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Meet our Parent Ambassadors! Discover San Diego French-American School at a personal level by emailing our parent ambassadors about their experience at our school. They look forward to hearing from you!

A French native, Sarah Blek moved to the United States permanently in 2011 following her graduate studies in St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly after graduating, she started a 12-year career in Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications in corporations, agencies and finally education, in France and the US. After spending over 4 years at the International School of OC, she moved to San Diego to start a position of Enrollment, Marketing and Communications Director at San Diego French American School. Sarah‘s two boys attend SDFAS in grades 2 and 4. 

Welcome new, prospective families! It is my pleasure to introduce myself. I am Michelle AuBuchon, and I am married to  my husband, Nate Heintzman, and we have two children, Margaux (age 4) and Hugo (age 2). This is our third year at San Diego French American School (SDFAS). Our daughter started in PK0 and is now in PK2, and our son started this year in PK0. We plan for the children to attend the school through 8th grade. We are active members in the school community and deeply grateful for the experiences we have had thus far. 

 

Nate and I are both American, but have a deep love and affinity for traveling in France, the French language, and French culture. With two small children at home, we are not traveling as much as we would like, but by being a part of the school, we still feel connected to France. Our daughter, in her 3rd year at the school, is starting to speak a lot of French and it is really exciting. The teachers and staff are so patient and kind with me as I attempt to expand my French proficiency at school drop-off and pick-up. I feel we are all learning as a family by being a part of this community. 

 

People often ask me how our kids are liking school. I always answer that they are loving it, but equally important–I am loving it too! Our family’s sense of community has expanded exponentially since joining the school. Having moved to San Diego from New York in 2016, the amazing community I have found through the school is the first time I have felt a deep sense of connection and belonging in an international community here in San Diego. The community at SDFAS is richly diverse from both a culture and talent perspective. In our parent community we have scientists, writers, artists, attorneys, film producers, doctors, designers, and the list goes on. Amidst all this talent, I would like to mention that I find SDFAS to feel deeply inclusive and down-to-earth.

 

Outside of the school, we love to cook as a family. Nate, a scientist by training, enjoys growing as many fruits and vegetables for the family as possible. When he is not working at Dexcom, you can usually find him tending to the orange trees or turning the compost. Margaux and Hugo like to help harvest oranges and berries. At this time in my life, I am quite busy with two young children and devote much of my free time to cooking and volunteering at the school.  

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