Team

Administration

Virgil de Voldère - Founder & Director   
Claire Orban  - Educational Director
Aliette Beaudequin  - Admin

See Also: Artists in Residence at La Petite Ecole

contact: info@lpeny.com


Virgil de Voldère 
Founder & Director

Virgil is the co-founder of the Virgil de Voldère Gallery a private contemporary art gallery. From 2005 to 2012 the VDV Gallery was a primary market gallery located in Chelsea representing a group of young and mid-career artists working across various media. These artists have gone on to achieve international recognition and exhibit their works in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and at the Venice Biennale.

In September 2008, Virgil launched a French dual-language program at 
P.S. 84, a public school on 92nd Street and Central Park West, with the help of the NYC Department of Education, the French Embassy, EFNY (Education Française New York), and a team of active parents. P.S. 84 currently offers classes in K-5th grades and a French after school program for children and adults, providing over 300 families with French dual-language education. 

From 2009 to 2011, Virgil has held a seat on the Upper West Side 
Community Education Council (CEC3, former School Board) and concentrates on promoting second language education in public elementary and middle schools. Since 2013 Virgil is now on the board of EFNY (Education Francaise New York) to help promote the creation of new French Dual Language Program in NY City public school.

Virgil de Voldère has a BA in Art History and Intellectual History from the Gallatin School, New York University. Born in Paris, Virgil moved to New York in 1998 and lives on the Upper West Side with his family. 





Upper West Side

 Sandrine Bedouet - Co Teacher , Upper West Side  
Aminata Cissé - Co Teacher , Upper West Side


Nicolas Duchamp - Musician in residence
Josephine Ancelle - Musician in residence




Aminata Cisse Co Teacher, Upper West Side

Mrs Aminata Cisse , was born in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). After 2 wonderful years of experience as assistant and substitute since 2016 it will be her second year as Co Teacher. Aminata was also a parent at La Petite Ecole in 2011 and her son graduated from PS 84's French Dual Language program. 
After she had her first baby, she ended her career as midwife. Mrs Ami loves being surrounded by kids. Having had 6 boys on her own made her realize we can only understand them by being close. la petite école gives her the opportunity to work with children. It makes her feel alive and makes her grow every day.


Sandrine Bedouet 
Co Teacher, Upper West Side

Sandrine Bedouet is a French native with two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology and one in the Science of Education, who has worked in several cities in France (Angers, Paris…). She has over 20 years of experience in education, working with children of different ages and in various multi-cultural environments. Sandrine discovered the early childhood sector after she arrived in the United States, having worked previously in middle schools. She taught in a international school in Hoboken with preK4 and kindergarten. 
She is full of enthusiasm and constantly amazed by children’s sense of wonder and by what they are able to do when allowed to explore in a stimulating environment. Sandrine believes that each child is unique and contributes to the richness of a class.
Sandrine loves to travel with her family, to discover new cultures, new places, new foods. She also loves to read and to discover new authors.
Sandrine is the mother of two teenaged boys, 13 and 15 years old.

Josephine Ancelle Musician in residence

Joséphine Ancelle grew up in Paris in a family of actors and musicians. She took her passion for singing to New York at the age of 18, where she developed her career by regularly performing at many of New York’s renowned venues, such as The Bitter End or The Living Room. She has been invited to play numerous times for French Institute Alliance Française’ (FIAF) events, as well as other French festivals. Between 2007 and 2011, Joséphine released one full length album, two EPs, and two singles of her Franco-American compositions, with her song Les “Je T’Aime” receiving radio airplay in France and Germany.

Shortly after joining the team of visiting artists at La Petite École in 2012, Joséphine began writing songs for the preschool, which focus on accompanying the children in their daily routine. She loves knowing that her songs are helping young children learn about the world around them!

In addition to pursuing her career in music, Joséphine completed her master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2016, having found a new passion for this field that combines science, compassion, and creativity. Joséphine also became the mother of twin girls in 2016; her daughters inspired her to start teaching music classes for toddlers in French…



Nicolas Duchamp Musician in residence

Nicolas Duchamp has served for many years as principal flutist for the National  Opera Comique in Paris and toured extensively in his native France as well  as Europe, Japan, China, Vietnam and North America. He taught with Jean  Ferrandis as his assistant at the Ecole Normale  Superieure in Paris and regularly presents master classes in the US, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, France and at the Music Academy International in Italy during the summer

Greenwich Village
 
Evelyne Irié - Assistant -Aid nap and lunch designerGreenwich Village
Freeda McMahan - Co Teacher, Greenwich Village
Jennifer Smith-Miller - Co Teacher, Greenwich Village


Josephine Ancelle - Musician in residence
Nicolas Duchamp - Musician in residence




Evelyne Irié Assistant, Greenwich Village


Evelyne Irie grew up in Ivory Coast. From her early age , she started drawing and painting . She then,  entered an artistic high school from where she holds a high school diploma in Fine Arts. She has tutored fine Arts in some elementary school and in 2013 after obtaining her professional license in applied Art, she moved to New York  where she holds her Child Development Associate (CDA) after studying early childhood education. 

As a painter and designer, collage is her technique. She uses all kinds of supports and materials. She mainly uses natural objects such as fabric , African prints , jewelries, nails polish , etc ... to create her artworks. 

She is currently studying cinematography in her own so at her spare time , she immerses herself in the cinema’s world.



Freeda McMahan Co Teacher,  Greenwich Village


Freeda was born in France and began her career as a street performer in Paris at the age of 13 years old. Later on, after studying Light Opera with the cantatrice "Sylvia Rossi" and theater/acting in Paris at the "Théâtre du Tourtour" and "Studio Alain de Bock", she developed her singing experience as a backup vocalist and lead singer touring with her Jazz-fusion Quintet " Lindaloo" and many afro jazz and african artist such as Sam Mangwana, Guy Nsangue Akwa, Viviane Arnoux, Mory Kante, etc. 

She moved to New York City 10 years ago where she performed as Freeda Lou - singer songwriter  and started a new career as a preschool French and music/drama teacher using at different times the Kodaly, Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach. She has been teaching French and Art to children 2 to 4 years old  for 6 years. 
Freeda focuses mainly  on developing and encouraging children's creativity through improvisation, composition, tuneful singing, rhythm, storytelling, games, movements, along with pre-literacy and pre math concepts. In Freeda 's class Children are made collaborators and are actively engaged to co-learn with her, through exploratory activities and play. She continues to sing and act  as well and expands her art skills through drawing and painting.  

Jennifer Smith-Miller Co Teacher, Greenwich Village

Jennifer is a Native New Yorker, and has been teaching in Early Childhood in NYC for over 10 years. She studied French in high school and has a Bachelors in English from Long Island University, a Masters in Childhood Education from Pace University and an Advanced Certification in Early Childhood from City College and an Advanced Certification in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College. She is certified in childhood, early childhood, and early childhood special education. 
In her free time Jennifer enjoys painting, going to the movies, theater, and dancing. Jennifer is also an avid traveler who has lived abroad in Switzerland and Montreal. She also has a five year old son whom she enjoys spending time with in and around the city.



Nicolas Duchamp Musician in residence

Nicolas Duchamp has served for many years as principal flutist for the National  Opera Comique in Paris and toured extensively in his native France as well  as Europe, Japan, China, Vietnam and North America. He taught with Jean  Ferrandis as his assistant at the Ecole Normale  Superieure in Paris and regularly presents master classes in the US, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, France and at the Music Academy International in Italy during the summer