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Elizabeth Porter

School Owner and Director of International Programs

I am a National Board Certified French teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics, a Master’s degree in Education and a French degree called a DEUG in French as a Foreign Language (FLE).  I have a passion for France and all things French.  I also have a passion for language and how the brain is wired to naturally acquire language.  I am the author of “Pathways to Language Fluency” as well as several other publications and curriculum materials.

I spent several years living in France. I went to college in Normandy, France and I also spent a significant amount of time in Paris. I taught elementary and middle school English in Normandy. When I returned to the United States, I taught for 3 years at the French Immersion School of Washington and then taught High School French for several years.

I love language and culture and have a passion for linguistic and Global Education.

My unique method of teaching language not only promotes fluency, but also reduces brain and sensory issues making it ideal for accommodating all learning styles and special needs.

On a personal note, I am married to my husband David and I have two sons- Daniel and Noah.  I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.


Megan Padden-Shin

Director of School Operations

Megan began her educational career as a college level French and Spanish tutor in 2005. Megan has since spent over a decade in the field of education. She has taught middle school and high school level English classes and even designed curriculum for a number of SAT prep courses. Megan has Bachelor of the Arts in English with a double minor in French and Spanish from Westfield State University and a Master of Science in Education from Walden University


Laurine Leung

European Languages Department Chair/French Teacher

Laurine was born in France and grew up in Avignon, in Provence. She started her career as an engineer in microelectronics. She moved to the United States in 2012, and had her first child in 2014. While a stay-at-home mom, she volunteered at a French school in Washington State and enjoyed teaching French to children. She decided to move her career towards teaching French and got her French degree as a Foreign Language (FLE) in 2015. Mom of two young children, she has been in the teaching field as a teacher assistant first, then as a teacher. She moved to Illinois a year ago and is currently enrolled in University to seek her French teaching certification from Illinois State with endorsement for Middle/High schools. In parallel, she is thrilled to join the team at Bon Voyage, and cannot wait to meet you and/or your child(ren) in class soon.

Sheng-Ping Wang

Asian and Middle Eastern Languages Department Chair/Mandarin Teacher

大家好! Greetings!

My name is Sheng-Ping Wang and I am excited to join Bon Voyage World Languages Academy as a Mandarin/Chinese teacher. I was born in Taiwan, grown up in Keelung and went to college in Taipei. I have Bachelor’s degree in Education (specialized in Music Education) from University of Taipei and a Graduate Certificate (Master credits) from U of Maryland, Baltimore County.

I was a certified teacher in Taiwan. As a home room teacher at elementary school, I taught Chinese daily along with other subjects. I and my family have lived in US for 13 years now and I also have years teaching experience in states. I start as an assistant teacher in pre-k classrooms then become a lead teacher in kindergarten enrichment programs as well as a lead staff in K-5 after school programs.

I and my family love to travel. We have visited France, Germany, Prague, London, and Oxford during summer vacations. In order to learn more new things from the world, I and my daughter also study French with Madame Porter in Bon Voyage World Languages Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy working closely with local musicians as a piano accompanist and share homemade recipes on my own blog and cooking websites.

Looking forward to working with you!


Mafer Frantz

Office Manager/Spanish Teacher

Mafer was born in Colombia, South America where she received a BA in Textile Design and Arts from Los Andes University.  She moved to the United States and in 2004 gave birth to her daughter, Isabella.. As well as being a trained textile designer and published artist, Mafer has developed her own unique curriculum and taught Spanish to preschool and elementary children at the Riverbend Montessori school in Sugar Land, Texas, as well as conducting a highly popular after school Spanish program at the Nevada City School of the Arts in California. She also has taught numerous students Spanish online over the past decade. 


As a native Spanish speaker, Mafer is raising her daughter as bilingual. She specializes in teaching children ages 3-12 through her interactive curriculum. When not teaching, you will find her hiking and exploring nature as well as promoting healthy nutrition and living. 


Mafer loves working in a learning environment with children. Whether it be teaching Spanish, conducting  children’s yoga classes, or volunteering at her daughter’s children’s theater, you won’t find her very far from being involved in enriching a child’s life. 


She looks forward to the opportunity to teach your child and transport them through the door to the new world that knowing a second language can open.