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Our Team

Bilingual Education in the Upper East Side, New York

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Our native French and English-speaking teachers come from more than twelve different countries.

All our teachers bring a comprehensive early childhood educational experience to the team. They are selected for their classroom experience, their empathy ability, their nurturing skills, and their sensitiveness to the children’s needs as well.

Petits Poussins UES provides its teachers with the full professional training program and guidance recommended by the NYC-DOH, along with an in-site professional training program tailored to our specific bilingual setting educational purpose.

Every single staff member is trained and CPR/First Aid Certified.

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania, Ed.M.

Founder

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania is the founder of VHG group Inc., early childhood language schools (daycares and preschools). Born and raised in Haiti, in a trilingual household (French, English, Creole), Vanessa’s family traveled around the world and her parents, from an early…Read More

Marina Lemaitre

Marina Lemaitre

Director of School Operations and Admissions

As a school manager, Marina Lemaitre brings to our educational program more than 25 years of education management experience in the field of early language acquisition, as well as professional training and … Read More

Rose-Grullon

Ms Rose

My name is Rose Grullon and I am happy to return to Petits Poussins from maternity leave. I am the proud mother of two beautiful children. I assist in the infant classrooms, and I am also a floater for other classrooms since I have experience with all age groups. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and …Read More

Adam Monreale

Mr. Adam

My name is Adam Monreale, and I am a dedicated and seasoned early childhood educator. The philosophy that I practice is cultivating the innate learning of students, allowing them to build knowledge from within through theme-based, multidisciplinary projects… Read More

Benedicte Mahillet

Ms. Benedicte

As a French Teacher, I have been working with children for over 5 years. I grew up in Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan) and I speak both French and English fluently. My educational background is in Early Childhood Development. I believe that a good teacher has a professional… Read More

HarlandKrystopher

Mr. HarlandKrystopher

I’m the English Teacher. I was born and raised in New York. I have been in Education for 17 years within a wide range of age groups. The very first, 1st grade students taught by me have since graduated college and some have started families of their own… Read More

Mata Diop

Ms. Mata

I am the French Teacher in the Toddlers’ group at Petits Poussins UES. I’m from Senegal (West Africa). My first language is French. I have an associate degree in Forensic Accounting but being a stay-at-home… Read More

Dominique

Ms. Dominique

I was born and raised in Madagascar and moved to New York in 2006 with my husband and children. In a family of seven siblings, I was the youngest. Being the youngest, I received a lot of love and care growing up, and it was a beautiful experience. As a result, I got… Read More

Ahoua Coulibaly

Ms. Ahoua

My name is Ahoua. I am originally from Ivory Coast. I am the mother of two children and have two grandsons. My primary language is French. I am Assistant Teacher in the Green Room and the Violet Room… Read More

Joelle

Ms. Joelle

I am a native bilingual French English who was raised using both languages with my parents. I grew up in Switzerland and moved to the US at the age of 14. Though I was attending an American school, I kept practicing French with friends, family and in several work environments… Read More

Diane

Ms. Diane

My name is Diane. I was born in west Africa (Burkina Faso) and moved in the United state 15 years ago. I speak 5 languages fluently and French is my native language. My ability to communicate in different languages has always been a major asset for both my professional… Read More

Olivia

Ms. Olivia

I am a French native Teacher assistant in the Toddlers classroom. I was born in Ivory Coast where I spent most of my life, in Abidjan. I have an associate degree in communication and home health care certificate. My passion is working and taking care of children because… Read More

AnnMarie

Ms. AnnMarie

Hi, my name is Annmarie Puello. I am the afternoon English enrichment teacher this year, in the Infants room. I was born in the city in a Spanish cultural household, family and children always coming in and out the door, which inspired my passion for working with children… Read More

Melinda

Ms. Melinda

I am 2 English teacher in the PreK 2 – 3 classroom. I was born and raised in Bronx NY, and I graduated from Aquinas High school in 2000. From there I went to College of New Rochelle where I received my Bachelors degree In Liberal arts. I went on to Concordia college where… Read More

Brianna

Ms. Brianna

My name is Brianna Dominguez. I am Dominican, but I was born and raised in New York. I have worked with children for 7 years in positions such as babysitter, nanny, and assistant teacher. I have experience with infants, toddlers, and Pre-k – 5th grade. Something that I… Read More