Henriette Sindjui

Henriette Sindjui is International Baccalaureate Coordinator and AP French Teacher at Baltimore International Academy, a K-8 five-languages Immersion and IB school in Baltimore. She has been working at BIA since 2008 in different capacities: elementary and secondary French Immersion teacher, French as second language teacher, Social Studies teacher, School Testing Coordinator, Grade Level Team Leader… 

Henriette brings to her United States teaching career, 19 years of professional experience teaching Social Studies and French in Secondary schools in Cameroon, her native country. She holds a master’s degree in Geography Education from the University of Yaoundé- Cameroon and is a Maryland Certified Educator in Elementary k-5, French 7-12, Social Studies 5-12, & School Administration. She is an Advanced Placement French (AP) Trained Teacher and a Trained International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP Educator.

Henriette has been AATF member since 2012, and French Honor Society sponsor at her school since the chapter’s creation in 2013. She is AATF Maryland Chapter Secretary, and MFLA board member.

Her notable achievements include:

  • Leading Baltimore International Academy to become a “Label FrancÉducation” School in 2019.
  • Member of AATF French Standards Task Force
  • Leading BIA to become a DELF Testing Center and organizing DELF exams every year.
  • Organizing out of country French Language Immersion Trips for students to France 2010, 2015, 2017 & Canada 2009, 2014 & 2018.
  • Establishing connections between Middle School French Immersion students at BIA and students in France during school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
  • Creating the French Honor Society Chapter at BIA in 2013
  • Creating the French Club at BIA in 2011

Henriette created the SHF at her school in 2013, and since then she has been supporting her SHF members in organizing activities in the school and in the community to promote French language and cultures. She organizes induction ceremonies every year for her students and she sends yearly report to AATF. She attended SHF meeting in Martinique and Philadelphia, virtually for the last two years. She is also active in SHF Facebook page. As an AATF Future Leader, she believes it’s time to take her experience to the national level to support other teachers and help the organization to recruit more SHF members.

Awards and Recognition

  • MSDE 2019 Outstanding Educator - Gifted & Talented Program Coordinator
  • French Dual Language Fund Grant Recipient 2017 & 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • Celeste Carr Maryland Foreign Language Association Scholarship Recipient 2018
  • American Association of Teachers of French Future Leaders Fellowship Program 2018
  • Donors Chose Recipient, 2016, 2018
  • Nominated for New Teacher of the Year Award in Baltimore City Public Schools, 2014
  • Baltimore International Academy Teacher of the Year, 2011
  • Target Field Trip Grant Recipient, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • BCPSS New Teacher Institute II Recognizing Great Support Award, 2010

AATF  National

AATF Statement on Diversity


As teachers, as citizens, and as human beings, we watched the appalling murder of George Floyd and feel we cannot remain silent.   We share the outrage and anger and stand with those who seek meaningful change and an end to all racism. We join our voice to the voices of those seeking justice, seeking an end to police brutality, and striving for an end to economic and educational inequality.   We strive to make all students in our classrooms feel welcome and supported and to create an environment where we learn from one  another.   As an association, we welcome and serve all teachers.  


The AATF is an inclusive association, which seeks to build, value, honor and cultivate diversity. Associations that are diverse in age, race, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, and perspectives are better associations.  To this end, we seek to create a community where educators, from any background, can promote francophone cultures around the world. Please click the link below for more information.




AATF National


Awards & Grants

Each year the AATF offers numerous awards, grants, and scholarships to its members.   While the scholarships are understandably still on hold, check out the other awards here.   Upcoming deadlines include:


Exemplary Programs (Feb. 15)
AATF Valette Legacy Award (Mar. 1)
AATF Small Grants (Mar. 1)

National FLES Poster Contest for Students in Grade K-8 (Mar. 15)



National Convention

Summer 2022

Proposals for the  2022 AATF National Confention (July 11-14)

in New Orleans entitled

 "Laissez les bons temps rouler: Explorez la diversite du monde francophone" 

are now being accepted.


Proposals are due December 15th.


Click on the link below to submit a proposal:




National French Week

Sponsor National French Week at your school and get your students involved in celebrating the learning of French!


AATF Future Leadership Program

Become an AATF Leader this year!

"Noires Amériques: Conversations Littéraires" 

Five consecutive webinars entitled "Noires Amériques: Conversations littéraires"  have been recorded and are avaialable for viewing.


Click below for a description of this series:



Denise Mahns has provided us with a review of this series. Click on the link belowe to read her review.



« Avoir une autre langue, c'est posséder une deuxième âme. »

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Francophone Studies Stipend

Applications for the The New Francophone Studies Stipend  are now being accepted.  Applications are due on January 10, 2022. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Click above to apply.



SHF Writing Contest

Submissions for the SHF Writing Contest are now being accepted.  Submissions are due Februry 7, 2022. Click above to apply.

JAF-Jeunes Amis du Francais

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The New Francophone Studies Stipend and SHF Writing contest date for submissions has now passed. Congratualtions to all of the recipients!





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