“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

For the excited parents, profiles and backgrounds of our staff are below.

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

Jessa Depew is a Regional 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 2 boys at the Quad, Reeve (Pre-K 4) and Roman (Pre-K 3).

Jessa was an exchange student in France, so her boys also get exposure to French at home and attend French school on Saturdays at Atlanta International School (AIS).  Jessa’s father, Steve, is the onsite “Mr. Fix It” for the staff, and the resident Grandpa for the children.  He built homes for 20 years before retiring to Atlanta in 2017.  Jessa’s mother, Annie, and her mother-in-law, Alice, 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.

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.”

Angelica Ruiz

Angelica Ruiz

Toddler 1 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

Angelica Ruiz is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico. She graduated from the National Pedagogical University of Guanajuato Mexico, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education. Angelica has 16 years of experience in the education field. She worked 8 years in Mexico as a preschool teacher and 8 years working with toddlers in the United States. "I think the best way to face life's challenges is to be prepared with a quality education, to learn other languages to open the doors for new and better opportunities and enrich social and cultural life. La enseñanza para niños es esencial para el desarrollo de las destrezas que los acompañarán durante toda su vida, aprender lenguajes es maravilloso, uno de estos lenguajes maravillosos es el español, los niños a temprana edad tiene la oportunidad de aprender más rápido. Nosotros como maestros tenemos la responsabilidad de emplear nuestros conocimientos para guiar el aprendizaje y establecer en el aula una situación educativa interactiva en la que el niño aprenda de una manera activa y reciba cariño, atención y estímulos. Trabajar con niños pequeños es volver a hacer niño porque puedes reír, cantar, gritar, bailar, correr y explorar. “porque los niños son las personitas más maravillosas de este mundo”.

Li Wen

Li Wen

Toddler 1.5 Chinese Homeroom Teacher

Li Wen 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。

Hélène Blin

Hélène Blin

Toddler 2 French Homeroom Teacher

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."

Si Zuo

Si Zuo

Toddler 3 Chinese Homeroom Teacher

Si is a native Chinese speaker from South of China, Changsha, Hunan where she has received her Business English degree. She lived in France for 6 years while studying Education and LEA. Then, she worked as a translator for Chinese Petroleum Company in Algeria for several years. Si moved to Atlanta 5 years ago with her family. She has 3 wonderful boys, Juno 8-years-old, Julian 5-years-old and Gerald 2-years-old. All of them are bilingual speakers. Gerald will learn 2 other languages at the Quad! “I hope my students could explore original Chinese culture by learning Chinese language. Chinese is a “character” language which is different from other languages, through a different way of learning will inspire you a different way of thinking, as well as vision of life. I enjoy combining my love of learning foreign languages and reading to help students learn and gain an appreciation for both.” 在全球化的时代中,虽然英语是一门使用最广泛的语言,但是如果你会多种语言将拉近人与人之间的距离。汉语以其独特的魅力代表东方文化的起源和精髓,值得一生体味。

Andrea Shiera

Andrea Shiera

Toddler 2.5 Spanish Homeroom Teacher

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!"

Fanny Fontaine

Fanny Fontaine

Pre-K 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."

Christine Wimberly

Christine Wimberly

Pre-K 4 French Homeroom Teacher

Madame 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” every Saturday morning. "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 also 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 Quadrilingual Academy." Seul, on va plus vite...ensemble, on va plus loin."

Araceli Hernandez

Araceli Hernandez

Spanish Elementary Homeroom Teacher

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! "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.” 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! " 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

Chinese Elementary Homeroom Teacher

Jing Gao 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 Marone

Inga Marone

English Teacher

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 (5) and Elise (2). 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 daughter will also be a student 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."

Ana Udelman

Ana Udelman

Floating Spanish Teacher

Ana is a native Spanish speaker from Venezuela. She received a Bachelor of Social Studies in 2002, but always wanted to be a teacher. She taught at a special needs school as the lead teacher for 4 years. She learned a lot about disabilities and how to meet children's needs with love. In 2001, she was given the opportunity to teach English and basic computer skills to Toddlers, Pre-K, and Elementary children. In 2006, she took a lead teacher position in a Pre-K Academy and was the Teacher of the Year for 4 years in a row (2009-2013). Then, she was promoted to Director before moving to Atlanta in 2018. Currently, she is completing the national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition, the Child Development Associate certification. Ana is married and has 3 children. Victor (5) is the youngest, and he was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Victor can walk and run without assistance, and he already reads in English and Spanish. Ana Gaby (20) and Ana Vicky (15) are both excellent honor students. Ana Gaby wants to be a doctor, and Ana Vicky wants to join the US Air Force. "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."