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The Founder

Marie-Claire Ribeill 
Founder & Executive Director

I was born in France and am an American naturalized citizen. I have been in the USA since 1998.


I have a background in education and hold a CAPES and AGREGATION in Foreign Language teaching from the university Paul Valéry in Montpellier France, and certificates in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. I have worked as a teacher in France, England, and the USA. I founded l’école in my home in 2009. I was the school director until 2012, when L’école became a non-profit, in order to be the recipient of the FLAM (Français Langue Maternelle). This allowed a grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dedicated to French schools teaching French to French children around the world. In 2011, I got a position at SKEMA Business School. I was an English and French teacher first, then the North America Development and External Relations Officer. In January 2018, I became the Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas.

I was the president of the board of L’école from 2012 to 2019. I re-assumed the directorship of L’école, in 2019 to move it into a full day, licensed day care and private preschool and primary school.


I have been the Honorary Consul of France in North Carolina, since March 2010. As such, I am dedicated to the promotion of France, friendship and trade between France and North Carolina as well as supporting the French population in the area. I am a linguist and passionate about education and bilingualism.

I believe in the benefits of getting an international education, and I am excited that L’école is such a diverse environment where children from all backgrounds can thrive and grow their language skills, on top of wonderfully broad and rigorous academics. It is wonderful to see young children bloom in the school, and such a rewarding experience! I am lucky to have a fantastic team: happy, dedicated and hardworking! They are at the core of the students’ successful learning journey, and it is a pleasure to work with them everyday, while fulfilling our mission.


I have two sons: Guilhem, who works in Boston and Axel, who works in Durham, and a grandson. I am a runner, I love adventure and exploration such as paragliding, mountain climbing, hiking and backpacking long distances, but growing L’école has been my most exciting adventure yet!

Marie-Claire Ribeill
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