About Our School
Our Mission

Mes Amis’ mission is for students of all ages to speak and to understand the French language and culture in a fun, friendly, and safe environment. We welcome students from all walks of life.


Mes Amis French School incorporates meeting the needs of each child in areas of emotional, social, physical, cognitive, language, and creative development.  Child-centered science, art, music, movement, creative dramatics, writing, reading, cooking, math, and basic learning concept activities 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 core value equation is: Passion + Patience + Practice = Progress.

Meet The Staff

Rose Holtz, Director

Rose Mingo-Holtz, owner and teacher, came from the islands of Haiti where French and Creole are the official languages. She speaks four different languages: French, Creole, English, and Spanish. She has been teaching students of all ages for many years in different locations. “I believe that French can be learned as a second language in a fun and wonderful atmosphere.”

In addition to Mes Amis French School, she currently teaches for different school districts and Montessori schools within Richfield and other metro areas. She also enjoys running a summer camp at St. Croix Academy, located in Stillwater, where all ages are welcome. “C’est fantastique” teaching French!

Knowing another language opens up our minds and strengthens our communication skills. It’s never to early or too late to learn French. Join Mes Amis French School! Where en français is fun to learn.

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.

Eyala Manga, Instructor

Mlle Eyala was born and raised in the French part of Cameroon. All of her education was taught in French, until she moved to the U.S.A. She graduated from Luther College, Iowa 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.

Amelia Merfeld, Teacher Aide

Amelia Merfeld helps in the Preschool Room as well the After School Program part-time as a 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. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, swimming, and going to the cabin.  

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