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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

From a very young age, Mathilde had a real vocation for teaching. In parallel with her studies as a teacher, she followed a university course in English.

After her studies, Mathilde spent two years abroad, one as a French language assistant in a college in Wales, the other as a translation student at a university in Toronto, Canada. Through these two experiences, she honed her English language skills and taught in bilingual schools in Canada, which reinforced her desire to work in a bilingual educational environment.

For the next 25 years, she taught in a variety of school settings: private Catholic schools, international schools, bilingual schools, as well as in different grade levels. Lire la suite

Mathilde is convinced that bilingualism develops many abilities in children, while at the same time giving them an open mind.

Her professional experience and her convictions as an educator have played an important role in the conception of the pedagogical project of Ecole Bilingue.

Annecy, a dynamic and cosmopolitan region close to Geneva, was the ideal place to open such a school. It was the beginning of a new adventure, shared with Hélène Jager.

For several years, Mathilde worked alongside Hélène as pedagogical director, contributing to the development of the bilingual programme and the coordination of the pedagogical team, which grew a little more each year. After Hélène’s departure at the beginning of 2019, she became the director of EBiHS, with the desire to ensure that the school continues to develop harmoniously.

The values of work and a sense of effort, sharing, cooperation, respect for others and openness to diversity are those to which she is very attached, and which allow each child to develop fully in the caring environment of the Ecole Bilingue de Haute Savoie.

Nadège Caruso

Administrative Manager

With an engineering degree from ENESAD in Dijon, coupled with a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky, USA, Nadège worked in a university research laboratory for 6 years in the
United States.
The DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère), obtained in 2004, enabled her to teach in language schools in Brazil and Mozambique. Lire la suite

At the same time, she led a survey on child labour in rural areas for ECLT (Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing), a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva.
When the Ecole Bilingue Internationale de Haute-Savoie opened its doors in Annecy in 2010, Nadège first became involved as a parent in the school. Her commitment enabled her to obtain the position
of Assistant Director in 2013. Over the years and with the development of the school, Nadège has seen her functions evolve to now be in charge of the administrative management of the school.
Nadège is fluent in English and Portuguese and has many years of experience abroad. The multicultural environment offered by EBiHS suits her perfectly. Administrative management came
naturally to her thanks to her interpersonal skills, her ability to adapt to the evolution of the school, her rigour and pragmatism.
Nadège advocates bilingualism, an excellent asset for the child’s intellectual and personal development. She works to ensure that the EBiHS offers the right conditions for children to master
both languages, French and English.

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

School Secretary – Pré de Challes
Head of registrations

Claudia Vernot is originally from Colombia in South America. As a student at the Lycée Français de
Colombo, then for three years at a High School in the United States, she became trilingual, adding
French and English to her mother tongue, Spanish. Lire la suite

Graduated in Psychology from the University del Valle in Colombia, Claudia has worked for many
years in the field of human resources, selecting, training and coaching staff. She has thus developed
skills that she has been able to transfer and develop in other sectors, particularly education.
Claudia moved to Annecy in 2015 and then joined the school's administration team. In addition to
welcoming and communicating with families, she coordinates the after-school programme, the
Wednesday Club and the Holiday Club.
She also finds time to help students discover Spanish during her extra-curricular activities.
Claudia Vernot always prioritizes welcoming and giving attention to each child and their well-being,
both during the day and during the extra-curricular activities. The quality of the welcome and
teaching is a priority for this enthusiastic person who is passionate about both human relations and

Carole Griot-Pezzini

School Secretary – Pré Faucon

Head of Communication

Specialized educator for 25 years (in Foyer de Vie for adults and then in ULIS-college for students with learning disabilities), Carole has always been keen to adapt and adapt her care to bring out the best in students.

Mother of 3 children and an active member of a parents’ association, she knows the school environment well, having worked with principals, municipal teams and, of course, many parents. Lire la suite

In order to give a new impetus to her professional life, she chose in 2019 to follow a reconversion training course to become an administrative assistant. From now on, she wishes to use all the knowledge and skills she has acquired over the years, both relational and technical, in a reception and secretarial mission.

A few trips and a lot of English songs have helped her to maintain her knowledge of English, a language she is particularly fond of.

Hélène Jager

Co-founder and honorary member of the association

Hélène has always been passionate about language studies. At the age of 13, she took part in school exchanges abroad which enabled her to experience global education systems and practices..

After training in management and marketing, she worked for ten years for multinational companies, which gave her the opportunity to live and work abroad in places such as Germany, the Netherlands and England. Lire la suite

This enriching experience reinforced her taste for languages: English, German, Spanish and even a little Dutch and Russian. But above all, she has become aware of the importance of mastering these communication tools because they open up many possibilities such as the knowledge of other cultures, and the exchanges that allow us to get to know each other better and appreciate our differences.

After this international experience, Hélène felt the need to invest herself in a more personal and meaningful project, that of transmitting and educating, while using her experience and love of languages. What could be more normal than to found a bilingual school with an international vocation! Thus, in 2009, the project took shape with the collaboration of Mathilde Mondongou and other educators who opened the first bilingual school in the Ancienne region.

What is dear to Hélène’s heart? That EBiHS allows each child to progress as well as possible, discovering their potential and talents, in a welcoming and caring environment that values them and prepares them for the future.

Pedagogic supervision:

Martine Ouelette

Primary school director at Pré Faucon

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

Pre Elementary School director at

Pré de Challes

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.