Virgil de Voldère - Founder & Director   
Caroline Wurtz  - Educational Director
Aliette Beaudequin -

See Also: Artists in Residence at La Petite Ecole

Claire Orban -  Head Teacher, Upper West Side       
Aminata Cissé - Assistant, Upper West Side

Magatte Diop - Co Teacher, Washington Square
Eliane Guérin - Co Teacher, Washington Square
Anna Rudy-Speakes - Co Teacher, Washington Square
Jennifer Smith-Miller - Co Teacher,Washington Square
Evelyne Irié - Assistant -Aid nap and lunch designerWashington Square

Sophie Gilden - Mommy and Me Teacher

Josephine Ancelle - Musician in residence
Nicolas Duchamp - Musician in residence
Rudolph Vernaz-Colas - Musician in residence

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. Since 2019 Virgil is on the SLT (School Leadership Team) of Lafayette Academy Middle 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. 

Eliane Guérin 
 Head Teacher, Tribeca

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 TriBeCa since 2014. 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.

Sophie Gilden
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. 

Rudolph Vernaz-Colas
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.