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Our French and English speaking team is very diverse, has great experience in the classroom, and is very nurturing towards the students. Every year we meet for one week of professional development to revisit the curriculum, improve it, and adapt it to the group of children entering that academic year. Each school member is trained and CPR/First Aid Certified.
Vanessa Handal-Ghenania
President
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a trilingual family (French, Haitian Creole, and English), learning languages was a “norm” at home. Throughout my youth, we traveled a lot on holidays and lived in different countries such as …  Read More
Jesenia Vera
English Teacher - Infants Classroom
Hello! My name is Jesenia Vera. I was born and raised in New York City. I am bilingual (Spanish, English). After graduating High School, I attended a community college and graduated with an Early Childhood Education degree. … Read More
Yolasky Baez
English Teacher - Infants classroom
My name is Yolasky Baez. I was born in the Dominican Republic. Upon my arrival to the United States, I immediately started going to school and had the opportunity to obtain my High School diploma and my Associates degree, while…Read More
John O'Dowd
English Teacher - Pre-K classroom
My name is John. I am from the East End of Long Island. I grew up in a Polish/English bilingual community. While English is my only language, I have always been interested in learning and experiencing other languages… Read More
Yahaira Zayas
English Teacher - Toddlers classroom
I have over 10 plus years of experience working in learning centers throughout New York City. I have decided to make early learning my life’s work because I believe a child’s education is the most valuable thing in the world. Read More
Marion Menand
Operations & Marketing Manager
I was born and raised in Nantes (west part of France) and French was literally the only language spoken at my parents’ home. Going to school, I fell in love with languages as a child and, as a teenager, worked hard to build my…Read More
Oumou Sidibe
French Teacher - Infants Classroom
My name is Oumou Sidibe, I was born in San, Mali, Africa. I’m married and I have 2 daughters. In 2013 I became a New York resident which enable me to do what I love most, work with children. Even though I hold 2 masters… Read More
Halima Kaba
French Teacher - Toddlers classroom
I was born in Senegal, a francophone country in West Africa. My father taught geography and history in Senegal and France, instilling in me a love of learning and interest in teaching from the start. My family and I… Read More
Virginie
French Teacher - Pre-K classroom

I am a French native speaker from Paris, where I lived until 2015 before coming in the US. After obtaining a Master’s in Literature from Sorbonne University and a career in Journalism, I decided on a career change due to an… Read More