united and resolute
THE STAFF
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Heidi Döffinger

School Head

Psychomotrician and early childhood educator, Heidi Döffinger is the head of the school. With 30 years of experience, she coordinates and oversees the many activities at the school. Enthusiastic, motivated and energetic, she is attentive towards her team, parents and children alike. Constantly learning to further her knowledge and strengthen her abilities, she applies what she leans in her work at the school.

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Valerie Armand

Founder

Valerie Armand is the founder of the school. She created a school where each child is greatly respected and accompanied in their development to reach their full potentiel. She was the school head for 15 years and still participates actively in school life, welcoming and teaching interested families and supporting the school's educational principals. As a psychologist, she also offers support to parents and families outside of the school.

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Kathryn Westall

Montessori educator

Kathryn is an English Montessori educator. She accompanies the children in the Maison des Enfants, addressing them in English. Her patience, her clam, her joy and her gentleness allow her to transmit the English language in a fun and natural manner. Respect for the child's unique rhythm as well as boosting their self-confidence and stimulating their love for learning are essential priorities for her.

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Alizée Mercier

Montessori Educator

Alizée Mercier is the French educator in the Maison des Enfants. Her passion for Montessori is obvious in the way she accompanies the children in all areas of learning with a strong, confident presence. For Alizée, each child is unique and it is vital to cultivate the kind, helpful spirit in everyone. Alizée is also enthusiastic about teaching the children ways to take care of the environment. 

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Shirley Jeannerot

Montessori educator

Shirley is a Montessori teacher who specializes in assisting children from 0 to 3 years old. Always positive and ready to help, Shirley is particularly gentle and calm. Her presence guarantees an affectionate and reassuring atmosphere, especially appreciated by the children in the class. She is also artistic and very creative, and thorough in the details of daily life with her young pupils.

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Amanda Régent

Montessori educator

Of British origin, Amanda is a Montessori teacher in the Jardin d’Enfants. With 25 years of experience in early childhood care, she is highly professional. Amanda is attentive to each child’s needs and knows how to adjust her behavior accordingly, adapting to the children’s reactions and emotions. The children look to her for guidance, as she ensures a harmonious balance in the classroom. They are reassured and confident thanks to her warm hospitality and her availability.

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Gabriela Escalon Larkin

Culinary artist and the school’s organic chef

Gabriela is passionate about nutritional science. She is constantly creating dishes that marry well together good, whole foods with delicious flavors so that the children can enjoy new culinary discoveries. She uses only organic products and regularly researches articles related to health and nutrition. (Learn more- 100% organic canteen)