Isabelle has both extensive experience in multilingual education and an extensive international business background.
She started Be Lingual, a premier language program for schools and language immersion summer camp, in 2007 and has acquired broad expertise in the education industry thanks to this eight year venture.
Before switching to education, Isabelle worked internationally for 8 years for a leading hospitality group and for an international finance consulting firm. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Booth School of Business (University of Chicago). For her undergraduate degrees, she studied at ESCP Europe in France, the UK, and Germany, and holds business degrees from the three countries.
Born and raised in France, Isabelle settled in the Tri-State area in 2001. In her daily life, she is immersed in an international environment as her husband is Greek Cypriot. Her teenage son speaks three different languages, goes to a top bilingual school in the City, and is fully comfortable with different cultures. “I believe that language education can provide children with improved communication abilities, and help build self-confidence and adaptability – assets that serve children as well as adults, both in their professional careers and in their private lives.”
Daniel Buck, Head of School
Daniel has a Bachelor’s in Performing Arts and two Masters in Primary Education and Education Administration and Leadership. He worked as a primary school teacher for nine years and as deputy head of school in charge of the early years (Nursery – Grade 5) for four years. He has worked in schools in the US as well as Norway, Morocco, Brazil, and many more. Daniel has significant expertise in the International Baccalaureate.
Project-Based Learning, The Primary Years Program (PYP) and Destination Imagination are three of Daniel’s passions as an educator. He loves inspiring young minds to inquire, solve problems, and express themselves about their solutions. Daniel also has a passion for incorporating the Arts, as well as technology, in the classroom. Daniel’s family is bilingual (French and English) and he adores adding foreign words to his own vocabulary, particularly Portuguese, German, and French.
Rotana Suy, Deputy Head of School
Rotana holds a BA in Liberal studies from California State University and an MA in Educational Counseling from National University, Costa Mesa, CA. She is Franco-American with Cambodian roots. She is a native French and English speaker, is intermediate in Spanish, and conversational in Khmer.
Her main responsibilities at Tessa will include communication with enrolled families, admissions, and recruiting.
Before joining Tessa, Rotana worked in education for 19 years, including most recently 5 years with the International School of Brooklyn (ISB) and before that 4 years with the International School of Los Angeles (LILA). She performed varied roles in these two schools such as general supervision and admissions. She comes highly recommended by her previous employers and colleagues, who all greatly appreciate her excellent communication skills, professionalism, and hard work.
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