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Our Educational Consultants – Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)

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Our trained European educational consultants provide local, in-depth knowledge of school systems, to ensure that families and students receive the most informed information and service.

 

Europe

FRANCE

Paris

Milla Darcy, a native of California, has spent eighteen years in Europe. She taught English in the public school system in Spain. She coordinated seminars for executives for a Business school in France. In Luxembourg she took up journalism, writing a children’s column for an international community’s magazine. She received Bachelor degree in psychology, and was admitted to PhD clinical psychology program in Berkeley, California, before moving to Europe with her French husband. After studies at the Sorbonne, Milla is fluent in French as well as Spanish. She and her husband are active in their children’s schools and in the International community.

GERMANY

Berlin

Leticia G. de la Rasilla is a Global Field Supervisor for EMEA and an educational consultant for Spain and Germany. Leticia began working for School Choice in 2007 in Mexico, and in the past 10 years, has moved from Latin America to Germany, and back to Spain where she is originally from. She has also lived in Ireland, France and Belgium. She has taught at international schools in Mexico and Germany, and at a University in Spain. She is currently the General Manager for the Chamber of Commerce Canada-Spain. Leticia has degrees in Law and in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in International Latin American Relations. Leticia is trilingual in Spanish, English and French; she speaks intermediate German and basic Italian. She is also a happy mother of 4 boys.

Dusseldorf

McClain Percy is a Special Needs Educational Consultant based in Dusseldorf, Germany. Previously, she was an education specialist leading training and development for Cisco Systems.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Speech Pathology from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McClain is currently finalizing her doctorate in Education with a focus on how children with learning differences can access appropriate educational resources globally, from Bristol University.  McClain’s articles about learning differences have been published in academic journals in Europe, Asia and America.  She is a former Education Fellow and Rotary Scholar, and was the co-chair for the Educational Support Committee for the Federation of Women’s Clubs Overseas. McClain has lived in the UK, the United States, and the south of France.

Frankfurt and Hanover

Demi Naoum-Berger is an independent educational consultant providing education consulting services for students and families in Germany as well as other European countries for the last 20 years.  Demi has lived for more than 15 years in Frankfurt/Main and has an in-depth knowledge of the schools in the area as well as in the Hanover region. She is an experienced teacher of English and German at international schools and for companies, and has initiated successful cultural events for the international community. Demi has an Executive MBA with a focus on HR Strategy and a BA (Honours) in Arts from England. Demi has grown up in different countries, has a solid understanding of the various academic school curricula and is accustomed to the culture and the key issues of moving between countries. She is fluent in English, German, Greek, French and has a colloquial knowledge of Japanese.

GREECE

Demi Naoum-Berger is an independent educational consultant providing education consulting services for students and families in European countries for more than 20 years. Demi has an in-depth knowledge of the international school market. She has an Executive MBA with a focus on HR Strategy and a BA (Honours) in Arts from England. She is an experienced teacher of English, German and Greek and has consulted schools and families, providing them with tools and strategies in order to improve communication, performance, and strenghten relationships under the changing conditions in Greece. This also included support and improvement of self study at home leading to improved results at school. Demi is accustomed to the culture and the key issues of moving between countries and is fluent in English, Greek, German and French.

IRELAND

Dublin

Grainne Convery is an Independent Educational Consultant for Dublin.  She has extensive experience working in recruitment and sales and business development. In the past, Grainne worked on a project with Test Prep Dublin, a school providing standardised test preparation for Irish and international students. Her work with Test Prep involved researching and liaising with Dublin’s top 40 schools with a view to identifying students preparing to sit the SAT exam in Ireland. She has a degree in International Business & Languages (Spanish & Italian) from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Grainne has spent time living and working in Spain and North America.

THE NETHERLANDS

Amsterdam

Jane E. Choy-Thurlow is an Independent Educational Consultant in The Netherlands. Having lived in Holland for many years, she enjoys teaching English as a second language and helping families relocate to The Netherlands. Jane is also involved in promoting the arts by being affiliated with several museums and is Chairman of the Mainland Europe NADFAS societies. Previously, Jane has worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development involved in youth unemployment, and the Center of Educational Research and Innovation projects. She received a B.Sc. in Business Education from Salem State University and a Master of Education from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Jane has previously lived in Paris; she speaks Dutch and French.

Augusta Klaarenbeek is an Independent Educational Consultant in The Netherlands. Originally from the Netherlands, Augusta relocated with her family from Brazil to Shanghai in 2008. With a solid Consulting background in Human Resources for over 20 years, she transitioned to the volunteer position of Executive Director of Shanghai Chosen Families, a supporting, educating and informing network by and for parents of children with learning difficulties. In addition to her various volunteer roles, Augusta is a substitute teacher at the international school. She also assumed a free lance position as Consultant for Global Connection, which is an independent international expat partner support, HR consultancy and research organisation. Their goal is to contribute to the well-being and mobility of expat partners and consequently to the success of the posting. Augusta obtained her Masters of Laws (social economic, European and business management) at The University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1985.

SPAIN

Madrid

Leticia G. de la Rasilla is a Global Field Supervisor for EMEA and an educational consultant for Spain and Germany. Leticia began working for School Choice in 2007 in Mexico, and in the past 10 years, has moved from Latin America to Germany, and back to Spain where she is originally from. She has also lived in Ireland, France and Belgium. She has taught at international schools in Mexico and Germany, and at a University in Spain. She is currently the General Manager for the Chamber of Commerce Canada-Spain. Leticia has degrees in Law and in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in International Latin American Relations. Leticia is trilingual in Spanish, English and French; she speaks intermediate German and basic Italian. She is also a happy mother of 4 boys.

SWITZERLAND

Geneva

Laura Messenger is originally from the United States. Laura has lived in Switzerland since 2001. She is a skilled writer and researcher with over 15 years experience in educational settings. Immediately prior to moving to Geneva, Laura worked for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, where she provided information and guidance to American and international clients in governmental, academic, and business settings as well as with the general public. Laura received her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration and M.A. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Maryland College Park. She is proficient in French.

Josephine Topping-Atkinson is a Geneva Independent Education Consultant. Josephine has worked in relocation companies in the Geneva area for the last 12 years and specialized in advising on school placement. As a mother of four children who were born and raised in Geneva, she has personal experience balancing both the US and Swiss cultures. She has maneuvered through the local Swiss and International school systems, in French and in English. Growing up in the USA, Josephine completed a BA at American University and pursues continuing education at Webster University in psychology. As a short term expat spouse who “accidentally” found herself in Switzerland for almost 40 years, Josephine now has dual Swiss/American nationality and is fluent in French.

Zurich

Florence Thomas is an independent consultant for School Choice International in Zürich.  Originally from Bordeaux, Florence taught French and English in French public schools before starting her expatriate career in 1997.  She then lived in several countries, teaching in international schools: Thailand, China, Ukraine, Czech Republic and since 2007, Switzerland where she was offered a position as a school head. She has a Bachelor degree in Chinese, and a professional translator diploma.   Florence is now studying counseling for schools, students and families and she is studying German.

UNITED KINGDOM

London

Tracey Cosgrove is the Associate Director of Special Education Needs (SEN), Europe. Tracey is originally from London where she received her First Class Honours degree in Education, which included a final year in Special Educational Needs.  She was the SEN Coordinator in a mainstream primary school, as well as being a teacher for more than ten years.  Tracey then moved to Germany for ten years, where she taught in an English international school.  Back in the U.K., Tracey is a SEN Field Supervisor in Europe and the Middle East, overseeing families whose children have been diagnosed with a learning disability (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, physical disabilities, etc.).  In addition to working with SEN families, Tracey acts as a London Consultant assisting families with mainstream children moving to the U.K.

Valeria Fleury  is an independent educational consultant for London and a British citizen.   She has more than twenty years experience of teaching English and Portuguese to children and adults.   Recently, Valeria has worked with FOCUS, Information Services, a resource center for expatriate families. Valeria holds two MA Degrees, one in TESOL from Hunter College, New York City and one in Child Development from the Institute of Education in London.  Valeria was an expat from Sao Paulo to New York where she lived for 7 years.  She then moved to London in 2002.   She is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.  Valeria also has experience with placing students in UK boarding schools.

Vicki Hull is an independent educational consultant for the greater London area. She has lived abroad for the last seventeen years in both Paris and London, experiencing the challenges of relocation with her three children. Having spent the last ten years navigating the British school system, she is very familiar with the schools in the London area and the entry process. Vicki holds a BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Richmond and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. Prior to moving abroad she worked in commercial banking and then as an attorney specialising in corporate and business transactions. She has volunteered at her children’s schools as well as at Message, a support network for English-speaking parents relocating to the Paris area.

Marshall Lawhon is an independent educational consultant for London and brings  a broad range of international experience to School Choice.   Beginning in Washington, D.C.,   Marshall was the Personal Assistant to the Director of Policy Planning European Bureau in the Department of State.   In France, she was the personal assistant to the Ambassador of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and then went on to be the Executive Assistant for an international energy agency.   After eleven years in France, she moved to London in 1988 where she served as a research consultant for an energy group.   She holds a Bachelor’s from the University of Richmond in History and French.  In addition to private and state school searches, Marshall is experienced in boarding school and university placements.  Marshall is fluent in French.

Our trained European educational consultants provide local, in-depth knowledge of school systems, to ensure that families and students receive the most informed information and service.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai

Maryam Farzaneh has had a broad range of international experience living and working in New York, London, Singapore and currently Dubai. Having relocated several times with children, she has become active in International School governance.  Her professional life began with managing a radiology practice in New York City. She then held a position as Public Relations Manager for a Dubai-based communications company.  Prior to her move to Singapore, Maryam was a Project Manager supporting Cisco System’s marketing initiatives in the Middle East. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Fordham University.

Aamynah Nagji is an independent educational consultant in Dubai. She is a Certified Leadership Trainer and Life Coach.  Aamynah is passionate about working with children and young adults, and preparing them to be skillful leaders for our global market. She has a BA in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India and received her certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst from AIMR, USA.  Aamynah is also an active volunteer in her three children’s school, assisting with the implementation of a parallel mathematics program for improving mental math skills. She speaks fluent Hindi and Urdu.

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg

Jenny Reynolds is an Independent Educational Consultant for the School Choice Group in South Africa. Jenny was born and schooled in Johannesburg and Grahamstown, hence has an extensive knowledge of schools in both areas. Now as a mother of two, Jenny has done intensive research into the various schools in Johannesburg from a parent’s perspective. Jenny has spent the last 7 years in Australia and Singapore as an expat, so is familiar with the challenges of relocating and finding the right schools for one’s children. Jenny spent a decade in the corporate marketing and branding world and was the coordinator of a Parent/Child program at an international preschool in Singapore. Jenny has a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education.


 

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