About Me

I’ve been teaching French as a second language to 100+ children from PK to 8th grade, at the Saint Albans School in New York since 2008. As head of the French Department, I’ve developed my own materials and pedagogic approach.

I really enjoy teaching and make children feel like making rapid progress in French, as well as teaching the positive aspects of the French culture. I’m told by parents and colleagues that I’m truly loved by all the kids,  and I could not get better recognition for my work.

I grew up in France, my Mom was a teacher, my Dad an engineer, and I spent 10 years as a girl Scout! I hold a French “Baccalaureat” and a Master in International Affairs from a French business school. I had to follow my beloved husband to New York in 2005, and our two kids, Marie and Louis, are both at the Lycée Français de New York.  I enjoy raising my kids, reading, gardening, golfing, sailing, and of course, teaching!


“Claire is a teacher of extraordinary talent and dedication”.
Joan Fox. Principal, Saint Albans School

 “Merci for making my PreK years so wonderful!”
 The Newcombs

“You’re the best!”.
Rusty Carter

“Claire is a rare type of teacher”
John Amelio. Head of Middle School. Saint Albans School

“Thank you for your elegant skills and dedication through the years”
Linda B.

“Mrs De La Roche has the ability to motivate children and keep them on track while ensuring they develop a passion for learning French”
Philip Helminger

The Best French Teacher in Manhattan!
Francesca Civili