Elimane Mbengue, Director of Académie Lafayette (MO) awarded the French Academic Palms


On June 5th, Consul General Guillaume Lacroix visited Kansas City where he awarded the insignia of Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms to Elimane Mbengue, Director of Académie Lafayette, a K-8 French Immersion school in Kansas City, Missouri. He also attended the school’s 2018 Graduation ceremony, visited the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and met with faculty, staff and students at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. During his trip to Missouri and Kansas, Mr. Lacroix was accompanied by Honorary Consul in Kansas City Cyprienne Simchowitz.

"Mr. Mbengue has led this immersion school to the highest level of success within the State of Missouri. It is a shining star of education in Kansas City," said Consul General Lacroix during the presentation ceremony.

Established in 1999, the Academy Lafayette is a public charter school serving approximately 940 students on 2 campuses. It is a leader in French immersion curriculum, through world languages and cultures.

"It is an honor to award Mr. Elimane Mbengue the insignia of Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms. In Portland like in Kansas City, he has successfully brought French culture and language to the lives of generations of students. In Kansas City, he has led the Academy Lafayette, an important immersion school that continues to grow, to an unprecedented level of success, with the full support of the board and the parents. It is an immense asset for Kansas City, as well as for France and more broadly to Francophonie, to be able to rely on personalities such as Mr. Mbengue, a native of Nioro du Rip. With him, it is the entire education community of Academy Lafayette that is honored as well as his family," said Consul General Lacroix.

Elimane Mbengue joined Académie Lafayette as Head of School in 2012. He was born and raised in Senegal, where he graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Dakar as a school district administrator. He has a master’s and an advanced study degree in English and American studies from Cheikh Anta Dip University in Senegal and a certificate of business management from Portland (Oregon) State University. He has been a primary and secondary school teacher, as well as a French Lector at the University of Exeter in England. Before joining Académie Lafayette, Mr. Mbengue served as a school administrator in a French immersion school and a charter school in Oregon.

Consul General Lacroix took advantage of his visit in Kansas City to visit the remarkable collection of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and meet with Julián Zugazagoitia the museum’s new Director. An exceptional exhibition dedicated to Napoleon "Napoleon: Power and Splendor," will open on October 26, 2018.

Mr. Lacroix also met with leaders of the business community, Michel Menil, President and CEO of Gruau USA, and Frederic Gimeno, Director of CertainTeed-Saint-Gobain. Both companies are France-based and at the forefront of their respective fields of transportation and construction.

Created in Mayenne (France) in 1889, the Gruau Group is N°1 in Europe for light commercial vehicle conversions (minibuses, transport of disabled persons, transport of goods...) and CertainTeed-Saint-Gobain delivers innovative, high-quality solutions for use in residential and commercial construction (insulation, ceilings, roofing, siding, fence...)

The visit of the Consul General in the state of Missouri and Kansas was another great occasion to talk about French programs and education, culture, students mobility and business.


Académie Lafayette Graduation Ceremony


Elimane Mbengue, Director speaks at Académie Lafayette’s Graduation Ceremony
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Consul General Lacroix tours the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art with Director Julián Zugazagoitia


The collections of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art


Can’t wait to see the new exhibition "Napoleon: Power and Splendor in October," said Consul General Lacroix.


Park University in Parkville, Missouri. "We are expanding prospects for students (and academia) exchanges and mobility. Thank you Park University for the promising and concrete discussion this morning on your outstanding campus," said Consul General Lacroix.


Consul General Lacroix and Shane B. Smeed, Higher Education Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Park University.

Last modified on 06/06/2018

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