Jean-Yves Vesseau

Jean-Yves Vesseau

Jean-Yves Vesseau

Jean-Yves Vesseau

Jean-Yves grew up in the Ardèche region of France and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Montpellier. He started his career in education as a school life assistant while taking graduate classes and training to become a certified teacher. He then taught English at various schools across the world, from Rome to Los Angeles, before becoming an administrator at the Lycée français de Shanghai where he served as deputy head. He later took over as the head of Lycee français de Taipei, where he stayed for seven years before being appointed as head of school at The École in the summer of 2020.

Jean-Yves has a wealth of experience in bilingual education and has built a strong reputation as a leader in his field. He strongly believes that education is about building bridges, and he enjoys the strong sense of community that he feels at The École. Jean-Yves is also convinced that one should never stop learning, which is why he recently enrolled at the University of Staffordshire and completed an MA in philosophy.

For his general contribution to the field of education, Jean-Yves was awarded the Palmes académiques by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in 2017. Jean-Yves is well aware that he owes much of his success to his wife, Andria, and to the support she has given him over the years.

Bolek Poniatowski

Bolek Poniatowski

Bolek Poniatowski

Bolek Poniatowski

Originally from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Bolek holds a master’s in human physiology and began his career in 1999 teaching biology in Paris. In 2003, he obtained his secondary-school teaching certification in biology from the French Ministry of Education. He continued teaching in the suburbs of Paris before moving to New York and joining the Lyceum Kennedy in 2006. During Bolek’s 12 years at Lyceum Kennedy, he held various positions including interim head of school and dean of students. He also led and facilitated the launch of the International Baccalaureate program, where he served as coordinator. In 2018, he received a master’s degree in education from St. John’s University. Bolek joined The École in September 2018 to bring his energy and experience to the administrative team.

Rachel Loble

Rachel Loble
Middle School Director

Rachel Loble

Rachel Loble
Middle School Director

Rachel is an experienced English language arts high school teacher who has worked in international schools in Europe and Asia as well as reputable private schools in New York City. She serves as the school life and Middle School director at The École and is developing the curriculum in English language arts and social studies for 6th through 8th Grade. Rachel, who is fluent in French, joined The École in 2012.

Benoît Brisset

Benoît Brisset

Benoît Brisset

Benoît Brisset

Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in administration and economics from the University of Versailles. After an Erasmus exchange at a British university, he received his teaching certificate from the French Ministry of Education in 1999 and then taught in French schools abroad in Nicaragua, England, and Belgium at all levels of elementary school.

Benoit joined The École in September 2018 as the cycle 2 coordinator (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades) as well as a 2nd Grade teacher. He was named assistant head of Elementary in September 2021.

His passions include outdoor sports like sailing and running. He also likes acting and loves to stage plays with students.

Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes
Kindergarten Teacher, English

Ben Hayes

Ben Hayes
Kindergarten Teacher, English

Ben was born and raised in France, moving to the United States when he was eight years old. He joined The École in 2009 and has been a Kindergarten English teacher since 2012. Since completing his master’s degree in childhood education at Hunter College, he has enjoyed working in the multi-cultutral and linguistically diverse environment offered at The École. He enjoys long walks on the beach and surfing.

Sara Weintraub

Sara Weintraub
2nd Grade Teacher, English

Sara Weintraub

Sara Weintraub
2nd Grade Teacher, English

In August of 2021, Sara Weintraub joined The École as the US curriculum coordinator for  Elementary and the Grade 2/CE 1 English teacher. Sara holds a BA in education policy from Duke University, an M.Ed in early childhood education from Lesley University, and an MA literacy specialist degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. Before coming to The École, Sara was a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, she taught second grade at The Pingry School, and she worked in both public and charter school settings. Sara is passionate about curriculum development and implementation. When she’s not teaching, Sara can be found cheering on her favorite sports teams: Duke basketball and the Boston Red Sox.

Tony Acevedo

Tony Acevedo

Tony Acevedo

Tony Acevedo

Stéphanie Antoine

Stéphanie Antoine
EST and Counseling Team

Stéphanie Antoine

Stéphanie Antoine
EST and Counseling Team

Born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, towards the end of high school Stéphanie developed an interest in humanities and social sciences. After studying psychology and sociology, she obtained a master’s in philosophy. Her taste for writing took her to a school of journalism where she got a degree in journalism and a post-graduate degree in multimedia research. But she never lost her interest in Psychology. She entered a three-year training program in art therapy and started working in mental health institutions, schools, and associations. She realized that listening and helping people was really what she wanted to do. So she went back to school and obtained a professional master’s from University Paris X Nanterre – La Défense to become a clinical psychologist. She worked in Paris with children, teenagers, and adults.

She has been living in New York since 2009, working essentially with children in the French community. She completed the parent-infant psychotherapy post-graduate program at Columbia University. She considers herself a true lover of New York: she can walk for hours around the city, taking pictures and be as amazed as she was the first day. She strongly believes that dreams can come true as long as you are pursuing them.

Lucie Assogba

Lucie Assogba

Lucie Assogba

Lucie Assogba

Lucie was born in Argentreuil, France, and raised in Africa. She received a bachelor’s degree in law before she moved to New York in 2005. She worked with children from Nursery to 3rd Grade as an assistant in a bilingual international school in New York for 13 years before joining The École in September 2018 as a school life assistant. Lucie is very passionate about kids, and she loves to travel and discover other cultures. She likes listening to classical and gospel music, and she also enjoys quiet time.

Nicolas Beau

Nicolas Beau

Nicolas Beau

Nicolas Beau

Nicolas holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in education. He is certified by the French Ministry of Education.

Before joining The École in September 2018, Nicolas taught for five years in Paris, France from Nursery up to 5th Grade, and then for two years here in the United States in Rhode Island and New York. His passions include traveling and discovering new cultures through music, dance, and food. He is very pleased to share his experience and love of French culture with the community.

Christelle Beaujon

Christelle Beaujon

Christelle Beaujon

Christelle Beaujon

Christelle was certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education in 2003, and she has a bachelor’s degree in sciences de la matière. She taught for four years in France, and she came to NYC to work in a private bilingual school. Her following experience was in Canada where she taught for seven years. She joined The École in 2017 and she is happy to teach in a truly bilingual environment. When not teaching, Christelle enjoys running, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Isabelle Belneau

Isabelle Belneau

Isabelle Belneau

Isabelle Belneau

Isabelle was born and raised in New York City. She is a professionally-licensed teacher in NYS for 1st-6th Grade, and she’s been teaching since 2007. Isabelle earned her master’s degree in childhood education from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She recently completed the advanced certification program in teaching English to speakers of other Languages at St. John’s as well. She is certified in TESOL. She has taught in both public and private schools, including 4th grade at P.S./I.S. 208 from 2007 to 2011. After that, from 2011 to 2016, she taught internationally in Abu Dhabi and Haiti where she gained extensive experience with bilingual education. Since the fall of 2016, she has enjoyed working at The École as the students constantly impress her with their ability to flourish academically and socially in all of the languages they learn at the school. Isabelle enjoys traveling, art and has an affinity for the French language, and is looking forward to becoming more fluent while working at The École.

Laurence Bendinelli

Laurence Bendinelli

Laurence Bendinelli

Laurence Bendinelli

Laurence was born in Antibes in the southeast of France to an Italian father and a French mother. She studied at the University of Nice where she obtained her master’s in history and the middle ages. She has been a history and geography teacher since 2005, working in different countries such as Italy, Switzerland, China, and Egypt, and a year in a charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. When she is not teaching, Laurence likes practicing yoga, walking, studying astrology, and visiting new places, and she also makes time for exhibitions, movies, and books.

Julien Budrino

Julien Budrino

Julien Budrino

Julien Budrino

Julien holds a bachelor’s degree in modern French literature and is a graduate of the Dante Agostini Drum School in Toulouse, France. He began his career as a French Ministry of Education-certified teacher in 2008, teaching for six years in a disadvantaged priority education zone (ZEP) in France. As a multi-instrumentalist, Julien emphasizes the use of music in his teaching and shares the view of Belgian writer Paul Carvel that “music deserves to be the mandatory second language of all schools in the world.” Julien gives private drum lessons and also leads professional development workshops on music education for French teachers in the AEFE network. At The École, Julien takes pride in ensuring his students’ success by making the most of his musical experience, his passion for digital tools, and his interest in innovative teaching methods. Julien is the drummer of the New York band, The Midnight Callers.

Levar Burnes

Levar Burnes

Levar Burnes

Levar Burnes

Levar Burnes

Levar joined The École team in September 2019. Levar is from Bronx, New York and has always had a passion for working with children. Prior to working at The École, He worked at Phipps Neighborhoods as a group counselor, then worked at Bronx Leadership Institute High School in the Bronx as an achievement specialist. Levar also worked with New York Kids Club and Bright Horizons as a Gymnastics Instructor/Assistant Teacher. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School where he played and taught football to the 9th and 10th graders. He also studied early childhood education at the College of Staten Island. Levar is able to bring his knowledge of working with all age groups and use that to create a versatile balance where he can be a great role model to The École community. Mr. Levar is also musically inclined and plays the piano, guitar, and drums. In his spare time, he likes to run track, read books, make musical beats, and take nature walks.

Erika Cavallo

Erika Cavallo

Erika Cavallo

Erika Cavallo

Erika has worked in various educational settings since 2015, including both private and public schools. Originally from Bergen County, New Jersey, Erika attended Rutgers University where she majored in social work. After landing her first job as a youth mentor for a child whose first language was not English, she realized she had a passion for teaching English to non-native speakers and decided to pursue a career in ESL. Erika currently holds an ESL teaching certificate and is working towards her master’s in education. Erika loves to learn about new cultures and travel. She has visited France several times and believes traveling is the key to expanding one’s perspective on the world. She has a knack for learning languages and is a strong believer in the importance of bilingual education.

Evelyn Cordisco

Evelyn Cordisco

Evelyn Cordisco

Evelyn Cordisco

Evelyn A. Cordisco joined The École in 2009 as a founding teacher in Elementary. She loves working with her international students, helping them navigate the English language, and watching them develop into global citizens. Prior to teaching at The École, Evelyn taught at public and private elementary schools in New York City and before teaching worked in the financial services industry. Evelyn holds a BA in French and Spanish and an MS in education. She was born in New York City to a French mother and a Spanish father. Evelyn enjoys traveling the world and looks forward to the US Open every year.

Mireille Desalm

Mireille Desalm

Mireille Desalm

Mireille Desalm

Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Mireille holds an associate degree in language. Raised Flemish and French, she spent seven years at UPNS (NYU Preschool) as both administrative and admissions assistant. She joined the administrative team at The École in August 2012. There are many things she enjoys about being a director of admissions. Meeting students and their families who are eager to learn more about the school she represents, she feels honored to be part of their journey, and looks forward, year after year, to recruiting new students for The École. When she isn’t working, you’ll find Mireille going on hikes, learning Norwegian (Bokmål) and planning for the next adventure with family and friends.

Cédric Fontenaud

Cédric Fontenaud

Cédric Fontenaud

Cédric Fontenaud

Born in France, in the suburbs of Paris, Cédric Fontenaud received a bachelor’s degree in sports and PE science and techniques in 2005. He was certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education in 2007, and he has taught 1st through 5th grades. In 2010 he decided to discover Canada where he taught in various French schools in Montreal. Cédric joined The École in 2019 as the French 4th Grade teacher. When not teaching, he likes traveling, cooking, playing sports, and discovering museums.

Cara Frey

Cara Frey

Cara Frey

Cara Frey

Cara is an experienced teacher born and raised in New York. She holds a bachelor of arts in social sciences: early childhood development as well as a master of science in childhood education and literacy education. Prior to joining The École, Cara taught at an international bilingual school in China as well as in the New York State public schools. She enjoys working in an international environment. Cara is also a certified yoga teacher, and she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Emilie Gacia-Cornelis

Emilie Gacia-Cornelis

Emilie Gacia-Cornelis

Emilie Gacia-Cornelis

Originally from the South of France, Emilie was certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education in 2001. She has a master’s in the policies of plurilingualism and a Ph.D. in educational science. She taught for several years in France before moving to NYC a few years ago, where she and taught French at FIAF. When she returned to France, she taught in Paris at Ecole alsacienne. She moved back to NYC and joined she joined The École in 2021. She enjoys working in the multilingual and multicultural environment here. She enjoys ballet, running, reading, traveling, hiking, and learning new things.

Lauren Gagne

Lauren Gagne
Educational Support Team

Lauren Gagne

Lauren Gagne
Educational Support Team

Originally from Connecticut, Lauren received her bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008 and her master of arts in teaching from Sacred Heart University in 2009. As a certified Spanish teacher, Lauren taught high school Spanish in Connecticut before relocating to New York City in 2012. Lauren has taught Middle School Spanish at The École since 2013 where she also created the Educational Support Team. In 2018, Lauren earned her diploma from Hunter College from the advanced certification post master’s program in adolescent special education. Traveling with her students to Costa Rica in the Spring of 2018 was a highlight for Lauren during her time at The École. Lauren also has a passion for art and enjoys volunteering at the Museum of Modern Art in her free time.

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Originally from Toulouse, France, Manu holds a master’s in psychoanalysis and three bachelor’s degrees in psychology, Spanish, and education science. Certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education since 2001, she taught for several years in a mixed-grade classroom in a rural French commune, before opting for a New York adventure in 2010. She taught for four years at the International School of Brooklyn before joining The École in 2015. Manu’s teaching style draws on her first career as a theater teacher, as well as on an alternative pedagogical approach called “pédagogie institutionnelle” that incorporates social learning theory. Manu is also a Dharma teacher and certified meditation instructor in the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Francesca Gonzalez

Francesca Gonzalez

Francesca Gonzalez

Francesca Gonzalez
Andrea Grassotti

Andrea Grassotti

Andrea Grassotti

Andrea Grassotti

Andrea Grassotti

Originally from Connecticut, Andrea received her BA in sociology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and then earned her early Childhood teaching certification from Montclair State University. From 2007, Andrea served as head teacher at nursery and pre-k level for several private schools in New York City and New Jersey. She feels very fortunate to teach young children in their first years and to help them have a positive school experience. Andrea is also a certified kids yoga teacher and she likes to incorporate yoga, breathing, and mindfulness into her classes. Andrea started teaching at The École in the Fall of 2019, and she is delighted to be a part of the school as an English Nursery teacher.

Kyle Hack

Kyle Hack

Kyle Hack

Kyle Hack

Kyle is from Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from The Ohio State University (BA). Prior to joining The École in 2020, he taught at a French Immersion Elementary School in Ohio for 5 years. Kyle is excited to be a part of The École’s team because bilingual education has always been a passion of his. He developed his teaching experience in a language-rich environment among students and colleagues of diverse francophone backgrounds. In his free time, Kyle enjoys reading, running, and traveling. He is particularly interested in using his language skills to meet and connect with people and their cultures all over the world.

Gayle Hampton

Gayle Hampton

Gayle Hampton

Gayle Hampton

Gayle joined The École in 2012, initially as an advisor on the US curriculum. She holds teacher certification in NYS and the UK. Gayle received an MS in education from Fordham University, an MBA from Columbia University, and CELTA/ CLIL certification in English as a second language. She has held various academic positions in the NYC Department of Education, including curriculum development, and is experienced in elementary and middle school instruction. Prior to a career in education, she held positions in corporate investments and risk management at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and American Express.

Gayle’s aspiration is to develop students’ analytical competencies through mathematics and philosophy. Gayle’s core philosophy is that all students possess the potential to excel in mathematics and develop a deeper appreciation of the discipline.

Alain Haspil

Alain Haspil

Alain Haspil

Alain Haspil

Alain is a native New Yorker, born and raised. During his studies at Fordham University (BS) and Baruch College (MPA), Alain taught physical education and coached at several private schools. He has been with The École since the 2014-2015 school year. While Alain coaches several sports such as soccer, volleyball and baseball, he is also a specialized basketball instructor working with multiple basketball clinics throughout New York City.

Alain has an immense passion for working with children, teaching them the benefits of athletics and sportsmanship as well as how to develop into positive team players in sports and in life. He is extremely proud to offer our students the opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports, providing students with a unique opportunity to bond and grow together. Alain also has a passion for traveling and discovering different cultures and cuisines during his time off!

Dara Herschenfeld

Dara Herschenfeld

Dara Herschenfeld

Dara Herschenfeld

Dara has been a teacher in various educational settings for the past 11 years. These settings include public, private and special education schools. She received her master’s in early childhood education in 2010 from Hunter College and has an extension in special education. Dara joined The École in September 2018, and has enjoyed being a part of the warm, welcoming environment the school offers. She looks forward to another successful school year. In her spare time, Dara enjoys exploring New York City, especially going to Broadway shows. Dara is also an avid reader who enjoys suspense novels.

Annie Huang

Annie Huang

Annie Huang

Annie Huang

Annie is originally from Shanghai, China. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a master of arts in applied linguistics and has a dual master’s degree from Hunter College in K-12 Chinese education. Annie has been teaching Mandarin in 3rd through 8th Grade at the École since 2013, and she loves the caring and loving learning environment at the school. Before joining The École, she taught Mandarin in both public and private schools in New York City, as well as ESL in China. Annie enjoys working with students from different age groups. She also likes applying technologies, different teaching methods and art projects in the classroom. In her leisure time, she loves to travel, cook and play the piano.

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Joanna was born and raised in Paris. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in education sciences. Certified by the French Ministry of Education in 2011, she taught petite section (nursery) for 8 years in Paris (14e). Passionate about her work, in 2015 she became a teacher trainer, helping the next generation of maternelle teachers. Her teaching focuses on personalized work intended for each student to grow at their own rhythm. She was delighted to join The École as a French Nursery teacher in 2019 and is looking forward to applying her experience in a bilingual environment. Joanna loves dancing and traveling to discover new cultures.

Yuna Kwon

Yuna Kwon

Yuna Kwon

Yuna Kwon

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education from New York University and then a master’s degree in early childhood education from Hunter College, Yuna has dedicated her career to teaching all age groups in early childhood, more in-depth. After her last year at The Dalton School, she has decided to explore a bilingual institution where she can take the initiative of DEI (diversity, equity, and Iinclusion), using her background as a bilingual. She strives to strengthen each child’s academic, social, and emotional needs effectively, collaborating with English language learners (ELLs) among diverse learners. She is committed to ensuring her students develop a strong self-identity and acquire the ability to be flexible thinkers and resilient community members. She very much looks forward to her journey at The École and to sharing her love and experience as an opera singer with the children.

Jen King

Jen King
Pre-Nursery Educational Director

Jen King

Jen King
Pre-Nursery Educational Director

Nadia Lamarti

Nadia Lamarti

Nadia Lamarti

Nadia Lamarti

Originally from Nimes, Nadia is certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education since 2003. She taught for several years in the region of Paris before joining French American International School of Portland in 2010. She then continued to teach in an international school in Doha, Qatar. She joined The École in September 2019. She is passionate about art, music and old civilisations.

Franck Le Martelot

Franck Le Martelot

Franck Le Martelot

Franck Le Martelot

Franck is originally from Brittany, France. He holds a Master’s degree in Modern Literature from Paris-Sorbonne and a CAPES. After 6 years teaching in Réunion, where he specialized in school/college liaison and trainee teacher training, he joined the Middle School at The École at its creation in 2013 as the French language and literature teacher. He is in charge of coordinating French teaching in the establishment, specially in cycle 3 with the harmonization of the curriculum between Elementary and Middle School. His mission is also to implement new projects for The École students, including the creation of original plays and participation in theater festivals in the US, a bilingual Philosophy class for 8th Graders, the World of Work project where professionals and students meet and discuss careers, the bilingual literacy prize Albertine Jeunesse and DELF diploma preparation for students, teachers and parents. In his leisure time, Franck loves playing games: pool, darts, chess, poker… and pétanques!

Pierre Le Royer

Pierre Le Royer

Pierre Le Royer

Pierre Le Royer

Pierre Le Royer

Pierre holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a first-degree teaching diploma. He started his career working in Events for the Tour de France. His early years of teaching were spent in a disadvantaged priority education zone (ZEP) in the Melun school district in France. After that, Pierre taught in Paris (16e) for five years as a master teacher, collaborating with a research lecturer from the Paris school district, to teach trainees who wanted to teach English and French in their Maternelle or Elementary classes. He joined The École in 2019 and is excited about teaching French and helping his students grow in a bilingual and multicultural environment. His passion for singing has led him to conduct school choirs, which he will also be doing for Pre-K classes at The École.

Dawn Loftis

Dawn Loftis

Dawn Loftis

Dawn Loftis

Dawn Loftis is a native New Yorker and has been a nurse for 20 years. She joined The École in September 2021.

Reginald Magloire

Reginald Magloire

Reginald Magloire

Reginald Magloire

Reginald Magloire was born in Haiti and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees and a Master of Science in Education (MSE) from Fordham University. An educator for over 25 years, he spent the last 10 years working at St. Joseph High school as a science and music teacher where he worked passionately trying to infuse in the students his passion for both disciplines. His mission as an educator is to promote collaborative learning, to engage diverse learners and cause them to respect and embrace the differences between individuals in the school community. Mr. Magloire is a dedicated adjunct professor, (CUNY) City University of NY, who can create and implement engaging curriculum and conduct an exceptional learning environment where students can thrive and succeed.

Mr. Reggie’ s goal as an educator is to create lifelong learners who can apply the skills they’ve acquired in the classrooms to their daily lives. His philosophy as an Educator leads him to the belief that each child is unique and has the potential to bring something special to a school community. He joined The École in September 2018.

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Originally from the south of France and passionate about English from a young age, Virginie holds a teaching certificate of Professeur des Écoles from the French Ministry of Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. Virginie has been teaching in New York in the French-American system since 2002 and she has been at The École since its opening in 2009. She is co-coordinator of the French and American programs for the Maternelle section.

Passionate about bilingualism, Virginie loves teaching in a classroom where the teachers speak different languages but work in close collaboration. Her studies in France and the US and her professional experience with American colleagues have enabled her to greatly diversify her teaching methods throughout the years. Although she speaks only in French in the classroom, she uses strategies borrowed from both systems and specifically tailored to The École’s bilingual structure. Outside of school, Virginie loves spending time in nature, with a soft spot for uncrowded beaches, and can often be found taking (too many) nature photos.

Ciaran McElvaney

Ciaran McElvaney
After-School Program Coordinator

Ciaran McElvaney

Ciaran McElvaney
After-School Program Coordinator

Ciaran joined The École in January 2019. He is the School Life Assistant and Swim Teacher at the 111 campus. He graduated in 2016 with a BA in Translation Studies French and Spanish from DCU in Dublin, Ireland. He speaks English, Irish, French and Spanish. Prior to working at The École, he worked as a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor in Ireland.He was born in the New York and lived here until he was eight, when he moved with his family to Ireland. He can relate to the children at The École as he was brought up in two different countries and understands the challenges as well as the rewards of growing up in different countries with different cultures.

Melissa Millan

Melissa Millan

Melissa Millan

Melissa Millan

Melissa is from Long Island, New York. She is a New York State-certified teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in British and American Literature from CUNY Hunter. Before joining The École in 2015, Melissa taught at a Charter High School in Brooklyn. Melissa discovered her love for international education when she worked as an English Language and Culture Assistant at a Secondary School in Madrid, Spain. Melissa loves preparing Middle School students to be successful in High School. In November 2019, Melissa participated in #nanowrimo.

Fawzia Mohamed

Fawzia Mohamed

Fawzia Mohamed

Fawzia Mohamed

Fawzia Mohamed

Fawzia grew up on the North African Coast of Algeria, in the second largest city, Oran. She speaks, Arabic, French, English and self-taught Spanish. She obtained a Middle School English Teaching Diploma from the Ministry of Education and taught English as a third language. She moved to New York in the late 80’s and worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Mission of Algeria to the United Nations. In 2000, Fawzia joined the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Queens, where she worked for 15 years as a Teaching Assistant and a Teacher of Beginner French in Middle School and of Francophone classes in Elementary School. She was part of the Modern Language Teaching Team where she helped to establish a quality French and Foreign Language program for the students. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, travelling and cooking. Fawzia has been working at The École since September 2019, and she is very excited to be part of an international school community. She is eager to adapt, and embrace new circumstances and unexpected challenges.

Dawn Nguyen

Dawn Nguyen
Maternelle English as a Second Language Teacher

Dawn Nguyen

Dawn Nguyen
Maternelle English as a Second Language Teacher

Dawn brings over 14 years of experience in public, charter, and independent schools in California, New Jersey, Georgia, and New York City, most recently at Park Children’s Day School. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from San Diego State University. Prior to joining The École in 2021, Dawn taught in various grade levels from Pre-Nursery to 4th Grade. She is passionate about creating a virtuous community of lifelong learners who think independently and who are prepared for a demographically diverse society. Born and raised in California, Dawn is a world traveler and an accomplished athlete who recently ran a 100-mile ultramarathon and has trekked to Everest Base Camp.

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Enid was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA in Sociology/Early Childhood Education from Lehman College and a Master of Science in Literacy from City College. She holds a New York State Professional Certificate in Early Childhood Education B-2. In 2010, Enid worked as a Universal Pre-K teacher in a preschool in Flushing, New York where the majority of the students only spoke Mandarin. In 2011, Enid worked with two, three and four years old at a bilingual French Montessori and Bank Street preschool on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Enid has been working at The École since 2018, and she enjoys being a part of another bilingual school environment. Enid’s teaching experiences have helped her grow as an educator as she understands the importance of quality bilingual education in the early years of a child. Enid has a dog named Willie Wonka.

Danielle Richard

Danielle Richard

Danielle Richard

Danielle Richard

Danielle grew up in a rural farm town in Massachusetts. They pursued BFAs in Painting and Printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design until transferring to Boston University in 2016 and earning a BA in Comparative Literature and French in 2018. After their graduation, Danielle worked at The Perkins School for the Blind in Deafblind education in Boston, MA where they were trained (and fell in love with) a variety of communication methods, developmental psychology and inclusive teaching. This was also where Danielle rediscovered the inclusive power of art making and the joy of teaching healthy self-expression as self-care.

Danielle moved to New York City in 2019, where they began teaching life skills and fine art on a freelance basis—one of their first clients attended The École! A lover of cultures and languages, Danielle immediately felt at home in The École community. In 2020, Danielle left freelance work and began working as a Student Life Assistant and Elementary Art Teacher at The École where, daily, they are grateful for the creative and vibrant students and staff. Danielle loves books, creative writing, art and art/architectural history, languages, music, hockey and being in nature.

Francis Rodriguez

Francis Rodriguez

Francis Rodriguez

Francis Rodriguez

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Daphne joined The École in January 2014 as Finance Director. She is a native of Canada, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Glendon College, York University’s bilingual campus. She was one of twelve students selected to participate in a pilot program of French immersion at the University level. Since moving to New York, 25 years ago, she has worked as Controller, VP of Finance and as a Finance Consultant to many start-ups and small businesses in the New York area. She feels honored to be a part of The École, where she gets to work with such talented educators.

Alice Rotival

Alice Rotival

Alice Rotival

Alice Rotival

Alice was born and raised in Belgium. With four younger siblings and a grandmother who was an early childhood teacher, she quickly developed teaching and caring skills. She has worked in different pedagogical structures developing open-mindedness, curiosity, science, and a love of nature in children. She studied physics in the Université de Liège and has a Ph.D. in particle physics that involved collaborating with CERN and tutoring physics to future scientists and doctors at the Université de Liège. She moved to New York in 2016 and started to work at The École in 2019 where she helps teachers and staff whenever they need. She loves switching from teaching Nursery to any subject in 8th Grade in both French and English. She knows almost every student and teacher and the inner workings of the school, making it easy for her to adjust quickly to any situation. She is always happy to learn more and likes to read, travel, share, teach, and listen.

Marion Sabat

Marion Sabat

Marion Sabat

Marion Sabat

Originally from Dijon, France, where she received a Master’s degree in Education Sciences, Marion was certified by the French Ministry of Education in 2015. She then worked as a primary school director and a primary school teacher (from Nursery up to 5th Grade) in France for several years. Marion was very happy to join The École in September 2019 as a 3rd French Grade teacher. She loves travelling, discovering new cultures and sharing her own culture with others… and of course, she loves teaching!

Jan Salamon

Jan Salamon

Jan Salamon

Jan Salamon

Before joining The École in May 2019 as Buildings Maintenance Specialist, Jan worked as a Project Manager/IT Specialist with a record of success overseeing all phases of high-end contracting projects for commercial and residential clients. He prides himself in his supervisory and customer service skills and in his ability to maintain high standards and to achieve set goals. Born in Slovakia, Jan moved to New York to finish his education in the United States. As with most Europeans, he is fluent in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems as well as various management and professional photography certificates. Jan is delighted to be a part of The École family.

Aviva Sitruk

Aviva Sitruk

Aviva Sitruk

Aviva Sitruk

Aviva was born and raised in Paris. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Education from the American University in Paris. She has worked as a French teacher in the Alexander Robertson School in New York and taught all grades from Kindergarten through 6th Grade and lead many art and language classes in various pre-schools and lower schools in New York for the past 20 years. Aviva has a passion for children and education. She uses different techniques (image recognition, different games, songs, roles play) to ensure that her students acquire a good vocabulary and build solid grammatically correct sentences in French to eventually be able to converse fluently. Aviva speaks four languages and enjoys the wonderful education and atmosphere of The École since joining the school in May 2019.

Alisha Soto

Alisha Soto

Alisha Soto

Alisha Soto

Born in New York City, Alisha holds a BA in Psychology and Childhood Education. Currently, she is working toward her Dual MS in Early Childhood and Special Education at Hunter College. Prior to joining the École in September 2018, Alisha excelled in multiple teaching environments earning recognition from the Principal Leadership Facilitator in her former district. Her experience includes a gifted and talented public school, private Reggio and Montessori schools, as well as an at-risk public school, all of which has helped her become a seasoned educator. Over the 9 years of her career, Alisha has never felt more aligned with a school’s philosophy like that of The École’s, which is providing learning opportunities that engage, challenge, inspire and illuminate. The warm, nurturing, and rigorous learning environment she is able to provide her students brings her the most pride. Second to her career is her love of fiber art; during her free time, Alisha enjoys creating inventory for her small online shop of hand-made items for children.

Marine Soyer

Marine Soyer

Marine Soyer

Marine Soyer

Marine was born and raised in Paris. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature, a Master’s degree in French as a Second Language (FSL) and a Master of Advanced Studies in Didactology of Languages and Cultures from the Sorbonne University. She first taught French at various language schools and multinational corporations in Paris. Then she moved to Chicago and taught undergraduate students at DePaul University and at The Alliance Française of Chicago. Since 2009, she has been working as a French as a Second Language teacher at The École. She loves helping her students develop their language skills in French, both orally and in writing. To achieve this, she works with small groups of children and adapts her teaching according to the needs of each child. Marine enjoys travelling over the world, hiking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Miriam Tangara

Miriam Tangara
After-School Program Coordinator

Miriam Tangara

Miriam Tangara
After-School Program Coordinator

Miriam was born in Issy-les- Moulineaux, France, and grew up in the small city of Vanves which borders Paris. After graduating from high school where she majored in executive administration assistant and business administration management, Miriam became secretary for the head of human resources in Vanves’ town hall. Her fondness for education and children’s wellbeing grew when she became a mother in 2003. Her introduction to the realm of education occurred when she joined the Lycée Français of New York in 2011 to work as a teacher assistant.

In addition to her role as an assistant, Miriam was also part of the Diversity Committee of LFNY. In 2018, she attended, what she describes as a life-changing experience at the People Of Color Conference in California. From that moment on, she vowed to resort to her newly gained knowledge to sensitize her colleagues and students about promoting a school culture that would value diversity and cultural awareness in the classroom and make school enjoyable for all.  As a French citizen of Malian descent, who recently became an American citizen, she realized how much diversity and inclusion had been paramount in shaping her hyphenated identity.

Before joining The École in September 2021, Miriam joined Chefs for Impact, as a food educational coordinator. In that capacity, she organized educational workshops raising awareness about food and sustainability, for children in New York City.

In joining The École as a student life assistant and after-school coordinator in Maternelle, Miriam hopes that she will be able to make greater use of her professional background as a secretary as well as her experience in the field of education, in order to contribute to an even better learning and working environment for all.

Fabien Teillier

Fabien Teillier

Fabien Teillier

Fabien Teillier

Fabien obtained his master’s degree in mechanical engineering design in 2015 and his teaching certificate from the French Ministry of Education in engineering sciences in 2016. He worked for 2 years in Marseille and Hyères as a high school engineering sciences teacher. He then left to teach mathematics at the French International High School in Dubai for 3 years. Fabien joined The École in September 2021, teaching mathematics and physics to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. He likes to make technical objects with his students and to stimulate their curiosity in order to introduce scientific reasoning. His passions are photography and cinema. He also likes to travel and bake French pastries.

Sirine Torres

Sirine Torres

Sirine Torres

Sirine Torres

Sirine studied at the Sorbonne and graduated from a Business Grande École in Paris. She taught French as a second language before joining The École in 2017. She loves working with children. Sirine speaks five languages fluently and is a product of bilingual education herself.

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Originally from Belgium, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and her Master of Science in Science Education at the University of Louvain. Laurence has turned teaching abroad into a lifelong career. For the past 15 years, she has taught Middle and High School Science in both English and French overseas in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York. Laurence worked for The École from 2014 to 2016 and returned to the staff again as a Middle School Science teacher in 2018 after a 3-year break in Paris. She is passionate about life sciences, ecology, the environment and sustainable development… but also fashion and yoga! Laurence lives in Manhattan with her husband Philippe and her two children, Jack and Louise.

Rudolph Vernaz-Colas

Rudolph Vernaz-Colas

Rudolph Vernaz-Colas

Rudolph Vernaz-Colas

Lauren Vogel

Lauren Vogel

Lauren Vogel

Lauren Vogel

Lauren was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and graduated in 2015 with degrees in psychology and Spanish from the College of Charleston. After graduation, she traveled throughout Europe and Asia for one year, volunteering along the way as an ESL instructor. She then spent three consecutive years in Spain as an ESL instructor and private tutor. Lauren has a passion for immersing herself in diverse and unfamiliar cultures. Her appreciation for travel, languages, art, music, and most of all educating children has influenced her decisions since high school. She got her start working with children as an intern with the Traumatic Brain Injury team at the Children’s Healthcare Center of Atlanta. Lauren speaks Spanish and is working hard to improve her French. Lauren’s hobbies include hiking, skiing, reading, and challenging herself with the NY Times crossword puzzles.

Marie Welch

Marie Welch
EST and Counseling Team

Marie Welch

Marie Welch
EST and Counseling Team

Marie was born and raised in Washington, DC, and has worked with children ranging from 2 to 16 years old for over ten years in various capacities. Marie received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from New York University. She holds a School Counselor Certification in New York State. Before joining The École in 2020, she worked as an ABA Line Therapist and a Youth Advocate. In her spare time, Marie loves to see live music and go on walks with her dog, Harper.

Elvedina Zekic-Kukaj

Elvedina Zekic-Kukaj

Elvedina Zekic-Kukaj

Elvedina Zekic-Kukaj