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.
The Mes Amis French School and Cultural Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that was established to fund educational programs and other initiatives that go beyond the school’s normal operating budget. The Mes Amis French School and Cultural Foundation, or simply, the Foundation, will support student achievement and skill development through scholarships and unique activities like field trips and class experiences with visiting educators from a variety of disciplines. In addition, funds from the Foundation will help to acquire visas for foreign teachers, and ensure staff excellence by providing health benefits. Through this Foundation, our hope is to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations in the mission of Mes Amis French School. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Mes Amis French School and Cultural Foundation, and or become a board member contact Rose Mingo-Holtz:
Meet The Staff
Director & Instructor
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.”
Amelia Merfeld, Instructor
Madame Amelia is a Preschool assistant and Summer Camp school age lead teacher. 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.
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.