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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 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 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 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 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 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.
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."
Andrea is from Venezuela, her native language is Spanish. She's a psychologist by training and received her Bachelor's degree from Rafael Urdaneta University in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She has been a swim instructor since the age of 18 years and in 2015 opened her own swim academy.
She moved to the U.S. in 2017 and took the Georgia assessment certification of education and passed at a professional level. She has a passion to teach. For Andrea, it is a big opportunity to give all the kids a piece of her life and her culture.
"I think having fun is the best way to learn. I’ve traveled around Europe before I moved to the U.S. and I learned how important it is to speak more than one language and how many doors are going to open when you can emphasize with somebody completely different than you. El proceso de aprendizaje del niño debe ser divertido espontáneo y guiado para lograr en ellos su mejor versión. Ese será mi granito de arena para construir un mundo mejor!"
Lili is from Shandong, China. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics and Trade in Xi’an Peihua University, which has prepared her well to educate the next generation of international students. Lili moved to GA to reunite with her husband in 2019. They have two dogs, and she enjoys spending my time with family, cooking, and traveling! Lili likes sharing Chinese Cultures and Chinese food to others! She is open to all kinds of advice and wants to be a better 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."
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.
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 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 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 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 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."
Hélène is from the North of France and has lived in the USA since last year. She obtained her Nursing diploma in 2015 and worked for several years in pediatric emergency at the Necker Hospital in Paris. This allowed her to develop a solid knowledge on the development of children. She believes that early learning of several foreign languages offers children incredible life prospects. Outside of her work, Hélène is interested in naturopathy, likes to travel, and run.
"Enseigner plusieurs langues étrangères aux enfants, c'est leur donner les moyens de se construire l'avenir dont ils rêvent. Ils développent leur confiance en eux et leur sensibilité envers les autres. C'est une chance d'offrir aux enfants une ouverture d'esprit sur le monde et les différentes cultures qui les entourent."
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 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”.
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"
I am a bilingual French teacher, I was born and rise in Algeria - North Africa -, I moved to Atlanta with my husband and my baby boy almost 3 years ago.
Holder of French diploma (DELF), and master degree major filed in architecture and urban design. I had the opportunity to combine my theoretical knowledge with field practice while I was working as a teacher in university of Constantine in Algeria for 06 years. I had the chance to travel all around Europe where I participated in multiple seminars and congress. Since I arrived in Atlanta, I worked at AIS as a substitute teacher and French Language Support Teacher, also in kaleidoscope after school program with the little ones, and at L'école du Samedi. Being around the kids, helping them to learn and develop their skills and knowledge, also sharing my culture have always be one of my biggest passion.
Etre maman pour la première fois, m’a permis de faire très attention aux détails qui accompagnent le développement des enfants, très attentive à leurs besoins auxquels je réponds d’une façon pédagogue, et professionnelle c’est une responsabilité à prendre très au sérieux.
Keisy is a native Spanish speaker from Guadalajara, Jalisco México. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2014. She continued her education and obtained a Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2017.
As an occupational therapist, she has gained understanding of child development across all developmental areas. She understands the importance of supporting the development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in their everyday routines such as play, rest, self-care tasks, education, and social participation, while also addressing cognitive, emotional, and motor skills. She believes in the importance of nurturing children’s social-emotional development during their first years of life as this will influence other areas of development. Keisy has two toddler boys who inspire her to learn and develop a deeper understanding of child development.
“Learning multiple languages at an early age can provide various benefits that extend beyond cognitive and academic skills. It opens more professional opportunities, enhances understanding of other cultures, and is a gateway for intercultural competency and the development of cross-cultural friendships. Aprender varios idiomas a una edad temprana puede proporcionar varios beneficios que van más allá de las habilidades cognitivas y académicas. Abre más oportunidades profesionales, mejora la comprensión de otras culturas y es una puerta hacia la competencia intercultural y el desarrollo de amistades interculturales.”
Yuqi Chen is a native Chinese speaker from China. She came to the United States as an international student to receive her higher education at Georgia State University. Her major is Early Childhood & Elementary Education (ESOL endorsement). She has been working with children since 2015. She is a passionate and caring teacher who wants to help every child progress in all areas of their development – academic, social, language, and motor. Before Yuqi joins Quad, she worked as a Chinese Drill Instructor at Perimeter College for two years. Yuqi Chen has practiced Chinese calligraphy for over twenty years. Her Chinese calligraphy “God Rewards the Diligent” ranked 1st in the National Art Competition “Yan Yuan Bei.” Her Calligraphy Artwork “Poetry of Traveling the Gentlemen Mountain” has been chosen for the exhibition and published by Taiwan National Library Press. She has been invited by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and other schools as a guest speaker for promoting Chinese calligraphy and culture.
“As a multilingual speaker, I have benefited from learning different languages. It allows me to have an open mind to a more diverse world. I hope to bring our children a joyful experience of learning Chinese and Chinese cultures. I want to make a positive difference in the future of children. I want students to know that they have people who really believe in them. I hope to create a safe place for the children in my classroom, where teamwork and empathy are rewarded just as enthusiastically as a good test score. Through love and understanding, I strive to help students achieve their highest potential. Aside from teaching, I spend most of my time on volunteering. My volunteer efforts include a wide range of areas, such as Covid-19 medical supplies distribution, after school projects, disaster relief, environmental protection, fundraising, international cultural festivals, homeless projects, and senior center outreach. Through these efforts, I have seen my works improve the lives of individuals. I believe that the more I contribute, the more insights I attain.”
Myriam was born in Germany and studied in France. She is a native Franco-German speaker as her father was French and her mom German.
She was naturally led to studying foreign languages and civilizations and earned her Bachelor degree in Montpellier, south of France. She taught German and English at the French public schools for several years and moved to Atlanta in 2014 with her husband, her daughter (15), her son(19) and her dog(13).
In Atlanta she worked for 3 years at Treehouse Academy, the early childhood education as a 4 years old teacher, and obtained the GaPDS (Georgia Professional Development Certificate in Early Child Development). She also gives private French classes and has been teaching at l’Ecole du Samedi for a couple of years. Recently she started as Substitute for German and French at Atlanta International school and Gwinnett County public school.
"The earlier you learn a foreign language, the easier and faster it is. And when you already know at least one foreign language, the easier it is to learn another one. Speaking different languages, having multiple cultures opens your mind and intellect, your ability to learn faster and further, to adapt to all life situations in professional but also personal domains. I also believe that in order to promote high-quality learning and successful children's it is important to educate them in a fun and positive environment, supporting each child’s rate of development and encouraging the development of self confidence."
"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 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 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.
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."
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.