Leadership

Emmanuel TEXIER

Head of School 

Born in Paris and raised in a multicultural French-European background in several parts of mainland France and its overseas territories, Emmanuel TEXIER first studies English Civilization, Language and Literature at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne, before completing his studies with a Bachelor of Linguistic Engineering (Computer science applied to linguistic) at the Institut National des Langues Orientales in Paris.
After ten years working as a teacher, he becomes a Head of School in 2008 and manages several schools in France before moving abroad. He works on French Chinese educational cooperation in a Beijing University and later moves to Australia where he is the Head of School of the Lycée franco-australien in Canberra for five years until 2017.

Cloris M. HENRY

Chief Operating Officer 

Cloris HENRY joined the Lycée Francais de San Francisco as the Chief Operating Officer in August of 2019. Dr. Henry comes to this role after serving as Director of Operations and Special Projects for Special Education Services with the San Francisco Unified School District for four years. Prior to her work with SFUSD, she served as the Senior Director, New York City with the College Board for five years. Before her tenure with College Board, Cloris worked at the New York City Department of Education as a Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager (2009 – 2010); as Associate Director of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Scholars Program (2007 – 2009), and as the Outreach Program Manager for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (2002 – 2007). Cloris earned her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. She earned an M.A. in the Sociology of Education from New York University, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of the Pacific.

Eric SZARZYNSKI

Deputy Head of School and Campus Director • ORT

Eric SZARZYNSKI was born in the Gard region of southern France and studied at the University of Montpellier, where he obtained a double degree in modern literature and comparative literature, followed by a master's degree in modern literature. He was a teacher of literature from 1999 to 2015 and has been a director since then. He has worked in 6 academies (in metropolitan France and overseas) with High school and university students.

He loves literature, movies, sports (including scuba diving: he was a volunteer instructor in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean), travel, food and new experiences. He is excited to join the Lycée Français de San Francisco in 2021.

Christophe CAILTON

Director of Primary School | ASH

Christophe comes from the South of France, and the Bordeaux region. He joined us in 2019 with his family -his wife and two daughters- that formed internationally having worked in education in Japan, Belgium and Spain. Christophe was a teacher in France, bringing a special focus on sports, then became a school director for three years in France before moving to the Bay Area. He chose to join LFSF finding that the school's approach to teaching  languages echoes the experience he developed in the schools in worked in globally.

Laurent CARAYON

Director of Primary School • SAU

Born in the South of France, Laurent has been a Primary level teacher since September 2003. From 2011 to 2017, Laurent has trained teachers in Montpellier, before becoming director of a 9 class application school in September 2017. From 2018 to 2020, he co-managed the training science department of the Montpellier Faculty of Education and trained master's and bachelor's students, as well as first and second-degree colleagues. Passionate about sports, Laurent practices basketball, handball, football and tennis. He also enjoys the arts and was part of an amateur theater company for 5 years. Laurent is delighted to join the Lycée Français de San Francisco and to continue the work already accomplished to ensure high quality educational continuity.

Natalie BITTON

Director of College Counseling

Natalie BITTON has received a bicultural and bilingual education, in French and English, in the US and in Canada. She studied neuroscience and psychology at McGill University in Montreal and received an MA in clinical psychology at JFK University in California. She holds certifications in college counseling from UCLA and Harvard, and a Mindfulness Teacher Certification from Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org). She lectures nationwide on topics of the teenage brain, mindfulness and teenage developmental models of college counseling and has developed numerous programs incorporating mindfulness practices into college admissions programs.

Nathalie HAUTAVOINE

Director of Advancement

Nathalie HAUTAVOINE has been working at Lycée Français de San Francisco since 1996 at the very beginning of the Advancement Department. Dedicated to the institution and the education it brings to its students, the primary responsibility of the Advancement director is to collect funds through fundraising campaigns and events to support the school with innovative projects. 

Agnes HOGAN

Director of Communication + Marketing

Agnes HOGAN joined LFSF in 2016 as Director of Enrollment Management and Communication. Agnes has an education in business and marketing, as well as graphic design and communication. After developing her own marketing and graphic design studio in the Washington DC area, she joined Rochambeau, the French International School as their Communications Specialist. As she had left her heart in San Francisco, she was happy to return to LFSF where she had worked for 10+ years in admissions. She brings to our school an extensive experience in enrollment management, marketing and communication, with a proven track record in strengthening enrollment.

Fabian MACH

IT Director

Fabian Mach has worked for 4 years in the LFSF Communication and Marketing dept. In addition to his core projects, he spearheaded multiple technical installations for the school such as the digital signage, and to address pandemic specific issues, contact tracing and zoom rooms on Ortega campus. 

He has an extensive technological background as an IT consultant and helped multiple businesses with their technological and application needs. 

A people’s person, he focuses on listening and identifying one’s needs before finding solutions that ultimately improve their experience. 

Educated in France and Germany and is perfectly trilingual. His 18-year-old twin daughters were both LFSF lifers and graduated in 2020.

Mathieu VERLOOVE

Admissions Director

After completing a college degree in Education & Management in Belgium, Mathieu started his career as a teacher in Brussels. He has also created and developed an educational non-profit organization, specialized in after school programs and sport events, for students from K to 8th grade.

In 2010, Mathieu moved to the Bay Area and joined the LFSF, in the Admissions Office, as an assistant then an associate. With his extensive passion for sport, in addition to his admissions positions, Mathieu helped and directed many adventure and sport camps on our three LFSF campuses. 

With passion for local, bilingual and international education, Mathieu has helped the school and the admissions office to develop school events and strategies to welcome local and international families in our school.

Stanley ZELPHIN

Director of AES and Camps

Stanley ZELPHIN joined the LFSF in June, 2021. He arrived in the Bay Area in September 2019.  Before joining LFSF, Stanley served as a Director of L’ecole de la Deuxième Chance in Val d’Oise, France where he worked for four years as a teacher, basketball player and coach. Stanley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Montpelier and has a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. He is actively involved in several international charity organizations and is passionate about arts and sports education.

Betty LEE

Director of Finance

Bio coming soon

Cupertino PALESTINA

Director of Facilities

Bio coming soon