Véronique Buelens - Co-Teacher, Upper West Side
Dorothée Delsaux - Co-Teacher, Upper West Side
Alexandra Arroumugamme - Co-Teacher, Tribeca
Jennifer Mazigh - Co-Teacher, Tribeca
Eliane Zerbo - Co-Teacher, Tribeca
Sophie Gilden - Mommy and Me Teacher
Nicolas Duchamp - Musician in residence
Rudolph Vernaz-Colas - Musician in residence
Virgil de Voldère
Founder & Director
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 Porgram 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.
Educational Director and Co-Teacher, Upper West Side
Dorothée grew up in Brussels, Belgium. She holds a university degree in french speech therapy from Institut Libre Marie Haps.
She began to practice speech therapy in Brussels in elementary schools. She worked with bilingual children to improve their french. She has experience in early childhood education, as she worked in schools but also as an independent speech-language pathologist. Through her 6 years of experience, she has worked with kids and integrated a multidisciplinary medical team where a close collaboration was key to her work.
In addition to her work, she specialized her practice in language with bilingual children and children with heavy language disabilities.
She also specialized herself in the logical-mathematical field during 4 years where she made many theoretical and practical training with children in elementary schools. Very early, she has understand that the neuropedagogic is key to acquire and develop a new learning. She decided then to specialize herself in mental management during 2 years «La Gestion Mentale».
In April 2015, she relocated to New York City with her husband. She worked in different private french schools in NYC with the little ones but also in 2nd and 3th grade. She also worked at the Alliance Française FIAF for a couple of month and during summer 2015.
Dorothée’s favorite hobbies include backpacking and hiking to discover new cultures and wildlife. She is very passionate and invested in animal’s protection. Her husband used to say she is a great cook. And to conclude, she loves to walk around Central Park with Noob, her chocolate lab.
Co-Teacher, Upper West Side
Veronique Buelens grew up in Brussels, Belgium and holds a degree in Special Ed and Social Work. During her studies she did several internships working with children of all ages and from different backgrounds. She is also qualified to work with children with special needs. Veronique has worked in a children's daycare center in Belgium for two years with children from 3 months to 6 years old. She has earned several awards for dictation and grammar by participating in inter school competitions. Veronique loves reading and writing and those awards represent a high level of accomplishment and recognition of her skills. .
She has a lot of experience with multilingualism as her own children were raised in two (and later three) different languages (Dutch, French and English). .
Six years ago Veronique moved to New York and has been working as a French tutor as well as a teacher for « Bonjour NY » in their after school program.
In May 2015 Veronique joined the team of « La Petite Ecole » in Tribeca and since September 2015 in the UWS location. .
She is a passionate horseback rider and even moved her horse with her from Belgium to continue her dressage training. Besides the horse back riding she also takes boxing classes. Other hobbies include photography, reading and writing. .
Jennifer has dual citizenship (French and American) and she is a native French speaker with over 20 years teaching experience.
She was graduated from University of Nice Antipolis with a license in LCE (Langues et Civilisations Etrangères).
She moved to New-York in 2004 after having taken two sabbatical years from Air France, and then moved to New-York for good in 2007.
She currently teaches at La Petite Ecole in Tribeca Mondays and Tuesdays, which she integrated 3 years ago and has her own company jennsfrenchcorner.com
She created an after school program at PS 125 and adult's french classes (beginners and intermediate) at PS 84.
She has taught in several school such as Little Global Village, Rennert bilingual school, individual U, French theatre for PS 58 etc.
Mommy and Me Teacher, Upper West Side
Before growing a merry mustache at La Petite Ecole, Sophie was a teacher at Buckle My Shoe, a downtown nursery school where she taught French and art to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Sophie hails from the southwest of France and grew up in Bordeaux. She studied English at the Sorbonne in Paris. As a radio reporter and a journalist, Sophie held several radio shows on the French national radio France Inter, and worked for ten years at the cultural desk of the daily Liberation until she met her husband, an American photographer.
She came to New York and started a new career as a teacher. Raising a bilingual daughter had been her first rewarding teaching experience, and sharing her energetic passion for the French language with other young children felt like a natural calling. Sophie is now convinced that there is no occupation more uplifting and more inspiring than working in the company of young children.
Sophie enjoys small museums, the music of words, unknown landscapes, color, and fantastic found objects. She has three Russian Blue cats and very green thumbs. As a gardener fond of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Sophie wants to excite children's natural curiosity and imagination, and encourage them to plant the seeds of their own jardin with lots of silly songs and dances, and plenty of beautiful recycled art.
Musician in residence
Rudolph Vernaz-Colas resides in NYC via Paris and London and currently works as a composer for film and theater, a live musician and a private guitar teacher. His musical influences range from electronica to jazz as well as rock and the nuances in between.
From performing regular gigs with his band, teaching music to kids as young as 2 year old to 75(his oldest student) and writing jingles for radio, Rudolph finds excitement in the diversity and challenge of all..