“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

Profiles and backgrounds of our staff are below.

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 (Pre-K 4), Roman (Pre-K 3) 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. 

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

Infant 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

Toddler 1.5 Chinese Homeroom 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

Toddler 2 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."

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!"

Lili Su

Lili Su

Toddler 3 Chinese Homeroom Teacher

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.

授人以鱼,不如授人以渔

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, 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

Spanish Pre-K 4 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

Chinese Elementary 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 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 (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."

Hélène Blin

Hélène Blin

Floating French 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."

Catherine López

Catherine López

Floating Spanish 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”.