Yara was born in Lebanon and moved to Lille, France at age 10. An adoptive ch’ti, she earned a Master’s degree in International Marketing and Trade from the Université du Littoral-Côte d'opale (Dunkerque) and a Master's in International Management from the Université de Valenciennes, both in 2006.

She came to the U.S. in 2007 and was the Alliance de St.  Louis’ Director of Operations until August of 2017. She is currently a Grant Analyst at Washington University School of Medicine, but still enjoys teaching at the AF on Saturdays as she is always enthusiastic to share her love for the language. When she is not at the AF, the pottery studio, or traveling, you will find her at home enjoying a good book