From the founding team to our Board of Experts : the same educational ideal
The founding team - Four women, one vision
No less than four women make up our founding team. What brought them together? They are firm believers in the virtues of bilingualism and share a common dream: to offer children a school that exudes confidence, kindness and the joy of learning.
Barbara de Baudry d'Asson
Barbara is 48 years old and has 3 sons. She was born of a Danish mother and a French father.
After her French baccalauréat and studies of literature at the Lycée Henri IV, she graduated with a Master of Tax and Business Law from the University of Panthéon-Assas.
She practiced as a French lawyer for 23 years, of which 12 years at Linklaters. Barbara’s longtime passion for education, child psychology and neurosciences has led her to create Union School.
Her three sons (11, 13 and 15 years old) are bilingual.
Recruitment & Relations avec le UK
Barbara, a German national, is 48 years old and has five children.
She has graduated from Business Administration at the University of Passau and has completed a Master at the London School of Economics. After having worked in the finance industry in London, Barbara started her own business producing silk garments in Asia.
During more than 20 years in London Barbara has been very involved in the education of her five trilingual children. She has gained profound insight in the specificities of English, bilingual and French education. In 2018 Barbara relocated to Paris.
At Union School, Barbara is in charge of recruiting both the Head Teacher and the team of teachers. She is further marketing Union School in the UK.
Marguerite de Laboulaye
Board of Experts
Marguerite is 43 years old and has 3 children.
She is a graduate of Sciences Po. After starting her career in the TV industry, Marguerite pursued new studies and became a clinical psychologist and family therapist. She worked for 4 years at the public hospital (APHP) in the teenagers' psychiatric department. Today Marguerite is a sole practitioner specializing in teenager and family difficulties.
She also devotes part of her time to training nurses, educators and students at the Paris Diderot University. Recently she started a university degree in neurosciences and education at the University of Paris Descartes.
At Union School, Marguerite is in charge of establishing the Board of Experts. She engages highly reputed specialists in education, dyslexia, bilingualism and neurosciences, who will share their experience and findings with Union School.
Anne-Sophie de Monès
Solidarity & Eco-responsibility Partnerships
Anne-Sophie is 46 years old and has 4 children.
She started her career working for the marketing department of Disney US and French Parks for more than ten years. Since 2008, Anne-Sophie has been working as a journalist at One Heart, a digital agency specialising in solidarity for the community and eco-responsibility communication.
At Union School, Anne-Sophie is in charge of implementing eco-responsible behaviour and putting in place partnerships with associations involved in solidarity for the community and eco-responsibility.
The Head Teacher of Union School - Experience at the service of Excellence
It was with great enthusiasm that we chose Ian to run the school. He brings together all the qualities that we value at Union School : an impressive track record in prestigious international schools, an incredibly open minded spirit, an attentive ear, an insatiable curiosity and the art of taking up any challenge. The children love him and so do we.
Ian is a British national. He is fully bilingual (English-French). He has over 35 years of experience in education and 3 grown children.
Throughout his career primarily in the UK and Switzerland, Ian has been at the helm of several schools.
Ian began his career as a teacher of mathematics in the UK at Reading Bluecoat School
At thirty-two he was appointed Headmaster of Buckswood Grange School where he founded the Early Years section of the school Following the birth of his first child he took up the post of Head of Mathematics at Holmewood House Prep School in Kent.
In 1996 he moved to Aiglon College in Switzerland where he was Senior House Master and Assistant Deputy Head. It was during this time, that along with adding twins to his family, he met many personal outdoor challenges such as mountain climbing, expeditioning and skiing.
He returned to the UK as Head of the renowned Cottesmore Prep School, which has recently been awarded ‘Boarding School of the year 2019’ at the prestigious national Tes (Times Educational Supplement) Independent Schools Awards and more recently has been awarded Prep School of the Year 2020 at the Tatler School Awards. During Ian’s tenure, he upgraded the boarding facilities and is particularly proud of both the outstanding ISI report the school received in February 2008 and the record number of Senior School scholarships awarded to pupils during his time. He also trained as an Ofsted (BSPI) and an ISI Inspector.
In 2008 he was appointed as Director of Boarding and IB Maths teacher at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil, Switzerland, later to become Vice-Principal with particular responsibility for pastoral welfare and student discipline. It was here that he gained an understanding of the French National Curriculum. A personal achievement at this time was climbing Kilimanjaro.
From 2014, as Principal of St. George’s International School, Montreux he worked particularly hard on improving communication and links with parents. While there, he was also Executive Head of Ecole Riviera a billingual primary school also in Montreux, working closely with the Head and senior leadership team.
His commitment to school, especially the pupils, is paramount to him. He has a reputation for working hard to achieve the best for everyone. He enjoys music; playing violin, guitar and saxophone. Other interests include chess, cooking and skiing. He is an approachable, adaptable and effective leader. Today, Ian works closely with the Founding team of Union School sharing his vast experience.
At Union School, we are very happy and proud to welcome him as Head Teacher.
The LaPsyDÉ and our Board of Experts - A partnership of ideas
To keep up with the world, to miss nothing of the scientific and pedagogical advances, to make sure that everyone overcomes all obstacles with joy : we are not alone. Our Board of Experts – made up of practitioners and emeritus researchers – accompanies us on a daily basis. We work hand in hand with the LaPsyDÉ, a number of specialists in bilingualism, as well as many other specialists in education and early childhood.
LaPsyDÉ – CNRS – La Sorbonne
LaPsyDÉ – Laboratory of Developmental Psychology and Child Education
The LaPsyDÉ (Laboratory of Developmental Psychology and Child Education) is the first French laboratory of scientific psychology. It was created in 1889 and was at the time directed by Alfred Binet, inventor of the tests so-called intelligence or psychometrics.
Today, its researchers continue to carry out innovative research on the cognitive and social development of pupils, from kindergarten to university, in connection with fundamental learning and skills to be acquired throughout schooling: reading, writing, arithmetic, thinking or reasoning and respect for others.
At the crossroads of child psychology, pedagogy and brain imaging, the Laboratory is known worldwide for its theory of cognitive inhibition in learning.
Its researchers also collaborate in the creation of books for children to explain in a simple way how their brains work, and develop tools for teachers, educators and psychologists that allow them to develop children’s concentration, flexibility of reasoning and creativity.
Director of the LaPsyDÉ. Professor of developmental psychology and cognitive neuroscience of education
Grégoire is Professor of Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Education and Director of the Laboratory of Developmental Psychology and Child Education (CNRS).
He obtained a PhD in 2005 at the Université Paris Sud.
In 2010, after 4 years of post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, Grégoire Borst joined the LaPsyDÉ.
His research focuses on the role of high-level cognitive functions (metacognition, planning, resistance to automatisms, emotional regulation) in cognitive and socio-emotional development and school learning in children, adolescents and young adults by combining behavioral and neuroimaging approaches (EEG, NIRS, MRI). Author of more than 70 scientific articles, Grégoire has also published various pedagogical works (i.e. Le cerveau et les apprentissages) as much as books for the general public (i.e. Moncerveau - Questions/Réponses).
Grégoire works in close collaboration with all those involved in education.
He is a senior member of the International Bureau of Education (IBE - UNESCO), junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), member of the youth committee of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), member of the steering committee of the federation of innovative public schools (fespi) - DRDIE Ministère de l'Education Nationale, member of the board of directors and the scientific council of the GIS REEFOR - INSPÉ de Paris, member of the CoNRS - section 26.
Professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience
Arnaud is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at Université Paris Descartes (University of Paris), member of the Institut Universitaire de France and researcher in the laboratory of Developmental Psychology and Child Education (CNRS, Sorbonne, Paris). He is also coordinator of the University Diploma (DU) 'Neuroeducation' of the Université Paris Descartes.
Arnaud completed his PhD in science on the anatomy and development of the brain at the Frédéric Joliot Hospital Service (CEA, Orsay) from 2000 to 2003 with a research residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI, McGill University, Montreal) in 2003. Subsequently he was a postdoctoral fellow and 'INSERM Young Investigator' in the 'Imaging and Psychiatry' Unit (INSERM, Maison des Adolescents, Paris). In 2009 he became a contract investigator at the 'Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences' (INSERM, Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Paris) before joining the Université Paris Descartes in 2011.
Arnaud's research aims to decipher the neurodevelopmental bases of cognition. He is interested in the interactions between early constraints (fetal brain development genetic factors) and late neuroplasticity mechanisms in children and adolescents on normal (learning) and pathological (psychiatric disorders) cognitive development. All his work uses a gene-brain-behaviour approach integrating the different levels of the living being.
Historian and Anglicist
An historian and English specialist, Charles-Édouard Levillain is Professor at the University of Paris, where he teaches Modern and Contemporary British History. He was Vice-President for International Relations at the University of Paris in 2020. Charles-Édouard’s research work focuses both on Anglo-Dutch relations in the 17th century and the historical work of Churchill. He published a novel with Editions-Stock in 1995 and is currently working on a historical book set in the 1930s.
Charles-Édouard spent 23 years abroad, in six different countries. He is therefore particularly sensitive to the challenges that expatriation can represent for children and adults alike. Raised in both the French and British systems, Charles-Édouard is a sports and classical music enthusiast and passionate about education.
Charles-Edouard graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure and Science Po. He acquired the highest qualifications for English language teaching and speaks seven languages.
Dancer and teacher, Laban scriptwriter
Initially trained in classical dance as a child, she broadened her practice with jazz and contemporary dance as a teenager. As a professional dancer, her travels opened up other aesthetic horizons for her, such as tap dancing in New York and traditional Indian dance in India.
At the age of 35, she decided to train in the analysis and writing of Laban movement at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. After graduating in 2010 she deepened her research on movement with Body-Mind Centering of which she is a certified practitioner, specialising in the motor development of infants. She collaborates with choreographers Olivier Dubois and Bruno Benne, for whom she writes the dance scores. Today, she devotes herself to training and reflection on the place of movement in the development of the individual. Holder of the State Diploma of contemporary dance teacher, she teaches choreographic culture in the conservatories of the city of Paris. A specialist in movement notation, she teaches the analysis and writing of Laban movement at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, gives conferences in France, and trains various professionals (psychomotricians, architects, occupational therapists, choreographers and dancers, etc.).
She receives the support of the Ministry of Culture via the Centre National de la Danse, Aide à la recherche et au patrimoine en Danse, for the writing of the scores Révolution (2013) and Tragédie (2014) by Olivier Dubois, and in 2019, for the research project with Isabelle Calabre "Quadrilles créoles, histoire(s), esthétique et pratiques”.
It is Estelle who has designed the movement modules that all our students practice daily. She and her choreographers will lead a term of body creativity for each of our class levels. At Union School, we are more than happy to count her among our Experts.
The goddess of cursive writing in France
Following a brief stint teaching in secondary schools and then in nursery schools, Danièle focused on three of her passions: research, writing and teaching.
She holds a DU in handwriting, in which her dissertation focused on writing with Parkinson's disease. She has also worked as a legal expert. Her experiences have led her to a fuller understanding of the importance of automatic reflexes whilst writing.
In 2013, she presented her doctoral thesis in language sciences to the René-Descartes University in Paris V, on the writing of Latin cursive lower case letters. Her research led her to create the concept of the “writing gesture”.
Her book, ‘Le geste d'écriture’ - Éditions Hatier, is a bible for teachers. Danièle has also been training writing re-educators - psychomotor therapists, speech therapists and psychologists - for more than 20 years. Thanks to her work, they are now equipped to analyse and understand children's writing difficulties and to remedy them.
Danièle's 'geste d'écriture' is now the reference within the Education Nationale and her method of teaching cursive writing is recognised worldwide.
Her handwriting books, which have been adapted in English, exclusively for Union School, are used by our teachers who are also lucky enough to be trained by Danièle herself.
At Union School, we are fortunate to have Danièle Dumont as a member of our prestigious College of Experts.
Union School in good hands - our everyday magician
A school of excellence is also one where everything works perfectly, down to the smallest details of everyday life. Thanks to Katia, information flows, events are organized, logistics never fail and parents have all their questions answered.
Katia de Ita
Mexican, Katia is 46 years old and has 2 children.
A dancer at heart and a translator by profession, Katia has always been committed to working in the field of transmission with the youngest. Upon arriving in Paris in 1995, Katia first learned French and studied at the University of Paris VII until she obtained a Master's degree in specialized translation. She then worked for several years in the field of computer science.
After becoming a mother, Katia devoted herself to her children's education and thus discovered the French educational system.
At Union School, Katia is key.
Alongside our Head Teacher and founder, she ensures the management and smooth running of the school.
Our Educational Team share the same superpower : they are caring.
They come from all over the world. They have taught in the best international schools. Perfectly bilingual, curious by nature, meticulous, infinitely patient, they are trained in the best teaching methods.
They all have incredible passions, are overflowing with enthusiasm, and are eager to share them. Above all, our teachers share a deep conviction: caring is the key to your children’s success.
We are very proud that they have joined our adventure. They are our champions, and we trust them to help your children grow. We can’t wait for you to meet them !
Academic Coordinator and French specialist teacher.
"Hello! I am Marie-Laurence, the Academic Coordinator and French specialist teacher.
Originally from Marseille, I have studied, and worked, in the UK for over 18 years, and I am excited to come back to France to join Union School.
After I completed my PGCE at Bristol University, and completed a Master Research in Applied Linguistics, I have taught in prestigious UK prep schools based in London as French teacher such as Norland Place School for instance, and then Head of French. As a French for expats specialist teacher and consultant, I have had the pleasure to support expat families for years, which I find highly rewarding.
I love to be part of the children’s learning journey and help them fulfil not only their academic potential but also help them embrace all of their talents, skills, and take their hand in their journey to becoming the happiest, shining version of themselves! Outside of school, I enjoy playing tennis, dancing, spending time outdoors, and going to see live music and plays."
Union School is absolutely delighted to welcome Marie-Laurence whose experience, kindness, work ethic are outstanding.
Ellen Wynne Michel
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in English and Coordinator for ‘Maternelles’.
"I'm Ellen and I'm very pleased to be teaching the nursery children of Union School.
I'm a UK trained primary and early years teacher and I have over 30 years of teaching experience in international and bilingual schools. I was Headteacher of a school in Singapore and once back in France, I was a teacher at the European School of Strasbourg.
I'm passionate about education and I'm looking forward to working with young learners and helping each one reach their potential through fun hands-on activities and by stimulating their natural curiosity.
In my free time, I enjoy travel, visiting museums and walking (especially with my dog!). I also like sewing, handcrafts and reading. I'm the mum of three teenage children from whom I've learned a lot about how children's minds grow and develop."
What Ellen does not say is that she is the wife of a lieutenant-colonel, so she followed her husband wherever his job called. What Ellen does not say is that at the European School in Strasbourg, a marvellous school and a sort of flagship of the French national education system, her role was much broader than that of teaching, which was already immense.
Ellen was also in charge of European hours. What Ellen doesn't say is that she has three wonderful children, who have brought her to a deep understanding of autism and ADD. Ellen loves Irish ballads, Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers which she can't listen to without crying, and the first movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World': 'A rousing piece of music but with a deep soul!
We are very pleased that Ellen has agreed to join Union School. Her wealth of experience and passion for education are all reasons why our nursery students are so fortunate.
Teacher for Year 3 and Year 6 in French
"Hello everyone, I am Marianne and I teach French in CE1 and CM2. Originally from Bondy, I have
been a school teacher for over 10 years.
After graduating, I taught for 3 years in Paris and then I went to work in the United States, in Seattle. It was there that I discovered bilingual primary education, which is where I thrive today.
Convinced of the importance and richness of such teaching, I then continued my career in bilingual education in London.
I am delighted to be back in France today and to be part of the Union School team. I look forward to teaching my students to grow and develop in a caring and supportive environment that values the richness and culture of each individual.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling and discovering new countries, playing sports, or simply reading a good book in the sun. "
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in French
"Hello! I am Vaidehi and I will be the teacher in PS/MS in French.
I have a Masters degree in French Literature, have recently finished my MEd in International Education and have 10 years of teaching experience in international and bilingual schools.
Born and raised in Bombay, India I started my teaching journey at the Lycée Français Internationale de Bombay where I taught in the nursery alongside The American School of Bombay and the Alliance Française de Bombay where I was a French as a Foreign Language teacher for children and adults. I then, worked for 4 years in France before moving to Ukraine, where I pursued my Masters degree with the University of Dundee, Scotland via distance learning.
I love what I do and am looking forward to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where all learners feel respected and safe. Building strong relationships with children and their families to guide learning and help children achieve their true potential is of utmost importance to me.
In my free time I love cooking and eating cuisines from around the world. I love to travel, to read, board games and play my guitar. I am a trained Hindustani Classical singer and love music from all over the world! I speak 5 languages and my wish is be able to sing in as many languages as I can! I also dabble in photography and improv theatre. I am so excited to start my journey with Union School this September!
Vaidehi is so sunny, empathetic, curious about everything, a good listener, tolerant and gentle. Her journey has led her to adopt ever-enriching points of view as well. After that, you won't be surprised to learn that her choices for our Spotify Playlist included a Hindi song, a very sweet track by a Ukrainian rock band, and ‘Gottingen’ from the French singer Barbara. What a joy to have her join us! How lucky our students are !
English teacher for Year 1 and Year 4 classes
"Hello, bonjour ! My name is Mina, and I will be the teacher in GS/Y1 and CE2/Y4. This September will be my 5th year of teaching and I am so happy to be starting this new journey at Union School!
I was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in Belgrade, Serbia, where I attended the École Française de Belgrade, before I made my way back to Toronto to finish my last year of high school and pursue my secondary studies.
Before becoming a certified teacher, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in French/English Translation with a Minor in Hispanic Studies. I love languages - I speak 6 and would love to learn at least 2 more! While I was studying, I worked at an international bilingual school in Toronto for 5 years where I acquired the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to pursue my career as a teacher. This lead me to completing my Bachelor of Education in Toronto, Canada, after which I started officially teaching French as a Second Language from JK/PS to 4e/Y7.
I enjoyed that experience very much, however, home was far away and was calling me back, so I decided to move back to Belgrade and have been teaching a GS/Y1 class for 3 years until I found Union School and am now excited to embark on this new journey with all of you! Outside of school, I enjoy playing football, I have always been an advocate for girl’s football, and my favourite team is Red Star Belgrade. I also have a great passion for reading, my favourite book is “A thousand splendid suns” by the outstanding author, Khaled Hosseini.’
We are very pleased that Mina has agreed to join Union School. Her energy, her ‘joie de vivre’, her passion for education, her background, are all reasons why our Year 1 and Year 4 students are very lucky. We also like to imagine her playing football with our students in one of our playgrounds.
Simon Le Garrec
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in French
My name is Simon and I am the French teacher in Nursery and Reception alongside Vaidehi, under Ellen’s supervision.
After over six years in the United Kingdom working in both the English and International systems, I am excited to come back to my Parisian roots and looking very much forward to work at Union School Paris !
I have been working for three years at Ecole Jeannine Manuel London in Early Years with nursery, reception and year1 with a wonderful environment and amazing projects done. I have also worked at EIFA International in Year 4 and 5 for two years.
Before becoming a teacher, I used to work in Media after a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Media. Outside of school, I love going to Art exhibitions, doing sports especially basketball, and drawing which I do on a daily basis »
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in English
"Hello! My name is Natalie, and I am so excited to be starting this innovative and creative project that is Union School. I strongly believe in a creative and inspiring pedagogical approach to foster
curiosity in children and develop a love of learning for life.
I have spent the last 10 years working with elementary and nursery pupils, being responsible for a class of up to 30 children. Having worked in international schools for the past 4 years, I have a keen interest and appreciation for exploring new cultures. I have a passion for working with children and could not imagine myself in any other career. My classroom ethos is based upon my belief that it is essential to treat every child as an individual to enable them to succeed and achieve their full potential.
As a teacher, I strongly encourage collaborative learning strategies to increase participation and make children more engaged and accountable for their own learning. I believe that planning innovative lessons which evoke excitement and curiosity are fundamental for children to be passionate and enthusiastic about their learning journey. I strive to create a safe and warm atmosphere within my classroom to provide a welcoming and open space for both children and parents/guardians.
I pride myself on being an enthusiastic and creative teacher that fosters an inspiring learning environment for all, where children feel full of confidence and are not afraid to take risks in their learning. A ‘growth mind-set’ approach enables children to understand that mistakes are a valuable part of learning, which is crucial for them to succeed in their life after school. I am incredibly excited to become a part of this new community, working together with children and families, to create the happy and fun memories that make primary school what it is!"
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in French
"Bonjour à tous ! Je suis Émeline et je serai la professeure de français de la Grande Section et du CE2 !
Après une Licence de Langue et Civilisation Étrangère en Espagnol, je me suis dirigée vers un Master de l’Enseignement. C’est alors que j’ai eu l’opportunité d’effectuer un stage dans une école internationale aux États-Unis. Ce fut une révélation pour moi : je voulais enseigner au sein d’un établissement où se côtoient plusieurs cultures et plusieurs langues ! J’ai par la suite obtenu mon diplôme de Professeur des Écoles en 2014.
L’aventure était lancée ! J’ai tout d’abord travaillé 4 ans au sein de l’Éducation Nationale dans une école en région parisienne. Je me suis ensuite envolée vers Palo Alto, en Californie, où j’ai enseigné dans une école internationale et où j’ai eu la chance de collaborer avec des collègues américaines et chinoises.
Évoluer dans cet univers multiculturel m’a donné envie d’en découvrir davantage. Je suis ensuite allée à la découverte du Lycée Français de Doha, au Qatar.
Me voici de retour en France et je suis ravie d’intégrer la Team Union School ! J’ai hâte de rencontrer mes futurs élèves, de grandir et d’évoluer à leurs côtés. Je suis une enseignante passionnée et bienveillante qui aime créer des liens uniques avec chacun de ses élèves.
En dehors de l’école, comme vous l’aurez certainement deviné, j’adore voyager !!! J’aime passer du temps avec ma famille et mes amis. Je fais également beaucoup de sport et j’ai pratiqué la natation synchronisée pendant 12 ans.
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception
"My name is Clémence and I will be the teacher of CP and CM1. I will also be the mathematics coordinator for Union School.
After a degree in foreign languages, I turned to teaching by validating my Master’s. I then passed the competitive examination for the recruitment of school teachers in 2011.
I first worked for the French Education nationale and then went to teach in an international school in the United Arab Emirates for several years. On my return to France, I decided to focus on bilingualism, a system I fell in love with. It is therefore with great joy that I joined the Union School teaching team!
I am passionate about my job and I am keen to include my students in motivating projects. My main objectives are to stimulate the desire to learn and to gain the confidence of my students in order to get the best out of them.
Outside of school, I love to travel, go to the theatre and I'm a big movie buff. I do a lot of sport and have recently taken up horse riding. I am really looking forward to starting this new experience at Union School and meeting your child!
Clémence worked with Ian Tysoe in Dubai, which naturally led them both to renew their collaboration. We are therefore very pleased to have her as a member of our Dream team of teachers.
Teacher for Reception and Pre-Reception in English
"Hello, my name is Samantha Nicolakakos. I am a university honour graduate with a Canadian certified teachers degree in both English and French for all primary and junior subjects.
I am a passionate caring and dedicated teacher who looks at every challenge in the classroom as a learning experience for both myself and my students..
Outside of my work, I enjoy spending my time outdoors and being active. Soccer is one of my favorite sports that I played competitively, starting at 4 years old. I also enjoy snowboarding, biking, going on forest hikes and doing yoga. While I enjoy keeping myself physically active I also have creative interests in the arts, I love music, painting and taking photos.
In my free time I enjoy being social with friends/ family and learning about different topics related to culture and history. It is important for me as a human being and especially as a teacher to be aware and understanding of the forever changing world around me and the people who live in it.
I am looking forward to getting to know your children as I guide and teach them through a successful school year"
Teacher for Year 3 and Year 6 in English
My name is Chelsea, and I am so pleased to be joining the Union School team and community.
Born and raised in Ohio, USA, I graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Education, a second major in History, and a minor in French.
I began my career by working in both American and French public schools before turning to international and bilingual settings, all of which allowed me to teach various curriculums as well as different ages and abilities. Along this path came the opportunity to study the Montessori method in Norway, an experience that forever opened my mind to the extraordinary potential of holistic, child-centered education.
In my career, I also served as an international school’s Primary Coordinator, a role in which I collaborated on bilingual program design, led innovative projects, and assisted in earning international school accreditation.
I have been very fortunate to work amongst exceptional educators, all of whom have helped mold me into the teacher I am today. I adhere closely to the words of one of my role models, Fred Rogers, who once said, “A great gift from any adult to a child, it seems to me, is to love what you do in front of the child. Attitudes are caught; they’re not taught." As a teacher, I aim to empower children through a love of learning and, as Jonathan Kozol put it, “build a little place of ecstasy and poetry and gentle joy.”
I spend my free time raising two beautiful, bilingual children, singing and dancing to musicals, dining and laughing with friends and family, celebrating all the holidays, and reading and watching the latest book-to-movie adaptations. I also enjoy discovering the history of different places and people; I find something magical about walking in the footsteps of those who have come before us.
I am so looking forward to being a part of this project and starting the first year of Union School together! "
English & Maths Support Teacher and SENDCo
"My name is Natalie, and I am the English & Maths Support Teacher and SENDCo at Union School.
I am so excited to be part of the innovative, creative and passionate school staff here and I look forward to starting a new chapter altogether as a Union School community!
Brought up in an English-French bilingual household myself, I have always valued the importance of being able to communicate in different languages. Following my degree in English Language and French at the University of Birmingham, I became truly aware that knowing another language is having a new vision on the world around us, enabling us, not only to experience new cultures, but to gain an open-minded approach on different ways of life. Consequently, I taught in Martinique and Switzerland, in both primary and secondary school settings, teaching English as Foreign Language.
I continued pursuing my dream of teaching by completing my PGCE at the University of Exeter, and I will now be entering my seventh year of teaching the British National Curriculum in Primary Schools in the UK and France. More recently, I was appointed as a Lower School Coordinator in an International School where I helped implement a bilingual curriculum and supported the school in achieving international accreditation.
During my studies, I worked for a charity 'Challengers' which supports children with disabilities and their families. This incredible opportunity helped to instil my work ethos where I always strive to ensure that each and every child develops holistically, enabling them to have access to future opportunities and a life-long curiosity and love of learning. This is the foundation of my philosophy for child-centered teaching: creative and cross-curricular lessons which are scaffolded accordingly to varying needs and abilities. Carefully planned, personalised and hands-on sessions enable children to independently investigate questions and uncover answers; this helps them to gain confidence in their own abilities and become more autonomous and astute learners!
Additionally, I strongly believe in a positive mindset for all children: positive reinforcement of achievements, and understanding that mistakes are part of the learning journey, help students to gain perseverance and self-esteem within a happy and fun primary school experience. Outside of school, I love dancing, exploring new places and countryside walks.
I also enjoy art and cooking, so Paris - full of wonderful galleries and delicious restaurants - is the perfect place to be!
I cannot wait to uncover hidden talents, explore new possibilities, and be inspired by all the wonderful children, whom we will have the chance to work alongside every day! "
To the delight of children, our educational partners open up a field of possibilities
Our recipe for academic excellence? Science, history, geography, mathematics and languages, of course, but also music, singing, yoga, visual arts, theatre and much more. These are all ultra-stimulating activities that are 100% integrated into the school day. Through these activities, the children expand their outlook, develop different talents, and enhance their bilingualism.
It is thanks to the expertise, energy and careful coordination of Stacey, Anaïs, Thomasine, Emmanuelle, Anatole … that the children at Union School enjoy these new experiences every day. We can’t wait for them to meet these wonderful educational partners !
Actress, scriptwriter and director - Drama teacher
Actress, scriptwriter and director, Anaïs has always kept in mind this sentence from Oscar Wilde "Folly is the only thing you never regret". This philosophy pushed her to try her hand at theatre in 2015.
It was a revelation, Anaïs starred in many plays at the Théâtre de la Pépinière in Opéra and at the Théâtre côté cour in Parmentier. She also worked with great directors such as Philippe Peyran Lacroix and Hélène Zidi before writing tailor-made roles for herself, such as in "Coup de folie", a critically acclaimed show that played for two years at the Petit Trévise in Paris and then throughout France.
Anais continues to work on her writing skills by writing sketches for platforms such as Youtube and Dailymotion.
In 2021, Anais wrote and directed her first short film "Le tournesol" with Joey Starr, which won her international awards (best director at the New York Movie Awards and best actress at the Tokyo Cosmopolitan film festival) as well as broadcasts on TV5 Monde and OCS.
Teaching is also a field in which she has accumulated experience for several years, as a theatre teacher at the Paris School of Luxury, as a personal development and theatre coach for institutions, and as a writer and producer of shows for children.
Anaïs wishes to introduce students to theatre and physical expression so that they can flourish in speaking, surpass themselves and develop their creativity.
At Union School, we are more than happy to welcome Anaïs who, with her imagination, humour, multiple talents and great professionalism, will help our students to blossom.
Art and yoga teacher
My name is Thomasine. My Swedish origins have made me aware of an educational spirit where dialogue and trust help children to express themselves and develop. As a mother, I have dreamed of a school where the adults surround the child with kindness and value his or her appetite and curiosity.
Union School makes this dream come true and I am proud to be part of it. Responding to the project of holistic pedagogy, I will lead creative workshops encompassing visual arts and yoga practice. With their bodies and minds awakened, the children will be able to give shape to their imaginations and develop their full creative potential.
I have been designing and running art workshops for children, families and adults for the past 15 years for the Orsay and Orangerie museums and more recently the Louvre.
My training at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg gave me the opportunity to handle several materials and to try out all the creative techniques.
At the same time, I discovered the practice of yoga, thanks to which I understood how body and mind are two companions on the road that must be cherished and nourished like a precious garden.
I went to India to follow the teaching of Iyengar Yoga in order to get closer to the source of this art of living harmoniously in our world. My greatest pleasure is to communicate my passions and to tend these small artistic shoots which are in each one of us and to let the pleasure guide our steps.
Stacey Pavesi Debré
Founder and Director of Music Together Bébé Music Box - Singing and music teacher in Maternelles
Serving children in Paris schools since 2017, Stacey Pavesi Debré, the founder and director of Bébé Music Box, transforms classrooms into musically rich universes where little ones joyfully build the basic music competence that will enable them to participate and thrive in music all their lives.
In our classes, music becomes a powerful learning tool. Music Together award-winning music and developmentally appropriate activities have been found to raise the overall quality of children’s early learning.
Chess teacher - FIDE rating : 2137
Anatole Grundman has been passionate about chess since he was very young. He holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences and has chosen to make a living out of his passion by giving lessons in various clubs - Carré magique and l'Échiquier fou - and by coaching young students privately.
Anatole loves sharing his knowledge with children. He has coached various young players during the 2022 French Championship.
He actively participates in many tournaments. His results for the last 3 years are in constant and show very strong progression. He is now ranked, at the age of 27, 2137 according to the FIDE rating.
It is Anatole who will teach chess at Union School. Thanks to Bastien Dubessay, friend and chess master
Chef and founder of Ressources - For a 100% organic, tasty and gourmet canteen.
Emmanuelle Riboud was trained as a lawyer. Passionate about cooking since childhood, in 1997 she decided to take a CAP in cooking and to pursue a career as a chef.
Very concerned by the climate crisis, she became involved with many associations, including ETHIC OCEAN, and became Godmother of the Ecotable label, the first sustainable catering label.
For the past 5 years, she has created RESSOURCES, a boutique/laboratory dedicated to sustainable food where a team of chefs from the gastronomy industry are active.
She develops a cuisine without compromise, both healthy and tasty, ethical and holistic, from field to plate.
It is with Emmanuelle Riboud and her teams that we have chosen to work for a 100% organic food and an education in “Eating healthy, eating well and respecting nature” for all our pupils.
"Hello, my name is Morgan Monnerais and I am the sports teacher for all the classes at Union School.
I had the chance to practise different physical and sports activities very early on (golf, basketball, cross-country...). I realised at a very young age the benefits of sports on physical, mental and intellectual development.
I was then a student at the Saint-Nicolas Passy Buzenval high school. A great deal of time was spent on extra-curricular activities, and I continued to practise several leisure sports, including cross-country and handball.
At that time, I was selected playmaker of the Minimes team of the club of Rueil, becoming academy champion of cross-country (team and individual) as well as district champion of handball. In 2012, I decided to take the Brevet d’état d’éducateur sportif with the UCPA.
Since then, I have worked as a physical trainer for individuals and also for Energy Kids Academy under the leadership of Lionel Sartoris and Andry Razafitrimo as a sports educator.
Today, I live in Versailles and continue to do a lot of sports: my golf handicap is 12. I am also passionate about nature - many training courses in the high mountains, especially in the Queyras with my guide Nicolas Braud - as well as reading and music."
Responsible for raising awareness of ecological issues at the Fondation GoodPlanet
She imagines, creates and leads relevant and innovative workshops and conferences to change the way people look at things, change their perspective and make them want to act at their own level. Her pedagogy developed over the last 4 years has enabled her to raise awareness among more than 45,000 people from 3 to 93 years old!
Her academic background in environmental policies and her training in permaculture give her the necessary experience to create and run a vegetable garden. Capucine will meet with students twice a month to develop their understanding of ecology in a fun way and allow them to get their hands in the soil.