Marie King, French JK /K Teacher
Marie was born and raised in the south of France on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. In 2014, she received a cycling scholarship to come study in the United States and eventually decided to make Charlottesville her permanent home where she lives with her husband. Marie joined the ISC team in 2018 as a floating assistant and a physical education teacher, and then as a French JK teacher. She has obtained her bachelor’s degree with coursework focusing on education, languages, and social sciences. As a former professional cyclist, in her free time she loves to ride her bike in the beautiful Virginia countryside. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, and traveling.
Raphaëlle Denat, French JK Teacher
Raphaëlle (a.k.a. ´Raffi ´) was born and raised in France. After graduating from the University of Bordeaux, she moved to Australia where she spent 3 years, first as an au pair in Sydney for a family of 4 kids, then in a campervan in which she traveled around the continent. She worked in various places along the way, even volunteering in a kangaroo orphanage, and finally moved back to Sydney where she finished her studies and met her future husband. She moved to Charlottesville August 2017, was part of our French Toddler teaching staff this past year, and enjoys painting and sewing, playing music, and especially cheese and wine.
Geraldine Dane, French Preschool Assistant Teacher
Ms. “Ge” has been a member of the ISC faculty since 2006 and 2019-2020 marks her fourteenth year teaching in the ISC's French Preschool class. A native of Paris, she loves to share her culture and language with her students and their families. Geraldine studied child and geriatric care in France and then pursued further studies to complement her natural ability to work with young children by earning her Child Development Associate Degree in 2009. She loves spending her free time with friends and family over some tasty French food.
Kate Gates, French Preschool Head Teacher
Kate earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Paris, France and a AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) primary teaching degree. She taught 3 years in Montessori schools in Paris before moving to Charlottesville. She was the Head Teacher in ISC's French Preschool classes from 1999 to 2011, and after a four-year stint as Enrichment Teacher at the UVA Malcom Cole Child Care Center, she is back at ISC! In her free time, she loves cooking, traveling and having fun with her family and friends.
Kirsten McGee, French Toddler Teacher
Kirsten grew up in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, and started learning French when she entered third grade at the Washington Waldorf School. She studied in Paris during her junior year at James Madison University, and later her fluency began to emerge while she was an au pair in the south of France. Upon graduation, she taught English in Czechoslovakia for a year, and then volunteered on an archeological dig in Lille, France. She remained in Lille for two years, teaching English, perfecting her French, and gardening. When she returned to the United States, she pursued a Master’s degree for Waldorf education at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire, and then taught at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. She is very excited about joining the faculty at ISC, as it combines her passions for French and working with young children. She enjoys playing and hiking with her three sons, being creative, and spending time with friends and family.
Diana Flanagan, French Toddler Assistant Teacher
Diana was born and raised in Romania where she still has family and enjoys visiting every summer with her husband and two children. She has a BA in French Language and Literature and a MA in Cultural Anthropology and has been teaching French for the past 15 years. This year will be Diana’s second year at the ISC. She has been supporting the HAC Team as a Floating Teacher/ PE Teacher this past year, and helping in our Aftercare Program.