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.
Hello! My name is Dyana and I am thrilled to once again be a part of the Les Lilas community! My daughter Parker, who is now 8, was literally the first student enrolled when Virginie began Les Lilas in 2013. So while I first began as a parent, I am now stepping in to the role of Business Manager.
My entire professional background has been in a supportive role. Out of High School I began at the corporate offices of Costco Wholesale as an Assistant Buyer. After 4 years at Costco, I left to attend Seattle University full-time, graduating with a degree in Social Work. Armed with my newly developed skills, I worked at Overlake Hospital with underserved populations. Most recently, I have been working with my husband to grow his small business, working as his Business/HR Manager. In between all of that, I had my two girls - Natalie (9 years old) and Parker (8 years old), spending time being very active in their school as both a volunteer and a board member.
Natalie and Parker have both attended Les Lilas camps since the school’s inception and all of us have loved both the philosophy and curriculum. Les Lilas is truly a jem and I am so excited to be a part of your community!
Audrey is a French native speaker, she grew up in Provence, France. She worked 12 years in Paris as a software developer in the banking industry. After a career change, Audrey ran a family home childcare center focused on the freedom of movement, inspired by the works of Emmi Pikler and Maria Montessori.
After moving to Seattle with her family 8 years ago, Audrey worked in a French-American preschool and a Montessori school in the infant program. Along with a Master's degree in Computer Science and licensed as a family childcare professional, Audrey has taken courses at the Institute Montessori of Paris and she’s finishing a degree in teaching French as a second language.
Aiylnn Knox-Collins has been a Montessori teacher for 25 years. She began working as an assistant in her daughter's Montessori school in Singapore. Upon seeing the classroom, she realized that the materials looked familiar -- only to discover afterwards that she had attended Montessori as a child in London as well.
Later, she opened her own school with a partner, running a small Montessori preschool for 12 years in Singapore. After moving to the USA, she joined the Sammamish Montessori School in Redmond, and taught preschool/K for 9 years. She then took her Lower Elementary training and taught 1st to 3rd grade for another 4 years.
She received her 0-6 year-old training with Montessori St.Nicholas in London, and her 6-9 year-old training from MEIPN in Woodinville, WA. She also holds a Law Degree, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She has published a series of Science Fiction books for 9-12-year-olds and continues to write for children.
In her spare time, she volunteers with Reading with Rover with her Old English Sheepdog, Lady Rose, and competes in obedience and rally events with her 4 dogs.
I grew up in Paris, second in a family of 5, moved to Marseille when I was 20 to join l'Ecole Centrale de Marseille to study engineering and then back to Paris for a PhD in computer vision at Telecom ParisTech with the French National Space Agency. I then worked at a startup in Paris and finally joined Amazon in Seattle as a software developer and then research Engineer. I decided to step out of the corporate world for now to focus on what feels more meaningful to me. And how meaningful it is to contribute to the education of future generations!
I am honored and thrilled to join Les Lilas! In my free time, I like to draw, paint, cook, meditate, bike, juggle, woodwork, garden, backpack and climb mountains.
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 have her part of our Les Lilas family.
My name is Caroline and I grew up in the French countryside, near Grenoble.
I studied in France and have a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Education. I moved to Boston after graduating and was an early childhood and elementary immersion program teacher at the Alliance Française. After a few years working in the tech industry, I am so happy to be coming back to teaching and the joy of being around children.
I moved to the Seattle area with my husband in 2013. In my spare time, I love exploring nature and the outdoors with our two little boys ages 3 and 6 months.
Hi my name is Magali, I’m very excited to join Les Lilas for a year of learning, fun and adventures! I can’t wait to learn about you, but first I’ll tell you a little about me.
I’m from France, I’ve been with Julien for 8 years but we are in a relationship since 17 years. We have two beautiful boys Leonis, 8 years old, and Gabin, 3 years old.
I have a diploma of Personal Assistant. I worked for 8 years old as a Personal Assistant in France. We always wanted to live in the United States. In 2015, we had this opportunity! Julien was transferred for his work in Chicago. We stayed almost 3 years in Chicago. In 2017, we moved to Ireland, for 1 year.
During these different expatriations, I worked as Waitress and Cashier in a French Bakery at Chicago and I worked as a Cash Collector in Dublin.
In July 2018, my husband was transferred one more time to Seattle for his work. I’m very happy to be your Teacher Assistant for a new school year. It will be a new challenge for me and I like it!
I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with you!
Finally, my favorite things to do are : Ballet (I practiced for 16 years), hiking, running and travels. And mostly enjoying the life with my husband and my sons.
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.
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.
Born and raised in France, I have spent the last twenty years in beautiful Seattle. I studied "art appliqué" in high school and my love for art resurfaced several years ago and took over my spare time.
During the summer of 2016 I decided to leave the corporate world and concentrate on what I love: ART, FRENCH and KIDS, which brought me to create "Life Through a Paintbrush." I started displaying some of my art in Seattle coffee shops and Galleries. I also taught French and French through art classes in after school programs for the Seattle and Shoreline Public school districts. In 2018, I began working as the Art Teacher for Les Lilas.
In addition to enjoying painting and teaching French, I am a mom of 15 years old twins and a step mom of a 10 and 13 years old.
I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. I started my career as an electronic technologist. I worked a few years in telecommunication and 13 years in the aerospace industry as a planner. While working I completed an associate degree in Business Management from HEC Montreal.
In January 2005 I moved to Redmond with my husband and 4-month-old baby boy. We were very happy to leave the harsh Canadian winter behind. After being a stay at home mom and a school volunteer, I rejoined the work force as a quality assurance localization tester in the gaming industry.
I feel very excited and honored to join Les Lilas’ team in the role of administrative assistant. I look forward to this new chapter in my life with this growing community of young beautiful minds.