Meet our wonderful team!
Soraya Rouchdi, Founder and Director
Soraya Rouchdi is a passionate professional, a certified preschool director and entrepreneur. She experienced the importance of languages, travels and multicultural awareness in her early age. The valuable exposure to bilingual environment and various cultures and countries allowed her to speak four languages fluently. Soraya enjoyed living and studying in France, Italy, North Africa, and the United States. Soraya pursued her college education in Paris and Lille (France), where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lille III University.
Soraya was an active PTA member in the schools where her children attended; she was also an elected board member of Ridgeview Charter School, and a Parent Chair of the science and math text book committee. In addition to her volunteering and home schooling activities, Soraya enjoys spending quality time with her family. She likes cooking international meals, reading, listening to world music, meeting friends and Jazzercise.
Anays Pupo, Administration
Anays Pupo is a native of Havana, Cuba. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication from the University of Havana and after finishing her studies, she moved to the United States in September 2011. Anays is very passionate about writing children’s stories and some of her previous work includes working as a journalist in a magazine for young adults. She has also worked as a volunteer at various schools to increase literary awareness among children by using her own nursery rhyme books. She also loves working with children, making arts and crafts and singing.
Johanne Beaudoin, French Teacher
Johanne was born and raised in Québec, Canada. As far as she can remember, she always knew she wanted to teach. After earning a technical degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to move to the United States to learn English and try something new. She landed in Charlottesville Virginia where she first worked as an Au Pair and then taught in an immersion school for over four years. While living in Virginia, she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French Literature at Mary Baldwin College. She moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2014, with her husband and their two chubby cats. Johanne is what you might call a “foodie”. She really enjoys cooking, trying new food and looking for all the food-related events in town. She brings this passion to the classroom, as she loves cooking with the children and helping them develop good eating habits. When she is not busy looking for new classroom ideas, Johanne also loves reading, running and exploring the city.
Céline Bell, French Teacher
Céline Bell is a dynamic educator who has worked with children in both France and the United States. She earned her teaching certification in Music Education from the French Ministry of Education “CAPES”. In France, she taught Music Education to middle school students and held the position of choir director for 11 years. She also served as a teacher trainer and was asked to participate in numerous Kindergarten classes where she was able to develop her passion for project-based and interdisciplinary teaching approaches.
Céline moved to Atlanta from Paris, France in 2007 with her Franco-American family, joining the LDVIS team in 2010. Since then, she has been focusing on implementing fun and innovative teaching methods for bilingual learners (from Pre-K to second grade). She believes in creating meaningful connections between different languages and keeping her students engaged at all times. Celine aims to engage her students in a wide but interconnected diversity of activities ranging from music, arts, role play, new technologies, science projects, creation of books to using the “outdoor classroom”.
Christine Blanchet, French Teacher
Christine was born and raised in the North of France. She worked during 18 years in an environmental company as a chemist engineer. She moved to the United States in 2000. As a parent she volunteered for 2 years at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City (helping ESOL students in chemistry and French. Then she worked as a caregiver at Royal Lerner Center in Peachtree City during 5 years. She is very excited to be part of Little Da Vinci’s team. Christine is motivated to teach in a fun way her passion for sciences to the children.
Kyler Brady, English Teacher
Kyler is a native of Georgia who has worked and studied in many diverse settings. She discovered the French language in her teens and continued her studies at Kennesaw State University. At KSU she earned her Bachelor's degree in French Modern Language and Culture with a minor in Spanish. While she was at KSU, she moved and studied in Aix-en-Provence, France. After finishing her degree, she lived in England and then moved to Paris, France to teach English. She has experience with children as young as Pre-K and as old as high school level. While she loves educating children, she also has a love for Yoga and holistic wellness. Yoga is a daily lifestyle that she incorporates into her classroom. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, and practicing yoga. Her teaching philosophy is about empowering her students and emphasizing the importance of collaboration. She thrives on her students' learning abilities and is excited for this school year.
Tiphaine Chauvel, French Teacher
Tiphaine was born in west of France and grew up in the Alps. She has a BA in biology and geology from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie where she also earned her Elementary School Teacher Certification. She moved to the United States 15 years ago and has been teaching in various environments from Auburn University to Da Vinci International School. She taught in various International Schools (including International School of Indiana, Lyceum Kennedy in NYC and Atlanta International School) and at different levels. Tiphaine enjoys implementing activities that help her students developing critical thinking skills.
Marie De Salins, French Teacher
Marie was born and raised in Paris. She has always wanted to be a teacher since childhood, but first obtained a bachelor of Law degree at Paris X University as well as a Master’s degree in education specialized in preschool and elementary school at the Center of Pedagogy Education Sainte Geneviève in Paris. After graduation, she began working as a preschool teacher in Paris and later in 2nd and 3rd grades in Sartrouville, France. She moved to the United States in 2012, following her husband here in Atlanta.
Marie loves to develop interdisciplinary projects in class that foster critical thinking and engage the children to explore their surroundings. She believes in the importance of making mistakes in the learning process in order to develop each student’s confidence in his abilities. Marie is committed in the will to create a trusted relationship between the parents and the teacher with the common goal to help the child grow and develop. Overall, she is driven by the social and educational well-being of every student.
Marie-Marthe Fornerod, French Teacher
Marie-Marthe was born in France, in Drôme. She studied Bioethics, in Rome, Italy, where she spent 3 years. She also studied Education and Development in Madrid, Spain, where she also worked in an elementary school. After 5 years spent in Madrid, she finally got back to France, to finalize her studies with a Master in Education. She passed the School Teachers contest in Lyon and worked in several classes in Saint-Etienne. Marie-Marthe met her husband in France, and after getting married, they settled down in Atlanta and she joined Da Vinci International School. She loves to help kids develop the best of themselves, and she is honored to be partake in giving children the best bases possible to help them build their future. In her free time, Marie-Marthe likes to cook, enjoy the beauty of nature, spend time with her family, and also read novels.
Pascale Galinier, French Teacher
Biography coming soon.
Gricelda Gomez, Spanish Teacher
Biography coming soon.
Claire Grimonprez, French Teacher
Biography coming soon.
Mathilde Labat, French Teacher
Mathilde was born and raised in France and graduated with a Master of Business Administration at EDHEC in Lille in 1990. She worked as a communication manager for 10 years. In 2003, as the family left France and moved to Luxembourg, she met the teachers of her 2 children at l’Ecole Française de Luxembourg (EFL) and decided to join this inspiring team. She got teaching certification though the French Ministry of Education (IUFM) of Metz in 2005. She has taught ever since at EFL and at the Ecole Française de Zürich until 2016 when she moved to the States. She is really enthusiastic to join the Kindergarten team to discover new ways of teaching.Mathilde is fond of outdoors sports : she aims at discovering every Western American National Park… Grand Canyon, Death Valley are next on the list!
Famina Laroui, French Teacher
Famina was born and raised in Metz, in the northeast of France. Her parents are from North Africa, so she also speaks an ethnic language, called Berbere. She is very proud of her rich culture, which has been a great help throughout her life. Famina earned a Bachelor’s degree to become an Optician Sales Specialist at Lycée Louis Bertrand, in France. She volunteered in an after-school program for 2 years in France, where she assisted children from elementary school with homework and different school projects. She moved to the United States in 2008 and has been raising her two sons since. She home-schooled her oldest son during the first 3 years of his life. In her free time, Famina loves to travel the world, take long walks in the woods, play soccer with her boys, visit museums, and cook Mediterranean food. She also enjoys reading and watching old French movies.
Kelsey Leake, English Teacher
Kelsey Leake was born and raised in Vidalia, Louisiana. She earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an English minor from Louisiana Tech University. After Kelsey finished college, she moved to South Korea where she taught English as a Second Language (ESOL) for a year and a half. Later she moved to New Zealand and taught ESOL to grades pre-k through year 8. After a wonderful year, she moved back to Louisiana and taught at a public school for a year and a half.Kelsey has a passion for teaching, traveling, and exploring new places and cultures. This passion is embedded in her teaching practice, as she encourages inquiry and cultural pride. She challenges her students to think outside of the box through hands-on learning projects in and outside of the classroom. Students dance, sing, read, and explore, all while discovering the excitement of learning.
Emmanuelle Nadaud, French Teacher & French Program Coordinator
Emmanuelle Nadaud was raised in Avignon, France. She completed her higher education at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Toulouse, France where she received a master degree in Chemical Processes Engineering in 1992. She also obtained an additional Master in Computer Sciences in 1993 at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Marseille (ESIM). Three years later, while pregnant with her second child she realized her passion for teaching. She went on to receive her teaching certification through the French Ministry of Education (IUFM, l’Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres). Although she has taught grades Pre K through 5th (l’Education Nationale) she has a special fondness for Kindergarten.
Emmanuelle has many hobbies; listening to music, creating art, walking and playing scrabble are just a few. In addition she loves to travel; discovering new ways of life, foods, and ways of thought are the treasures she brings home.
Marie Neel, Art Teacher and Coordinator
Marie Neel was born and raised in Lille, north of France. She earned her degree in art and an international trading degree from Saint Vincent de Paul in Roubaix (France). In 1992 after her graduation, she decided to explore other cultures and countries. In 1993, she traveled to the United States and remained in Atlanta since then. Marie worked as a preschool teacher at Cliff Valley School (Reggio Emilia approach) in Atlanta, GA for two years. She loves art, music, traveling, cooking and working on her jewelry line. She also cherishes her quality time with her family and friends. Marie lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters Josephine and Louise.
Ariadna Suarez, Aftercare Teacher
Ariadna Suarez was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. Ariadna has always been very passionate about children. In 2010, she started volunteering at her church with children newborn to 5 years of age. She now leads two different ministries at her church: the Preschool department and the dance ministry. She worked for a year as a Spanish assistant teacher in a private school in Decatur with children aged two to four. Mrs. Suarez is currently enrolled in college to pursue a career in Labor and Delivery Nursing. Ariadna is very happy to be part of this team because she can combine two of her passions, languages and children. Speaking several languages is one of her goals. She is achieving one of her dreams since she speaks Spanish, English, and Italian and currently learning French. Although she has experience with children, she is also a freelance makeup artist and a photographer since 2014. Her goals at DaVinci International School are to gain educational experience with multi-cultural children and to speak fluent French.
Erika Palacios, Spanish Teacher
Erika Palacios is a graduated Occupational therapist from the University Manuela Beltran, Bogota, Colombia. She is also an educational teacher with many years of experience working with children with and without disabilities in Bogota, and in the United States of America. Erika's specialties is building strength and endurance of specific body parts as well as the entire body and educating parents about their children’s development, and engage them in an active role with their kid’s life.
Jovita Pedraza, Spanish Teacher
Jovita Pedraza was born in Mexico and worked as a preschool teacher in Mexico there until she moved to Georgia when she was 18 years old where she obtained a degree in administration. She is the mother of four amazing children who not only make her day brighter but have also given her experience and knowledge on childcare and education. In her free time, Jovita likes to practice sports, create art, write children’s stories and spend time with her family. She is an all around outgoing, fun and joyful person and she is very excited to be a part of the DVIS team.
Marta Velez, Spanish Teacher
Marta is a native of Colombia, where she studied Marine Biology. Marta has traveled and worked in different countries throughout her life. After finishing her degree, she moved to Argentina where she lived for one year. Later, she settled down in Italy for almost two years where she pursued a second degree in Social Science. After living in Europe, she had the opportunity to move to California where she lived for three years and studied English at San Jose State University. Marta has worked with children for several years, teaching biology, science, English and Spanish. Some of her hobbies are to travel, especially with her family; diving, swimming, taking long walks and reading in Spanish, Italian and English.
Nikia Waithe, English Teacher
Nikia Waithe was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She is passionate about children, education, and the art and science of teaching. Nikia received her teaching certification through New York State, and has ten years of teaching experience, working with both a multicultural and inclusion setting. She holds a dual Master Degree of Science in Education and Special Education for Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2). She attended Adelphi University, where she earned her Bachelor’s in History. As the mother of two small boys, Nikia leads a life full of exploration and adventure. She has a special love for the performing arts. Fascinated by the use of alternative forms of percussion, she has 14 years experience in teaching tap to both children and young adults.