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Elizabeth Porter

Founder, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and International Programs

Board Member

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.

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Megan Padden-Shin

Director of School Operations

Board Member

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

Viviana Ardesia

Viviana Ardesia

School Principal

Board Member

Ciao e benvenuti a BonVoyage!
I’mViviana and I was born in Pescara, a tiny city on the Adriatic Sea, where I attended high school in Classical Studies. I
have a Master degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, and I
hold a PhD in Italian History from the University of Udine. I lived in Pisa, Milan and Turin teaching Italian Grammar and
Literature in Middle schools and History at university for more than 15 years. I moved to Florida recently with my family
and I can’t wait to share my language and my culture with all of you!

 

 

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Sandra Bellinger

Director of School Finances

Board Member

Sandra is in charge of the business office.  She is in charge of the school budget, billing, and payments. 
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Erin Pavicic

Director of Admissions

Board Member

Erin is in charge of enrollment, scheduling, and runs our front office.
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Carli Ramos

Fundraising Coordinator, Office Assistant, Travel Programs Chaperone

Carli is a student studying Project Management.  She is in charge of fundraising for the school but also assists Erin and Sandra with office management tasks, and she acts as an airplane chaperone in our travel programs.
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Joe Massoth

Bon Voyage Ambassador

Joe lives in Redmond, WA.  He has extensive experience in travel as he worked as an airline flight attendant.  Joe also lived and worked abroad.  Joe’s main position at Bon Voyage is to travel to  conferences and
and assist with travel programs either as assistant travel leader or travel chaperone.
Oscar the Office Dog

Oscar

Office Dog

Oscar is a beagle who hangs out in the office and boosts our workday morale!  Oscar’s responsibilities include being cute, and making our office a happy place.
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Kevin the Gnome

School Mascot

Kevin is a gnome who travels wherever Elizabeth travels.  He is our school mascot.  He comes from a gnome village.  His age is unknown.