“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 Founder and Director
After graduating from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) in 2002, I started my career in Paris as a financial auditor at Ernst & Young, before holding various positions in several large international groups (Louis Dreyfus, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank) in Paris, then in Singapore since 2006.
In 2012, I left the wonderful world of large groups with no regrets and embarked on an entrepreneurial project with La Petite Ecole, alongside my wife Viviane Salin.
What was initially a family project (a bilingual school for our two children, now aged 12 and 10) has turned into an entrepreneurial adventure. We have grown and learnt to surround ourselves with experts to carry out our projects.
After three years of success, we opened La Petite Crèche in order to offer a more comprehensive service to families in Singapore. Two years later, we took up the double challenge of launching La Petite Ecole in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City concurrently.
Since 2019, I have assumed the management of the group La Petite Ecole, in close collaboration with our School Principals, and more particularly with Maria Lamrani Alaoui, Pedagogical Director of the group.
The School Principal
French, mother of 3 children, living in Bangkok since 1993, over 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!