At Ma Petite École, our goal is to offer a friendly, supportive environment where children will have fun learning. We truly believe in the value of learning a foreign language, especially at a young age.
Emmanuelle Benefield is a French native with a bachelor degree in English, and a minor in teaching French as a second language. She has been teaching children of various ages for 19 years.
Her extensive experience teaching everything from AP literature to beginners at the primary level, has shown her how critical it is for an educator to captivate a child's attention.
While teaching English as a second language in Chamonix, France, she also worked for a prestigious mountain guiding company and was responsible for leading the junior hiking trips in the Alps.
Together with her husband Brian and three former Ma Petite École parents, she founded the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School in 2012. The goal was to create a a public K-8 school with a like-minded philosophy that implements the best of French and California curriculum standards.
Research has proven that learning a second language does far more than make a child bilingual, it stimulates their brain and leads to better academic performance and cognitive development.
Learning is fun for kids, and it is immensely rewarding to provide the right guidance and watch them blossom.
Children have a unique ability to absorb material and capture nuances naturally.
The low teacher child ratio at Ma Petite École allows us to give each child the individual attention they deserve.