My name is Virginie Harroch and I am originally from the French Alps.
I moved to the United States ten years ago.
After graduating with a Masters Degree in Mathematics, I completed my Teacher Certification training in Paris. Having worked in French education for the past 15 years, first as a Math Teacher in Paris, then as a French Kindergarten Teacher at FISW in Bellevue and Pedagogical Coordinator at EFG Seattle; I am very attached to the well-structured French curriculum.
Working with kids from different cultures, languages and nationalities, taught me to understand how important it is to adjust my teaching methods to every child's needs.
I discovered and fell in love with Maria Montessori's pedagogy when my kids joined Chestnut Montessori in Bellevue. Moving forward with my journey as an educator, I completed the Montessori Certification training by the NAMC (North America Montessori Center).
To share my passion and knowledge with children is my lifelong dream and opening Les Lilas, a Kirkland School combining Montessori pedagogy with the French Curriculum, “a place where beautiful minds grow” is my dream becoming fulfilled.
My name is Jacqueline Kahn-Hudry. Originally from Texas, I happily call Washington State my home. I love the Northwest!
Throughout my career, I have been blessed with so many great and diverse, tenure business engagements; including as Senior Management within the Hi-Tech Power Grid Software Industry, WA State Licensed Real Estate Broker, Auto Racing Team Owner & Driver, Director on the Board of Puget Sound BMW CCA and ICSCC Racing League, and Program Director of the BMW CCA High Performance Driving Program. Above and beyond my professional engagements, I am passionate about Construction Management and Interior Design.
Co-founding Les Lilas was yet a new opportunity to invest my drive and experience in giving back to others. Virginie and I bring the ideal complementary skills and passions for making a difference in children’s lives. Giving to our community and helping with the education of children is truly so rewarding. Our school is built from the heart, which we offer to each and every one of our students. They are amazing and we are blessed to build and grow Les Lilas with their success!
Aude is from Lorraine France, a French region next to Germany. After earning her High School Diploma, she studied modern literature at the University of Metz for 3 years. Aude’s first job was as a French Teacher at a college for one year in Lorraine. She then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching in Belgium. Aude taught 5 years in Brussels, where many of her students were not native French speakers. She most recently taught one year at the Francophone Charter School in Oakland, California. Outside of teaching, she loves literature, art, sports and photography.
“Working at Les Lilas is a great opportunity for me. I’m proud and very excited to work in a bilingual Montessori School. Together, with my colleagues, we will do our best that children develop their curiosity, their desire to learn so earn strong skills for their future."
Kristi attended the University of Washington where she double majored in Political Science and History before going on to get a Master's in Teaching with an Elementary Education endorsement from Northwest University. She spent the first three years of her teaching career working in the Bellevue School District as a 5th grade teacher in the Gifted Elementary Program. Kristi was recently awarded the WSPTA Outstanding Educator Award by her school's PTA. When Kristi isn't in the classroom, she teaches swim lessons at Cyan Swim Academy and enjoys spending time outside with her husband and dogs. She is excited for her new adventure with Les Lilas!
Madé, originally from Bali, finished her Associate Degree in Business of Administration and learned French at Alliance Française and at Sorbonne University in Paris, where she lived for three years. Her husband is from France and they have three children, 12, 10 and 7. Madé brings great care and love to the school with her amazing way with kids and her dedication to Les Lilas’ philosophy and program. She is also a fabulous cook -- both Balinese and French cuisines -- and performs traditional Balinese dancing. Madé received her Early Childhood Education certificate in 2016. We are very happy to be have her part of our Les Lilas family.
I was born and raised in France, and have had the good fortunate to live in the Seattle area for the past 15 years. I am a caring instructor with 20 years' experience teaching music. I started playing guitar 30+ years ago, and have a passion for many genres of music. My study at the University Francois Rabelais not only gave me a background in music history, choir conducting, classical harmony and music theory, but it also opened my ears to many kinds of music from around the world. I also studied many styles of guitar and jazz harmony at Jazz à Tours. My experiences have given me great tools to teach music and create music ensembles. I have learned to adapt and improvise my ways of teaching per my audience. I am fair and very demanding, as a great work leads to great music.
My name is Michelle Buckley and I am here to provide amazing after school care to your children. Although I do not speak much French (I studied Spanish through high school and a couple of years in college), I am truly looking forward to learning the language as well to provide a fun and creative space for your children to explore after school hours.
For more than 10 years now, I have spent an elaborate amount of time studying the development occurring in early childhood (NB to 8YO) and have an Human Development B. A. and an ECE Certification from Washington State University. I have directed, taught, and created preschool programs within accredited and licenses early childhood programs, especially through the Greater Seattle YMCA, Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Club, and the Northshore School District. Even starting up creative Preschool Programs for a small drop in childcare business in Woodinville.