FIAF Preschool Staff

L to R: Anne, Soledad, Emmanuelle, and Sylvie

Our Team

Our dedicated teachers are native French speakers with comprehensive experience working with toddlers in multicultural environments.

Anne Bellec

Director of FIAF Preschool

Anne began her career in business and earned an MBA in international management from the University of Dallas. After holding marketing and sales management positions in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, she decided to go into education. In the years since, she has taught French at the Education Française à New York and the Garden House School. At FIAF, she taught all levels of French to toddlers, kids, and teens before holding her current position.

Soledad Rodas

Educational Director

Soledad is a passionate teacher with an advanced degree in education from the University of Lyon. She worked as a preschool and elementary school teacher for more than ten years in France, as well as at the Lycée Français in Barcelona. Her diverse experience has included collaborating with researchers in early childhood education and working as a volunteer educational coordinator in Ecuador. At FIAF, she has taught children of all ages and helped to launch the youth program at FIAF Montclair.

Emmanuelle Bonin

Assistant Teacher

Emmanuelle is a dynamic and caring educator with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the Ecole Santé Sociale du Sud-Est in Lyon. She worked for several years in daycare and recreational centers with children of diverse ages. Emmanuelle joined FIAF in 2010. Before becoming a teacher at the FIAF Preschool, she taught classes for the à petits pas and Kids & Teens programs.

Sylvie Berger

Cooking Instructor

Sylvie was raised in Paris, where she received a degree in pastry. She worked as a pastry assistant at La Grande Epicerie as well as a consultant for Cuisine TV in Paris before moving to New York. She has developed culinary programs for kids of all ages in both English and French. Sylvie also leads adult workshops and private birthday parties, and is currently working on her first cookbook.

Valentine Biollay

Music Instructor

Valentine is a unique performer whose repertoire includes such varied genres as straight-ahead jazz, French cabaret, klezmer, spirituals, and classical music.  Her international career has brought her acclaim in France, Switzerland, Morroco, Canada, and especially in her current city of residence, New York City.

Amélie Gaulier

Movement Instructor

Amélie is a choreographer, dance teacher, and somatic movement practitioner who has taught dance initiation classes to young children at Maison Populaire in Montreuil, France, dance workshops for young teenagers with Les Ballets de Lorraine, and body-mind centering and dance improvisation at Canaldanse and Micadances in Paris.