A short bio

Born and raised in Senegal, Agnès Tounkara, studied Economics in France and moved to the US for family reasons 19 years ago. Ever since, her career path has been driven by her passion for French and Francophone cultures.

At the Alliance Française of Boston, she led the Education Department and helped launch one of the first Heritage Language Programs in Boston serving a large Haitian community in several elementary schools in the Boston area.

She then moved to New York and joined the French American School of New York where she oversaw the extracurricular activities, promoting the French language through many programs to parents but also to the Westchester community at large.

As a francophone parent raising children in the US, Agnès is extremely excited about her most recent role as coordinator of the French Heritage Language Program (FHLP) and looks forward to strengthening and growing a program which is very close to her heart.

For the past 14 years, the French Heritage Language Program has been helping francophone immigrants and young Americans with francophone background to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage. Today, the program is present in 4 of New York City’s 5 boroughs, and offers workshops in 10 schools within the Internationals Network for Public Schools, in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. More than 200 NYC students now partake in the FHLP activities every year. Moreover, the program’s success in New York has led to expanding classes in other states including Boston, Maine, Miami and Philadelphia.