“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.
Antoine Le Mercier
“We stare at the sea for so long that one day we end up sailing it.'' A proverb from Brittany
I chose to explore the world, San Francisco, Shanghai, Toulouse, and now Ho Chi Minh City. I live a multicultural and multilingual life, together with my wife and our two children (4 and 6 years old), as we evolve in a Chinese-French environment.
It all started in 2007, when I left France as a young Professeur des Ecoles (school teacher), to go and teach in the Lycée Français of San Francisco. I had the opportunity to work with American teachers, who taught me how to use positive communication to help boost children’s confidence. I became aware of the necessity of adapting my pedagogy by adopting selected educational methods and tools from each culture in order to give my pupils the best education possible.
In 2010, my adventures lead me to China, to the Lycée Français of Shanghai, where I adapted the French curriculum to English bilingual classes and international Chinese classes, together with native teachers. Thanks to my extensive knowledge of the digital world, I was granted the role of new technologies coordinator, as well as coordinator of preschool classes; this allowed me to develop the use of digital tools for both the teachers and their pupils.
Back in France, I spent two years as a school principal in Claude Nougaro preschool in Toulouse, where I established a strong bond between the school and families of different social and cultural backgrounds. Together we organised cultural and school events.
I have been teaching and management coordinator for 6 years now and I do my best implementing team work (teachers and families), being open to new proposals and innovative ideas for the well-being and of children's learning.
In 3 years, La Petite Ecole has become big with more than 110 students. You can count on my commitment to putting all my personal and professional experiences at the service of students, teachers and families to continue to develop the benevolent, innovative and bilingual project of La Petite Ecole of Ho Chi Minh City.
Tâm Nguyen Mary
I was born in France in 1980 from Vietnamese parents, so I grew up with both cultures and languages. My origins naturally attracted me to Vietnam and in 2006 my husband (a teacher) and I decided to pack our suitcases and embark on a new experience.
What was supposed to be a short experienced turned into over a decade of expatriation in the country of my origins, and it is here that my children were born, and that I settled in both my professional and private life.
I studied to be a specialised educator and I worked in a number of establishments in France (inc. places for children in difficulty, or coming from socially-challenged backgrounds). In my first job in Ho Chi Minh Ville, I was responsible for a group of children at Bambou-Bulles nursery.
I later had the opportunity to become the director of the nursery, and after its fusion with Antonia, I took the role of general administration director part-time, on top of my role as a teacher in nursery.
Having followed the evolution of Antonia over the years, I was delighted to embark on this new chapter with La Petite Ecole, in September 2017. This year again, I will be heading the nursery while continuing to take care of the 2-3 years-old and manage the school’s administration team.
I wish to preserve the drive that has guided me throughout my career: to listen to parents’ needs and opinions, and advise them to the best of my abilities. My role is first and foremost human-centred; hence the necessity of putting empathy, warmth and benevolence at the heart of our relationship to family and children.