Kirsten McGee, Toddler Class French Teacher
Kirsten grew up in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, and started learning French when she entered third grade at the Washington Waldorf School. She studied in Paris during her junior year at James Madison University, and later her fluency began to emerge while she was an au pair in the south of France. Upon graduation, she taught English in Czechoslovakia for a year, and then volunteered on an archeological dig in Lille, France. She remained in Lille for two years, teaching English, perfecting her French, and gardening. When she returned to the United States, she pursued a Master’s degree for Waldorf education at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire, and then taught at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. She is very excited about joining the faculty at ISC, as it combines her passions for French and working with young children. She enjoys playing and hiking with her three sons, being creative, and spending time with friends and family.
Raphaëlle Denat, Toddler Class French Teacher
Raphaëlle (a.k.a. ´Raffi ´) was born and raised in France. After graduating from the University of Bordeaux, she moved to Australia where she spent 3 years, first as an au pair in Sydney for a family of 4 kids, then in a campervan in which she traveled around the continent. She worked in various places along the way, even volunteering in a kangaroo orphanage, and finally moved back to Sydney where she finished her studies and met her future husband. She moved to Charlottesville August 2017, and enjoys painting and sewing, playing music, and especially cheese and wine.
Sulay Garay, Toddler Class Spanish Teacher
Sulay was born in Honduras. She started her educational profession in the Escuela Normal Mixta del Litoral Atlantico, where she obtained her degree as an Elementary School Teacher. Afterwards, she finished her university studies by obtaining a Bachelor degree in pedagogy. Later on, Sulay continued her studies with a Master degree in educational management at the Francisco Morazan National Pedagogical University. She has worked with children for over 30 years, and for 15 of those years, she served as a principal in both elementary and high school environments. Sulay, along with her family, moved to Charlottesville in 2015 and have traveled around the United States to explore its beauty and the kindness of its people.
Viviana Hernandez, Toddler Class Spanish Teacher
Viviana (or Vivi) was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. In 2003, she decided to study Pedagogy in the Universidad Católica de Chile. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Literature and Hispanic Languages, a Bachelor's degree in Education, and a Spanish Teacher's degree. She has worked as a Spanish Teacher for 14 years in Chilean schools and tutorials, and continues to learn something new from each child that comes into her classroom. In December of 2016, she moved with Nicolas, her son, to Charlottesville and started teaching in the Toddler class in 2017. In her free time, she like to travel, practice yoga, ride mountain bikes, read science fiction and classic literature, care for her garden, paint, and enjoy nature with her family.