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Get to know our competent team members who are responsible for providing early education to young minds.

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

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

Marion

Marion Menand

Operations Manager
& Marketing Manager of VHG Group Inc.

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

Oumou Sidibe

French Teacher – Toddlers 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

Yolasky

Yolasky Baez

English Teacher – Toddlers 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

Halima

Halima Kaba

French Teacher – Infants 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

John

John O’Dowd

English Teacher – Preschool 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 … Read More

Virginie

Virginie Gilles

French Teacher – Preschool 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

Marie-Gaelle

Marie-Gaelle Darius

English Teacher – Infants classroom

My name is Marie-Gaelle. I was born in Haiti and came to America in 1990. At the age of 10 I had to help my mom take care of my baby sister. I believe from then on my love for working with… Read More

Ilham

Ilham Bousseba

French Teacher – Infants classroom

My name is Ilham. I am from Morocco, I was born and raised in Casablanca. I have lived in New York for more than 24 years. I have two kids. One is attending college and the other one is in High school. I have been working with children for 7 years and… Read More