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Principal & School Leader
Dr. Bertrand Tchoumi is a New Leaders endorsed school leader and the principal of the New York French American Charter School. He was the founding Principal at the Baltimore International Academy (BIA) West, a multilingual immersion charter school. A former journalist and World Press Institute fellow, he taught French at both secondary and university levels. Dr Tchoumi holds a Doctorate Degree in Urban Education Leadership from Morgan State University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Langston State University, a Master’s in African Literature, and a Bachelor’s in French Modern Letters from the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. He has facilitated numerous professional development sessions in Maryland and the North east region.
Dr. Evelyn J. Lolis
Dr. Evelyn J. Lolis is the Principal of PS 84, Lillian Weber School of the Arts since September 2015. The elementary school is situated in New York City’s Upper West Side and implements four instructional programs: Dual Language French, Dual Language Spanish, Computer Science/Media Arts, and Pre-K. Dr. Lolis leads and fosters a collaborative environment that encourages students to be lifelong learners through the development of arts, academic, technological, and social skills. As principal, Dr. Lolis works to ensure that students are given the opportunity and necessary tools to develop critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic that are crucial to creativity and independent learning. All students are immersed in experiential learning so that they develop a deep and complex understanding of the world and learn to be respectful and curious about diverse cultures. Dr. Lolis graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Economics. She then attended Queens College and earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught elementary students for twelve years and earned her educational leadership doctorate from Hofstra University. Strongly believing in promoting collegial opportunities to ensure teacher collaboration through inquiry and sharing of best practices, her dissertation focused on the impact of New York State’s decision to use scores for Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) on teacher collaboration. She strongly believes in fostering relationships with families, students, teachers, and the school community. She holds dear all opportunities to work side by side with parents, students, and all members of the staff, so that children are provided with the best opportunities to learn, grow and reach their highest potential. She has also been given the honor of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government.
Enseignante de CP
1st Grade teacher/ Enseignante de CP Ms Boyd was raised and born in Paris, France and earned a Bachelor Degree in Education Science from University La Sorbonne in Paris and a Master's degree in Childhood Education and Special Education from Touro College,NY. She hold both the French elementary school teacher certification from France and the New York State certification General Education Grade 1 to 6. She uses the best of the French and the American school systems into her pedagogy. This is her 8th year teaching 1st grade at NYFACS. More than a job, teaching is a passion for her. Her goal as a teacher is to make the students enjoy learning as much as she enjoy teaching.
THE FRENCH HERITAGE LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Agnes Ndiaye Tounkara
Born and raised in Senegal, Agnès Tounkara, studied Economics in France where she worked in the private sector before moving to the US for family reasons. Ever since, her career path has been driven by her passion for French and Francophone cultures; from leading the Education Department at the Alliance Française of Boston to overseeing the extension program at the French American School of New York. She now coordinates the French Heritage Language Program.
New York State Education Department
World Languages Associate
Candace Black is the World Languages Associate in the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at the New York State Education Department. She has a B.A. in French from SUNY Potsdam and both an M.B.A./M.A.T. from the University of Rochester. A National Board-Certified Teacher, Candace taught French for 21 years. She served as an officer of NYSAFLT (President-2016) and was the recipient of the President’s Award from both NYSAFLT and NYSAWLA in 2021 and was elected as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government. In all her roles, most especially her current one, Candace is deeply committed to the professional learning and support of WL teachers.