Jean M. Copeland lives in Lansdowne and teaches French at J. R.Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, where she is World Language Department Chair, as well as sponsor for the Masterman Chapter of The French National Honor Society.  She is also a member of the NECTFL Executive Counsel and is the Chair of the AATF High School Commission.  jcopeland

Sally Cushmore lives in Conshohocken and has been teaching at Souderton Area High School since 2013. She is Secretary of the AATF Philadelphia Chapter. She obtained her M.A. in French from Middlebury College in 1997 after spending a year in Paris.


Golaleh Daryoush has been a teacher of French at Radnor High School since 2006. With a BA degree from  ICHEC in Brussels, Belgium, she has a background in finance and landscape architecture, she earned her teacher certification from Rosemont College. Daryoush organizes student trips and has been a volunteer at the Barnes Foundation.

Rita Davis lives in Bryn Mawr and has been teaching French at the Agnes Irwin School for the last 37 years where she is currently Chair of the Modern Language Department.  Rita served as co-president of the Philadelphia chapter from 2009 through 2013. She has been a consultant for the College Board since 1998 and at this time she is a table leader for the AP French language and culture exam.   Rita is currently serving her second three-year term as vice-president of the AATF.

Valérie Gasbara, Chapter Treasurer, lives in Collegeville and teaches French at the Phoenixville Area High School where she is the Coordinator of the Franco-American Student Exchange,  Faculty Advisor of the French Honor Society, and the current District Language Coordinator. She was an AP reader for four consecutive years. 


Dianne Goddard, lives in West Chester and is a French teacher and Chair of the World Language Department at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern.

Edith Guay is Chapter Vice-President and lives in Collegeville. She served as Co-President of the Philadelphia chapter from 2013 through 2017. Edith teaches French at Jenkintown High School, where she is the World Language Department Leader, Coordinator of the French Exchange Program, and Faculty Advisor for the World Language Honor Society. 

Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques,recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Outstanding Leadership in the

Profession, and the Dorothy Ludwig Teaching Award, is professor of French and Russian at Chestnut Hill College. She has been National French Contest Administrator since 1978. She is a past member of the Boards of NECTFL and ACTFL, and currently serves on the Executive Board of PSMLA and MLAPV.

She is Past President of the national AATF. 


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Rochelle Ostroff-Weinberg, Chapter President, taught French and was French Exchange Coordinator at Friends’ Central School where she was awarded four  Clayton Farraday Summer Grants to study in France, Italy and Greece. She is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Aronson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She currently works with students in the HIAS-PA Refugee Resettlement and Citizenship Programs. 

Deborah Watson lives in Radnor, and enjoys teaching French to home-schooled children and Ph.D.Theology and Biblical Studies students. She teaches biblical Greek, serves as Chaplain, and translator forPalmer Seminary of Eastern University. Before moving to this area, Debbie taught French and ESL atSalem and Newport High Schools in New Hampshire. She studied French Language and Civilization at Gordon College and at the Université de Paris – Sorbonne.


Emily Wagner lives in Huntingdon Valley. Now retired, she has taught French for 43 years at all levels, from preschool to college. Most recently she was Head of the Middle School Modern Language Department at Germantown Academy and Adjunct Professor of French at Chestnut Hill College. She has been honored with the first endowed Chair in World Languages at her institution in 2001, the 2002 AATF Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award for Middle School Teachers, the 2007 PSMLA Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 Northeast Conference Teacher of the Year Award and was a finalist for ACTFL Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Susan Zeager lives in Norristown and taught French at Wissahickon Middle School for 38 years. She has been the Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AATF for the past nine years and previously  served two terms as President of the Montgomery County Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages.