Having worked with the United Nations for 25 years I have always understood the need to have globally minded citizens in the world: people who don’t just care about themselves but about their neighborhoods, their community and about the world beyond their countries’ borders.
I was raised in France and at an early age, I was interested in helping communities promote mutual understanding, tolerance as well as socio-economic development. I focused my studies in political science to look into different perspectives towards a platform aiming at improving the dialogue between different cultures. Without a doubt, learning English, a language spoken by most populations in the world, was paramount to my work. It became obvious to me at an early age that English was the most effective communication tool for someone willing to have an impact in the world.
My experience working with governmental agencies and NGOs in developing countries taught me that significant change starts with education, for it leads to intellectual dialogue and peace. After having retired from the UN, I focused on improving the education of young children in Western Africa and South America, where I brought my humble contribution to building school programs connecting children with their communities and their environment.
With Central Forest International School, I am looking to create a multicultural experience for children, where problem solving and kindness towards others is at the center of students’ early academic lives. Learning English together and experiencing engaging lessons by caring teachers everyday will help children grow into the caring, globally minded citizens our next generation needs to help all communities live with both peace and understanding. This will also make graduates at Central Forest be prepared for a world where communication, problem solving and collaboration are keys for success.
I look forward to working with the teachers, administrators, parents, and especially the children, in making Central Forest International School a wonderful and welcoming place to learn together.