Savoir Faire Califonia

117 West Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277





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Savor Faire | Language Institute

Our Teachers


Trained, fluent both in the language and the culture they teach they understand how you or your child learn and what’s the most successful way to teach language.

Caring and invested whose objectives are your success we chose for their history, experience and personality as well as for their skills. We love them, we know you will too..

Biographies coming up

Gisela (Spanish) - - Jennifer (French) - Marilea (Portuguese & French) - Rosanna (Spanish) - Yoshie (Japanese)

Julia Arce (Spanish and English since 2004)

Born, raised and educated in the U.S., she had an amazing opportunity at a young age to spend 2 weeks with a family in Spain. Upon her return to the U.S. she decided to learn Spanish. She owns a B.A., a Master and a M.A. in Spanish plus a second degree credential. She has lived intensively in Columbia and in Mexico (her husband’s family is still there and they return to visit yearly); she has travelled in several occasions to Spain and all over South America. Since Julia started with Savoir-Faire Language Institute in September 2004, she has become one of our master teachers and is in charge of our after school and tutoring programs. Her success with her students matches her enthusiasm for teaching Spanish to children and adults alike.

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Christelle Menier (French since 2015)

Born and raised in France, Christelle came to us with 2 Master Degrees. Tri-langual, beside French (her native tongue), she speaks fluently English and Spanish. She has taught French to children and adults in Paris, France, Mexico City, Mexico and now in Redondo Beach. Her smile welcme her students, but her attention to her students needs and challenges as well as her smile and uptimistic attitude creates the best environement for her class.


Patty Lizarraga (Spanish and English since 2013)

Patty loves teaching because it is so rewarding to see the thrill of young children get from learning, seeing their proud faces when they learn a new word and being able to repeat it. She believes children are our future. And each child is unique.

She particulary enjoys teaching them the songs she learned while growing up.

She always compliment children by telling them good job and saying I like the way you work.

She likes working in Savoir Faire because we are like a family we help each other. 

While not working she enjoys spending my weekends as a family going to her son's soccer games.

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Zoila Norwood: (Spanish since 2000)

A full credential teacher from Peru she has been teaching with us since 1999. She is one of the master teachers who helped in writing the Spanish curriculum for Savoir Faire Language Institute. She has experience in teaching all levels. Kids and adults absolutely love coming to her class. Very patient, passionate and always prepared she creates magic in her classroom. One of her students told us: "Be aware, when you or your child sit in her class, you will not want to leave!"

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Sonia Fernandez: (Spanish since 1997)

With a BS in Education from Peru, Sonia joined SFLI’s team in 1997. Now that her children are in college, she spends her time developing fun lessons for her classes. Her love of teaching is reflected by her dedication to her students, always prepared and ready to reach out, she makes her class fun and is loved by her students, young and young at heart.



Brant Carey (English �?French since 1999)

Brant has been with Savoir Faire since 1999, teaching mainly English, and helping with French.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA with minors in Philosophy and French.  He has helped many students from various countries overcome problems learning English. American born and educated, he has lived abroad in Australia, France, Belgium, Vietnam and West Africa.  His career was with Pan American Airways as an Operations Manager where he served as a trouble shooter, traveling often and extensively to solve system problems. In his semi-retirement, he is playing in a symphony orchestra and singing in a traveling choir.  He has built four houses, including his own current residence.  He loves to help foreign students use good English that can be understood by all their contacts in this country.  He is able to relate well with them because of his wide range of experience.  He has taught TOEFL preparatory courses and English Composition. Tell him how you want to improve; he is ready to help!


Christine Woods (German since 2001)

She started working for Savoir Faire in March of 2001. She moved with her family to the US in summer of 2000 and used to work in Germany teaching English at all levels to adult students. She has always enjoyed teaching very much and love to share German culture and funny little stories about her country.
Working for Savoir Faire gave her the opportunity not only to teach adults but also children. She is now teaching all levels to adults as well as children and enjoys both equally as much.

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Armand Schiappa (French - Italian since 2008)

Armand was born in Metz, in the Alsace-Lorraine region, north east of France.

He has lived in France, Italy and the US. On the Italian side, Armand’s family emigrated from a small medieval town near Rome.

He moved to the States in the early 80’s where he was involved in real estate affairs. 

He returned to France in 2002 where he taught French as a second language to adults and children visiting the Bouche-du-Rhone region. 

Along with the language, Armand emphasizes French culture and history. . He speaks fluent Italian, French and English..

He decided to start teaching to share his knowledge and experiences related to Italian and French languages and way of living. His philosophy toward teaching matches his approach to life which is to make people feel comfortable in the process of learning something new. He always appreciates the enthusiasm and interaction his students bring to the classroom. He likes to build a real camaraderie amongst classmates. He enjoys teaching because it helps people become familiar not only with new languages but also other cultures. For Armand, the most rewarding thing about teaching is when students advance in their capabilities of speaking another language.

He still misses the old continents rich history, celebration of food and cultural traditions: "Students who visit France will appreciate the great variety of artisanal foods and crafts. Of course our well known historical sites and treasures are a primary touristic draw as well."

When not teaching, he enjoys traveling to see family and friends.

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Irene Flotzinger (German - French - Italian - English since 2004)

Irene was born and raised in Switzerland. She came to the United States as a foreign student, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology. After returning home, she lived and worked in the German, Italian and French part of Switzerland to brush up on her language skills.

Irene has been teaching high school students and adults at Savoir Faire since 2004. Knowing firsthand the joys and frustrations of learning a foreign language, she identifies with her students and tries to create a learning environment which is both challenging and entertaining.


Eneday Herrera (Spanish since 2012)

Eneyda grew up In El Salvador and came to the US when she was 17 yrs. old. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts and Human Development, she right started to teach.
 She loves to work with children and adults, particularly when she has the opportunity to teach her native language and culture. Always looking for ways to create fun and interesting learning environment she looks for ways to motivate and encourage her students and always welcome give their feedback. Her students love her, don’t like to miss classes and describe her as the smile that made them feel smarter!


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Anne Watine Habib (French since 2015)

 Born and raised in France, Anne walked in our school with a bright and contagious smile. Her Master Degree in Teaching French as a second language and her experience with teaching children and adults in Paris and Anger, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands had prepared her for her students at Savoir Faire. After working successfully with our adults and after school kids, when French preschool teacher moved on, she jumped in the position with her usual enthusiasm and professionalism. Children and Adults love having her as their teacher! Now dedicated to the preschool, her little ones adore her and learn having fun and being surrounded by her kindness and attention.

Marcella Cerruti (Spanish & English since 2015)

With a dad from Argentina and a mom from Spain, Marcela logically became a Spanish teacher. Born in the US she is native in both in English and Spanish. She has worked in France, Jamaica and here in California before joining our team. Her permanent good mood and her enthusiasm about teaching create a positive and creative environment for her students. Lots of laughter can be heard in her class. She makes her students feel relaxed and comfortable, essential to relieve the stress of  learning another language.

Vivi Sommer (Chinese preschool since 2016)

With 2 Bachelor Degrees from Heilongjiang University (Harbin, China), one in Communication and the other in Japanese and a Japanese Language Proficiency certificate, Level 1 (highest level), a Qualification Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China and a Chinese English Test certificate, Vivi is a wonderful asset to Savoir Faire. She has 2 young daughters. Both of them speak both English and Chinese and are now learning French. Once her daughters started school she started teaching Chinese in local preschools and elementary schools. She has done this since.She is our preschool Chinese teacher.


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Nancy Salvidar (Spanish preschool since 2014)

Nancy is the happiest when surrounded with her little peeps. Native Spanish speaker, she started as an assistant working in preschools as she was going to school. These experience determined her future, and we are delighted to have her in our team. While maintening a safe environment, she focuses on the proper developemnt and growth of her little students. Time with her is always fun and nurturing.