Yves Rivaud

Head of School

Yves Rivaud

Head of School

Originally from Limoges, France, where he received a Master degree in English Language and Civilization, Yves came to the United States in 1987 as an elementary school French teacher at the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, located just outside of San Francisco. Before becoming Head of School at The École, he was Headmaster of the Lyceum Kennedy in New York for six years, and held various positions, including Director, at the French American School of Puget Sound in Seattle. He was also Director of the French and After-School programs at the French American International School in San Francisco.

Yves’ many years of experience in bilingual education and his appreciation for new and innovative teaching methods were recognized by the French Ministry of Education in September 2008. In recognition of his 21 years of service in French-American schools, he was honored with the distinction of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Bolek Poniatowski

Deputy Head of School

Bolek Poniatowski

Deputy Head of School

Originally from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Bolek holds a Master 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 within the suburbs of Paris before moving to New York and joining the Lyceum Kennedy School in 2006. Within Bolek’s 12 years at Lyceum Kennedy, he held various positions including Interim Head of School and Dean. He also lead 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.

Nowaki Asada

Middle School Histoire Geography in French

Nowaki Asada

Middle School Histoire Geography in French

Nowaki holds a Master degree in cultural geography from the University of Toulouse. She has previously taught history and geography at the Lycée Français René Descartes de Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as French, culture, and sociology to students in technical programs in Toulouse. Nowaki is a strong proponent of multiculturalism and is devoted to the success of her students. She plans her classes not only around her students’ acquisition of knowledge and methods, but also around the awakening of their curiosity, their critical thinking skills, and their learning ability, all of which she sees as crucial to their personal development.

Lucie Assogba

Assistant

Lucie Assogba

Assistant

Originally from West Africa (Togo) Lucie was born in France Argenteuil. She grew up in Togo where she earned a baccalaureate degree and started learning the law. Lucie came to New York in 2005 and continued her education at city college. Lucie has been working with children from nursery to 3rd grade in French American schools in New York for 13 years before joining The École in 2018.

Anouk Baudrier

Nursery and Pre-K, FR

Anouk Baudrier

Nursery and Pre-K, FR

Anouk was born in Marseille, France, and is a French teacher in the nursery. After studying communications in Bordeaux, she received her teaching degree in 1989 from the École Normale in Paris. She went on to teach preschool for 18 years in Paris and Dijon. Anouk has lived in New York since 2007, teaching in another French-American school before bringing her energy and experience to The École.

Nicolas Beau

2nd Grade in French

Nicolas Beau

2nd Grade in French

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 France in Paris, 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 join the school to share his experience and love of French culture with the community.

Christelle Beaujon

5th Grade in French  

Christelle Beaujon

5th Grade in French  

Christelle graduated in 2003 from the French Ministry of Education with a bachelor’s degree in Subject Matter Sciences. She taught for 4 years in France and then at a private school in New York City. Christelle continued her career in Canada for 7 years. She has been with The École since 2016 and is happy to teach in an international context.

Isabelle Belneau

4th Grade in English

Isabelle Belneau

4th Grade in English

Isabelle is a professionally NYS licensed grades 1- 6 teacher with over 10 years experience. This is her third year teaching at The Ecole. Isabelle earned her Master’s degree in Childhood Education from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She has taught in both public and private schools. She has taught internationally and has extensive experience with bilingual education. She recently completed the Advanced Certification program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at St. John’s University. Isabelle has an affinity for the French language and is looking forward to becoming more fluent while working at The École. Isabelle values working within a multicultural environment from which she can expand her knowledge of people and cultures.

Anthony Bernier

Fifth Avenue Building Manager and After-School Program Director

Anthony Bernier

Fifth Avenue Building Manager and After-School Program Director

Anthony was born into the frigid Canadian climes of Windsor, Quebec. With degrees in literature and childhood education, Anthony worked for over ten years in public childcare centers in Quebec before coming to New York in 2013 and joining The École.

Benoit Brisset

2nd Cycle Coordinator and 2nd Grade in French

Benoit Brisset

2nd Cycle Coordinator and 2nd Grade in French

Benoit holds a Bachelor degree in Administration and Economics from the University of Versailles. After an Erasmus exchange in a British University, he received his teaching certificate from the French Ministry of Education in 1999 and since then has been teaching mostly in French schools abroad in Nicaragua, England, and Belgium at all levels of elementary school.

He had the opportunity to be the elementary school coordinator in one of the school and is very happy to renew this experience at The École where he is the 2d cycle coordinator (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and the 2nd-grade teacher since September 2018.

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

Julien Budrino

Kindergarten, FR and Elementary Music Program Coordinator

Julien Budrino

Kindergarten, FR and Elementary Music Program Coordinator

Julien holds a Bachelor 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 has coordinated the elementary school’s music program since 2015 and gives private drum lessons. In his classroom, Julien ensures his students’ success by making the most of his musical experience, his passion for digital tools, and his interest in innovative teaching methods.

Colin Cavarroc

Middle School Math and Science in French

Colin Cavarroc

Middle School Math and Science in French

Originally from Toulouse, Colin obtained a secondary-school teaching diploma in 2003 and he taught for several years in the region of Paris before joining Stockholm French International School in 2011. His first experience teaching international students got him interested in furthering his experience in an international Swedish middle school where he taught mathematics in English. Colin joined The École in 2016 with much enthusiasm, as he is eager to explore all the benefits of teaching mathematics and science in a bilingual environment.

Jason Chipman

After-School Coordinator

Jason Chipman

After-School Coordinator

Jason joined The École in 2012. He studied at The Art Institute of New York while working as an after-school teacher at various programs around New York. He is currently studying Business. Jason spends his mornings at The École working with the administrative team, assisting students at lunch and recess. During the afternoons Jason oversees The Ecole’s After-School program.

Louise Cohen

3rd Grade in French

Louise Cohen

3rd Grade in French

Born and raised in France, Louise is certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education since 2008. She taught seven years in the suburbs of Paris and two years as a “teacher trainer” for beginner teachers in Bordeaux. She joined The École in September 2018. She is passionate about her work, music, discovering new cultures and decorative art.

Evelyn Cordisco

5th Grade in English

Evelyn Cordisco

5th Grade in English

Evelyn Cordisco joined The École in 2009 as a founding teacher in the elementary school. Prior to teaching at The École, Evelyn taught elementary students in both private and public schools of New York City. Evelyn holds a BA in French and Spanish from Adelphi University, New York and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College, New York. She holds a French Certificate earned from a semester abroad at L’Universite de Hautes Bretagnes located in Rennes, France where she became fluent in French.

Evelyn’s affinity to foreign languages began as the daughter of bilingual parents. Evelyn, well-traveled and living abroad for some years, believes that a bilingual education is vital in our global world today, and at The École she can pursue her strong conviction of bilingualism.

Prior to teaching, Evelyn held various positions in marketing, sales, and product management in international companies in the financial information service industry. With a passion for history and geography, she integrates all areas of the ELA curriculum while employing a project-based learning approach to teaching social studies.

Paisley Davidson

Pre-K, EN

Paisley Davidson

Pre-K, EN

Paisley is excited to be working at the Ecole since September 2018! She earned her B.A. in English from Tulane University in New Orleans and went on to teach ESL in both China and Korea. She has also lived in Sweden and traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and South America. After earning her M.Ed. through the NYC Teaching Fellows, she taught public school for over ten years in Queens and Brooklyn, at DOE and charter schools, and has taught grades Pre-K through high school. Paisley also skated for the Gotham Girls Roller Derby for 11 seasons and now manages her old team. She is passionate about roller skating; swimming; yoga; food and cooking; music and art; world cultures and travel; literature and journalism; social, racial, economic, and environmental justice; animal and human rights; equality and representation; bicycle safety; her pet cats; and, of course, child development and progressive education!

Mireille Desalm

Director of Admissions and Registrar

Mireille Desalm

Director of Admissions and Registrar

Born in Belgium, raised Dutch and French, Mireille spent seven years in a private nursery school in New York as both an administrative and admissions assistant. She joined the administrative team at The École in August 2012. In her free time, Mireille enjoys spending time with her two daughters, who are being raised bilingual.

Samia Djaafar

Pre-K & K FSL Teacher, Maternelle Librarian & Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Samia Djaafar

Pre-K & K FSL Teacher, Maternelle Librarian & Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Originally from Normandy, France, Samia was certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education in 2002. She has been working at the The École since September 2014. Following an earlier, three-year teaching experience at an American school in Louisiana, Samia’s goal was to return to the United States again to teach in a bilingual program. She takes great pleasure in hearing 5-year-old children switching seamlessly between multiple languages. After teaching kindergarten at The École for 4 years, Samia became the Pre-K & Kindergarten French as a second language teacher (FSL), the librarian for the Maternelle and the Maternelle Co-Coordinator as well on September 2018.

Megan Murray

Guidance Counselor Elementary and Middle School

Megan Murray

Guidance Counselor Elementary and Middle School

Megan has been the School Counselor at the École, since 2014. Prior, Megan worked at a nationally distinguished Fairfax County elementary school in Virginia as the lead counselor, serving over 700 students. Megan earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in School Counseling. She holds both New York and Virginia State School Counselor Certifications and is earning her licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In addition to School Counseling, Megan is a key member and founder of the Education Support Team at The École. She has developed the Friendly Falcons and Peaceful Peers character building programs for 2nd- through 8th-grade students. Megan has spent time in France and enjoys the French culture. Megan is a member of the French Institute Alliance Francaise. (FIAF) “It is wonderful to be part of a school that is committed to French-American education in NYC. I am continuously impressed by the good-natured and motivated students at The École.”

Cara Frey

1st A & B Grade in English

Cara Frey

1st A & B Grade in English

Cara is an experienced teacher born and raised in New York. She holds a B.A. in Social Sciences: Early Childhood Development as well as an M.S. in Childhood Education and Literacy Education. Prior to joining The École, Cara has taught in an international bilingual school in China as well as in the New York State Public Schools. She has previously taught pre-k, 2nd grade, 4th grade and 6th grade English language arts with a strong background in working with English language learners. Cara strives to meet each child’s unique goals, needs, and interests as well as encourage them to become critical thinkers and independent learners. Cara also aims to empower students to be proactive global citizens.

Lauren Gagne

Spanish Middle School and Educational Support Team Co-Coordinator

Lauren Gagne

Spanish Middle School and Educational Support Team Co-Coordinator

Lauren teaches Spanish in the Middle School at The École since 2012. She taught both Middle and High School Spanish in Connecticut for three years before relocating to New York City. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She has also recently completed the Advanced Certification program in Adolescent Special Education at Hunter College. In addition to teaching Middle School Spanish, Lauren helps coordinate The École Radio and the Educational Support Team that take place at our school. She enjoys working in a bilingual environment with students from all over the world and is happy to be a member of The École community.

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Kindergarten, FR

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Kindergarten, FR

Originally from Toulouse, France, Emmanuelle “Manu” holds a Master 1 of Psychoanalysis and three Bachelor degrees in Psychology, Spanish, and Science of education. 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.

Lucile Garin

Nursery, FR

Lucile Garin

Nursery, FR

Lucile is a native of northern France, Valenciennes near Belgium. Since 2011, she has been working with children from 2 to 6 years in bilingual and international schools both in France and abroad (in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in Cardrona, New Zealand). Lucile holds a Management Bachelor’s, an auxiliaire de puériculture diploma and an FLE certificate. Throughout her 7 years of early childhood education experience, Lucile has developed a passion for creating and sharing activities that excite students and make learning fun. As a teacher, her goal is to provide education through love, patience, and devotion. Curious and full of energy, Lucile is always eager to discover new things and meet new people. In her free time, Lucile enjoys exercising, practicing yoga and cooking a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Her favorite quote is “It always seems impossible until it’s done” by Nelson Mandela.

Jessica Gerber

3rd Grade in English

Jessica Gerber

3rd Grade in English

Jessica is a New York State certified, elementary teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College. Jessica has taught in both New York City and Paris in French/American bilingual schools. Jessica joined The École in 2014 as an ESL teacher. In her spare time, Jessica loves to go jogging and hiking.

Sabine Grandlin

Media Specialist and Director of Outreach

Sabine Grandlin

Media Specialist and Director of Outreach

Sabine holds a DEA in modern French literature and a Masters Degree in French as a second language (FLE), and is also certified as a Media Specialist by the French Ministry of Education. She has taught French as a second language at the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni in London, at the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, for the UK Ministry of Defense and in adult education centers (GRETA) in France. Since 2016, she brings her energy and enthusiasm to extending The Ecole’s outreach activities to a wide range of cultural institutions across the city and beyond. Her responsibilities also include the organization of the school’s cultural and social events.

Xavier Granger

3rd Cycle Coordinator and 4th Grade in French

Xavier Granger

3rd Cycle Coordinator and 4th Grade in French

Certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education since 2010, Xavier taught 2nd grade to 5th grade, in a mixed-grade classroom and then in priority education zone in the Lyon area. It was during his studies in history that Xavier lived his first international experience through an academic exchange in Japan. In 2016, wishing to renew this rich experience, he embarked on a new adventure settling in New York to teach in a bilingual establishment.

He joins the faculty at The École in September 2018, teaching 4th grade and ensuring the coordination of the 3rd cycle (4th, 5th, and 6th grade).

Anne Haerling

Admissions and Advancement Coordinator

Anne Haerling

Admissions and Advancement Coordinator

Anne received a BA in French from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and an MA in Translation and Linguistics from the University of Westminster in London, England. In addition to spending a semester studying in Aix-en-Provence, she also worked as an assistante d’anglais in two collèges in Cambrai (Nord-Pas-de-Calais). Anne is very passionate about languages—especially French—as she sees them as a link to other cultures and ways of thinking. She is very excited to join The École in September 2018.

Gayle Hampton

Middle School Math in English

Gayle Hampton

Middle School Math in English

Gayle Hampton joined The École in 2012, initially as an advisor on the English curriculum and subsequently as a teacher. She has certification in teaching in NYS as well as the UK and specializes in middle school and elementary education. Gayle received an MS in Education from Fordham University; MBA from Columbia University; and ESL certification in CELTA/ CLIL. She has held various academic positions in the NYC Department of Education, including curriculum development, teacher training, and upper elementary and middle school instruction.

Prior to a career in education, she held positions in corporate finance, investments, and commercial banking. Her aspiration is developing students’ critical global competencies through mathematics and philosophy. A core philosophy is that all students possess the potential to excel in mathematics and develop a deeper appreciation of the discipline.

Alain Haspil

Elementary and Middle School Sports Coach and Main Building Maintenance Manager

Alain Haspil

Elementary and Middle School Sports Coach and Main Building Maintenance Manager

A graduate of the Lycée Francais de New York, Alain completed his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, followed by graduate studies at Baruch College. Fully bilingual in French and English, Alain has been teaching Physical Education and coaching at several private schools since 2004 and has been with The École since the 2014-2015 school year.

While Alain coaches several sports such as soccer and baseball, he is also a specialized basketball instructor working with multiple basketball clinics around New York. In addition to being the Athletic Director, Alain is also a committee member of the CONSAT sports league in New York that The Ecole will be joining during the 2018-2019 school year. Alain has an immense passion for working with children, teaching them the benefits of athletics and sportsmanship and becoming a positive team player in sports and in life.

Ben Hayes

Kindergarten, EN

Ben Hayes

Kindergarten, EN

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 is the English Kindergarten teacher since 2012. Since completing his Master’s Degree in Childhood Education at Hunter College, he has enjoyed working in the multi-cultural and linguistically diverse environment offered by The École.

Dara Herschenfeld

2nd Grade in English

Dara Herschenfeld

2nd Grade in English

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 Masterś in Early Childhood Education in 2010 from Hunter College and has an extension in Special Education. Dara joined The École in September 2018, and she is looking forward to immersing herself into the wonderful school culture and community.

In her spare time, Dara enjoys exploring New York City, especially going to Broadway shows. Dara is also an avid reader who enjoys suspenseful novels.

Annie Huang

Mandarin Elementary and Middle School

Annie Huang

Mandarin Elementary and Middle School

Annie is originally from Shanghai, China. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and is currently earning a second Master’s Degree from Hunter College in k-12 Chinese Education. Before joining The École, she taught Mandarin at P.S. 184 Shuangwen bilingual school, the Community Language Program at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York City. Annie enjoys working with students from different age groups. She also likes to applying technologies and different teaching methods in the classroom. In her leisure time, she loves to travel, cook and play the piano.

Christine Kecskemeti

ESL Elementary and Middle School

Christine Kecskemeti

ESL Elementary and Middle School

Christine is the ESL teacher at The École. Originally from Canada, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Modern Languages from McMaster University, and her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Toronto. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) from Hunter College. She holds a Professional teaching license in TESOL & Elementary Education from New York State, and a Primary/Junior teaching license from the Ontario College of Teachers. Christine has twelve years of experience in New York City’s public schools teaching all subjects (including reading, writing, math, social studies, and science) from third through sixth grades. Before coming to New York, she taught ESL to Kindergarten and Middle School students in Xiamen, China for three years, and taught ESL in a middle school in Berlin, Germany for one year. Christine joined The École in 2017 and she enjoys learning all about languages and different cultures around the world!

Franck Le Martelot

French Teacher and French Language Coordinator

Franck Le Martelot

French Teacher and French Language Coordinator

Franck holds a Master degree in Modern Literature from Paris-Sorbonne, and holds CAPES. After 6 years teaching in Reunion, where he specialized in school/college liaison and trainee teacher training, he joined the Middle School at The École at its creation in 2013 to teach French language and literature. He is in charge of coordinating the French in the establishment.

In the 2018-2019 school year, he introduced the teaching of Philosophy in the fourth class, offering students to think about notions of identity and values. Since 2013, Franck is also leading the “World of Work” project, which aims to organize meetings between professionals and college students to guide students in their professional orientation.

Kathleen Lee

Middle School Art

Kathleen Lee

Middle School Art

Kathleen, a native New Yorker, has been teaching art in New York City schools for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from C.W. Post College and studied painting at the Art Students League. Several east coast galleries represent her work. She was awarded artist residencies in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Åland Islands, Finland. Prior to devoting her time to teaching and painting, Kathleen was Director of International Product Development for the Sesame Street brand at Children’s Television Workshop. She looks forward to sharing her passion for art with the students at The École that she joined in September 2018.

Camille Lhomme

1st A Grade in French

Camille Lhomme

1st A Grade in French

Camille holds a Bachelor degree in applied math for the life and social sciences, “un Diplôme Universitaire de Préparation aux Métiers de l’Enseignement”, and a teaching certificate from the French Ministry of Education. Camille taught for five years in France, from nursery up to 5th grade, and then for two years here in the United States at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles. Camille joined The École team at the beginning of 2014. She taught at the 3rd-grade level for two years and began 1st-grade instruction in 2016.

Rachel Loble

Middle School Director and English Humanities 6th Grade Teacher

Rachel Loble

Middle School Director and English Humanities 6th Grade Teacher

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 Coordinator for the Middle School at The École and is developing the curriculum in English Language Arts and Social Studies for grades six through eight. Rachel is also fluent in French. She joined The École in 2012.

Reginald Magloire

Middle School Science in English

Reginald Magloire

Middle School Science in English

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

Pre-K, FR and Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Pre-K, FR and Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Originally from the south of France and passionate about English from a young age, Virginie holds a teaching certificate of Professeur des Ecoles from the French Ministry of Education, as well as a Masters 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 also 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 U.S. and her professional experience with American colleagues have enabled her to greatly diversify her teaching methods throughout the years. Although speaking only in French in the classroom, she uses strategies borrowed from both systems and specifically tailored to The École’s bilingual structure.

Melissa Millan

7th and 8th Grade Humanities in English

Melissa Millan

7th and 8th Grade Humanities in English

Melissa is a New York State certified teacher and holds a Master’s Degree in British and American Literature from CUNY Hunter. She joined The École in 2014. She previously 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. In addition to teaching Humanities, Melissa’s other duties include organizing Community Service projects and assisting in the exmissions process in the Middle School.

Vincent Pauchon

1st B Grade in French

Vincent Pauchon

1st B Grade in French

Vincent is a native of the Paris region, having studied child psychology, he is a “professeur des écoles” from the French Ministry of Education. He has 20 years of experience in the priority education network, in Elementary and Middle School, but also, in specialized Middle School classes. Vincent is very interested in the practice of teaching artistic projects that stimulate the imagination and the creative spirit of children and address the singularity of each of them (music, writing or theater workshops). His work is also based on communication situations that help the child structure and develop his oral language. Vincent loves music, live shows in general and plays a bit of piano. Vincent often says he prefers children to adults for their frankness and spontaneity. He joins the team at The École with great enthusiasm in September 2018.

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Nursery, EN

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Nursery, EN

Enid was born and raised in New York City. She has worked with children between the ages of two and eleven years old. Enid holds a Bachelor of Arts 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. Prior to The École, she worked as a Pre-K teacher where the majority of the students only spoke Mandarin. She found it intriguing how the students were able to learn the English language very quickly. She has experience working with two, three and four years old at a bilingual French Montessori and Bank Street preschool on the Upper East Side. Enid’s teaching experiences have helped her grow as a teacher and understand the importance of quality bilingual education in the early years of a child. Enid is very excited to be a part of another bilingual school environment at The École!

Taylor Ramos

Assistant

Taylor Ramos

Assistant

Taylor Ramos joined The École in September of 2016 as an assistant. She attended and graduated the University at Buffalo in May of 2016, with a Bachelors degree in psychology. At the moment she is preparing for graduate school.

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Finance and Human Resources Director

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Finance and Human Resources Director

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 Consultant to many start-ups and small businesses in the New York area. She has a passion for languages and is a firm believer in bilingual education. She and her husband live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn where their two daughters attended bilingual preschool.

Alisha Soto

Kindergarten, EN

Alisha Soto

Kindergarten, EN

Alisha is a highly skilled educator born and raised in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Childhood Education. Currently, Alisha is working toward her M.S in Early Childhood and Special Education at Hunter College. Prior to joining The École in September 2018, Alisha has excelled in multiple teaching environments earning recognition from the Principal Leadership Facilitator at her 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 8 years of teaching, Alisha has taught Pre-K- 1st Grade. Alisha’s adaptability and experiences make her a great new addition to our Kindergarten classroom and The École team.

Marine Soyer

Elementary French as a Second Language

Marine Soyer

Elementary French as a Second Language

Marine holds a bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature, a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language and a DEA in Didactology of Languages and Cultures from the Sorbonne. She has taught French as a Foreign Language at various institutes and universities from Paris to New York, Chicago, and New Orleans. Since 2009, she has helped The École’s children develop their knowledge of 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.

Ornela Stojku

Monitor

Ornela Stojku

Monitor

Ornela comes from Albania and joined The École in 2016 where she assists with lunch, recess, and after-school programs. Ornela studied Business Administrations for 2 years, but she enjoys being around kids much more. Before coming to The École, Ornela used to work as an aide at a pre-school.

Samantha Sugarman

Nursery and Pre-K, EN

Samantha Sugarman

Nursery and Pre-K, EN

Samantha is originally from Toronto, Canada. She is the English teacher for the Nursery class. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Primary/Junior Education from D’Youville College, in Buffalo, New York, as well as additional certification in Special Education and Guidance. Samantha worked for four years in Toronto teaching English, French and Special Education for Grades 2-6.

She moved to Manhattan in 2010 and taught Kindergarten and 2nd Grade in a bilingual school, before joining the staff at The École as the English Nursery teacher in 2011. After returning from maternity leave in 2013, Samantha worked as the 1st and 2nd Grade English teacher, and then returned in 2014 to work as the English Nursery teacher.

Keyana Thomas

Assistant

Keyana Thomas

Assistant

Keyana Thomas was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and has worked with children ranging from 2 years old through 12, nursery through 6th grade. She holds a Bachelors degree in Linguistics from Brooklyn College and will shortly be returning to school for her masters degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Through six years of teaching experience and through the skills she has learned from her background in speech and linguistics, Keyana has a rich understanding of not only the mechanisms of the English language but of all languages. She cannot wait to utilize this knowledge to help enrich, aid, and learn more from the children during their bilingual education at The École!

Sirine Torres

Office Manager

Sirine Torres

Office Manager

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.