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Our Team

Bilingual Education in the Upper East Side, New York


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.


Vanessa Handal-Ghenania is the founder of VHG group Inc., early childhood language schools (daycares and preschools). Born and raised in a trilingual household with French as her primary language, Vanessa and her family traveled around the world…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


Ms. Annette

As Assistant Operations Manager and teacher, Annette Kanter’s broad experience in education has spanned a wide variety of roles in several independent schools for over 25 years. Annette’s experiences have provided her with the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge in school administration 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


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


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 a teacher in the Infant classroom with babies 2M – 12M…. Read More


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


Ms. Olivia

I am a French native working as an Infants/Toddlers teacher assistant at PPUES. 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…. Read More


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


Ms. Melinda

I am the English teacher in the PreK 2Y – 3Y 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 I received my Masters in Early childhood for General and Special Education. This will be my 7th year teaching. … Read More


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

Joanne Hernandez

Ms. Joanne

My name is Joanne Hernandez! A proud Puerto Rican woman born in the Bronx and raised in Harlem! I am the oldest of 4 children, and have worked with children for many years, especially my younger siblings and know exactly what it is like to care for all age groups… Read More

Ms. Thalia

Ms. Thalia

My name is Thalia, I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. I embarked on my educational journey at Pelita Harapan University, affiliated with Corban University in the USA, where I earned my Bachelor of Education degree. I am passionate about nurturing young minds, … Read More