Helene Fabre brings to Rochambeau her 25 years of professional experience in leadership positions for private organizations. Her background is in various industries such as publishing, road safety education (Codes Rousseau), office furniture (Steelcase Inc), in several countries (UK, France and USA). She is a graduate from Audencia, one of the top French Business Schools and Ohio State University with an MBA in Marketing and International Business.
We have welcomed Mr. Xavier Jacquenet as Rochambeau’s Proviseur in August 2020. He is a very experienced educator and school administrator and has been part of the body of Proviseurs since 2006. In addition to his previous post in Geneva, he has directed schools in France and has also been posted internationally as Deputy Proviseur of the Lycée Francais in Singapore and Proviseur of the Lycée St. Exupery in Santiago de Chile. In addition to French, he is fluent in English and Spanish. In his previous position Mr. Jacquenet supervised six International Sections and his students come from 90 different countries.
Philippe Vanhille joined Rochambeau in 2015 as Academic Director / Deputy Head of School, bringing 25 years of professional experience in teaching positions, educational consultant and Director at French and International educational institutions in Europe and the States States.
His expertise is in the fields of bilingual and multicultural, school management structures and training. He manages now the OIB, the IB Diploma Programme and the Student Learning Support department (SLS).
Philippe graduated from the faculty of the Sorbonne and IUFM in Creteil, France.
In the French system, the Primary School includes Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary School.
Yvan Tabellion joined our school in summer 2019 and he is now Head of the Primary School.
Yvan comes to us from the French Immersion school in Washington state, located just outside of Seattle ("the other Washington"), where he has spent the last 11 years. Prior to coming to the United States, Yvan was Director of an Elementary school near Lyon, France, and has 23 years of experience teaching elementary school in both countries.
As an educator, Yvan is passionate about personal and continuous learning from the latest research and proven practices in the fields of neuroscience and character education. As a leader, he has a strong sense of respect, trust, proactive communication and teamwork.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching basketball games and spending time with his wife and daughter.
We have welcomed Mr. Michel Zala, our Director of Preschool and Deputy to the Head of Primary School in June 2020. Mr. Zala is based at our Bradley Campus and works closely and directly with Yvan Tabellion, our Head of Primary School.
A graduate of the École Normale d'Instituteurs, Mr Zala has extensive experience teaching in France and the United States and directing French preschools in the network of accredited schools in the US, including the Lycée Français de Los Angeles. His experience is an invaluable asset to our school.
A word from Mr. Zala:
I’m thrilled to be part of the Rochambeau family! As a long time kindergarten director, I am happy to place my skills and energy at the service of this prestigious Institution. As a nursery director, I will ensure that all students thrive both academically and socially and that they experience an outstanding and enjoyable education.
In the French system, the Secondary School includes Middle School and High School.
Frédérique Le Ber
Frédérique Le Ber-Casanova has served as Head of the Secondary School since September 2014.
Ms. Le Ber began her career as a teacher of History and Geography in Perpignan and Paris, France, going on to be an instructor at the Centre of Tourism, Hospitality and Catering (Centhor) ICC of Reunion Island.
She arrived in the United States in 1999 and then in 2003 joined the Rochambeau faculty of the middle and high school.
She is proud to continue to serve the Rochambeau community and to share her expertise in teaching. Mrs. Le Ber is dedicated to continuing to create the top-quality learning environment that Rochambeau is known for and to continue the implementation of ambitious projects benefiting our students.
- Advancement Director
- Admissions Director
- Director Of Information & Technology
- Human Resources Manager
- Facilities & Transportation Director
Christina Busso joined our school in 2016 and brings with her fifteen years of education and non-profit experience. She comes to Rochambeau from the New York-based Louis August Jonas Foundation and their international youth leadership program, Camp Rising Sun. Her many roles there, most recently as Interim Executive Director, included building annual and capital fundraising, alumni and parent engagement, student admissions, strategic planning, communications and marketing, program impact measurement, and financial oversight.
Christina earned her BA from American University’s School of International Service and then a JD from the Washington College of Law. She is a licensed attorney in New York and Washington, DC, focusing much of her prior legal practice on the educational needs and services for young students. Christina also earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
In her free time, you can find Christina, her husband and their two children in Alexandria, Virginia. She is passionate about music and enjoys playing accordion and flute.
After working in France for over 20 years, Valerie Meriot-Burn is bringing her international expertise in marketing and communications to lead Admissions at Rochambeau.
Prior to joining in September 2014, she worked for the Walt Disney Company and Renault, crafting strategic brand programs, such as the "Renault Safety for All" campaign—a corporate-branded educational program on road safety. Most recently, she was Deputy Director of Diversity at Renault leveraging diversity for performance and innovation.
She has a BA from Dickinson College, Carlisle Pennsylvania, and a Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management Certification from Georgetown University.
Raymond, originally from San Francisco, CA, has spent the last 27 years as IT Director in independent schools in California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
In his most recent position in a large independent school in Miami, FL, Mr. Stewart served as the Chief Technology Officer in charge of both information systems and technology use in the classrooms. In addition to directing technology initiatives in a number of schools, he also brings extensive experience in the private sector, including an adjunct professorship at The Catholic University of America in Library Science.
Mr. Stewart received his BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MA in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.
Ike Relacion is an accomplished HR professional with over 2 decades of human resources and compliance experience in the public and private sectors, as well as higher education.
Ike is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable Rochambeau, the French International School to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. Ike specializes in talent management, on-boarding, training and development, performance management, employee retention, benefits management, compliance, employee relations policies and strategies.
Ike holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
Juan Carlos Ruano
JC Ruano has a strong military and police backgrounds from 1984 to 1999 and worked as USA Chief Building engineer at Inova Fairfax Hospital Virginia. Then, around 1999-2001, he moves to private schools as Director of Facilities before he joined Rochambeau in fall 2017. He was promoted in 2019 as a Director of Facilities & Transportation.
JC has got a Master HVAC and Engineering National Power of Engineer/INOVA from the University of Virginia in 2004. He's also fluent in Spanish and he's taking some French classes.
JC likes to restore cars, learn from another cultures, and loves to travel: 17 countries already visited.
Rochambeau became his dream job, as he takes care of it like his own house. Every day he comes motivated to work and takes any challenge that come on daily basis, he is passionate.
Members of the Board offer their volunteer service to support the students, families, teachers, staff and alumni of Rochambeau while promoting the school's values in the wider community and the world.
- President: Laurent Pavageau
- Vice-President: Carol Piot
- Treasurer: Michael Warren Kidd
- Secretary: Vanena Wilmot
- Erika Aparakakankanange
- Nathan George
- Stephane Guimbert
- Sam Heitner
- François Legros
- Satya Menard
- Patrick Parodi
- Sahar Tabbara Pareja
- Cristina Reichner
- Xavier Urtubey
The Board is organized and maintained in conformity with the by-laws of La foundation du Lycée Français International de Washington, Rochambeau, the French International School.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Board worked to develop a set of priorities and plans to guide the strategic direction of the school for the following 5 years, covering the period of 2016-2021. What followed that rigorous examination and planning process was the adoption of the following set of goals and priorities:
- Pursuit of Excellence
- Financial Stability
- Maintaining Balance
- Location Expansion
Aligning our curriculum to ensure it matches the school’s mission and local conditions, with well-rounded graduates admitted to the best universities worldwide, and prepared to succeed in the world
- Complement and adapt the French curriculum to fit the needs of our students
- Recruit, retain, and support the best possible faculty members
- Seek and maintain accreditation by a local accreditation agency (AIMS)
Put the school into a financially secure situation by means of tight control of expenses and annual budgets, including balanced capital expense budgets, and augmenting reserves by a minimum of one million dollars a year
- Augment sources of revenue through
- Summer camps
- Tuition fees
- Reviewing structure of existing fees
- Augment fundraising through outreach to
- Parent communities
- Grant giving foundations
- Creating resources to finance capital expenditure
- Rigorous annual budget review
Within the next five years, to have finalized plans and identified funding for consolidating and improving our facilities
- Commission or identify feasibility study for growth on Forest Road and Bradley
- Continue to look for real estate opportunities in the area
- Reexamine special exceptions at all campuses
- Develop communications program for stakeholders to keep them informed
Building bridges within the community
- Create more opportunities for student engagement inside and outside of the classroom
- Strengthen parents’ and teachers’ engagement in school life
- Expand dialogue between and among different stakeholders
- Increase and improve communications pathways between parents and the school
- Explain and promote the specifics of the Rochambeau educational programs to all parents
June 16, 2021 Election:
Meetings of the Board of Trustees in 2019-2020 will take place in the Library/CDI on the Forest Road Campus at 7:30 pm, unless stated otherwise. Information about attending Board meetings.
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- 2020-2021 meeting dates coming soon.
- July 19, 2020 | Community Action to Improve Racial Equity and Equality
- June 22, 2020 | General Assembly Presentation and Meeting Recording
- June 8, 2020 | Info about school governance and the Board of Trustees: Fact Sheet
- May 27, 2020 | Board Resolutions about IB Programme and Class Size Reductions
- April 9, 2020 | Message to the Rochambeau Community from the New Proviseur, Mr. Jacquenet
- April 8, 2020 | An Interview with the President of the Board about the New Proviseur and the AEFE Relationship
- April 7, 2020 | Announcement of New Proviseur and Changes to the AEFE Relationship
- March 2, 2020 | Director of AEFE visit Minutes
- February 18, 2020 | An interview with the President of the Board about AEFE & Rochambeau
- October 27, 2016 | Strategic plan implementation: Fall 2016 Update
- July 8, 2016 | Strategic Plan: vision, mission, values and strategic goals (2016-2021)
- June 6, 2016 | Status of the strategic planning process