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Virginie Faas

Owner & Director

After having taught at French in Acton for three years, Virginie took over as the new director on July 1, 2016. A native French speaker, Virginie Faas (pronounced FAAZ) is originally from Colmar, in Northeast France, but has been living in the U.S. since 2001. She and her husband are the proud parents of two young children. Virginie loves traveling, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Virginie received degrees from l'Université Lumière Lyon II. She has extensive experience with the French language, centered on translation and localization work with several local international corporations. Virginie conducts all levels of children's and adult classes at French in Acton and is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French.

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Eve Fischer


Instructor Ève Fischer is a voracious reader, an avid gardener, and a very proud grandmother. While a resident of the US for more than 20 years, Ève is French. She is originally from Paris' 6th arrondissement and Brittany, the Northwestern region of France. She holds degrees from l'Université de Paris IV Sorbonne.

Ève’s teaching experience ranges from technical translation work to classroom instruction. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and conducts adult classes at French in Acton ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

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Liz Frothingham


Liz began teaching children’s classes at French in Acton in 2010 while on her gap year…and just couldn’t stay away. For the past six years and while obtaining her degree, she often substitute taught classes at French in Acton. Liz loves all things cuisine and enjoys writing and doodling when not in the classroom. She is delighted to now be part of the team in a more permanent manner.

Possessing a degree in French, English and Food Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she has both led French classes for children and created curriculum at the French Cultural Center/Alliance française of Boston and taught English classes in Strasbourg, France. She is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French and instructs students of all ages and levels.


Affectionately known as "Madame" to her students, Cynthia Edelman founded French in Acton in 2003 after spending many years teaching students in the greater Acton, MA area. After numerous experiences necessitating her French skills, such as working for Bull HN and Michelin Tire Corporation, she put on her teacher cap and began to build the wonderful community that is French in Acton today. She has since left Acton to pursue new adventures closer to her family in Richmond, VA.