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Administration Team

Eric Anderson
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The ISC Board of Trustees named Eric as the Interim Head of School in June 2014; so compelled was he by the warmth of the community, the promise and importance of the school's mission, and the partnership with the Board that six months later he committed to a permanent role through at least June, 2016. In his nearly twenty years as an educator, Eric has taught university undergraduates, directed a city-wide after-school education program, and served as both a science teacher and a school administrator at an independent school in Princeton, NJ. Over the course of his career in education, Eric has taught science, psychology, and English; developed new curricula; written and garnered grants; recruited, supervised, and trained faculty; and worked on a variety of community outreach and service projects. His conversational Spanish has come in handy both in travels to Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Costa Rica, and in his work with immigrant families from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Eric is also a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, and when he's not buried under paperwork, Eric prefers to be hiking, biking, paddling, singing, reading, gardening, or just eating and drinking with family and friends.

Joe Sacco
Business and Operations Director
Originally hailing from New York, Joe earned his BBA in Business Management from Loyola College in Maryland and brings over 10 years experience in project and program management, operations, logistics, and financial and budgetary analysis, most recently working on projects for UVA’s Office of the Vice Provost for Administration and Office of Sponsored Programs. Joe, his wife Melissa, and sons Robbie & Matthew have been living in Charlottesville since 2012. He enjoys reading thrillers and mysteries, working on a good crossword, and playing softball. He also claims to be a golfer.

Teaching Faculty

Toddler Program

Lourdes Pineda
Toddler Class Spanish Teacher
Originally from Honduras, Lourdes started her path as an educational professional at age 15 in the Escuela Normal de Occidente, where she graduated at age eighteen as an Elementary School Teacher. She worked for many years in the public school system of Honduras, and after a few years continued her higher education at the Francisco Morazan National Pedagogical University, where she earned higher degrees in Education and in Administration of Education Centers. She has worked with children for over 22 years, and for the last 10 years did so as the principal of a school in rural Honduras, reaffirming her passion and devotion to education in every area. Lourdes and her family moved to Charlottesville in 2013, and they love it here. They enjoy spending time together and going camping, visiting historical places, and trips to the beach. They greatly enjoy every changing season and trying foods of different countries, but overall just being together.

Sophie Parson
Toddler Class French Teacher
Sophie was born in Nimes, France. She is married and the proud mother of a sparkling daughter. She joined the ISC team in 2017 as a volunteer and now as a teacher for the toddlers’ class. After graduating from Sciences Po in France and from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, she started a career in auditing for major companies in Romania, Russia and France. However, since education has always been a passion to her, she took the opportunity of her family’s relocation to the USA to make the old dream of becoming a teacher come true. She now enjoys teaching at the ISC, and at several public elementary schools in Albemarle County as a French teacher for the Alliance Francaise enrichment program. When Sophie isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her corgi dog), doing crafts or baking cookies with her daughter, reading about history, and practicing Irish dances.

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.


French Program


Geraldine Dane
French Preschool Assistant Teacher
Ms. “Ge” has been a member of the ISC faculty since 2006 and 2017-2018 marks her eleventh year teaching in the ISC's French Preschool class. A native of Paris, she loves to share her culture and language with her students and their families. Geraldine studied child and geriatric care in France and then pursued further studies to complement her natural ability to work with young children by earning her Child Development Associate Degree in 2009. She loves spending her free time with friends and family over some tasty French food.

Sybil Hasson
French Junior-K/Kindergarten Head Teacher and Assistant Head of School
Sybil was born and raised in France. She earned a Master's Degree in sociology from the University of Paris, and completed teacher training at the IUFM (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres) of Bordeaux in 1996. She taught in schools in Paris for 7 years before joining our school as the French JK/Kindergarten Head Teacher in the fall of 2003. When not teaching, Sybil loves to cook and experiment with new recipes.

Kate Gates
French Preschool Head Teacher
Kate earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Paris, France and a AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) primary teaching degree. She taught 3 years in Montessori schools in Paris before moving to Charlottesville. She was the Head Teacher in ISC's French Preschool classes from 1999 to 2011, and after a four-year stint as Enrichment Teacher at the UVA Malcom Cole Child Care Center, she is back at ISC for her second year. In her free time, she loves cooking, traveling and have fun with her family and friends.

Pierrick Houziaux
French JK/K Teacher
Pierrick Houziaux comes from Lille, in the north of France. He moved in Charlottesville in September, 2016. In France, he studied history and heritage administration, and he worked as an archivist for the city of Lille for 6 years. He also worked with children for summer camps for 5 years. In parallel with his work at ISC, he is currently studying to become a web developer. During his free time, he likes playing music, reading, watching movies and enjoying good food with good friends. He also likes hiking in the Appalachians and he is trying to discover as many places as possible in the USA.

Editha-Néfertiti D’Almeida
French JK/K Teacher & Afternoon Enrichment
Editha-Nefertiti earned her Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature at the University of Limoges in France, in February 2017. During her research, she participated in symposia and conferences in her domain around France, Europe, Canada, and also taught French language to different levels and ages in France, Germany, New York, Boston and D.C. area. She is native French speaker, but she also speaks German, Italian and two languages from Africa. She likes reading, travelling, working-out, enjoying times with her family, listening to music, and having fun with friends. She is excited to join the ISC’s team.


Spanish Program

Nora Jimenez
Spanish Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
Nora was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied Business Administration at National University. For many years she succeeded as an entrepreneur and owned and ran a successful graphic art retail store in the city of Neiva. Nora and her husband left Colombia and moved to Miami, FL to reunite with her twin daughters and started a spa while planning on settling down in Florida. Spending time with her grandchildren reminded her how much she enjoys being surrounded by kids, so she sought a job at a school where she had the opportunity to work as the administrator. Since moving to Charlottesville, she has been immersed in the experience of providing education to kids with love, patience, and devotion.

Monica Lawson
Spanish Preschool Teacher
Monica has worked with kids her whole life and counts this as her biggest passion. She was born and raised in Bogota, Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree before leaving home to live in Switzerland for seven years, followed by 2 years in London. Monica's time in Europe helped her pursue her interests and talents in education, language, and photography. Her time in London cemented her career choice as a teacher and photographer, careers that have allowed her to travel all over the world - from Europe, to Asia, and back to South America. Monica eventually found her way to the US, where her husband has helped her grow roots in Central Virginia and raise two sons joyfully together.

Alejandra Newell
Spanish Kindergarten Teacher
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandra holds her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education. She has worked extensively with both children and adults with disabilities. She moved to Charlottesville in 2003, and joined the teaching faculty of the ISC in 2007. Alejandra continues to take coursework in education, and in her free time enjoys yoga, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Martha Otal
Spanish Preschool Teacher
Martha comes from Mexico City and has been living in Charlottesville, VA for more than fifteen years. She holds a BA in Educational Psychology from Mexico, an Early Childhood Education Career Certificate from Piedmont Virginia Community College, and has taken several courses in ADD/ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities among others. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching all ages, and she created her own bilingual preschool program which she led and taught in for more than ten years. Right now she is taking classes to earn a second degree in Child Psychology. Martha loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters, and during her free time she likes to run, go to the gym, and read.

Paz Villalobos-Johnson
Spanish Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Paz was originally inspired to teach through her work with children in outdoor education programs as a Scout Leader, and interacting with teens in international summer camps. Paz received her degree in elementary education in her native Chile from Universidad Católica de Chile, and was then credentialed as a professional teacher in the Chilean education system. When working in California, she held a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. As a child she received a bilingual education at an American International school, and is currently raising her own child to be bilingual. She loves to share her passion of the Spanish language and culture with her students, helping them learn through singing and performing. Besides teaching in a bilingual international school in Chile for eight years, Paz also has a great deal of experience teaching in the United States. In her free time, Paz loves spending time with her husband and daughter, travelling, going to the beach, and practicing yoga.


Enrichment Program

Lynn Aprile
Yoga Instructor
Lynn has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 15 years to children and adults. She was introduced to the ISC as a parent in 2008 and now enjoys sharing her gifts of yoga, art, song, and dance with the children, which are constant activities in her home with her children. Lynn also loves to cook, read the dictionary for fun, and listen to the beautiful sounds and smells of the ocean. She looks forward to working and caring for the children this year!

Raphaëlle Denat
Afternoon Enrichment
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.











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