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 has been the driving force behind FIAF's preschool and youth programs since 2013. Before joining FIAF, she taught French at the Education Française à New York and the Garden House School. At FIAF, she has taught all levels of French to toddlers, kids, and teens. Anne began her career in business, earning an MBA in international management from the University of Dallas. She held marketing and sales management positions in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries before deciding to follow her passion in education.

Soledad Rodas

Educational Director

Soledad is a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience in preschool and elementary education. At FIAF, she has taught children of all ages and launched the youth program at FIAF Montclair. Before coming to FIAF, she taught 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. Soledad holds an advanced degree in education from the University of Lyon.

Emmanuelle Bonin

Assistant Teacher

Emmanuelle is a dynamic and caring educator with comprehensive experience working with children of diverse ages. Before joining FIAF in 2010, she worked for several years in daycare and recreational centers. In addition to her work at the FIAF Preschool, she has taught classes for the à petits pas and Kids & Teens programs at FIAF. Emmanuelle holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the Ecole Santé Sociale du Sud-Est in Lyon.

Sylvie Berger

Cooking Instructor

Sylvie is one of the most popular cooking instructors for children in New York. She worked as a pastry assistant at La Grande Epicerie and 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. Sylvie was raised in Paris, where she received her degree in pastry.

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.