The International Bilingual School of Haute-Savoie is a non-profit association administered by a board of Directors which organizes meetings to elaborate the School strategies and ensure its mission is fulfilled.

On a daily basis, the school has an administrative and financial management, and the pedagogical Directors. Welcoming the students and leading them towards success is a top priority for the pedagogical team.

Committees and working groups allow for creative thinking on educational themes and they participate in making EBiHS an active school willing to take on major forward-looking educational issues of our time. [

The 2019-2025 Strategic Plan gives the broad school goals and explains the major strategies that will be used to achieve them.

Administrative personnel:

Mathilde Mondongou

Co-founder and director

Biography not yet translated.

Nadège Caruso

Finance officer

Biography not yet translated.

Emilie Lefebvre

Human ressources officer

Emilie is originally from Northern France.  After obtaining her literary high school diploma,she joined Metz’s faculty of Law subsequently joining Paris’s faculty of Law and gaining a Master Degree in Private Law.

Attracted to the English language and British culture, she decided to spend 6 months in London before joining the Westford Graduate School of Business, located in Grenoble, where she was awarded a second Master Degree in HR Management.

Having graduated in both Private Law and HR Management, Emilie joined her future husband in Annecy and began her career as recruitment consultant in a major temporary recruitment agency. Lire la suite

Her next career move was to join a medium sized firm in serious difficulties as the Human Resource Executive and Administrator. Using her legal training, Emilie managed to extricate the company from proceedings which enabled the company to become competitive and successful.  She was responsible for increasing the scope of the board of Directors and developing the human potential within the company.

With operational experience of more than 13 years, and convinced that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (N. Mandela), Emilie joined EBIHS in March 2019 as the HR manager to contribute towards its continued development. 

Claudia Vernot

Front desk and office manager – Pré de Challes
Enrichment programme coordinator

Biography not yet translated.

Laurence Thibault

Front desk and office manager – Pré Faucon

Laurence has had a taste for cultural exchanges and encounters, travel and photography, as well as a curiosity to learn and discover, since her first stay in Great Britain at the age of 13. She also fell in love with the country, the Anglo-Saxon language and culture.

After completing a BTS in Management Secretariat, she did an internship in Bournemouth, England, in order to master professional English. Upon her return in 1992, she left the Seine-et-Marne region to settle near Annecy, where she often went on holiday, a region whose beauty and quality of life she appreciates. It is here that she finds her way into the organization of cultural events.Lire la suite

After many years at the International Animation Film Festival (Citia), which gave her much professional and personal satisfaction, notably as Public Welcome Manager, Laurence wants to diversify her career and focus on the field of education.

Within EBIHS, Laurence makes the most of her organizational and relational qualities through her missions of reception, secretariat and administration,and communication.

Committed to values and the transmission of knowledge, Laurence is convinced that a bilingual educational environment offers an open mind and undeniable assets for the development and success of children. 

Hélène Jager

Co-founder and honorary member of the association

Biography not yet translated.

Pedagogic supervision:

Martine Ouelette

Primary school director at Pré de Challes

An unusual life path gave this life-loving Canadian all the tools necessary to take up the challenges of a career change. Indeed, as someone who delights in exploring every opportunity, Martine did not hesitate to turn her back on a first hard-earned career to make her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher a reality! Although she held a Business Management degree from Sherbrooke University, which led her to work in Administration for 8 years, she seized the opportunity to study education at “Université du Québec” in Montréal, where she earned a degree in Preschool and Elementary Education. Degree in hand, Martine began her new career working at an English language School District in Montréal where she taught French to Anglophone 1stgraders in an immersion program.

Always thirsty for more, Martine continually attended training sessions and professional development sessions. And so, she set up long-term projects in her class, differentiating content to meet the different needs of each student. She created and adapted texts of particular interest to her students and necessary for their learning and growth. In the hopes of cultivating a pleasant and inspiring environment for all students, Martine led diverse school projects like Artists at School or Meet the Author or Illustrator. She was a part of several committees within the School District who brainstormed and implemented innovative projects. Lire la suite

Upon her arrival in France in 2008, Martine continued to teach a wide-range of learners before joining the EBiHS team when the school opened. Eager to learn more about learning difficulties and their implication, Martine enrolled at the “Université de Lyon” and obtained a degree in Neuropsychology Education and Pedagogy, to learn to tailor her instruction to the specific needs of students. Hence, the creation and development of a program for Gifted and Talented Learners was a natural next step in her work to reach every student.

In September 2018, with the success and well-being of the greatest number of students at heart, Martine gladly accepted the position of Primary School Principal at Pré de Challes.

Emilie Tarraf-Lescoffier

Primary school director at

Pré Faucon

Born in Paris as the child of an American mother and Syrian father, cultural diversity has been a central part of Emilie’s life since her earliest memories and a defining aspect of her personality. Languages – English, French and Arabic – have followed her from birth to adulthood, each one bringing with it a different culture. This particularity certainly contributed to Emilie’s open-mindedness and led her to teach despite her varied educational cursus.

Indeed, Emilie studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Illinois, during which time she completed a successful year at Sciences Po in Paris in the International Program there. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois, Emilie returned to France as a Language Assistant at the Université de Bourgogne. In her free time, she taught as an English Assistant at a private middle school. During these two years, she spent her summers as a Language Assistant at the University of Homs, in Syria. These two years which included so many different teaching and cultural experiences encouraged her to pursue a career in teaching and she applied for and was accepted for Teach for America, a prestigious program in the United States which “enlists, develops and mobilizes…future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equality and excellence.” Lire la suite

Always searching for ways to perfect and grow, Emilie enrolled in a Master’s program in Education at Hunter College in New York. She specialized in Early Reading Instruction and defended a thesis in the Development and Measurement of Character Traits in children. Diploma in hand, Emilie participated in the opening of a new school. She taught and was promoted to Grade-Level Chair at a school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, which has become one of the best in New York City. This school’s mission, which has proven more than successful, is to provide a good future through education to children in one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the United States. Despite all the interesting ventures and challenges that Emilie undertook in Brooklyn, she decided to return to France, where she was offered a position to teach at Ecole Bilingue International de Haute-Savoie. She enjoyed several years of happiness, teaching several classes of wonderful students and working with their parents. With the growth of the school and opening of a new building, Emilie worked in parallel to her teaching as the Pré Faucon Coordinator. Seeing the personal and intellectual growth of each of her individual students confirms her choice to work and grow in Teaching.

Christian Jarlov

Lower secondary school director

Teaching in International French schools gave Christian Jarlov the opportunity to travel around the world: USA, Africa, Asia and in the  Middle-East. In Zimbabwe, he founded with his wife the first French International school. After teaching during three years in the Middle-East, he returned to Africa, in Dakar Sénégal, to work for the Ministry of Cooperation, teaching and creating newspapers and magazines for children. Besides teaching, he collaborated for more than 15 years with a publishing company, Bayard-Press as a journalist and advisor.

Christian then spent ten years in Singapore, working for one of the most prestigious school of the French International network. He was involved in many projects, including Art and Theatre, collaborating with professional artists and musicians.

In 1998, he moved to California and worked as a teacher and pedagogic Director for a French American school. From 2010 to 2017, before moving back to Annecy, he was the director ( or Head of school) of the San Diego French-American School.

Christian is passionate about bilingual and international education, Art and communication. He enjoys offering students opportunities to discover other cultures. He is convinced that bilingual and international education promotes essential values such as open-mindedness, tolerance and respect, preparing children for a world ever more complex and global.