FIAF Preschool Staff

L to R: Anne, Soledad, Adeline, Emmanuelle, and Liza

Our Team

Our dedicated teachers are native French speakers with comprehensive experience working with toddlers in multicultural environments.

Anne Bellec

Director of FIAF Preschool

Anne has been the driving force behind FIAF's preschool and youth programs since 2013. Before joining FIAF, she taught French at the Education Française à New York and the Garden House School. At FIAF, she has taught all levels of French to toddlers, kids, and teens. Anne began her career in business, earning an MBA in international management from the University of Dallas. She held marketing and sales management positions in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries before deciding to follow her passion in education.

Soledad Rodas

Educational Director

Soledad is a passionate teacher with over a decade of experience in preschool and elementary education. At FIAF, she has taught children of all ages and launched the youth program at FIAF Montclair. Before coming to FIAF, she taught for more than ten years in France, as well as at the Lycée Français in Barcelona. Her diverse experience has included collaborating with researchers in early childhood education and working as a volunteer educational coordinator in Ecuador. Soledad holds an advanced degree in education from the University of Lyon.

Adeline Sans

Head Teacher

Adeline has devoted her teaching career to early childhood education, and comes to the FIAF Preschool with a passion for nurturing the development of young learners. Originally from Roussillon, France, she holds a master’s degree in education from ISFEC des Alpes. Adeline began her career teaching preschool and elementary school in France before working at La Petite Ecole Bilingue, a bilingual school in London. Passionate about art, music, and cooking, she integrates these disciplines in her curriculum, and has created an innovative method for writing and reading at a young age.

Emmanuelle Bonin

Assistant Teacher

Emmanuelle is a dynamic and caring educator with comprehensive experience working with children of diverse ages. Before joining FIAF in 2010, she worked for several years in daycare and recreational centers. In addition to her work at the FIAF Preschool, she has taught classes for the à petits pas and Kids & Teens programs at FIAF. Emmanuelle holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the Ecole Santé Sociale du Sud-Est in Lyon.

Liza Nikitin

Assistant Teacher

Liza is a blossoming educator currently pursuing a master’s degree in bilingual and bicultural childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining FIAF, she taught at Connecticut Friends School and the Alliance Française of Greenwich. Liza earned her bachelor’s degree at Manhattanville College and studied abroad in Montpellier, France. As an enthusiastic polyglot, she speaks five languages.

Valentine Biollay

Music Instructor

Valentine is a unique performer whose repertoire includes such varied genres as straight-ahead jazz, French cabaret, klezmer, spirituals, and classical music.  Her international career has brought her acclaim in France, Switzerland, Morroco, Canada, and especially in her current city of residence, New York City.

Marianne Verbuyt

Pedagogical Consultant

Marianne has over two decades of experience in French language education. As an expert in cross-cultural curriculum development, she leads teacher training at the FIAF Preschool. Before joining FIAF, Marianne was the curriculum coordinator at the Lycée Français de New York and founded her own tutoring company. Previously, she taught special needs students in Paris and Brussels. Marianne holds advanced degrees in education and psychology from the Université de Toulouse le Mirail and the Centre de Formation Pédagogique Européen.