Taking care of children has always been part of my life. From being the oldest sibling cheering my little brother while my parents were working hard to pay our education to being the happiest mother of 4 amazing daughters, I have been doing my best to be a guide by empowering them to explore, learn and grow.
Following a Master in Business and Management in a French private business school , I spent more than fifteen years as a senior marketing manager in a fashion specialist for children ( clothing, shoes , moms to be ..) being focused on parents’ requirements and children’s needs with a deeply respect of childhood.
The birth of my fourth daughter and the loss of my too young parents have been triggering events in my life pathways. I realized that I had no control over yesterday or tomorrow , it was time to Take life one day at a time, to live in the moment, to enjoy every little things and most of all, to follow my dreams and my heart … to go where it takes me. It took me and all my family in 2016 to Florida ! My husband had the dream to live in USA by offering my daughters a language and cultural openness and I had the dream to realize my child’s dream : being a teacher, a guide sharing my loving care with other children to help them shape their future. I worked hard to get all required credentials to be a teacher and then a preschool director. After working in a bilingual preschool in South Tampa, destiny took me to meet Virginie Butin for the sole purpose of sharing our experiences of French expatriates in Florida. Sharing the same vision, the same values, the same enthusiasm and the same passion for children, we decided to partner by combining our complementary expertise to create De La Fontaine trilingual Montessori School.
Passionate about children since my teenage years, I have been an au pair for 2 consecutive years.
A degree in business and management, 15 years of professional experience, including 10 years in the civil service to defend civic values and democratic principles to provide a better society and a better world for future children generations.
When my daughter was born in 2013, I felt a deep desire to concentrate on the essentials, the nerve center of my life, and life in general: Childhood.
I decided to be focused on childhood, starting with my daughter’s one, her development, her education, her development.
I was starting to get interested in the alternative pedagogies and I chose to move towards the Montessori pedagogy to be in tune with my aspirations and the way of guiding my child in her natural development.
I had the desire to redefine my priorities by putting forward the education of children who give me so much energy and enthusiasm.
Researches, reflections, consultations with parents helped me to kindle this ambitious idea that led to a new wonderful human adventure by creating a Montessori school. In 2016, I created the first bilingual Montessori school in Metz, Lorraine (France). in September 2016 , the school opened with a single 3-6 years mixed-aged primary classroom and welcomed 25 children guided by a French teacher, an English teacher and an assistant. In 2017, the school grew with the opening of a second primary classroom (3-6 years old) and an elementary classroom (6-12 years old ). Beginning of 2018-2019 school year, the bilingual Montessori school in Metz welcomed 65 children supervised by 10 Montessori professionals.
Deeply convinced and passionate about foreign languages completed with the essential need to open up the world to children, I continue this great adventure by launching a trilingual Montessori school in the United States to create a unique partnership between the two schools and to offer educators’ and children exchanges to make bilingual immersion even more meaningful!
During a business trip in Florida, I had the chance to meet Anne Carole Breton. This exceptional meeting allowed two passionate persons about education and children to share skills, ideas, dynamism and a strong motivation leading to the opening of the first and unique trilingual Montessori school in Tampa Bay in January 2019 : De la Fontaine Trilingual Montessori School.