A long, thrilling and compelling experience of teaching and managing French schools abroad, especially in the Arabian Peninsula, spontaneously led me to enthusiastically join the EFI and its pedagogical project. To allow and give to the children, the pupils, the possibility to learn, to build oneself, to develop oneself personally, at one's own pace, in a collective framework, adapted, benevolent, respectful of the individuality and the group, is one of the reasons for being EFI. Plurilingual education in a multicultural international environment that promotes access and openness to others, to the world and to its understanding, is another reason. This is the educational project that I am responsible for supervising, developing and evolving with the entire EFI school community. It is with great pleasure that I devote myself to it and I thank all the actors.
French Teacher for GS (SeniorK)
Hello, my name is Mélanie and I am the French teacher of Grande Section (SeniorK). I started my career as a teacher in Paris district – where I come from. Passionate about traveling and discovering other cultures, I moved to French Guiana, a small paradise on the edge of the Amazon. For six years, I taught non francophone children, a very rewarding professional experience. There followed a return to the academy of Dijon in France where I specialized in cognitive disorders by working four years in medical-educational institute. I like learning challenges and joining the EFI team was a new one. As a follower of active pedagogy, I would like to share and use my knowledge and experience in order to advance my students in the Grande Section, make them autonomous, free to think and express themselves in a benevolent work environment, tailored to everyone's needs.
English Teacher for TPS and PS (Nursery and PreK)
My name is Julia Bertrand-Brunelle and I joined the EFI & CIS preschool team at Bassac Garden in 2017. At EFI, I teach in english for TPS (Nursery) and PS (PreK) classes. In high school, I did a work placement at a daycare, which was my first introduction to childcare. I proceeded to work for the entire summer at the same daycare. After high school, I studied culinary arts, and became a cook/teacher assistant at a licensed center. I enjoyed working with the children so much that I decided to go back to school and study early childhood education. I earned my Diploma in Early Childhood Education, while working at a Canadian preschool. I am a very energetic person and enjoy socializing and being in a fast-paced environment. That's also why I'm so happy to work with toddlers! My gaol is to learn as much as possible through various work experiences, while my long-term goal is to eventually open my own in-home daycare.
French Teacher for CE1, CE2, CM1 (G2, G3, G4)
Dear Parents and Colleagues, my name is Chloé, I am 34 and I joined with a big pleasure the team of EFI in august 2017 to be the Room Teacher for CE1 (Grade 2), CE2 (Grade 3) and CM1 (Grade 4). After 16 years in Nantes, France, I wanted to teach abroad. I graduated the exam of teacher in 2009 and I taught for one school year with TPS-PS (Nursery-PreK) and one school year with CE2-CM1 (Grade 3-Grade 4), double-grade classes. I then worked for 6 years in an ordinary high school with mentally disabled teenagers. I also worked abroad: one school year in the USA with CP (Grade 1) and one month in Ghana in french schools. For all the years I taught, the most important for me was that the children want to come to school and that they can be part of the learning : it’s through experience, through research and by making mistake that you can learn! EFI's bilingual project and the opportunity to have a triple grade class – a challenge that motives me! – made me feel confortable about living this teaching experience abroad.
French Teacher for TPS (Nursery)
Dear parents, my name is Sophie, I am the teacher of TPS (Nursery, Toddlers aged of 2 years) at EFI preschool at Bassac Garden campus. I'm 28 years old and I started the fifth year of our family life in Cambodia by joining the beautiful EFI initiative! After studying social and family economics and experienced in early childhood in Bordeaux, France, we came to live in Phnom Penh. Here, I worked one year for the NGO Action Cambodge Handicap, then two years as a teacher of Petite Section class (PreK) at Tchoutchou daycare. At EFI, with English-speaking teachers Julia and Charlotte, our school assistants Khim and Sokin and I, your young children start or continue their discovery of living together, the pleasures of enlightenment through games, nursery rhymes and songs, the joy of access to autonomy, the exploration of their environment, of their small world which can be so big and enlightening, and many other wonders... All these fabulous experiences in several languages, with their classmates, their family and all the educational team. For me, one of the greatest pleasures that this job offers with the toddlers is to allow them to develop their imagination and to see them marvel and blossom in front of their creations. I share with my students my passion for manual creative activities. It is, among other things, through this type of activities that our children build their own identity while developing their motor skills. I am happy to have embarked on this trip with them among EFI school community, on the way to grow and flourish!
French Teacher for TPS and PS (Nursery and PreK)
Hello, my name is Marie-Alice, I am 25 years old and I come from Toulon in South of France. I graduated from a Master of Education and Training (MEEF) specialized in Physical Education and Sports (EPS). I was a substitute teacher of Physical Education for two years in France, and an animator of young children in a leisure centre - Accueil de Loisir Sans Hébergement (ALSH) since 2011 during all the school holidays. I arrived in Cambodia in September 2017, to teach the children of the new class of Toute Petite Section (TPS - Nursery) and Petite Section (PS - PreK). In my class, the children are 2 and 3 years old. I joined the EFI team and its innovative educational proposition very motivated and thrilled by the project. I also share EFI's choice of a bilingual education and teaching small classes in a benevolent approach. Indeed, these are ideal conditions to start a teaching career, but most importantly to accompany children towards the different motor skills and not motor skills, corresponding to the programs of the French National Education. The French language, motor skills and autonomy will be at the heart of my daily workshops so that everyone can develop with confidence in their learning.
English Teacher for TPS, PS, MS, GS (Nursery to SeniorK)
Hi everyone! My name is Charlotte and I'm the English teacher for all the kindergarten classes: TPS (Nursery), PS (PreK), MS (JuniorK), GS (SeniorK). I'm originally from Namur in Belgium but your children ignore that since I only speak to them in English in order to help them acquire the lanquage. I have a masters degree in the pedagogy of German languages (English and German) and a certificate to teach French as a foreign language. After teaching for a few years in Belgium and Germany, I arrived in Cambodia in 2014. I worked for two years with the NGO Toutes à l’École at Happy Chandara school, where I taught English and French to Cambodian teenagers. Afterwards I worked a bit for the French Institute of Phnom Penh before joining the EFI team. In the classroom, with the toddlers and children, we sing, read stories and do some playful activities that focus on the english language. I’m currently discovering the joy of teaching in kindergarten where I’m constantly impressed by the rapidity at which the young children can learn. I’ve always been interested in immersion programmes and am now thrilled to participate to the bilingual and unique project of EFI.
English Teacher for MS, GS, CP, CE1, CE2, CM1 (JuniorK to G4)
Hi, I’m Jamie! It is my honour to facilitate Physical Education and Music in english to Koh Pich’s EFI students from MS (Junior Kindergarten) to CM1 (Grade 4). At CIS, I also teach Physical Education classes. I come from Canada, and I am a graduate from Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I've been living in Cambodia for three years now – and got married here. Cambodia is my new homeland. My passion for life and my experiences as an outdoor educator in Canada have given me the spirit and skills to engage students in a fun and exciting way, encouraging health and wellness. I am very proud to be a part of EFI team as well.
French Teacher for PS (PreK)
Hello everybody, my name is Fanny, I'm 28 years old and I come from Lille in France. I am pleased to have joined the EFI teaching team in January 2017 to be the French teacher of TPS (Nursery) and PS (PreK) at preschool campus in Bassac Garden. This year, I'm the french teacher for PS (PreK, 3 years old). Since 2014, I was a teacher in French in a class of Kindergarten at The Giving Tree. I worked for two years in the IPC course (International Primary Curriculum). The bilingual project of EFI and the choice of an alternative pedagogy that correspond to the context in which the children grow up in Phnom Penh, while following the French program, that's what I liked. In my class, I have at heart to offer children activities that give them the more autonomy as possible and a lot of fun as well to grow and develop with confidence.
French Teacher for MS (JuniorK)
Here I am ! Audrée Vachon, the French teacher of Moyenne Section (JuniorK) at EFI. I am a native of Palmarolle, a small village in northern Quebec (Canada). I started my musical studies at the age of 3, and developed a deep interest in music by perfecting violin, trombone, piano and percussion. I started teaching music in private lessons and in school harmony at the age of 16. I did 3 years of studies in Music Education at Université Laval (Quebec) and I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Classical Music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec in June 2010. I also taught music and other fields in several schools in the Quebec City area during my years of study. It was only when I moved to Toronto, Ontario-Canada, that I discovered Montessori education and the educational benefits of this education. After a year as a Montessori Assistant in Toronto, I earned the Early Childhood Montessori Teacher Certificate from the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute in June 2013. This degree is certified by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). It allows to teach in the whole world. I have been in Cambodia for four years already. Before joining EFI, I taught at the EFB École française de Battambang - French School of Battambang. I am also training teachers with Montessori pedagogy in Cambodia and Vietnam. I collaborate with the NGO Enfants et Développement. I am passionate about teaching, music and adventure! I have traveled a lot and I share these wonderful experiences with my students. I love Cambodia and I hope to share my passion with as many children as possible!
Hi, my name is Lowell Saguil and I am the school nurse at EFI and CIS. I grew up in Canada, in the city of Toronto, Ontario and it is also the city where I attended Ryerson University to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, I worked at St. Joseph's Healthcare Centre as a Registered Nurse taking care of a wide population of people for three and a half years. In my off time I love to play all sports, but especially basketball. I am proud to be a member of CIS/EFI school community.