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.
Maternelle 2 & 3 / Teacher
Claire was born and educated in the UK. She has been living in France since 2000. She holds a PGCE international certificate from the University of Nottingham and is trained in Montessori methods of teaching and positive discipline. Claire previously worked as a teacher and reading assistant for the Lycée International. Today she is the English Primary teacher at a local Montessori school in addition to her role at Open Doors. Formerly an Open Doors parent, her own children follow a bilingual education.
Maternelle 2 & 3 / Teaching 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.
Class 1 / Teacher
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.
Class 2 / Teacher
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.
Class 3 / Teacher
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.
Class 4 / Teacher
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.
Class 5 and 6 / Teacher
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.
Alison has lived in France since 2001 and her three, now grown-up, children went to school at the BSP and Lycee International. She is an independent music teacher, and has taught flute and piano to children and adults of all ages for over 30 years. She has a diploma in Business with Languages, an Open University Arts Degree and a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London in Flute teaching.
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 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.