Meet the teachers

MEET
THE TEACHERS

Our teachers are highly qualified and have experience of both the British and French educational systems.
They understand fully the particular needs of bilingual children, especially where literacy and writing skills are concerned.

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Maternelle 2 & 3

Before arriving in France in 1996, Chris taught in the infant/nursery sector in London for 16 years. She began working for Open Doors in 2000 when her son attended the school. Chris has British/French nationalities and was brought up in a bilingual environment as a child. Her own children have successfully followed a bilingual programme.

Suzanne Barbat

Suzanne Barbat

Maternelle 2 & 3 / Teaching Assistant

Suzanne has been with Open Doors since 2008 as a teaching assistant for the Mat 2 and Mat 3 classes. She has a bilingual education, married to a French man and their bilingual daughter completed her primary education at Open Doors. With current experience teaching English in French schools successfully completing a course in child psychology, Suzanne fully understands the challenges of bilingual education today.

Faye Soulet

Faye Soulet

Class 1

Faye lives in St Nom la Breteche, with her French husband and her two children.
She has been living in France since 2003, after moving from her hometown of Brighton in the UK. Faye has worked as an English tutor to both adults and children for many years and teaches English and Art at a local bilingual English school.

 Jackie Bourgin

Jackie Bourgin

Class 2

Originally from New Jersey, Jackie has resided in France for 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts diploma from William Paterson University, NJ (USA) and a French language certificate from CLA (Centre de Linguistique Appliquee de Besancon). Jackie has been an English language teacher with the Orgeval Acceuil for the past 3 years and an English language tutor for adults and children. Formerly an Open Doors parent herself, she has 2 children who have graduated from Open Doors.

Dominique Matthews

Dominique Matthews

Class 3

Dominique qualified as a teacher from Roehampton University and taught in the primary sector in England until moving to France in 2007. Moving to Spain in 2013 she worked as a tutor to both adults and children and also as a primary school English teacher at the Lycée Français in Madrid. Returning to France in 2017 she first began working for Open Doors as a reading assistant in Maternelle.
Formerly an Open Doors parent, her own children benefitted from following a bi-lingual education.

Claire FOSTER

Claire FOSTER

Class 4

Claire graduated from Aston University in the UK, and has lived in France since 2000. She is trained in teaching English as a 2nd language and has taught in a bilingual school in France. She has also taught groups and individuals with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has given extensive private lessons. She has 2 children who follow a bilingual programme.

 Suzanne ROSS

Suzanne ROSS

Class 5 and 6

Suzanne obtained a BA in Education at Melbourne University, Australia and also has a CELTA certificate.
Suzanne is from Australia and has taught all levels as a Senior Teacher in primary and secondary schools. Since moving to Paris, she has tutored children and adults with a range of abilities.

Blandine Heaulme

Blandine Heaulme

Reading Assistant

Blandine has a bilingual education and her five children went through the Open Doors programme. She has been living in France since 2012. Before that, she taught in many different international schools in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is a certified Montessori teacher, a trainer in positive education as well as a consultant in education.

Glenda PETIT

Glenda PETIT

Reading Assistant

Glenda has been living in France since 2013. She has a Diploma in Business Marketing and is currently an English home tutor and gives lessons to both children and adults. She also teaches English in her son’s college.
She is married to a French man and her 2 younger children both attend Open Doors. She loves France and enjoys helping others, especially kids, to improve their English.

HOW TO
REACH US

Address for the Maternelle Classes:
Espace Culturel Jacques Kosciusko-Morizet
Place Henri Hamel
78860 St Nom la Breteche

Address for Primary & Class 6:
Maison des Associations
9, Route de St Germain
78860 St Nom la Breteche

Tel: +33 (0)6 60 37 67 54
e-mail: admin@opendoors.fr