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Meet Our Team

Vanessa Ghenania

Vanessa Handal-Ghenania President

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a trilingual family (French, Haitian Creole, and English), learning languages was a “norm” at home. Throughout my youth, we traveled a lot on holidays and lived in different countries such as… Read More »

Juleykis “Julie” Baez

Juleykis “Julie” Baez English Teacher – Infants Spanish Classroom

I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I came to New York 7 years ago with no knowledge of English but now I consider myself to be fluent in both English and Spanish. Since I arrived here I have been working really… Read More »

Veronica Gillian Forte-Bartee

Veronica Gillian Forte-Bartee English Teacher – Preschool Spanish Classroom

Born and raised in the beautiful, small, tropical, Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela. It’s the land of steel pan and soca music. I consider myself a fun, friendly and energetic individual… Read More »

Aicha Diallo

Aicha DialloFrench Teacher- Toddlers French Classroom

I am of Malian decent and I’m living in New york for over 23 years.I am the French teacher in the Toddler class. I love teaching through reading, playing and doing other craft activities, I look forward to … Read More »

Elizabeth Hidalgo

Elizabeth HidalgoSpanish Teacher – Preschool Spanish Clasroom

I am from Caracas Venezuela. I came to New York in 2016 to visit my oldest son and while here I decided to stay because I fell in love with the city. Early on in life I developed my interest in music … Read More »

Mame Diba

Mame DibaEnglish Teacher – Toddlers French Classroom

I was born in Senegal, Dakar, West Africa and moved to New York 10 years ago. I initially started my professional career in education working in a daycare center as an after-school teacher and then I obtained my … Read More »

Solanlly Valerio

Solanlly ValerioSpanish Teacher- Infant Spanish Clasroom

Hello, my name is Solanlly Valerio. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have been residing in New York for over 15 years now. I am a proud mother of a beautiful baby girl named Zoe. Before … Read More »

Takeya Eley

Takeya EleyEnglish Teacher- Preschool French Classroom

I was born and raised here in New York City. I have worked with children professionally for 10 years. I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I personally believe all children deserve a great… Read More »

Yahaira Zayas

Yahaira ZayasEnglish Teacher- Toddler Spanish Classroom

I’m the English teacher for the English/Spanish toddler classroom at Bilingual Nest. I recently graduated from Boricua College earning a Bachelor degree in Science in the Human Services department. I am a mother of two handsome … Read More »

Legah Kokouet

Legah KokouetFrench Teacher- Preschool French Classroom

I’m a native French speaker born and raised in Ivory Coast. I moved to Harlem, New York in 2010 and have been living here ever since. I am a mother of two children, seven years old and four years old. I graduated with a Bachelors in … Read More »

Mariana Santome

Mariana SantomeSpanish Teacher- Preschool Spanish Classroom

Hola! My name is Mariana and I am from Mexico.
Although my background is in Engineering, I have always been intrigued about the learning process and social development in children. I am constantly amazed about the great capacity of the brain to … Read More »