We might be a new school, but our experienced team is certainly not new to education and French immersion instruction.
Tara Bardeen, Interim Executive Director
“Immersion education is powerful tool for eliminating academic gaps, enhancing student achievement and giving our students the skills and perspective to be successful global citizens.”
Tara brings a unique blend of skills from both the business and education worlds with her experience as a Chinese language program founder, classroom teacher, professional curriculum writer and entrepreneur. She is also trilingual in English, French and Mandarin. Learn more about Tara.
Halley Joseph, Executive Director Coach
Mrs. Halley Joseph joined G & Consulting Group, LLC in September of 2020. Her background includes years as an elementary classroom teacher at various levels, several years as an instructional leader and over 14 years as a school principal/CEO. She earned her M.ED in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at the American College of Education. Mrs. Halley Joseph has extensive experience with Charter Schools including being a founding teacher and Principal at a charter school in Colorado Springs and then as a turnaround principal for a HS located in Southwest Denver. Mrs. Halley Joseph exemplifies, positive, professional leadership that makes a difference in the lives of students and staff.
Emmanuel Bidan, Director of Curriculum
“I firmly believe that learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
Experienced French immersion educator, certified teacher trainer and school program leader. Emmanuel has 20+ years of experience working in French immersion schools and has taught every grade K – 6. Learn more about Emmanuel.
Our Teaching Staff
Hélène Chaveriat – Kindergarten
Hélène is currently teaching Kindergarten for the French Ministry of Education in the public school of Puy-Saint-Martin (Saint-Julien-en-Genevois) in France and has been an elementary school teacher in France and also in French immersion schools in Singapore and Malaysia for the past 7 years. She holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Physical Education (with a focus on swimming) and brings experience teaching French as foreign language. Outside of school, Hélène loves sports and specifically enjoys running, mountain biking and the outdoors.
Agnès Crépy – Kindergarten
Agnès is currently a school principal and teacher for the French Ministry of Education in the town of Ugine in France and has been a teacher in public elementary schools for 22 years. She holds a Master’s in Sciences and Geology and has experience teaching children from preschool to 5th grade in multi-grade classes, which has given her great skills in differentiating her instruction based on each student’s needs. She also taught French as a foreign language to young Afghan refugees for two years. Agnès is passionate about exchanging best teaching practices with other colleagues and university researchers through a local group she co-created. Outside of school, Agnès enjoys traveling with her family and playing board games.
Alexandrine Toh – Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Alexandrine is currently working as a preschool teacher and has worked several years as a French immersion teacher with Global Village Academy and Colorado International School. She holds an Early Childhood Education Director Certificate, a German teaching license and a Special Education teacher’s diploma. She comes originally from the Ivory Coast where she taught 3rd and 4th graders as well as children with mild to moderate disabilities for 9 years before coming to the United States. Outside of her passion for children, Alexandrine loves to cook, listen to music and spend time with her family.
Marie Poirat – 1st Grade
Marie is currently teaching 1st and 2nd grade for the French Ministry of Education in the public school of Marc et Rosalie Jullien in Chatuzange-le-Goubet in France. She holds a Master of Sciences in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and tourism. She brings experience teaching children with special needs and tailoring her teaching tools to the needs of each child. Marie worked in tourism in different countries including Guatemala and Bulgaria before becoming a teacher and following the path of her parents who were both public school teachers. Outside of school, Marie enjoys hiking in the Alps with her family, mountain biking, camping, reading, and spending time cooking and drawing with her two kids.
Christel Munoz – 2nd Grade
Christel is currently teaching 4th grade for the French Ministry of Education at the public elementary school of La Plaine in Tignieu Jamezieu, France and brings 13 years of experience teaching grades preschool through 5th. She holds two Masters, one in Primary School Teaching and the other in Physical Education. She has some prior experience in the US with a school internship in Virginia and as a summer camp counselor for teenagers traveling through California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Outside of school, Christel loves reading and traveling as well as skiing, hiking, running and artistic swimming.
Stéphanie Agresti – 3rd Grade
Stéphanie is currently a Special Education teacher supporting all
teachers in the elementary school of J. Balmat in Chamonix, France. She brings 23 years of experience teaching all levels from preschool through 5th grade. She holds an Engineering degree in Agriculture, a Master’s degree in Education, a teaching license for Special Education and a teaching
licence for French as a Foreign Language. She brings a wealth of
expertise in differentiating instruction to ensure that each child’s individual needs are met. Outside of school, she loves reading, travelling and sports such as mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing, biking and hiking.
Emily Taylor – English Teacher/ELD
Emily has spent the past 7 years teaching 3rd grade at the Denver Green School. During this time, she has written and taught her own Common Core-based curriculum. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Relations with a focus on the Francophone world, and two Masters degrees from the University of Colorado Denver in Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. Emily recently achieved National Board Certification in Literacy for Early and Middle Childhood. She received her teaching license from the Stanley British Primary Teacher Prep Program in 2012. As a Denver native who grew up in Congress Park, Emily enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and playing outside with her husband, daughter and dog.
Annie Papes – English Teacher/ELD
Annie grew up in Michigan, received her elementary education degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and then moved to Colorado for adventure. Teaching preschool through fifth grade in rural Michigan, Denver Metro, the mountains of Colorado, and Germany have been some of the adventures on her journey. Annie’s current adventure is raising a young family while also supporting the needs of young learners at local French immersion school. She loves to enhance the wonder, energy, and inspiration children bring to life.
Bridget Morgan – Special Education Teacher
Bridget is currently a Special Education teacher supporting students with significant support needs in Sheridan, Colorado. She brings 7 years of experience teaching in special education, as well as experience in speech therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Special Education. Bridget studied French in her undergraduate program, and lived in Collonges-sous-Salève for a year. Bridget is passionate about helping each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, social, language, and motor. She strives to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment. Outside of school, she loves traveling, gardening, and spending time in the mountains with her husband and dogs.
Alec Trussell – School Psychologist Intern
Alec is currently a School Psychology Intern completing her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study with Northeastern University. She has three years of experience working with children with special needs, as well as a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in the French Language. Alec is passionate about supporting students’ individual needs with a focus on the students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional well-being. She strives to ensure students receive curricula and interventions that are evidence-based and targeted for the student’s individual learning profiles. Outside of school, Alec loves to read non-fiction, travel, and spend time in nature with her friends and her dog.
Laure Abercrombie – Social Worker
Laure just completed her Master of Social Work at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She completed her internship last year at Skinner Middle School and has a passion for restorative practices. She also holds two Master’s degrees in environmental engineering, one from the Institut des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon and the other one from University of Texas in Austin. After spending 15 years in France, Canada, Tunisia, Syria and the United States and working as an engineer, Laure decided to change her career. She became a school social worker to support children’s mental health and promote equity and inclusion in public schools. She loves outdoors activities and playing board games with her two daughters.
The French American School of Denver has identified the following finalists for the position of School Leader: Suzanne Acheson and Laura Myers.