“The happiest man in the world is the one who makes the most people happy”

For the well-being of the children, the different actors in the school’s day-to-day operations (staff, parents, external parties) need to get along and work in harmony. The focus is on mutual respect and team spirit.

The Founders

Viviane and Vincent

Viviane & Vincent

Married couple Viviane Salin and Vincent Rosa are the happy parents of a nine year old and a seven year old. After moving to Singapore in 2006, they could not find the right school for their children, and decided to open La Petite Ecole in Septembre 2012.

After three successful years, they extended their services to families and their younger children by opening La Petite Creche. A whole new exciting chapter is now being written, with the launch of La Petite Ecole in Bangkok, in Septembre 2017.

Viviane’s unusual curriculum is a testimony of her multiple skills. After graduating from HEC School of Management, she first worked for an event organising agency in Paris, then as an accomplished violinist in Singapore, playing in an opera. She has provided private violin tuitions, but also taught students at the German School in Singapore. Furthermore, she has put her knowledge and skills to the service of adolescents with special needs, by encouraging them to express their emotions through music.

Her passion: to educate, pass on knowledge and reveal the potential in each child.

For the past five years, Viviane has first devoted herself to continue improving the school she had dreamed of for her children, before starting to develop and expand La Petite Ecole to new horizons. By doing so, she brings excellent education standards and learning conditions to a larger number of students.

Vincent studied in the same top-ranking school as Viviane did. After graduation, he went on to work at internationally-renowned banks, before joining his spouse to help manage La Petite Ecole, in 2013. He is the co-founder and co-director of the group La Petite Ecole.

Head of School

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Marie Nicou

School Principal

French, mother of 3 children, living in Bangkok since 1993
More than 20 years of teaching experience in French and international schools

"As a child, I experienced schooling overseas when my family moved to Tunisia. I have fond memories of this first expatriation, which opened my eyes and mind to the world. Many years later, I joined the teachers’ team at Bangkok’s international preschool ELC. I particularly enjoyed their pedagogy, inspired by Reggio’s philosophy, which enables hands-on experience based on creativity, imagination and the arts. I then joined a small English-speaking nursery, Annabel’s Nursery, where I immersed myself into early-years education. In 2004, I joined the French International School in Bangkok, where I experienced working in a bilingual class for the first time. I was trained on the national French curriculum and collaborated with my English counterpart to implement a bilingual curriculum. Building on these experiences, I had the exciting opportunity to open a little corporate school for a renowned French company in Malaysia in 2014.

The knowledge and understanding I acquired through the years have inspired me to develop and refine the teaching practices I imagined for my own school.

Opening La Petite Ecole in Bangkok was a natural progression in my career: I designed a school organised into learning centres, allowing each child to move freely indoors and outdoors, and offering a direct contact with nature. Children not only follow the French national curriculum, they also thrive in a lively, entertaining and serene environment.

I am convinced that being immersed in a bilingual school and a multicultural environment helps foster respect, tolerance, flexibility and adaptability. I also believe that a stimulating and innovative curriculum develop a creative, logical and open mind, while instilling a lifelong love for learning. The positive and encouraging environment we are creating in La Petite Ecole allow children to build self-esteem, generosity and integrity.

It is with these values in mind that I am fully involved at La Petite Ecole!"

Teachers

Iola

Iola

English Teacher (Great Britain)
I was educated initially as a marine biologist and worked within environmental education. I won a scholarship to study in Australia and Hawaii - humpback whales. It was the subject upon which I wrote my thesis. I have more than 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of cultures and systems: British, Italian, American, Canadian, Thai, Laotian, French and Japanese. In this way I hope to bring knowledge to La Petite Ecole and additionally improve as an educator. I have previously worked with Marie Nicou in both Canadian and French education systems. Together, we initiated a successful bilingual programme at the French school, Bangkok. My passions are philosophy, tai chi, falconry and my beautiful hawk - Murphy.
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Ying

Classroom teaching assistant (Thai)
My name is Ying and I am a fully-trained and qualified teaching assistant and nanny. I have received official certification from the Thai Ministry of Education. As a nanny, I have more than ten years of experience caring for children between zero and eight years old. I worked at an international kindergarten in Bangkok for six years as a teaching assistant in pre -K, K1, K2 and year 1 classes. Additionally, I am first-aid certified. I adore working with young children at La Petite Ecole.
Pailin

Pailin

Administration (Thai)
I am originally from Bangkok; I have worked in different fields for many years, but especially in business development. My last position at the Thai Italian Chamber of Commerce gave me the opportunity to meet lots of people from different nationalities and I really enjoyed working in such a multicultural environment. I am very grateful to join La Petite Ecole Bangkok, as I always wanted to work with children. I am very excited to work surrounded by children from all over the world in such a beautiful environment! My job is to cover general admin duties, ensuring the wellbeing of all children and parents by working in collaboration with the entire team of La Petite Ecole. I am a happy person who loves a good laugh and most of all, I enjoy interacting with children. I believe that children will gain a lot of good experiences in our school, where they will start developing their future. I am proud to be part of this project, a uniquely-equipped school in natural surroundings.