The Library is pleased to present this panel discussion in partnership with the Association of American Women in Europe (AAWE).
Within the French education system, the transition from maternelle (pre-school) to primaire (primary school) is an exciting step for most children. The Cours Préparatoire (or CP) is the first year of primary school (primaire), when children begin their formal education and learn to write and develop their reading skills. Our panel discussion with professionals and parents will cover: what to consider when making choices about the best C.P. options for your child; what is available in Paris in terms of private and public schools and how to apply to them; developmental insights into this age group; and practical advice for helping your children thrive during this crucial step in their education.
The speakers will include:
Elaine Bowman: mom to two bilingual boys who were both born in France. She is currently the Campus Director of the Bilingual Montessori School Paris in the American Church of Paris and member of the AAWE Education Committee.
Jessica Lament: a multi-certified teacher and coach specialized in integrating diverse learners and instruction that maximize student engagement. She is currently Vice President of SPRINT and co-founder of School Partner Consulting.
Michelle O’ Brien: is co-founder of A Good Start in France. She is a bi-national French/American born in Long Island N.Y who has lived and worked in many countries around the world and studied in both France and the US. She actively contributes to the social & educational Anglophone organizations in Paris helping new expatriates enjoy and benefit from their time in France.
Nancy Jochimek: began her career in New York, before moving to Paris where she is now a successful business woman. She is the mother of a bilingual son who has just moved up to C.P. She did a great deal of research into the best option for her son and will be sharing how she chose her son’s program, and why it was the best choice for him.
Susan Zeitouni: is an Italian/American, who was born and raised in Rome, Italy. She completed her university education in the U.S., and moved to Paris in 1981. She is married to a French national and raised her child in France. With her 26 years in the relocation industry she has extensive experience advising families from around the world on schooling choices for their children. She is the co-founder of A Good Start in Paris.