with us? I love to sing! I would have loved to be an opera singer, but I am too shy!

What is your greatest dream?  As I love to cook and have friends over to my house for dinner, one day, my dream would be to open my own Bed & Breakfast in a place where I'd love to live, no doubt on a lake or near the ocean. 

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