Hi, I'm Cecile!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Cecile is an educator, teacher and mum of three girls. Her love for nature has its roots in the garden of her dad in Benin, full of exotic flowers but also fruit trees: papaya, avocado, grapefruit and lemon. She has also been passionate about beading and painting since she was 3 yrs old. She graduated in 1999 and got her baccalaureate at EFE Montaigne french school of Cotonou, Benin. After receiving her Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Bordeaux, France in 2003, Cecile started thinking about traveling to New York City. Part of her family is from Normandy, France. She arrived to Brooklyn in 2005 where she started babysitting and exhibiting her artworks in bars, lounges, cafe and galleries. After she had her three daughters, Cecile went back to work and taught as a volunteer art teacher at her daughter's school P.S. 262 in 2013. She then created a school garden at P.S. 262 in Bed Stuy to educate children about growing food, environmental science, compost education and nutrition (2013-2016) Then she taught for a year at The Gathering space, a new extension of Stuyvesant Heights Montessori School, for a year as lead teacher for French in 2014. She completed her Master Composter course at BBG Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2015. She also taught art classes in French for a year at Butterfly 7 toy store in Bed Stuy. She creates Montessori materiels and uses Reggio philosophy with her own multicultural approach of education to bring to the children art, science, cooking, gardening, botany, yoga, singing. Cecile is convinced that children can learn and have fun at the same time.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
My philosophy and approach are about bringing out the best of the students ' creativity in a disciplined environment yet respectful and caring.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher?
A great teacher communicates its passions to the students and bring them to their path towards success.