Our educators and administrators are the backbone of everything we do at Les Petits Francophones. We couldn't be here without them. The majority of our team is Francophone and most are multi-lingual adding a richly diverse mosaic to the school and its celebrated diversity. Each classroom comprises of at least one anglophone and one francophone educator.
Laetitia Lerebourg-Medrano, Executive Director
Laetitia joined our team as Interim Executive Director/Director of Education Development in June 2021 and was promoted to Executive Director in September 2021. Her role primarily focuses on programmatic development and teacher development, as well as supporting school operations. Native from France, Laetitia moved to Canada after her master degree in Social Studies. She lived in Canada in many places, for 12 years, from the East Coast to the West Coast. Teaching was her passion, so she went back to the University of Ottawa to get her Bachelor of Education. Hired by Vancouver School Board, she worked with children from grade 2 to grade 5 and became Head teacher. Seeking new opportunities, she decided to move to California and worked in Oakland for the past 3 years in a Francophone school. Always looking for new challenges, she joined Les Petits Francophones' Board as Secretary in October 2020. Mom of two children, an 8 years old girl and a 13 years old boy, she loves cooking and enjoy outdoors activities! Dedicated to provide the best in education, Laetitia also loves creating inclusive projects and enrichment activities.
Chunru Wen, Teacher
Chunru joined LPF in January 2018. She has more 18 years of experience in preschool settings. Prior to joining LPF, she worked at bilingual preschool and Montessori preschool. She is currently studying towards her AA in Childhood Development, as well as additional Montesorri classes in order to become Montesorri certified. She really enjoys educating and taking care of children, as well as observing their learning , growing and exploring. She believes that, with guidance, patient and encouragement from the parents and teachers, children will reach the most fully development and become a unique talent in the future.
Laurence Young, Teacher
Laurence joined LPF in July 2019. She is originally from Brittany, France. I currently live in Dublin, CA. Laurence worked as a French Teacher in Raleigh, NC and over the last three years has been working diligently towards her AA in Early Childhood Education. She has been living in the US for 18 years. She previously lived in Arizona and North Carolina. She is married and has two daughters. She likes spending time with her husband and daughters, playing board games, going to the movies, and especially exploring local areas. She enjoys reading historic based fiction, as well as non-fictional accounts of France’s history. She spent one year leading our 3-4 years old class and since September 2020, she has been leading
Darling Hernandez, Teacher
Darling joined LPF in August 2020 as a sub-teacher and joined our team permanently in May 2021.
Morgane Bhatt, Teacher Assistant
Morgane joined our team in August 2021 as a Teacher Assistant. Morgane is a French Native and has worked in a french-speaking pre-school for the last three years. Morgane moved to California six years ago. In France, she worked for the National Center of Scientific Research as a human resource manager. When she moved to California, she became a French tutor and volunteered at French preschool, which led her to decide to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. She is the proud mother of twins who are also attending Les Petits Francophones. Morgane also has over 30 years of high-level competitive fencing experience, including silver and bronze medals at the USA National Championship (in Women Foil Veteran).
Catherine Sauge-Merle, Teacher Aide
Catherine joined LPF in August 2021 as Teacher Assistant. Catherine is from France. With her Colombian husband she had the opportunity to discover the Latin American culture, and they have lived in the United States for the last 10 years. They really like California, where some of their family lives and where the diversity of languages and cultures still impresses her. Working with children has always been her goal and she has been lucky to be increasingly more involved in her kids’ school. The French language, through music, is a passion that she will be providing weekly music classes to our Petits Francophones.
Nathalie Steinmetz, Teacher Aide
Nathalie joined our team as a Teacher Aide in September 2021. Nathalie is a French native, born on the beautiful island of Corsica (France). She is mother of 4 now teenagers and we 2 cats. She really enjoys cooking, baking, spending time at the beach, and gardening. Also, she loves fashion! But more than anything, what makes her happy, is to laugh, talk and spend time with her children and the people she loves.
For most of her adult life, she has been a stay-at-home mom, and now, she is bringing her passion for education on a professional journey. She is currently taking Early Childhood Education courses at Contra Costa College.