L’École de Denver is committed to offering an equitable French Immersion program for students from Cycle 1 through Cycle 3. At each level, we blend the best of the French and American educational systems, gifting our students with deep bi-literacy, whole-child skills and knowledge, and a multi-cultural perspective.
Emmanuel Bidan (Director and Cycle 3 Teacher) I was born in Laval, France. I have been teaching since 1990 and have experience teaching every elementary grade level Kindergarten through 5th grade. My leadership experience includes serving as Director of After School programs and Summer Camps at a Denver private school. I have lead academic project teams to build curriculums for French schools in the US, and create a report card system for bilingual education, among other projects. In 1997, I completed a pedagogical and teacher trainer certificate program. When I moved to Denver in 2001 with my family to join a bilingual school, I quickly became a passionate advocate for immersion education.
Jenna Bachman (Cycle 1) After 7 years teaching French immersion at a private school I am thrilled to join the wonderful and talented educators at L’École de Denver! I have experience in tutoring French one on one as well as small groups. I was enjoying working with children from 12 months old to 10 years old at the Alliance Française before the closure. When I’m not at school I am at home with my fiancé and my son. In my time outside the classroom I love to swim, read, watch movies, and spend time with my family. But my most favorite thing is travelling and seeing the world with the ones I love!
Elodie Douchi (Cycle 1) I was born in Dijon, France. A certified elementary level teacher since 2011 by the French ministry, I have taught mainly in the early childhood levels. I moved to Denver with my family 4 years ago to discover a new culture. Passionate about my job, I am convinced that multiculturalism is an important aspect of our evolving society.
Odile Vincent (Cycle 2) Originally from the Northeastern part of France, I have been involved in immersion settings in the USA for the past 22 years. I first started as an assistant teacher in Minnesota. I enjoyed the experience so much that I went back to school and received my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of St Catherine in 2005. After teaching preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade for 9 years, I moved to Colorado, a state I had longed to live in for its natural beauty and climate. I joined the staff at the International School of Denver in 2009 and taught mainly first grade there. Besides teaching, I am also passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures and peoples. This coming school year is the onset of wonderful new adventures and I am really looking forward to embarking on this journey with the team at L’École.
Annie Papes (English – All Levels) I grew up in Michigan, received my elementary education degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and moved to Colorado for adventure. Teaching preschool through fifth grade in rural Michigan, Denver Metro, the mountains of Colorado, and Germany have been some of the adventure on my journey. My current adventure is raising a young family. I love to enhance the wonder, energy, and inspiration children bring to life. I am eager to meet the families and students of L’École de Denver.
L’École families are committed to supporting our teachers and staff in providing a rigorous academic curriculum in both French and English. We are a diverse community of individuals who share a common goal: to develop bilingual and bi-literate world citizens. As an independent school, L’École does charge tuition, but our priority is offering a quality education that is affordable for all families in our community.
L’École de Denver does not discriminate in its education policies (including admissions and scholarships) and employment policies against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or on any other basis proscribed by federal, state, or local law.