Kaleidoscope bilingual school is a family school where each student, each teacher and each family, helps to build a very stimulating academic and cultural environment. The bilingual school was created on the belief (confirmed by official studies) that bilingualism offers our children many intellectual strengths and undeniable advantages for their adult life. Through our bilingual school and our English Clubs on Wednesdays and school holidays, we have succeeded in creating a bilingual, open-minded and dynamic environment that contributes to the intellectual development of our students.

The Preschool Team

Nikki North
Nikki North
English Teaching Assistant

My name is Nikki North, I live with my 7 year old daughter Amelia-Grace and my 5 year old son Jensen.  We are the proud owners of a 2 year old English Cocker Spaniel who we enjoy playing with in the garden and taking for walks/ bike rides and scooter rides.

I left the UK in 2005 and enjoy the many positives of international life.

I have worked and gained qualifications to work with children in Saudi Arabia, China, Spain, Germany and now France and love watching the world discovered my their rapidly expanding minds.

I enjoy working as English speaking teaching assistant Monday to Wednesday in Kaleidoscope and whilst I’m not busy with Amelia and Jensen I am trying to learn a bit more French myself.

Bertrand Criner
Bertrand Criner
Enseignante Française

Je m’appelle Bertrand et cette année j’aurai la charge de l’enseignement dans la classe de moyenne/grande section.

Originaire du Sud-Ouest, j’ai travaillé pendant plusieurs années dans le monde associatif où je coordonnais et animais des projets éducatifs en direction des enfants, notamment autour des thèmes de la Préhistoire et du Moyen-Age. Passionné de pédagogie, j’ai obtenu en 2012 un poste d’enseignant dans une école française au Moyen-Orient. Là-bas, j’ai enseigné pendant 3 ans en classe de grande section. Pendant 2 ans, j’ai aussi occupé la fonction de directeur de l’école. A mon retour, j’ai intégré l’équipe pédagogique d’une école internationale bilingue du XVème arrondissement de Paris. J’avais en charge la classe de grande section ainsi que le « club de français » (activités FLE maternelle/primaire) tous les mercredis.

Désireux de retrouver le Sud-Ouest tout en continuant mon parcours professionnel dans l’enseignement, c’est avec plaisir que je rejoins Kaléidoscope à la rentrée 2018, enthousiasmé par la qualité de l’équipe pédagogique et du projet de l’école.

En travaillant ensemble, enfants, parents et enseignants, je souhaite que cette année encore la classe de moyenne/grande section soit un lieu d’apprentissage et de partage où se construisent savoir, savoir-être et savoir-faire pour tous les enfants de la classe.

Rhiannon Hayes
Rhiannon Hayes
English Teaching Assistant

I’m originally from the North West of England. My passion has been, and continues to be, travel. I have loved to travel and have travelled to countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Argentina and Bolivia. Having such varied and interesting cultural experiences has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the world greatly. I relocated with my partner to France in the summer of 2016 and we now live and work around Toulouse, a fascinating city.

I have over 8 years experience working in a variety of schools. Before leaving the UK I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Special Educational Needs primary school. Since arriving in France I have worked with French children, assisting with their English language after school. Working with young people and children is something I have always enjoyed and have become passionate about helping every child grow in confidence and reach their full potential. I am keen to help create an environment which is stimulating and challenging for the children. I find supporting children on their bilingual journey extremely fulfilling and I am very excited to be able to continue this role at Kaleidoscope.

Philippa Petch
Philippa Petch
English Teaching Assistant
My name is Philippa Petch, I am married and have two children, Maisie and Bryony.
We left Wales in 2012 , predominantly for my husbands work in Airbus but also for me to
raise our girls.
In the UK, I studied Social Work and worked for Social Services in a variety of settings helping
children and families. Since, I have been in France, I have gained my TEFL qualification and
have been teaching children and adults. Also, I am a Rainbow Guide leader, organising and enjoying games and songs with girls aged 5 to 7 years.
I am enjoying this new adventure with Kaleidoscope, watching and encouraging the children’s
learning and growing.
Danielle Dang
Danielle Dang
I was born in Sydney, Australia and decided to move to Toulouse late last year.
Before beginning my career in teaching, I studied Finance and have worked in the Finance field for  over two years. After careful introspection, I knew teaching was my passion.
In 2009, I began my teaching studies whilst working as a Diploma qualified Room Leader in which later I progressed my role as an Early Childhood Teacher, as well as, an Educational Leader in the Long Daycare service.
Soon, with my bachelor degree in teaching, I decided to move to England where I have taught classes ranging from Nursery to Grade 6.
After traveling to France on countless occasions, I finally decided to start my new journey to  Toulouse 8 months later.
I believe teaching children English or being a teacher isn’t just about getting them to know new vocabulary or to be able to count or tell the days. It’s about getting them to embrace a new language or even ways of expression that intrigues and stimulates their curiosity, to enjoy using English as part of their daily lives, to challenge themselves in recognizing, negotiating means and communicating in different language systems. However, most importantly, each child is unique and learns differently so learning a new language is about having the right guidance from a teacher who is able to connect and build relationships with children and their families to enhance their overall development.
Children learn best if we recognize their unique strengths and their preferred learning styles because each child have great capacity to learn if the right opportunity is presented to them.
Amy Easterbrook
Amy Easterbrook
Primary English Teacher

I have been teaching since 1992. I worked in 4 different schools in the UK teaching children from 3years old to 7 years old. I love teaching children, watching them grow and develop and can’t imagine doing anything else.

I moved to France with my family in February 2015. We are really enjoying our new life here. I am delighted to be working at Kaleidoscope and to be able to carry on doing the job I love.

Cathy Dargelly
Cathy Dargelly
Assistante Maternelle Français

Je m’appelle Cathy et je suis l’assistante en français. Après un long parcours  commercial, j’ai eu la chance de mettre un pied dans une école maternelle, et là je me suis dis, c’est ce que je veux faire au quotidien jusqu’à ma retraite. Depuis 6 ans je travaille dans les écoles maternelles et centre de loisirs. Après  le BAFA, j’ai obtenu le CAP petite enfance. Déjà toute petite, j’étais derrière ma mère à vouloir m’occuper des enfants qu’elle gardait.

Passionnée par la petite enfance, c’est toujours un plaisir de partager mes journées avec les loulous. Avec les enfants, je me suis remise à réapprendre la langue de Shakespeare.    Jour après jour, je les vois progresser et s’épanouir, c’est  tellement enrichissant que j’adore ce métier.

Christine Petman
Christine Petman
English Teacher

Hi my name is Christine, I have a son called Fynn and my husband is from Toulouse. Originally graduating as a journalist I moved to France five years ago and trained to teach English as a foreign language. I have since worked in many reputable French bilingual schools, specialising in teaching young children. I teach each of my students as individuals and encourage and guide them according to their personal needs and learning style. My classes are always diverse, creative and fun and I hope, plant a seed of curiousity and appreciation for other languages and cultures.

Silje Somazzi
Silje Somazzi
Enseignante Française

Je m’appelle Silje et je suis franco-Norvégienne. Passionnée par l’Anglais, je me suis dirigée vers des études de langue et plus particulièrement l’enseignement. Je travaille à Kaleidoscope Ecole Bilingue depuis 2014. Bilingue depuis l’enfance, je suis consciente de cette richesse qu’offre le bilinguisme et évoluer dans un environnement tel que l’école Kaleidoscope est une opportunité merveilleuse pour les enfants.

Sue Knight
Sue Knight
English Teacher

In 2013 my husband and I moved to France from Bristol in the UK with our two teenage daughters.  For several years before leaving Bristol I worked as the manager and head teacher for a private nursery and pre-school owned by our family.  I graduated from Cheltenham University with a First Class Honors Degree in Early Childhood Learning and Development and with an Early Years Professional Status.  I then attended Bath Spa University in order to undertake a Masters Degree.  I have trained as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and have worked with a very diverse mix of children from the ages of 18 months to 6 years in this role.  Whilst my studies and experience have included all aspects of children’s learning and the importance of the adults role in this, I have specialised in the language acquisition and positive mental health of young children and the fundamental role this plays in present and future, happiness and success.  In my role as the English Teacher of the TPS and PS class at Kaleidoscope I am excited to be able to create and share a rich and stimulating learning environment with the children.  An environment of opportunity that will enable them to approach their learning with an interested and positive attitude, whilst ensuring they are able to fulfil their individual potential as students and as happy young people, who are the future of our community.

Directors

Sandrine Bevan
Sandrine Bevan

Kaleidosope is a family run school where every student, families, staff, contributes to a culturally rich, academically stimulating environment. The school was created because we all believe, and studies have shown, that dual language education offers children more choices later in life. Through our bilingual school and the English clubs, we have created a free minded, highly spirited community which we are glad to be part of.

Christopher Bevan
Christopher Bevan

Kaleidosope is a family run school where every student, families, staff, contributes to a culturally rich, academically stimulating environment. The school was created because we all believe, and studies have shown, that dual language education offers children more choices later in life. Through our bilingual school and the English clubs, we have created a free minded, highly spirited community which we are glad to be part of.