Team

Administration

Virgil de Voldère - Founder & Director   
Claire Orban  - Educational Director

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


Josephine Ancelle -  Co Teacher, Upper West Side       
Aminata Cissé - Co Teacher , Upper West Side
Hélène Brenkman - Assistant  -Aid nap and lunch, Upper West Side



Nicolas Duchamp - Musician in residence



Aminata - Hélène - Josephine


Josephine Ancelle Co Teacher, Upper West Side

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…



Hélène Brenkman Assistant, Upper West side


Hélène is a French native and has been a New Yorker for over two decades. She graduated from the City University of New York magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in English literature. She is the mother of a 6 year-old boy, and one her favorite things to do with him is to pour over books and delight in watching him having tons of fun while learning. 
At a time when her son could still barely walk and while in the midst of debating between pursuing or leaving a career in publishing, she created a Mommy & Me Meetup group. The immense thrill she felt from seeing the stars of intellectual excitement in these young children's eyes came as a life-changing experience for her. 


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
 

Magatte Diop - Co Teacher, Greenwich Village
Jennifer Smith-Miller - Co Teacher, Greenwich Village
Eliane Zerbo - Co Teacher, Greenwich Village
Evelyne Irié - Assistant -Aid nap and lunch designerGreenwich Village


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

Evel

      Evelyne - Eliane - Jennifer, clouds classroom 

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.

Eliane Zerbo Co Teacher, Greenwich Village

Eliane Guerin grew up in Burkina Faso. She holds a degree in political science from the University of Ouagadougou.

She moved to New York in 2007. She was a translator for Global World Translation and for the Association Make A Wish.( from African dialect to French or English). She was also working as a french tutor.

She joined the team of La Petite Ecole in 2012 in upper West side and she is currently teaching in Washington Square. At la Petite Ecole, Eliane loves to work with the recycling materials because they remind her of her childhood.

She also enjoys painting on the face of the kids. She likes photography, traveling, painting and cooking. During her free time she enjoys riding her bike  around Central Park with her two boys. One of the greatest thing is getting to know children better. They tell you about their life, their family and friends.



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.



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