We are grateful to have a diverse community of students, staff and families from around the world at ASH. Each member of our community brings their own background and story that enrich the ASH experience. Our ASH Voices series zooms in on our community as we learn more about who we are in our roles at ASH and our lives outside of school.
Today’s profile features Ms. Emmanuelle, our administrative assistant in our Early Childhood Center office. Born by Lake Geneva and raised in France, Ms. Emmanuelle has been very lucky to live in Berlin, Oxford, Washington D.C and for the past 20 years here in the Netherlands. As a mother of three children educated at ASH, Ms. Emmanuelle previously took different volunteering opportunities as the French ambassador to French-speaking families, has been part of a few International Day celebrations and volunteered on many occasions in classroom activities. In 2012, she began working as a teaching assistant in Kindergarten at ASH and has not left our young students since then, now working in the ECC office.
We asked Ms. Emmanuelle some questions about her life at ASH and how she has been adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long have you been at ASH and what does the #ASHexperience mean to you?
What I love the most about the ASH community is its 70+ different nationalities with the amazing possibility to work in such a rich cultural background and make friends with people from around the world for life.
What are your passions?
I have two passions outside my own family: psychology and dance, which I teach weekly to staff and high schoolers on Mondays.
How have the last several months impacted you and what are the lessons you have learned that you will be taking forward in your work here at ASH?
Although this year has brought many challenges to my personal life and to all of us as human beings, I am astounded by our aptitude to adapt to new rules and still try to make a better world for ourselves and our little ones.
If you could give our students at ASH one piece of advice what would it be?
If I could give one piece of advice to our ASH students it would be to follow their passions and their dreams no matter what. Don't ever give up. You are beautiful and smart in every way possible.
If you weren't working at ASH, what would you be doing?
If I wasn't working at ASH, I would be a dance therapist.