“青出于蓝而胜于蓝 (Indigo blue is extracted from the indigo plant but is bluer than the plant it comes from. Good schooling produces excellence beyond the masters: students surpass their teachers).”
Chinese Proverb

Educators & Leadership

We are excited to share that all positions have been filled, but we’re always happy to meet new talent.  If you are interested in joining the team, please Contact Us

Here’s some information about the Owner and her family.

Jessa Depew is a Senior Medical Director for a small biotech company where she runs clinical trials in rare genetic diseases.  Jessa received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Pharmacy from University of the Pacific.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University.  Jessa has been an active member of the Lung Transplant Foundation Board since 2014 and gives her time to support patients and families affected by lung disease. She and her husband, Jim, have 3 children at the Quad, Reeve (Kindergarten), Roman (Pre-K 4) and Avie (Infant). 

Jessa was an exchange student in France, so her boys also get exposure to French at home.  Jessa’s father, Steve, is the onsite “Mr. Fix It” for the staff, and the resident Grandpa for the children.  Jessa’s mother, Annie, will also be at the school periodically to support activities.  They are both retired and live in Atlanta to be close to their grandchildren.

Jim is a Plastic Surgeon in Marietta at The Plastic Surgery Center of the South.  He earned his Undergraduate and Medical Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed an intern year in General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, followed by a 5-year General Surgery residency in Savannah, GA, at Memorial University Medical Center – Mercer School of Medicine.  Jim then completed a 3-year fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  He is double Board Certified in General and Plastic Surgery.

Jessa and Jim will take an active role to identify age-appropriate STEM activities for children at the Quad.

Profiles and backgrounds of our staff are below.

 

Ericka Garcia

Ericka Garcia

Director of Operations

Ericka is a native Spanish speaker from Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. She has been in the Early Education field for 9 years. She completed an Early Childhood Care And Education Basics (Technical Certificate of Credit) from Southern Crescent Technical College in 2013 and obtained her Director's Certificate in 2015. She believes that teaching children foreign languages at an early age sets them up for a lifetime of success in any aspect of their lives. On a more personal note, Ericka enjoys the outdoors, fitness, and nutrition.

"Cuando puedes hablar con la gente en su propio idioma, profundizas las conexiones y la comprensión. Aprender 4 de los 5 idiomas principales del mundo a una edad temprana le da a un niño toda la vida para beneficiarse de las amistades interculturales, oportunidades profesionales más extensas, emocionantes aventuras de viaje y una visión más profunda de cómo otros ven el mundo.”

Ana Udelman

Ana Udelman

Assistant Director, Floating Spanish Teacher

Ana is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. She received a Bachelor of Social Studies in 2002. She taught at a special needs school as the Lead Teacher for 4 years. In 2001, she taught English and basic computer skills to Toddlers, Pre-K, and Elementary children. She later taught Pre-K and was the Teacher of the Year for 4 years in a row (2009-2013). Ana was promoted to Director before moving to Atlanta in 2018. She completed the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification in 2020. Ana is married and has 3 children. Victor (5), Ana Gaby (20) and Ana Vicky (16).

"Aprender otros idiomas fortalece el cerebro del niño y estimula su capacidad, en especial en las áreas del LENGUAJE, la MEMORIA y la ATENCIÓN. Enseñar a los niños otro idioma es abrirle las puertas a infinitas oportunidades que les dará la vida. Estudios dicen que "mientras más pronto empecemos, mejor!", por lo tanto, mi meta es ofrecerle esa oportunidad a los pequeños de dominar el español para que, cuando crezcan, sean adultos exitosos."

Alexia Lunda

Alexia Lunda

Toddler 1 French Homeroom Teacher

Alexia is a native French speaker from Congo. She obtained a Certificate in Computer Engineering in 2010 from South Africa and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Programming in 2013. She has worked as an IT technician in Africa. Alexia is a skilled Autodesk Revit drafter and she enjoys using her free time to design homes using software like Revit, Lumion, and Chief Architect.

Her newfound passion is children. She loves being around them because "I learn a lot from them. My philosophy is that everyday is a wonderful opportunity to teach them new things and guide them."

"Pour finir je dirai que les enfants sont comme des éponges, en bas âge ils distinguent et reproduisent les songs facilement. Cela leur permet de parler facilement différentes langues et de s’adapter dans différentes cultures."

Paola Quintero

Paola Quintero

Toddler 1 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

Paola is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. She graduated from Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacin as a Graphic Designer. She moved to U.S. in 2015 and studied English at KSU. She has a 11-month-old baby and in her free time she loves to spend time with her family, organize things at her house, and she loves to plan events.

She has a passion for teaching kids and has been working with them for more than 9 years with students from 1 to 12 years old. Paola is very creative. Being a Graphic Designer helps her to create different student activities to help them develop motricity and academic skills while having fun!

“Hablar varios idiomas ofrece la oportunidad de realizar multiples tareas y de conectar con diferentes culturas. Mi meta es que los niños disfruten el aprendizaje mientras se están divirtiendo haciendo manualidades, cantando canciones y jugando en Español.”

Li Wen

Li Wen

Floating Chinese Teacher

Li is a native Chinese speaker who came to the United States from China in 2014 and has been engaged in work related to Chinese cultural communication and Chinese language education. Li received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Changsha University of Science & Technology in Hunan, China in 1990. She has been teaching children of different ages to learn Chinese for 6 years. She also understands children's psychology and accumulates rich teaching experience. In 2016, Li was certified as a bilingual teacher by the American Foreign Language Teaching Council. She loves children, sports, and travel. She believes that mastering more than one language will open another window to explore the world for your children.

文莉是一名中国人。2014年从中国来到美国,一直从事着与中国文化传播和汉语语言教育相关的工作,教授不同年龄段的孩子学习中文达6年之久,了解幼儿心理,积累丰富的教学经验。2016年获得了美国外语教学理事会双语教师认证。她爱孩子,爱运动,爱旅游。认为掌握多一门语言,将会为您的孩子打开另外一扇探索世界的窗。

Gisele Djaha

Gisele Djaha

Pre-K 3 French Homeroom Teacher

Gisele is a native French speaker from Africa. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Human resources from IPAG Paris - France. She has worked for several international companies as an administrative assistant and had been involved in some communication projects. She joined her husband in the United States in 2014 where they have been raising their 3 children. She has been working in a Nursery for the past 2 years and tutoring students in French. Mme Gisele was exposed to English and Spanish at an early age and thinks that learning foreign languages is the best way to communicate and know different cultures. She loves to be around children and looks forward to helping them develop their social, emotional, and physical cognition with fun. Gisele enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking international meals, listening to music and meeting friends.

“I am so excited to be a part of your kiddo's learning journey at The Quad! Parler couramment plusieurs langues a de nombreux avantages pour l’enfant: ils seraient plus créatifs et auraient de meilleures compétences de concentration. Grâce aux langues, on est chez soi n’importe où."

Marvi Rocha

Marvi Rocha

Pre-K 3 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

Marvi is a native Spanish speaker from Caracas-Venezuela, graduated at the Universidad Central de Venezuela with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has been in the Early Education field for 12 years with a TCC credentials in Child Development Specialist. I love being a mother of my two teenagers’ children Joshua and Isabella who were the reason why I became a childhood educator.

I believe children have an internal timing and pacing to their development that is unique to each child. It is my goal to help my students develop in order to suit their individual needs. I love interacting with my students, singing songs, being dynamic, encouraging and nurturing.

“ Yo creo en la importancia de exponer a los niños a otros lenguajes y culturas alrededor del mundo y puedan llegar a ser Ciudadanos del mundo”

“ I believe that is important to expose children to other languages and cultures around the world, so they can become Global Citizens of the world”

Fanny Fontaine

Fanny Fontaine

Toddler 3 French Homeroom Teacher

Fanny is a native French speaker from Lille, France. She moved to Atlanta 3 years ago with her family. Her daughter Chloé, almost 9, is now fluent in English and her 4-year-old son, Louis, is well on track and ready to learn 2 other languages in Pre-K 4, at the Quad! Fanny has been working for 11 years as a speech-language pathologist in the north of France. Since she arrived in, Atlanta she has worked at AIS as a substitute and French Language Support Teacher, and at L'Ecole du Samedi.

"En tant qu'orthophoniste et en tant que maman, venir vivre dans un pays anglophone était un énorme défi. Comment communiquer, apprendre, s'intégrer et s'épanouir quand on ne maîtrise pas la langue ? Mais les enfants ont progressé très vite. Et ils continuent de m'impressionner tous les jours. Je réalise que c'est une vraie chance pour eux : c'est une ouverture sur le monde qui leur servira toute leur vie."

Wenyan Chen

Wenyan Chen

Toddler 3 Chinese Homeroom Teacher

Wenyan Chen is a native Chinese speaker from Wuhan, China. She had 10 years English teaching experience in Elementary school in China. Wenyan has made great achievements in English teaching and research and won the first prize of municipal competition. She was certified as a Chinese language teacher by the International Profession Certification Association in 2011. She has lived in the United States since 2012 and has been a Chinese lead teacher in Atlanta for Toddler to 3rd Grade for 8 years. She believes children learn best through play; she likes getting every student involved in her classroom and making her class fun and lively, as well as bringing multicultural experiences to her class. In her free time, she enjoys walking with family, watching movies, and listening to music.

做人以真,待人以善,示人以美,用包容的心态对待孩子们的每一个过失;用期盼的目光去等待孩子们的每一点进步;用欣赏的眼光去关注孩子们的每一个闪光点;用喜悦的情绪去赞许孩子们的每一个成功,用不老的童心去参与孩子们的每一次嬉戏。

Yabo (Victoria) Zhao

Yabo (Victoria) Zhao

Floating Chinese Teacher

Yabo (Victoria) is a native Chinese Speaker from Zhengzhou, China. After obtaining her Master of Arts in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Manchester in England, Yabo started her career working for the largest publication company in her city collaborating with international educators to create and translate learning materials for ESL students. From there, Yabo turned to a career in education and has over 10 years’ experience teaching students in both Chinese and English. In the past few years, Yabo has turned her passion to early childhood education and has two certifications in Montessori early childhood education from the American Montessori Institute. She loves children and has been a leading advocate in Zhengzhou for providing a more diverse and open learning culture for ages 0-6. Aside from teaching, Yabo enjoys spending time hiking and kayaking with her husband and son. Her son George has grown up in a bi-lingual environment and speaks English and Chinese fluently, he will be joining the school along with Yabo in the Toddler 3 class.

赵亚博来自中国,河南。她于2009年毕业于英国曼彻斯特大学翻译学硕士。在之后的从业经历中,她逐渐发现了自己真正热爱的行业-教育。2012年,赵亚博与伙伴创建了维多利亚美式家庭教育中心,致力于为3岁-18岁的中国学生提供纯粹的英语学习环境,期间她多次携学生及其家长访美。2016年,赵亚博女士完成了AMI(国际蒙台梭利组织)6-12岁的助教培训;2017年,作为孕妈的赵亚博女士,再次赴美学习AMI开办的蒙台梭利0-3岁主教老师培训课程;2018年,赵女士完成了AMI管理者课程。2019年底赵女士及全家来美,并从此开启了她新的生活,职业旅程。

Christine Wimberly

Christine Wimberly

Pre-K 4 French Homeroom Teacher, French Curriculum Lead

Christine is a native from France, and is very proud to teach her language and culture to the students. She has been teaching for over 10 years. Christine attended college at the Atlanta Metropolitan University where she studied International business. She lived in England for 7 years and moved back to her hometown of Lyon for a year. For the past 3 years, Christine has been teaching at Tabula Rasa the Language Academy where she taught all grades up to the 5th grade. She also teaches 4th grade students at the Ecole du Samedi.

"I am pleased to be your child’s French teacher this year. I am very interested in having your support and working as a team with your family in order to have a very successful school year. Teaching is my passion but I also love to travel the world. I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel quite a bit with my husband Gregg and my two daughters, Malèna and Zoriana. I speak several languages including Ukrainian, Polish and some Spanish. I look forward to continuing to have a positive impact on the children’s growth and to have new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at The Quad. Seul, on va plus vite...ensemble, on va plus loin."

Araceli Hernandez

Araceli Hernandez

Pre-K 4 Spanish Homeroom Teacher, Spanish Curriculum Lead

Araceli is a bilingual Spanish teacher who had worked with Pre-K 3 through 1st grade students. She has been an educator in the field of early childhood education for the past 19 years. Araceli earned a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Instituto Justo Sierra of Acapulco, Guerrero México. She celebrates diversity and multi-linguistic learners in her classroom all year long! Araceli is impacted daily by the connections she makes with her students and has a particular fondness for teaching. She looks forward to being part of this successful educational program at The Quad this school year! In and outside of the classroom, reading, singing, and dancing are some of her favorite activities!

"By teaching a foreign language, you are speeding up a virtuous cycle where you become better at what you are doing simply by doing it. El lenguaje es más que una forma de comunicarse con los demás. Imbuidos en él están las costumbres, tradiciones y pasiones de una determinada cultura. A través del lenguaje, las historias de un pueblo, una forma de vida, se transmiten de manera matizada. La identidad, el alma, de un grupo de personas reside en las vocalizaciones sincopadas y únicas de su lengua materna."

Jing Gao

Jing Gao

Kindergarten Chinese Homeroom Teacher, Chinese Curriculum Lead

Jing comes from Beijing, the capital of China. She is an enthusiastic teaching professional with over 15 years of creative instructing experience at the Elementary school level in China. This is her fourth year of teaching Mandarin in Atlanta. Jing is very happy to be a teaching at The Quadrilingual Academy!

"China is an ancient civilization. I hope my students can understand Chinese culture by learning Chinese and explore the world. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading a book, growing flowers, cooking, traveling, or running/walking at the park."

Inga Swett

Inga Swett

Floating English Teacher, English Curriculum Lead

Inga was born in Germany but has lived most of her life in Atlanta. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a French Minor from the University of Georgia. Prior to teaching English at The Quad, Inga served as a Lead Preschool Teacher to 3-year-olds. She also teaches English virtually to Chinese children, aged 4-14. Inga is a mother to Ethan (6) and Elise (3). Before beginning her teaching career, Inga worked in Public Relations. In her free time, she loves to cook, go on adventures with her children, and travel.

“I grew up in a multi-lingual home (English and German), so I know the importance of learning more than one language. Languages are the keys that unlock the doors for us to truly explore and learn about other cultures. I am so excited that my son (Ethan- Kindergarten) and daughter (Elise- Toddler 3) are students at The Quad and will be able to learn 3 additional languages!”

Maria Matute

Maria Matute

Floating Spanish Teacher

Maria is from Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Carabobo, Venezuela. She was a teacher for 33 years for adults and adolescents. She has had a wonderful experience working with children in the USA since 2018 and is grateful for such beautiful experiences.

"Hablar, escuchar, leer y escribir en varios idiomas son habilidades lingüística que puede dominar un niño por su capacidad innata de aprender nuevos idiomas ya que su proceso cognitivo está en plena formación, lo cual le va a permitir desenvolverse plenamente en su futuro."

Melissa Rivera

Melissa Rivera

Toddler 2 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

Sra. Melissa was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she majored in Social Work. Adding to her studies, she is certified by The Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators in Spanish. In 2009 she had the opportunity to work with children and the experience was so rewarding that it steered the future of her career in that direction. Sra. Melissa is a proud mother of two children who inspire her daily to make a positive impact in the intellectual development of other kids.

“It’s such an honor to join The Quadrilingual Academy family where the inclusion of multiple languages is a priority. Introducing a second language during the first years of life increases the child’s desire and ability to learn new skills. I look forward to being a part of your children learning where I can contribute to their bilingual education and overall experience. Sin lugar a duda forjar nuestros niños va atado de responsabilidad,compromiso y amor. Es para mi un honor ser parte de el desarrollo de personas capaces y con pensamientos diferentes. Apoyar su criterio y dirigir hacia la independencia es mi norte.”

Catherine López

Catherine López

Music Teacher & Spanish Floating Teacher

Catherine is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. She studied Aviation and Languages as French and English for more than 3 years at UCAB Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello.

Catherine is a musician, a flutist with more than 5 years of experience at the Symphonic Orchestra in Venezuela and 3 years receiving private lessons at home.

She has 5 years of experience teaching students from 5 months to 11 years old. Catherine loves teaching and doing fun activities with the children. “It's the best way we can teach them and speaking and singing all the time it’s the key. I have some courses done and I’m open to learn more to do the best as a teacher”. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, and photography as a hobby. Catherine recently started gardening at home and really loves it.

“Aprender idiomas a temprana edad es una ventaja donde abres puertas y obtienes beneficios fructuosos en la vida”.

Maria Escobedo

Maria Escobedo

Toddler 2 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

María is a native speaker from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico. She received a bachelor of science in education from University Autónoma del Noroeste in 2018. She’s been working with kids since 2015 with different ages from 6 weeks to 8 years old. After completing her degree, she was a Lead Teacher for Pre-K. She moved to the U.S. in 2019 to be an aupair for 18 months taking care of 3 children and at the same time studying English.

After that, Maria start working as a nanny by her own. “I really enjoy working with kids because it’s not just fun, it is super interesting to learn each other every day and watch them grow intellectually".

"Enseñar el idioma es solo una cosa, enseñar, transmitir y expresar el idioma sería un kid completo. Aprender 4 idiomas en una edad temprana no les abrirá una sino múltiples puertas hacia el nuevo mundo, mi meta es brindarles las herramientas necesarias a través de actividades didácticas".

Liliana Caldera

Liliana Caldera

Toddler 1 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

Liliana is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. She graduated from Universidad del Zulia as a Lawyer. She was a University Professor of Law for thirteen years and was also a teacher at High School in Venezuela.

I have always loved teaching and creating fun strategies through art and music. "Los niños que hablan más de un idioma son más creativos y se adaptan fácilmente a otras culturas. Mi meta es que mis estudiantes exploren su curiosidad y expresen su alegría en el hermoso idioma español"

Fang (Wendy) Abbey

Fang (Wendy) Abbey

Floating Chinese Teacher

Wendy has been in the United States for 17 years and has long considered it her second home. As an ancient Chinese saying goes, traveling thousands of miles and reading thousands of books, Wendy has been to more than a dozen countries. Traveling has opened her horizon, increased her knowledge, and she fully realizes the importance of communication between people, nations and cultures, and language as the bridge of communication! It takes ten years to grow trees but a hundred years to cultivate people. Children are the future of our world . If a child wants to grow up and become a useful person, early education is very important. "I like children, I feel the teacher is a sacred profession, I have the honor to be a teacher, must live up to the expectation of the school and the parents and help the children to have a happy and productive beginning to their academic lives".

我的名字叫温迪。我在美国已经17年了,所以我一直把它当作我的第二个家 中国有句古话,“行万里路,读万卷书”,我去过十几个国家。旅行开阔了我的视野,增加了我的知识,充分认识到人与人、国家和文化之间交流的重要性,而语言是沟通的桥梁! 十年树木,百年树人。儿童是我们世界的未来。如果一个孩子想长大成为有用的人,早期教育是非常重要的。 我喜欢孩子,我觉得教师是一个神圣的职业,我很荣幸能成为一名教师,一定要不辜负学校和家长的期望,帮助孩子们有一个快乐和富有成效的学术生活的开端。

Natacha Kingoma

Natacha Kingoma

Toddler 2 French Homeroom Teacher

"I am Natacha Kingoma, I was born and grew up in Democratic Republic of The Congo, Central Africa. I started my early education there from Kindergarten up to my 3rd year of Law School, after my 3rd year, I had an opportunity to move to the USA in 2009 and started all over. I went back to College at Chattahoochee Technical College where I earned a degree in Computer Programming in 2016. I worked as a Preschool Teacher at Benjamin Preparatory School. I enjoy using my free time to organize parties, cooking and traveling with my family. I am a Mom of 3 boys. I speak multiple languages. I speak fluent French, Lingala, Kikongo and English."

Aminata Fofana

Aminata Fofana

Floating French Teacher

Aminata Fofana is a native French speaker from Burkina Faso in West Africa. She has an Associate degree of Arts from CCCC in Plano Texas since 2004. Aminata worked in her Country as a Regional Sales Executive for an International Telecommunication company for 13 years and enjoyed traveling all over the world to seek new opportunities. She was also a part-time French teacher in a daycare with students from different countries. She discovered South Africa, Spain, France, Israel...and other wonderful places before moving to the USA in 2017 to be close to her husband. In the US, Aminata dedicated some time with American Express in Salt Lake City as Bilingual Technical support.

Now Aminata is returning to work with 'tiny humans', as she has always loved children from any race, religion and gender. "As I have not yet had children, I look forward to giving all my attention and affection to these angels". When she is not teaching, Aminata likes cooking, hiking, dancing, yoga and is a great chef.....

"Il n y a pas d'enfant difficile, ce qui est difficile c'est d'etre, un enfant dans un monde ou les gens sont fatigues, occupes sans patience et presses".

Vilma Martinez

Vilma Martinez

Floating Spanish Teacher

Vilma Martinez is from Panama City, Panama. She graduated from the University of Panama as a Early Childhood Educator with a specialty in Down Syndrome. She has over 35 years of experience in Early Childhood Education.

Her favorite motivational phrase that she likes to say to encourage students is "Dale con Fuerza, Tu puedes".

Srta. Vilma has her children and grandchildren in Panama to whom she loves to speak with in her free time. She also enjoys cooking, organizing her home and attending church.

Malena Wimberly

Malena Wimberly

Assistant Aftercare French Teacher

Mlle Malena is the daughter of Mme Christine, and supports our aftercare program. Fun fact, she's also a very capable babysitter.

"My name is Malena, I attend North Atlanta Highschool, I’m currently a senior. I am also bilingual. I speak both French and English. I love kids and have had lots of experience with babysitting children. I have a younger sister, so I tend to know what younger kids like. I love spending time outdoors and just having fun with the kids. Homework is no problem at all, and I will of course help them with anything they need. I always take the job very seriously and handle situations with responsibility."

Chelsea Hall

Chelsea Hall

Assistant Aftercare Teacher

Ms. Chelsea is completing her education to become a K-5 Elementary Teacher at Kennesaw University and supports our aftercare program.

Nataly Moreno

Nataly Moreno

Floating Spanish Teacher

My name is Nataly Moreno and I am from Medellín, Colombia. I have been passionate about photography and art since I was a child, for that reason, I realized at a early age that I wanted to pursue my dream as a professional career and that's why I studied photography and video at the University of Medellín with an emphasis on editing. I came to the United States in 2014 and have been working as freelance from the moment I set foot on this land, I am currently looking to enter the Georgia University of the Arts (SCAD) to complement my academic studies. I love working with children and I love to contribute to their personal development through art, as I firmly believe that it is a necessary means of expression for every human being, as it helps us understand our nature and that of the world in which we live from the inside out.

Natalie Brevick

Natalie Brevick

Assistant Aftercare Teacher

Natalie is a sophomore at Campbell High School and is proficient in Spanish.

Allyson Bounds

Allyson Bounds

Assistant Aftercare Teacher

Allyson is a sophomore at Campbell High School and is learning Spanish as a second language and is excited to learn from the students and staff.