Jean-Yves Vesseau

Head of School

Jean-Yves Vesseau

Head of School

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 the French version of our 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

Deputy Head of School

Bolek Poniatowski

Deputy Head of School

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 School in 2006. During Bolek’s 12 years at Lyceum Kennedy, he held various positions including Interim Head of School and Dean. 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.

Stéphanie Antoine

Psychologist
EST and Counseling Team

Stéphanie Antoine

Psychologist
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 Masters in Philosophy. Her taste for writing took her to a Journalism school where she got a degree in Journalism and a post-graduate degree in Multimedia Research. But she never lost her 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 Masters 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 in connection with the bilingual schools. She also did a Post graduate training program at Columbia University, the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program. She considers herself a true lover of New York: she can walk for hours around the city, taking pictures and be as amazed as the first day. She strongly believes that dreams can come true as long as you are pursuing them.

Nowaki Asada

Middle School Histoire-Géographie Teacher, French

Nowaki Asada

Middle School Histoire-Géographie Teacher, French

Nowaki holds a Master’s 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. Since joining The École in 2015, she has developed interdisciplinary projects that help students foster their curiosity, their critical thinking skills and their learning ability. That year she also discovered a new found passion for radio and is now in charge of the school radio program that allows students to investigate and engage with the world.

Lucie Assogba

School Life Assistant

Lucie Assogba

School Life Assistant

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 has been working 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, but she also enjoys quiet time.

Nicolas Beau

2nd Grade Teacher, French

Nicolas Beau

2nd Grade Teacher, 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 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

5th Grade Teacher, French  

Christelle Beaujon

5th Grade Teacher, French  

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 real bilingual environment. When not teaching, Christelle enjoys running, cooking, reading and traveling.

Isabelle Belneau

4th Grade Teacher, English
Cycle 2 & 3 English Co-Coordinator

Isabelle Belneau

4th Grade Teacher, English
Cycle 2 & 3 English Co-Coordinator

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 soon to be 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

Middle School Histoire-Géographie Teacher, French – Replacement

Laurence Bendinelli

Middle School Histoire-Géographie Teacher, French – Replacement

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 2 in History and the Middle Age. She has been a History and Geography teacher for 15 years, working in different countries like Italy, Switzerland, China and Egypt, not to mention one 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.

Benoit Brisset

2nd Grade Teacher, French
Cycle 2 French Coordinator

Benoit Brisset

2nd Grade Teacher, French
Cycle 2 French Coordinator

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 since then has been teaching mostly in French schools abroad in Nicaragua, England, and Belgium at all levels of elementary school.

Benoit had the opportunity to be the elementary school coordinator in one of his previous schools and is very happy to renew this experience at The École where he is the 2nd cycle coordinator (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) as well as one of the 2nd Grade teachers since his arrival in 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 Teacher, French
Elementary Music Program Coordinator

Julien Budrino

Kindergarten Teacher, French
Elementary Music Program Coordinator

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 has coordinated the Elementary School’s music program since 2015 and gives private drum lessons. Julien 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 a New York band called The Midnight Callers (www.themidnightcallers.com).

Levar Burnes

Levar Burnes

School Life Assistant

Levar Burnes

School Life Assistant

Levar joined The École team in September 2019. He is a School Life Assistant and Assistant Soccer Coach at the 111 campus. 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 even worked with New York Kids Club and Bright Horizons as a Gymnastics Instructor/Assistant Teacher. Levar 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.

Colin Cavarroc

Middle School Math & Science Teacher, French

Colin Cavarroc

Middle School Math & Science Teacher, 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 was eager to explore all the benefits of teaching mathematics and science in a bilingual environment. He is also an enthusiastic marathon runner!

Louise Cohen

3rd Grade Teacher, French

Louise Cohen

3rd Grade Teacher, French

Born and raised in France, Louise was certified as a teacher by the French Ministry of Education in 2008. She has two Bachelor’s degrees, one in German and another in Education Sciences. She taught for seven years in the suburbs of Paris and spent 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 Teacher, English
Cycle 2 & 3 English Co-Coordinator

Evelyn Cordisco

5th Grade Teacher, English
Cycle 2 & 3 English Co-Coordinator

Evelyn A. Cordisco joined The École in 2009 as a founding teacher in the Elementary School. 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.

Jane Cowan

Educational Support Team
School Counselor

Jane Cowan

Educational Support Team
School Counselor

Jane is a Brooklyn native. She is a licensed school counselor in New York State and has earned an MS Ed in School Counseling from Brooklyn College; an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University; and a BA in The Growth and Structures of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. Jane has worked with children in grades K-12 for over 25 years in various capacities including classroom teacher, museum educator, teaching artist, and now, school counselor and Special Education coordinator. Jane joined The École family in 2019 and loves the special and unique spirit of bonhomie that is nurtured here. When not at work, Jane enjoys exploring historic architecture at home and abroad and spending time with her family and dog. Fun fact: She is a licensed NYC tour guide.

Mireille Desalm

Director of Admissions and Registrar

Mireille Desalm

Director of Admissions and Registrar

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 hitting the road and recruiting a whole new class of potential The École students. 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

4th Grade Teacher, French

Cédric Fontenaud

4th Grade Teacher, French

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

1st Grade Teacher, English

Cara Frey

1st Grade Teacher, English

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. This is her fourth year teaching first grade at the École, and she enjoys working in an international environment. Cara is also a certified yoga teacher, and she enjoys hiking and traveling.

Lauren Gagne

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Spanish
Educational Support Team

Lauren Gagne

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Spanish
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 with counselor Megan Murray. 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

Kindergarten Teacher, French

Manu Garcia-Guillén

Kindergarten Teacher, French

Originally from Toulouse, France, Emmanuelle “Manu” holds a Master 1 of Psychoanalysis and three Bachelor 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.

Andrea Grassotti

Andrea Grassotti

Nursery Teacher, English

Andrea Grassotti

Nursery Teacher, English

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. Since 2007, Andrea has served as head teacher at the 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 one of the English Nursery Teachers.

Kyle Hack

3rd Grade Teacher, English

Kyle Hack

3rd Grade Teacher, English

Kyle is a recent addition to our team 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.

Anne Haerling

Marketing & Communications Manager

Anne Haerling

Marketing & Communications Manager

Originally from a tiny town (500 people!) in Washington State, 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). She moved to NYC in 2013 to work at TranslateMedia, a translation company, where she stayed for a few years before moving on to Deluxe Entertainment, where she coordinated subtitling and dubbing for shows like Game of Thrones. Anne is very passionate about languages—especially French—as she sees them as a link to other cultures and ways of thinking. She joined The École in 2018 as the Marketing and Communications Manager. In her free time, Anne loves reading and watching football and soccer.

Gayle Hampton

Middle School Math Teacher, English

Gayle Hampton

Middle School Math Teacher, English

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. In 2016, she initiated and integrated Intro to Philosophy into her upper Middle School mathematics’ class at The École. In the 2018-2019 school year, a bilingual philosophy course was introduced, which Gayle co-teaches. Her core philosophy is that all students possess the potential to excel in mathematics and develop a deeper appreciation of the discipline.

Alain Haspil

Extra-Curricular Program Director
Athletic Director

Alain Haspil

Extra-Curricular Program Director
Athletic Director

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 and 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.

As the Extra-Curricular Program Director and Athletic Director, Alain is also a committee member of the CONSAT sports league that The École joined in the 2018-2019 academic year. 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!

Ben Hayes

Kindergarten Teacher, English
Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Ben Hayes

Kindergarten Teacher, English
Maternelle Co-Coordinator

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 the 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.

Dara Herschenfeld

2nd Grade Teacher, English

Dara Herschenfeld

2nd Grade Teacher, 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 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 suspenseful novels.

Annie Huang

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Mandarin

Annie Huang

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Mandarin

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

Nursery Teacher, French

Joanna Jean-Delétoille

Nursery Teacher, French

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.

Christine Kaplan

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Mandarin – Replacement

Christine Kaplan

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, Mandarin – Replacement

Originally from Malaysia, Christine graduated from University Utara Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Mathematics. She worked as a Recruiter for several years in Asia and the U.S. before discovering her passion for teaching Mandarin. She has worked as a teacher at several New York City schools such as Trinity School, Spence, and Brearley, and has tutored and led after-school programs through Manhattan Mandarin for the last four years. Christine loves teaching at The École because she has the opportunity to share her passion for languages with a true cohort of multilingual learners like herself. She speaks five languages at a native or fluent level, and in her free time she loves to paint, hike, and design her own clothes.

Christine Kecskemeti

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, English as a Second Language

Christine Kecskemeti

Elementary & Middle School Teacher, English as a Second Language

Originally from Canada, Christine completed her Bachelor of Arts at McMaster University, and her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education at 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 is certified with a Professional teaching license in TESOL & Elementary Education from New York State, and a Primary/Junior teaching license from the Ontario College of Teachers. With twelve years of experience in New York City’s public schools, Christine taught all subjects from 3rd through 6th Grade. Before coming to New York, she taught ESL for three years in Xiamen, China and taught ESL in Berlin, Germany for one year. Christine joined The École in 2017 and she loves helping her students grow their confidence and competence in English. When not teaching, Christine is a proud mom to her son, Henry. She enjoys learning all about languages and traveling around the world with Henry!

Nadia Lamarti

1st Grade Teacher, French

Nadia Lamarti

1st Grade Teacher, French

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

Middle School French Teacher, French
Cycle 3 French Coordinator

Franck Le Martelot

Middle School French Teacher, French
Cycle 3 French Coordinator

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

Pre-K Teacher, French

Pierre Le Royer

Pre-K Teacher, French

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.

Rachel Loble

School Life Director
Middle School Director

Rachel Loble

School Life Director
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 also fluent in French, joined The École in 2012.

Ciaran McElvaney

School Life Assistant

Ciaran McElvaney

School Life Assistant

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.

Reginald Magloire

Middle School Science Teacher, English

Reginald Magloire

Middle School Science Teacher, 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 Teacher, French
Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Virginie Martin-Muggeo

Pre-K Teacher, French
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 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.

Melissa Millan

Middle School Humanities & Social Studies Teacher, English

Melissa Millan

Middle School Humanities & Social Studies Teacher, English

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

School Life Assistant

Fawzia Mohamed

School Life Assistant

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.

Vincent Pauchon

1st Grade, French

Vincent Pauchon

1st Grade, 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 teaching in the disadvantaged priority education zone (ZEP), in Elementary and Middle School, but also, in specialized Middle School classes. Vincent is very interested in the practice of teaching artistic projects (music, writing or theater workshops) that stimulate the imagination and the creative spirit of children and address the singularity of each of them. His work is also based on communication situations that help the child structure and develop his oral language. Vincent loves music and plays a bit of piano. He also enjoys live shows in general. Vincent often says he prefers children to adults for their frankness and spontaneity. He joined the team at The École with great enthusiasm in September 2018.

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Pre-K Teacher, English

Enid Ramirez-Galvis

Pre-K Teacher, English

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.

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Finance Director

Daphne Rose-Jevremov

Finance 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 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.

Marion Sabat

3rd Grade Teacher, French

Marion Sabat

3rd Grade Teacher, French

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!

Emma Sackeyfio

School Life Assistant

Emma Sackeyfio

School Life Assistant

Born and raised in New York, Emma was brought up in a multilingual, multicultural household deeply influenced by her family’s Ghanaian roots. Thanks to this, she has gained an appreciation for various cultures and languages. She is a professional who prior to joining The École in January of 2019 served as a City College Administrative College Assistant. She has also served In-Mission to the United Nations through UMCORE as a Youth Liaison within the scope of communications, outreach, recruitment & volunteer work. In addition to this, she has seven years of childcare and mentoring experience, backed by her Certification in Educational Development & Childcare. She currently serves The École in the capacity of a Student Life Assistant and aims to perpetuate the nurturing, structured, and disciplined environment which caters to the children’s growth and learning. Not only has she obtained a Diploma & Certificate in Nutrition, she also holds a Bachelors in Psychology from The City University of New York’s City College.

Jan Salamon

Buildings Maintenance Specialist

Jan Salamon

Buildings Maintenance Specialist

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

School Life Assistant

Aviva Sitruk

School Life Assistant

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

Kindergarten Teacher, English

Alisha Soto

Kindergarten Teacher, English

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.

Samantha Sugarman

Pre-K Teacher, English
Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Samantha Sugarman

Pre-K Teacher, English
Maternelle Co-Coordinator

Samantha is originally from Toronto, Canada and moved to New York with her husband in 2010. She is extremely passionate about bilingual education, having spent her whole educational life in the bilingual world, first as a student in a dual language school and then as a teacher. 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. She also completed additional certifications in Special Education, Guidance and Reading.

Samantha worked for four years in Toronto teaching English, French and Special Education for Grades 2-6, as well as running an after-school sports program in various public schools. Upon moving to Manhattan, Samantha taught Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade in a bilingual charter 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 in the Maternelle. Samantha loves spending time with her family and having adventures together while exploring the world.

Marine Soyer

Elementary, French as a Second Language

Marine Soyer

Elementary, French as a Second Language

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.

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.

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Middle School Science Teacher, French

Laurence Van Koninckxloo

Middle School Science Teacher, French

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.

Marie Welch

School Life Assistant

Marie Welch

School Life Assistant

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. She is delighted to join The École as a School Life Assistant and looks forward to being a part of the multicultural school community. In her spare time, Marie loves to see live music and go on walks with her dog, Harper.