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Mehdi Lazar

Head of School
mlazar@eb.org
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Mehdi Lazar

Head of School
mlazar@eb.org
 

Dr. Mehdi Lazar has more than 15 years of international experience in teaching, administration, research, and consulting. He is passionate about multilingual education and is a proud father of two EB students.

Dr. Lazar specializes in international education, having worked in some of the largest international schools in America while his doctoral dissertation dealt with the globalization of higher education. Born and raised in France, he earned his PhD at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, his master of science at the French Institute in Geopolitics, and his executive master of International Business at ESCP Europe Business School. Dr. Lazar’s also holds teaching and administrative credentials from the French Ministry of Education and is the author of six books and numerous articles.

Dr. Lazar is a passionate reader with interest in pedagogy, international education, and current affairs. You can find him on twitter at @obsbilinguisme and on medium at @mehdilazar 
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Maer Ben-Yisrael

Director of Technology
myisrael@eb.org
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Maer Ben-Yisrael

Director of Technology
myisrael@eb.org
Maer has been working in technology in independent K-12 education since 2000, more than half of which occurred at French bilingual schools. He holds a BSS in IT Management and an MA in Educational Technology. Maer joined EB in€ 2016.
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Alfonso De La Torre

Facilities Manager
adelatorre@eb.org
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Alfonso De La Torre

Facilities Manager
adelatorre@eb.org
Alfonso has more than fifteen years of experience in grounds, landscape, and building maintenance and project management in various Bay Area companies and organizations. During his career, Alfonso has overseen many construction projects and has been an Operations Manager and an Account Manager for landscape and construction companies. Alfonso is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with option in Law 
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Cecile Gregoriades

Director of Marketing and Communications
cgregoriades@eb.org
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Cecile Gregoriades

Director of Marketing and Communications
cgregoriades@eb.org
Cécile is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley since 2016. Her role is to raise awareness about the school and its programs to attract prospective families, while streamlining and enhancing communications inside the organization. Prior to EB, she was part of the communications' team at the Lycée Français de New York for four years. A French native, Cécile’s background is in multimedia journalism and content production. She has lived in the US since 2005 and she and her husband have one son at EB.
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Mei-Lin Ha

Director of Development
mha@eb.org
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Mei-Lin Ha

Director of Development
mha@eb.org
Mei-Lin is a Berkeley native and EB alumna, having graduated in 1999 after a full ten-year EB experience. She attended Berkeley High School, then went on to study at Oberlin College, graduating in 2007 with a double degree in History and French. She has worked with both children and adults in the education field, through preschool work, tutoring, and leading classes for adults working towards their GRE. Mei-Lin has worked at EB since 2012 as the Advancement Coordinator. She has a deep love for fashion and travel and is crazy about everything to do with fitness and health and can often be found at yoga, bootcamp, pilates, dance, or playing soccer.
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Manon Johnson

Director of Admissions
mjohnson@eb.org
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Manon Johnson

Director of Admissions
mjohnson@eb.org
Manon has been the Director of Admissions at EB since 2015. A French native from Paris, Manon moved to the East Bay in 1999 and has worked in preschools since 2001. Before joining EB, Manon was a preschool teacher, then the Site Director of Duck’s Nest Preschool in Berkeley for seven years. Manon has two daughters enrolled at EB in the Lower and Middle Schools.
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Mirza Kopelman

Director of Enrichment and Athletics
mkopelman@eb.org
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Mirza Kopelman

Director of Enrichment and Athletics
mkopelman@eb.org
Mirza Kopelman is the Enrichment and Athletics Director at Ecole Bilingue since 2008. He brings 15 years experience in education, starting as a music teacher in New York City for three years. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles where he started his own after school music teaching company. After several years he and his family relocated to Berkeley. His three children have all attended Ecole Bilingue and have become part of the EB family. He is extremely passionate about the concept of learning outside the classroom, and uses this as his guiding principle in leading the Enrichment and Athletics department. He loves music, nature, and sports. You might see him playing drums with the students, running basketball workshops, or leading a dance party after school in the courtyard.
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Richard Lyon

Head of the Middle School
rlyon@eb.org
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Richard Lyon

Head of the Middle School
rlyon@eb.org
Richard is an educator with 17 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the Middle School level. His multi-faceted experience of Middle School education gives him a unique understanding of the student experience both inside and out of the classroom. He has held various positions working with students in grades 4 to 8 as an English Language Development instructor, Choir Director, Humanities Teacher, Athletics Director, and most recently, as the Middle School Director of Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito.

In addition to his campus experience, Richard holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Mills College and obtained credentials in theology, history and music. He has also worked for many years in culturally diverse schools, teaching for five years at the American School of Guadalajara in Mexico, and for the last nine years at Tehiyah, a Jewish school. There, among many responsibilities, he was in charge of assisting with the organization of the 8th Grade trip to Israel.
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Magali Noth

Head of Preschool and Kindergarten
mnoth@eb.org
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Magali Noth

Head of Preschool and Kindergarten
mnoth@eb.org
Magali was born and raised in Switzerland. In 1995 she came to study at Mills College in California. She received a BA in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Fine Arts and subsequently graduated with a Masters in Education. Magali worked at Mills College as a Teacher’s Trainer and a Lecturer for two years and in 2002, she was hired to work as the Program Director of Old Firehouse School, a preschool in Lafayette. She worked there for seven years and during her tenure worked closely with the Executive Director to open two new preschools. Magali started working at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley in 2010 as the Dean of Student Life, then as the coordinator of Cycle 1. In 2017 she became the Head of the Preschool and Kindergarten (Maternelle). In her spare time, Magali has taught classes through Sonoma State Extension and Diablo Valley College, all focused on Early Childhood Education.
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Antoine Portales

Director of the Business and Finance Office
aportales@eb.org
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Antoine Portales

Director of the Business and Finance Office
aportales@eb.org
Antoine is a French native and moved to the Bay Area in 1990.  He holds a “Maîtrise d’Administration Economique et Sociale” and has been with EB since 1992.  He has two children at EB in Preschool and in Elementary.
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Sebastien Robert

Head of the Lower School
srobert@eb.org
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Sebastien Robert

Head of the Lower School
srobert@eb.org
Sebastien Robert's primary role is that of an educator. He comes to EB with multiple years of experience in international school leadership. He has developed extensive experience in curriculum design, bilingual education, the use of new technology in the classroom, and the development of professional best practices. He was the Lower School Principal of the école élémentaire Felix Eboué, a bilingual school in Le Pecq, France, for eight years and for the past two years, Mr. Robert has served as an elementary teacher for the Lycée Français de San Francisco. Mr. Robert has taught multiple grades in primary combined with robust experience in administration. He also has strong working knowledge of the French programs. 

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Irena Ademaj

Middle School Spanish Teacher
iademaj@eb.org
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Irena Ademaj

Middle School Spanish Teacher
iademaj@eb.org
Irena began her teaching career as a Spanish tutor in 2005 at DePaul University in Chicago. Since 2014, she has taught Spanish in Lisbon (Portugal), at Oakland’s Leadership Public Schools, and more recently, at the middle and high school levels at Fusion Schools in San Rafael, and at Shu Ren International School, a Mandarin immersion school in Oakland. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Political Science and has a Master of Science in International Public Service.
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Marie-Anne Allain

Elementary French Teacher
mallain@eb.org
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Marie-Anne Allain

Elementary French Teacher
mallain@eb.org
Marie-Anne Allain is originally from the center of France. After studying English and education she used her teaching diploma to explore new countries. After Ireland and England she lived in Thailand and the Philippines where she volunteered with “Ecoles Sans Frontières” mainly teaching French to refugees accepted by French speaking countries. In 1993 she joined EB as a Preschool teacher and she is now a 1st and 2nd grade teacher. She enjoys being with family and friends, reading, theaters and art, outdoor sports and yoga.
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Floriane Anglio

Preschool French Teacher
fanglio@eb.org
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Caroline Bertier

Elementary French Teacher
cbertier@eb.org
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Caroline Bertier

Elementary French Teacher
cbertier@eb.org
Caroline is originally from the Southeast of France. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has a background in Linguistics and French as a Foreign Language. She has been teaching for ten years in France and in North America (Minnesota, New Jersey, Toronto). She enjoys helping students find their independence, believe in their abilities and develop their eagerness to learn.
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Valerie Bishop

Middle School French Teacher
vbishop@eb.org
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Benedicte Cambon

Kindergarten French Teacher
bcambon@eb.org
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Benedicte Cambon

Kindergarten French Teacher
bcambon@eb.org
Bénédicte holds a State Diploma of Psychometrics. She worked as an occupational therapist in a special needs school (motor and sensory disabilities, dysphasia).  Then Bénédicte obtained her teaching credentials and taught several years in France before being hired at EB in 1997 where she taught mostly first grade. She has been teaching first and second grades for 8 years and most recently worked with the Student Support Team as a Learning Specialist to improve the students’ experience. Bénédicte and her husband Mark have two daughters: Clarisse and Amélie.
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Susan Campbell

Middle School Art and English Teacher
scampbell@eb.org
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Susan Campbell

Middle School Art and English Teacher
scampbell@eb.org
After an amazing year studying drawing and painting in Paris, Sue Campbell is excited to return as a sixth and seventh grade English teacher and eighth grade Visual Art teacher. Sue has been an independent school English teacher for twenty-seven years and held many position at the EB Middle School. She has taught English for all grades as well as Visual Art. She also has been a Curriculum Coordinator, Sustainability Coordinator, she had a leading role in creating the Middle School’s garden and annual Maker Faire. Before joining EB, she taught high school English literature and composition at Philips Andover in Andover, MA, the Punahou School in Honolulu, the Brooks School in North Andover, MA and Swiss Semester in Zermatt, Switzerland. Sue has a BA from Cornell University and a MA in English Literature from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English.
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Andrea Cavallo

Preschool English Teacher
acavallo@eb.org
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Andrea Cavallo

Preschool English Teacher
acavallo@eb.org
Andrea Cavallo was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, raised in Albuquerque, and graduated from the University of New Mexico. She holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education with honors and an emphasis in Language Arts. She is accredited to teach Preschool-8th grade but is especially passionate about early childhood education and literacy. She has worked as a Preschool and Kindergarten English Teacher at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley since 2007. She has two children that attend EB. Andrea loves spending time with her family, doing yoga, and baking.
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Ender Choo

Middle School Mandarin Teacher
echoo@eb.org
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Ender Choo

Middle School Mandarin Teacher
echoo@eb.org
Ender Choo is originally from Malaysia. He was educated in a school system where Mandarin Chinese is the medium of instruction. Besides English and Chinese, he also speaks Malay and Cantonese. He completed his graduate program at Cal State East Bay and taught Chinese classes at several private schools before joining EB in 2006. He is currently teaching Mandarin Chinese and coding class. He also teaches badminton and leads a group of students doing fish tank maintenance at school during club time. He has two children: his daughter, Lisette, who graduated from EB in 2018, and his son, Ian who is in seventh grade. Ender enjoys music is currently leading singing worship in a church on a regular basis.
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Jean-Baptiste Cochereau

Preschool French Teacher
jcochereau@eb.org
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Jean-Baptiste Cochereau

Preschool French Teacher
jcochereau@eb.org
Jean-Baptiste Cochereau is originally from the Center of France in the Loire Valley. He studied biology and education in Tours and Orleans. Then he moved to the beautiful city of Nantes on the west coast to get his teaching diploma in 2002. Then he taught on the West Coast for 8 years from preschool to 5th grade. In 2010, he visited a friend in the Bay Area for couple of months and got hooked to the place! The next year, he was hired at EB to teach in Preschool. Since then, he’s been living in San Francisco. Jean-Baptiste enjoys reading, cooking, camping, surfing, snowboarding and all nature’s activities!
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Christopher Colebourn

Enrichment Supervisor and Social and Emotional Learning Coach
ccolebourn@eb.org
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Patrick Coulon

Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant
pcoulon@eb.org
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Emilie Crofton

Lower School English Teacher
ecrofton@eb.org
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Emilie Crofton

Lower School English Teacher
ecrofton@eb.org
Originally from the Bay Area, Emilie Crofton completed her undergraduate studies in Québec with a degree in English and Communications from Bishop's University. After completing her B.A, she spent over three years in the Peace Corps living in Burkina Faso, West Africa, working as an English teacher and community liaison in the Girls Education and Empowerment program. Upon her return, she went back to school to earn a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and teaching credential from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute and the University of the Pacific. She has taught multiple elementary grades in independent and bilingual schools. Emilie is also an EB alumna.
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Luc DeArmey

Elementary English Teacher
ldearmey@eb.org
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Marc DeArmey

Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant
mdearmey@eb.org
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Clemence Demoncheaux

Kindergarten French Teacher
cdemoncheaux@eb.org
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Fatimatou Fall

Preschool Teacher's Assistant
ffall@eb.org
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Virginie Falquerho

Preschool French Teacher
vfalquerho@eb.org
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Virginie Falquerho

Preschool French Teacher
vfalquerho@eb.org
Virginie is originally from Nantes, in the west part of France. She studied French Literature, then obtained credentials in linguistics and french as a foreign language. She has taught French in Slovakia and Vietnam for several months. In 1997, she came for a year as an au pair in San Carlos. She then worked as a translator/writer for the French version of the Let's GO guidebooks in Paris before coming back to San Francisco in 2001. Virginie worked as an assistant manager for Sheet Music Plus while also studying Early Childhood Education at San Francisco City College. She joined EB in 2008 as a Kindergarten Assistant and is now a preschool teacher. Her son Hisham is an elementary school student at EB. When she is not teaching, Virginie enjoys baking vegan cakes, dancing and singing in a community choir.
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Aurelia Filato

Middle School History & Geography Teacher
afilato@eb.org
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Aurelia Filato

Middle School History & Geography Teacher
afilato@eb.org
Aurelia Filato is originally from Marseilles, Provence in south of France. She holds a degree in history from the University of Aix-en-Provence and taught history and geography for 13 years in middle school in Paris. She moved to Berkeley to start a new adventure in 2013 and started to teach at EB as a History-Geography teacher (4th to 8th grade). Aurelia is passionate about French culture, sustainable development, history and art. During her free time, she loves to travel, visit museums, listen to live music and dance.
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Jean-Philippe Filhol

French Elementary Teacher
jfilhol@eb.org
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Florian Franceschini

Preschool French Teacher
ffranceschini@eb.org
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Florian Franceschini

Preschool French Teacher
ffranceschini@eb.org
Florian comes from Franche-Comté, in the east of France. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and holds teaching credentials since 2006. He spent his first five teaching years in France, working mostly in pre-K to grade 2. He then furthered his experience by teaching at the elementary level at the Lycée International in Los Angeles for three years. His last four years have been spent in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in an International Baccalaureate bilingual school. He believes the most important goal in teaching is to ensure each student enjoys learning and that they can apply their learning to the world around them. He promotes the use of inquiry and reflection to allow students to think outside the box and express their own personality.
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Nichele Harris

Preschool English teacher
nharris@eb.org
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Nichele Harris

Preschool English teacher
nharris@eb.org
Nichele Harris, originally from Southern California, has a background in print and television production. Her work in children's programming fueled her passion for connecting with young people.That passion has led her to pursue her teaching credential. Nichele is excited to bring her talents with arts, crafts and movement to EB's youngest students.
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Gabrielle Hedlund

Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher
ghedlund@eb.org
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Gabrielle Hedlund

Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher
ghedlund@eb.org
Gabrielle Hedlund is from Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz. Gabrielle worked as a technology journalist for nearly a decade before moving to the business side of technology, building sites in the early days of the Internet. Later, she transitioned to teaching, earning her credential at CSU Hayward. Gabrielle taught English at Castro Valley High School for several years, then took time off to raise her two children and live in NYC. She joined the EB Middle School staff in 2015 where she teaches sixth through eighth grade English. Gabrielle and her husband, Marc, have two children at the Lower School.
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Hana Khabbaz

Preschool Teacher's Assistant
hkhabbaz@eb.org
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Anne Kuhry

Music teacher
akuhry@eb.org
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Anne Kuhry

Music teacher
akuhry@eb.org
Anne Kuhry is a native from France and holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Strasbourg. She obtained her teaching credentials in France and has taught music in French elementary and middle school for 17 years. Anne is a songwriter and has traveled to the US many times. She looks forward to sharing her passion for music with EB students.
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Emmanuel Labadie

Middle School French Teacher
elabadie@eb.org
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Emmanuel Labadie

Middle School French Teacher
elabadie@eb.org
Emmanuel holds a Teaching credential from France (CAPES de Lettres Modernes) and has been teaching in France, in Réunion Island, in French Guyana and for the past nine year at Ecole Bilingue. At E.B., Emmanuel worked as Academic Technology Coordinator and Librarian (Emmanuel holds a CAPES de Documentaliste too). Over the past 6 years Emmanuel has been a chaperon for the trip in France with the 5th graders. Emmanuel knows the students well and the students know him well too!
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Fanny Labadie

Kindergarten French Teacher
flabadie@eb.org
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Thibaut Laffite

Elementary French Teacher
tlaffite@eb.org
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Thibaut Laffite

Elementary French Teacher
tlaffite@eb.org
Thibaut is from Toulouse in the south of France and holds a Master in Management from Bordeaux Business School. He has been teaching for several years in France at different levels from kindergarten to grade 5. Thibault’s approach to pedagogy is one in which the child is an actor of his learning through activities or projects that interest, involve and stimulate him or her. He recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and is passionate about outdoor activities like biking, hiking, traveling, literature and cinema.
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Hannah Le

Elementary English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hle@eb.org
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Hannah Le

Elementary English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hle@eb.org
Hannah has been teaching 3rd grade English at EB for many years, and is also part of the Student Support Team as an English Support Specialist.
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Sylvie Le Meur

Lower School French Curriculum Coordinator & Librarian
slemeur@eb.org
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Sylvie Le Meur

Lower School French Curriculum Coordinator & Librarian
slemeur@eb.org
Sylvie LeMeur will be our part-time librarian and French program coordinator working with all French faculty and collaborating with the English coordinator and all colleagues to ensure a strong integration of the French and English curricula. Sylvie has taught for many years in preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades at EB. She will also be our STEAM coordinator, focusing her time on implementing project-based and interdisciplinary activities to make STEAM alive at EB.
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Jean-Marie Letellier

Garden Teacher
jletellier@eb.org
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Isabelle Le Blanc

Lower School STEM Specialist
ileblanc@eb.org
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Isabelle Le Blanc

Lower School STEM Specialist
ileblanc@eb.org
Isabelle has been a part of the EB community for seven years as a parent and has become a familiar face around campus for both parents and children through teaching STEM classes at EB. She holds a PhD in Virology from the Université Paris Diderot and is currently teaching upper division lab and lecture courses in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. Teaching at both the university and elementary levels has made Isabelle an ardent advocate of active learning, developing problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Her infectious enthusiasm for teaching and her love of science have been recognized by the children and parents throughout her time at EB.
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Brigitte Little

Preschool Teacher's Assistant
blittle@eb.org
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Anais Mazzoleni

Preschool Teacher Assistant
amazzoleni@eb.org
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Anais Mazzoleni

Preschool Teacher Assistant
amazzoleni@eb.org
Anais Mazzoleni has a lot of experience working with young children. She completed a workshop on the Opportunity of Bilingualism hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently working on obtaining an Associate Degree in Child Development (with a specialization in infant and toddler) at Merritt College in Oakland. Originally from France, Anais has been a substitute teacher in the EB Preschool this school year. Her caring nature and genuine love for the children have been acknowledged by all her€ peers.
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Heather McWhinney

Preschool English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hmcwhinney@eb.org
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Heather McWhinney

Preschool English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hmcwhinney@eb.org
Originally from Philadelphia, Heather started her teaching career at the International School of Luxembourg before moving to Paris to teach English. In 1990, she moved to San Francisco and has been teaching english at the French American International School for 28 years. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Boston’s Wheelock College and an MA in Second Language Education from McGill University in Montreal. She is fully bilingual and lives in Berkeley with her Quebecois husband and daughter. 
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Michelle Mebine

Elementary English Teacher
mmebine@eb.org
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Beatrice Morand

Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant
bmorand@eb.org
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Coretta Ondongo

Preschool Teacher's Assistant
condongo@eb.org
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Corinne Pluche

Middle School Math Teacher
cpluche@eb.org
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Corinne Pluche

Middle School Math Teacher
cpluche@eb.org
Corinne is originally from the Aquitaine region in France. She holds an engineering degree in Fluid Mechanics and has worked in defense electronics before moving to the Bay Area in 1994. When Corinne joined EB as a Math in French and Computer teacher in 1997, she taught fourth through eighth grade, which allowed her to watch her students grow into young adults. Since 2013, she’s been exclusively at the middle school as the Math in French teacher and as the technology coordinator. Corinne has two daughters, both who graduated from EB. Clémence, her oldest, is a Boston University graduate with a degree in advertising and works for this industry in San Francisco. Aurélie will graduate in 2018 from McGill University with an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree. When not at school, Corinne trades her compass and protractor for dance shoes. Most weekends, she can be found on a dance floor as she is part of a salsa company and performing in various events around the Bay Area and nearby regions.
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Olga Popova

Middle School Art Teacher
opopova@eb.org
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David Pruess

French and English and Social Studies Teacher
dpruess@eb.org
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David Pruess

French and English and Social Studies Teacher
dpruess@eb.org
David Pruess is an EB Alum who attended College Preparatory School, then earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Economy at UC Berkeley. He spent the last year teaching French at the German School in Emeryville. David has taught English at EB (in 6th and 7th grade) in 2017-2018. We are excited to have him back as our International Track French teacher this year and as our 6th-grade social studies teacher as well. David is passionate about chess and has designed the chess curricula at Chesskid.com and Chess.com. He is the father of two children.
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Emmanuelle Ragot

Elementary French Teacher
eragot@eb.org
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Emmanuelle Ragot

Elementary French Teacher
eragot@eb.org
Emma Ragot is originally from the Western region of Vendée in France. She studied psychology and education and taught at the elementary level for nine years in the south of France. In 2002, she and her family moved to Berkeley to start a new adventure. Two years later, she was hired at EB to teach in Preschool, and then in K and most recently, in 1st and 2nd grades. Emma has three children who have all gone through EB, two of them have graduated and are now at Cal and St Mary’s College High School and the youngest one, Eliott, is in Grade 3. Besides spending time with her family and teaching, Emma enjoys reading, cooking, camping, attending to her vegetable garden and her chickens!
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Laurent Rigobert

Elementary French Teacher
lrigobert@eb.org
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Jeffrey Rodriguez

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
jrodriguez@eb.org
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Jeffrey Rodriguez

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
jrodriguez@eb.org
Coach Rodriguez was born in Salinas, California, raised in Castroville and graduated from the California State University at Chico (Chico State). He holds a BA degree in Social Science and a minor in Physical Education with a Professional Clear California Teaching Credential for both subjects. He is accredited to teach Preschool-12th grade but is especially passionate about middle school sports. Coach has worked as a Physical Education Teacher at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley since 1992. His EB Jaguars Sports Teams have won 53 East Bay Independent Athletic League Championships. He loves spending time with family and friends, rooting for the Raiders, Warriors and Giants, playing softball and wine tasting.
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Marie-Elise Sallat

Preschool Teacher's Assistant
mayesallat@hotmail.com
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Maggie Schoon

English Curriculum Coordinator, Instructional Coach & Elementary English Teacher
mschoon@eb.org
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George Speckman

Middle School Science Teacher
gspeckman@eb.org
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George Speckman

Middle School Science Teacher
gspeckman@eb.org
George Speckman comes from St. Monica School in San Francisco, where he began teaching middle school science in 2016. During summers from 2015-2018, he taught Physics to incoming 9th graders at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. He values hands-on scientific exploration in his science classes and has a history of establishing working relationships with other local science communities such as the USF Chemistry Department, the Golden Gate Audubon Society, and Point Reyes’ Science at the Seashore. George has a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Arts in Theology.
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Pauline Tajchman

English Language Learner Teacher & Art Coach
ptajchman@eb.org
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Pauline Tajchman

English Language Learner Teacher & Art Coach
ptajchman@eb.org
Pauline brings her great passion and expertise to the Lower School Art program as an Art Coach. She has extensive classroom experience and has studied art both in the US and in France, at the Ecole du Louvre. Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Dance and Poetry. She has completed her art education by attending professional development each year at the SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum, the Jewish Museum, DeYoung Museum and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Pauline looks forward to sharing her passion for art and her approach with her colleagues and the Lower School students.
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Lorelei Tarricone

Preschool French Teacher
ltarricone@eb.org
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Lorelei Tarricone

Preschool French Teacher
ltarricone@eb.org
Lorelei holds a Masters in Education and studied cinematography before spending a year abroad in Australia. Throughout her career, Lorelei had an extensive educational experience in Preschool. Her goal as a teacher is to make the students feel good about coming to school. She really enjoys working on projects that bring the students together and engage them in their learning.
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Virginie Tejero

Elementary French Teacher
vtejero@eb.org
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Sylvie Thomas-Droz

Middle School Math in English Teacher
sthomas-Droz@eb.org
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Sylvie Thomas-Droz

Middle School Math in English Teacher
sthomas-Droz@eb.org
Sylvie Thomas-Droz holds a Masters of Science in chemical engineering and spent 12 years working as Senior Chemical Engineer at Membrane Technology and Research in Menlo Park, CA. During her time there she felt drawn to the field of education and in 2016 began as a math and science tutor at Mountain View High School. In 2017 she enrolled at San Jose State University and completed her requirements for her teaching credential this spring. This past year she taught at Lincoln High School in San Jose as a high school chemistry teacher. She looks with enthusiasm towards pairing with Ms. Pluche next year as they work together to build upon the high standards for math education at EB.
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Marion Tobie

Elementary French Teacher
mtobie@eb.org
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Marion Tobie

Elementary French Teacher
mtobie@eb.org
Marion is originally from Paris, France and has been living in the bay area since 2006. She studied law and holds a credential in Maritime Law. She first came to Berkeley in 1998 to learn English and upon moving back to France she decided to become a teacher. Marion taught in France at various levels for four years then in New Orleans for a year in 2005, and ultimately at EB. Since working at EB, she has been teaching in Kindergarten, grades 3, 4 and 5. Besides teaching, she loves biking, climbing and hiking.
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Elodie Voleau

Elementary French Teacher and Middle School Learning Specialist
evoleau@eb.org
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Elodie Voleau

Elementary French Teacher and Middle School Learning Specialist
evoleau@eb.org
 

Elodie Voleau holds a certificat d’aptitude professionnelle pour les aides spécialisées, les enseignements adaptés et la scolarisation des élèves en situation de handicap (CAPA-SH) and has three years of experience working as a support teacher at a Paris middle school. Since 2016, Elodie has been teaching French in the Lower School, and has been part of the Support Team, helping individualized instruction for students who need it. For the last two years, she held the position of French as a Foreign Language teacher at EB. Elodie loves to understand how students are learning and give to all students the same knowledge by using multiple approaches so they can find the one that fits them.
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Patrice Zauret

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
pzauret@eb.org
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Patrice Zauret

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
pzauret@eb.org
Originally from Côte d'Ivoire, Patrice graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure d'Abidjan with a bachelor degree in literature and teaching credentials. He worked for a few years in Abidjan as a French teacher in high school and in a vocational school. In 1997, he joined Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. He is passionate about sport and coaches soccer. He has two children currently attending EB. He enjoys walking in nature, fishing and reading.

Support Staff

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Douglas Gostlin

School Counselor & High School Placement Coordinator
dgostlin@eb.org
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Hannah Le

Elementary English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hle@eb.org
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Hannah Le

Elementary English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hle@eb.org
Hannah has been teaching 3rd grade English at EB for many years, and is also part of the Student Support Team as an English Support Specialist.
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Carla Maia

School Counselor and Diversity Leader
cmaia@eb.org
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Carla Maia

School Counselor and Diversity Leader
cmaia@eb.org
Carla Maia earned her BA in Clinical Psychology from Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal and her Masters in Sports Psychology from Universidade do Minho in Braga, Portugal. She began her career working with young athletes at Sport Lisboa and Benfica and has worked as a School Counselor at the Carlucci American International School in Lisbon and The American School of Sao Paulo (Graded) in Brazil. She is well versed in social expectations of the United States, Europe, and Latin America, which makes her uniquely positioned to work in an international institution like EB. She is praised by her peers as being a leader in defining behavioral expectations and finding ways to motivate students to improve. She is highly compassionate, caring and involved with the school community.
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Heather McWhinney

Preschool English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hmcwhinney@eb.org
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Heather McWhinney

Preschool English Teacher and English Support Specialist
hmcwhinney@eb.org
Originally from Philadelphia, Heather started her teaching career at the International School of Luxembourg before moving to Paris to teach English. In 1990, she moved to San Francisco and has been teaching english at the French American International School for 28 years. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Boston’s Wheelock College and an MA in Second Language Education from McGill University in Montreal. She is fully bilingual and lives in Berkeley with her Quebecois husband and daughter. 
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Pauline Tajchman

English Language Learner Teacher & Art Coach
ptajchman@eb.org
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Pauline Tajchman

English Language Learner Teacher & Art Coach
ptajchman@eb.org
Pauline brings her great passion and expertise to the Lower School Art program as an Art Coach. She has extensive classroom experience and has studied art both in the US and in France, at the Ecole du Louvre. Pauline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Dance and Poetry. She has completed her art education by attending professional development each year at the SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum, the Jewish Museum, DeYoung Museum and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Pauline looks forward to sharing her passion for art and her approach with her colleagues and the Lower School students.
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Camille Trou

French Learning Specialist - Student Support Team Coordinator
ctrou@eb.org
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Camille Trou

French Learning Specialist - Student Support Team Coordinator
ctrou@eb.org
Camille Trou is a French learning specialist and speech therapist. She studied Speech-Language Pathology at the Institut Supérieur de Logopédie de Ghlin in Belgium and has furthered her education and expertise by attending regular trainings and obtaining certifications in France, Brazil and the US. She has multiple years of experience working with children from early childhood through teens, and more specifically with bilingual children with special needs. She has been working with many students at Ecole Bilingue since 2013 and is very excited to further this partnership by joining the school. She is a dedicated professional who is passionate about her job, and enthusiastic to help both teachers and students. Camille lives in San Francisco since 2010 and is a mom of three little girls. 
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Elodie Voleau

Elementary French Teacher and Middle School Learning Specialist
evoleau@eb.org
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Elodie Voleau

Elementary French Teacher and Middle School Learning Specialist
evoleau@eb.org
 

Elodie Voleau holds a certificat d’aptitude professionnelle pour les aides spécialisées, les enseignements adaptés et la scolarisation des élèves en situation de handicap (CAPA-SH) and has three years of experience working as a support teacher at a Paris middle school. Since 2016, Elodie has been teaching French in the Lower School, and has been part of the Support Team, helping individualized instruction for students who need it. For the last two years, she held the position of French as a Foreign Language teacher at EB. Elodie loves to understand how students are learning and give to all students the same knowledge by using multiple approaches so they can find the one that fits them.

Administrative Staff

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Olivia Chaillou-Rodes

Executive Assistant
ochaillourodes@eb.org
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Olivia Chaillou-Rodes

Executive Assistant
ochaillourodes@eb.org
Olivia is a native from France who graduated from the University of Nantes, with an M.A degree in English and Education. Olivia joined EB in 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School. She has solid experience in Education and Administration and has held various positions including teaching, translating and managing an English Language Institute in France. She has two children currently enrolled at EB.
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Gaëlle Feliz

Development Coordinator
gfeliz@eb.org
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Nghi Huynh

Bookkeeper
nhuynh@eb.org
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Nghi Huynh

Bookkeeper
nhuynh@eb.org
Nghi is an American citizen with Chinese and Vietnamese origins. She has been residing in Oakland since 1979 and joined Ecole Bilingue’s Business Office in 2002. Nghi has held various positions in the finance field (accounting, finance representative, payroll administrator) with various companies in the San Francisco and Bay Area since 1982.
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Veronique Jordan

Development Office Assistant
vjordan@eb.org
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Vanessa Lerude

Lower School Receptionist
vlerude@eb.org
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Vanessa Lerude

Lower School Receptionist
vlerude@eb.org
 

Vanessa Lerude is originally from Orleans in France. She graduated from INALCO ("Langues’O") in Paris, with a Bachelor degree in Japanese, and in French as a Second Language (FLE). After graduating, she moved to Tokyo where she worked as a French teacher for almost five years and thoroughly enjoyed living in Japan! She met her husband there and she moved to Seattle, Vancouver, and now Berkeley. She has been working as a bilingual customer service coordinator and front desk agent in the travel and hotel industry since 2011. In her spare time, Vanessa practices fitness and does volunteer work at the Berkeley Humane shelter, next door to EB. New to Berkeley, she enjoys being able to ride her bicycle everywhere, which is rare in the US!
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Sara Nickles

School Secretary / Registrar
snickles@eb.org
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Reid Sherman

Technology Assistant
rsherman@eb.org
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Noelle Simmaly

HR Representative-Business Office Associate
nsimmaly@eb.org
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Noelle Simmaly

HR Representative-Business Office Associate
nsimmaly@eb.org
Noelle immigrated to the United States from Laos in 1979. She graduated from Fresno State University with a B.S. degree in Business with an emphasis in International Business. Noelle joined EB in 2000 as the Business Office Assistant. Noelle has one son, Brandon, who is an EB alumnus and started college in 2017. In her spare time, Noelle find joys in giving back to the community by volunteering her time and services with the Jai Lao Foundation, a humanitarian organization that takes her to Laos every year. Noelle loves to cook, bake, make exotic desserts, knit, travel, and walk her dog.
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Gisele Villiger

Middle School Administrative Assistant
gvilliger@eb.org
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Gisele Villiger

Middle School Administrative Assistant
gvilliger@eb.org
Gisèle Villiger was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a French and Swiss citizen by filiation. She graduated from Napa Valley College with an Associate Degree in Art History. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as the Office Manager at the Alliance Française of San Francisco and has many years of experience as a bilingual administrative assistant both in Brazil and the U.S. including in schools. She lived in Brazil, England and moved to the SF Bay Area in 2002, where she resides with her Californian husband David and her beloved tabby Misty. In her spare time, Gisèle enjoys spending time by the ocean and is passionate about American impressionism in paintings.

Enrichment and Athletics

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Mirza Kopelman

Director of Enrichment and Athletics
mkopelman@eb.org
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Mirza Kopelman

Director of Enrichment and Athletics
mkopelman@eb.org
Mirza Kopelman is the Enrichment and Athletics Director at Ecole Bilingue since 2008. He brings 15 years experience in education, starting as a music teacher in New York City for three years. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles where he started his own after school music teaching company. After several years he and his family relocated to Berkeley. His three children have all attended Ecole Bilingue and have become part of the EB family. He is extremely passionate about the concept of learning outside the classroom, and uses this as his guiding principle in leading the Enrichment and Athletics department. He loves music, nature, and sports. You might see him playing drums with the students, running basketball workshops, or leading a dance party after school in the courtyard.
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Chauncey Burnett

Enrichment and Athletics Coordinator
cburnett@eb.org
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Chauncey Burnett

Enrichment and Athletics Coordinator
cburnett@eb.org
Chauncey Burnett has worked at EB since 2006 in the Enrichment and Athletics department as a supervisor. She loves doing story time, organizing crafts and activities, and dancing with the children. Since 2019, she is the department's coordinator. Chauncey is a Bay Area native, raising her two boys in San Francisco.
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Christopher Colebourn

Enrichment Supervisor and Social and Emotional Learning Coach
ccolebourn@eb.org
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Howard Feight

Enrichment Supervisor
hfeight@eb.org
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Lilia Hadjeb

Enrichment Supervisor
lhadjeb@eb.org
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Lilia Hadjeb

Enrichment Supervisor
lhadjeb@eb.org
Lilia grew up in Algeria where she studied biology before moving to America in 2013. She is now studying biotechnology at Berkeley City College. She started working in the aftercare program at EB in 2018 and worked in the mini camp at Le Camp d'Été as a Teacher's Assistant. In her free time Lilia enjoys spending time with her husband, Nassim, exploring new places, running, reading science books, she also loves to cook and bake. Lilia loves helping children grow and learn and watching them enjoy their childhood and school experience. She is looking forward to bringing her passion of working with children to the EB team.
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Joe Parreira

Enrichment Supervisor
jparreira@eb.org
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Joe Parreira

Enrichment Supervisor
jparreira@eb.org
Joe started as a substitute in the Enrichment department in 2009, and was hired as a full time supervisor soon after. Joe enjoys making arts and playing outdoors with the students. He is tirelessly dedicated to teaching children. 
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Jano Porter

Enrichment Supervisor
jporter@eb.org
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Jano Porter

Enrichment Supervisor
jporter@eb.org
Jano Porter has been part of EB since 2013 overseeing lunch in the preschool, as well as after school.
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Jeffrey Rodriguez

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
jrodriguez@eb.org
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Jeffrey Rodriguez

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
jrodriguez@eb.org
Coach Rodriguez was born in Salinas, California, raised in Castroville and graduated from the California State University at Chico (Chico State). He holds a BA degree in Social Science and a minor in Physical Education with a Professional Clear California Teaching Credential for both subjects. He is accredited to teach Preschool-12th grade but is especially passionate about middle school sports. Coach has worked as a Physical Education Teacher at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley since 1992. His EB Jaguars Sports Teams have won 53 East Bay Independent Athletic League Championships. He loves spending time with family and friends, rooting for the Raiders, Warriors and Giants, playing softball and wine tasting.
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Domonique Veasley

Enrichment Supervisor and Athletic Coach
dveasley@eb.org
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Heather Ware

Enrichment Supervisor
hware@eb.org
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Heather Ware

Enrichment Supervisor
hware@eb.org
With a Degree in Art education and over 20 years of teaching experience, Heather is an accomplished interdisciplinary multi-media teaching artist with an expertise in ceramics. Her focus is on empowering youth through art and creativity with an emphasis on community-building activities. A former art consultant for New York City Creative Arts Unit, Heather developed an interest in art as a medium for helping underpriviledged kids express themselves and forge relationships. This passion for helping kids find and build community led her to become the Art Director and Chugim (Enrichment) Teacher at the Berkeley Jewish Community Center and Enrichment Program Fine Art and Ceramics Teacher for the Berkeley Unified School District, before coming to Ecole Bilingue. Heather lives in Berkeley with her daughter, Violette, and their cat, Pretzel. 
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Patrice Zauret

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
pzauret@eb.org
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Patrice Zauret

Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Coach
pzauret@eb.org
Originally from Côte d'Ivoire, Patrice graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure d'Abidjan with a bachelor degree in literature and teaching credentials. He worked for a few years in Abidjan as a French teacher in high school and in a vocational school. In 1997, he joined Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. He is passionate about sport and coaches soccer. He has two children currently attending EB. He enjoys walking in nature, fishing and reading.