Ana is a native of the Northern part of Mexico and a native Spanish speaker. She acquired her English after arriving in the United States and understands first-hand that learning a new language opens new ways of thinking, behaviors, and ways of approaching different cultures.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and received a Master’s Degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, studying second language acquisition. She then received a Master of Science in Education. Ana has years of experience in education from managing Pre-K Spanish immersion programs and preparing lessons to meet the needs of all students.
Ana enjoys spending time with her family and often finds her own children teach her how to become a better teacher. Ana is a dedicated teacher who will make your child feel safe, loved, and engaged via fun and purposeful activities.
Joshy Hernandez, Assistant Teacher – Spanish
Fluent in Spanish, Joshy was born and raised in Guatemala. Since an early age, Joshy has always been interested in taking care of children, taking courses in child development when she was in high school.
When Joshy immigrated to the United States she decided to dedicate her life to working with children. Beginning as a nanny, Joshy eventually became a tutor for 4 and 5 year-olds. She then became an assistant teacher at Tessa in 2016. She is happy to be on Team Tessa!
Maria Cintron – Assistant Teacher – Spanish
Maria was born and raised in a bilingual family in Jersey City. Her parents are from Lares, Puerto Rico where she acquired her Spanish at a very young age through her daily interactions with her mother and father. Being bilingual has helped Maria understand the importance of Hispanic cultures.
Maria holds an Associate’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from Hudson County Community College. She has experience working with children from the ages of three months to five years old. She is also working toward obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Literature with a minor in Latin and Caribbean Studies at the New Jersey City University. Maria has also had the experience working as a Spanish translator in New York City.
Maria loves working and spending time with children. She enjoys reading, singing, and dancing with her one-year old nephew. She also loves to cook, read, meditate, and work out. Maria is dedicated and committed in helping your child understand the importance of learning another language through meaningful and purposeful activities.
Sandrine Exile – Lead Teacher – French
Sandrine is happy to be a member of Team Tessa; she joined during its opening in 2017. She has over 13 years of experience in the classroom as assistant teacher and teacher. She believes that each child is unique and that children should learn from hands-on experience. She is always trying to improve her knowledge and is currently completing her American Associate Degree in Child Development. She knows the challenge of becoming bilingual by working with her daughter, who is now bilingual in French and English.
Sandrine is a native French speaker and was born and raised in Réunion island, France. She began her career by working with young children in France and England. In 2000, she moved to Pennsylvania and became an American citizen. She obtained her Pennsylvania School-Age Credential in 2008. Sandrine has a real passion for working with young children and challenging them to give their best, while ensuring their well-being.
Élodie Sylvestre – Assistant Teacher – French
Élodie was born and raised in Paris by her Guadeloupean parents. She received her Associate Degree in Administration, Social Science and Economics, but wanted a career that focused more on social concerns. She therefore decided to earn a social work certificate in Quebec; since then her mission has been to improve children’s lives wherever she is.
Élodie worked as a Social worker in Montreal and realized there how vital education is for children; she learned that it brings knowledge as well as solid values in their lives.
She started her teaching career working as an educator for children with behavioral issues in a foster home and as a tutor for a community resource center in Montreal. She still volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused or neglected children in order to provide them with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
Élodie is very excited to be a part of Tessa’s mission and be able to teach French in such an empowering and open-minded environment. She makes giving each child a way to express himself or herself a priority.
Tatiana Nardy- Lead Teacher – French
Tatiana is truly international with a solid background in the French language and pedagogy. Brazilian by birth, due to her father’s career, she lived in Brussels for three years, Bogota for three years, and then Washington D.C. During this time she attended elementary, middle, and high schools that follow the French system. Tatiana graduated cum laude in the French language and completed a Respective Literatures Undergraduate Degree Program at the University of Brasilia. She moved to Hoboken with her husband two years ago.
Tatiana has been a French teacher for 12 years. Aside from working at the Lycée teaching French to preschool, elementary, and middle school students, she worked for many years at the Alliance Française in Brasilia where she taught younger children, teenagers, and adults. There she helped open a course focused on teaching French to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. In addition, she taught French at the University of Brasilia to university students.
Tatiana is a patient, flexible, creative, enthusiastic, and team-oriented teacher who loves working with children. Since she was raised in different cultures and languages, she believes that bilingual education is excellent for helping young minds become more creative, tolerant, and open-minded and for improving writing and reading abilities.
Maritza Meza- Lead Teacher – Spanish
Maritza was born and raised in Colombia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Pedagogy of the written language. She has worked with the Reggio Emilia educational approach, which is based on the idea of the child possessing a strong potential for development. In addition, Maritza is skilled in the Blending Learning Model, which provides students with the necessary tools to explore their world with meaningful learning experiences and to become 21st century learners.
She worked at a prestigious private international school in Bogota for 18 years as a preschool teacher and also in a Pre-K English immersion program. One of her pillars as an educator is to respect students’ individual learning processes and maximize their potential in a fun and caring environment. One of her great passions besides education is writing articles related to her educational experiences with children and sharing them with teachers around the world.
Sandrine Bedouet – Associate Teacher
Sandrine was born and raised in Angers, France. She has over 20 years of experience working with children for Education Nationale. She has worked in various cities in France in very different social and cultural environments. Sandrine has two Bachelor’s degrees: one in The Science of Education and the other in Sociology.
Sandrine considers teamwork to be key to the success of a school. She loves working with children and she considers each child to be unique with his or her own source of happiness. She believes that education is key for children to become respectful citizens. Sandrine is enthusiastic, empathetic, and engaged. She is very excited to be a part of Team Tessa.
Rosa Peralta-Arias – Assistant Teacher – Spanish
Fluent in Spanish, Rosa was born and raised in Ecuador. Since earning Child Development Associate (CDA) and Child Development Specialist certification (CDA) she has become very proficient in managing behavioral issues. She has had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of children including children who are challenged by ADHD, autism, speech impairments, and other conditions. These experiences have helped Rosa to gain expertise in planning and implementing teaching methods that incorporate individual students’ learning. Rosa is hard-working and self-motivated. She always tries to improve herself and she never gives up.
Yoa Meikle – Assistant Teacher – French
Ms. Yoa Meikle is thrilled to be a Tessa! She received her diploma from the Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Abidjan (CAPES/Lettres Modernes) and the National University of the Ivory Coast, followed by continuous studies at the University of Grenoble, as well as in Sèures, France. Ms. Yoa has written several exercise books for Kindergarten.
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