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.

Kathryn Perryman

Kathryn Perryman

Class 1

Kathryn has lived in France since 1993 and has taught English to children and adults for over 15 years. Certified at the American University of Paris as a Teacher of English as a Second Language she has specialized in medical English and has experience working with children with learning difficulties. From personal experience, Kathryn is fully aware of the challenges bilingual education brings. Kathryn enjoys gardening and has a passion for dance.

 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.

Anna Dobrovolskis

Anna Dobrovolskis

Class 4

Anna qualified at the Institute of Education (PGCE) and taught in England and Spain before coming to France. She also has a TESOL certificate and has taught adults, teenagers and children. Anna has been living in France since 2006. She is married and has two children who follow a bilingual education.  She also currently works at a bilingual primary school.

 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.

Emma Culty

Emma Culty

Reading Assistant

Emma has previously worked in this capacity at the British Section of the Lycee International throughout the primary years. She therefore fully understands children’s demands and needs to help develop their bilingual education. As a previous Open Doors parent, her enthusiasm to come back to Open Doors is evidence of her trust in the Open Doors curriculum and community.

Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones

General Administrator

Shirley has lived in France since 1990 and has worked at Open Doors since 2013 when she began as a primary teacher and administrator. She has a BSC in Administration Science and worked in the banking industry prior to her arrival in France. She retired from a long career in bilingual education in the summer of 2018, to be able to be flexible to visit her 2 children living in far flung places.

Her role as administrator is to organize the school by offering practical help and support to teachers, parents and students. Shirley’s aim  is to ensure Open Doors offers a strong, positive and welcoming environment for our many students.

HOW TO
REACH US

Open Doors
5bis rue Guitel
78860 St Nom la Breteche

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