AboutAbout Our School
Mes Amis’ mission is for students of all ages to speak and understand the French language and culture. While providing a fun, friendly, and safe environment. We welcome students from all walks of life.
Our school meets the needs of each preschool student in emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative development. Paired with child-centered science, art, music, movement, creative dramatics, writing, reading, cooking, math, and basic learning concept activities. These techniques encourage children to be active participants in the process of learning while having fun! We follow the HighScope Preschool Wheel of Learning. Which involves assessment, adult-child interaction, learning environment, and daily routine for the goal of active learning. Theme-based units are introduced each/bi- week to stimulate exploration in French and the world around them through content-based instructions and WIDA standards. Our preschool curriculum is State Licensed and receives the highest Parent Aware rating.
Our core value equation is: Passion + Patience + Practice = Progress.
Meet The Staff
Rose Holtz, Director
Rose Mingo-Holtz, director and instructor, came from the islands of Haiti where French and Creole are the official languages. She speaks four different languages: French, Creole, English and Spanish.
Madame Rose’s 10+ year-teaching career spans diverse age groups, languages and skill sets. Her experience includes instructing French Continued Education at Normandale Community College, Middle School French at Oak Grove Bloomington Public Schools, French & Spanish at Sunrise Montessori, French Community Education in Bloomington, Chaska, and Richfield. Additionally, running French summer camps at St. Croix Montessori and serving as a paraprofessional in Special Education at Eden Prairie Schools.
In Rose’s words, “Teaching French c’est fantastique! I believe that French can be learned as a second language in a fun and wonderful atmosphere.”
Jess Strohm, Marketing Coordinator
Jess Strohm is an MSU Mankato graduate with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and minor in Business Administration. She is a Minnesota native and has been a close friend to the Mingo-Holtz family for many years. Jess joined Mes Amis French School in May 2020 and is looking forward to getting more children involved in our unique school. In her free time you can find her dancing all over the state.
Jia Qin, Seasonal Substitute
Jia has been a student at Mes Amis since he was 8 years old. He is currently a junior at Georgetown University studying international affairs and global health. In addition to English and French, Jia also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish fluently. Jia did Mes Amis’ youth volunteer program and has also worked extensively with Mes Amis in the past and is excited to return this summer to help staff the “camp d’été”. In his free time, he enjoys biking and playing the piano.
Eyala Manga, Instructor
Eyala Manga was born and raised in the French part of Cameroon. All of her education was in the French language until she moved to the United States in 2012. She graduated from Iowa’s Luther College in 2016 with a double major in French and International Studies.
Eyala joined Mes Amis French School in September 2016. She enjoys teaching French, laughing, and sharing her Francophone culture with her students. She teaches ages 33 months up to the age of 12. She also teaches the Beginner Adult Class. She has great skills in classroom management, French writing and is calm, loving, and values the francophonie.
Amelia Merfeld, Teacher Aide
Amelia has been attending Mes Amis since the age of 3 and speaks both French and Spanish fluently. She recently earned an Associate Degree at Normandale Community College where she was captain of the synchronized swimming team. Amelia now attends the University of Minnesota. At Mes Amis, she helps in the Preschool Room as well the After School Program part-time as a Teacher Aide. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, swimming, and going to the cabin.
Timothy Holtz, Substitute
Timothy Holtz gained his experience with children while developing and implementing programs at the National
MS Society, Minnesota Chapter. As the programs director, he managed nationally recognized Youth Camps and Family Getaways. These programs were designed for children who have a parent living with MS. He actively implemented and expanded these programs throughout his tenure at the society. Timothy currently owns Dignity Travel which provides small group tours to international destinations for people who have a physical disability. His tour destinations include France and other French speaking countries.