Our Team

We have a team of native English-speaking teachers and bilingual professionals qualified in their area of expertise.

We are all university degree level professionals and parents ourselves, with experience with babies and children. Just like L’Open Lab for Kids, the team is international and multicultural: English, Irish, American, Brazilian and French.

Learn more about the team of people who are looking forward to working with you and your children below.

Cecilia

Director

Linguist, perfectly bilingual and a young Mum trained in active pedagogy learning, I love languages. I lived several years abroad, mainly in London and Shanghai. In 2015, I gave birth to my daughter and decided to speak only English to her. I began witnessing and learning about bilingualism in my daughter amongst other young children and I was amazed by their ability to learn English naturally and to switch from one language to another.

I decided to convey my passion for education and kids to be able to share the richness of learning a second language from the youngest age and so L’Open LAB for Kids was born.

I host the play in English workshops for toddlers and some of the afterschool workshops.

Graduated in Translation and Interpretation; Master in Marketing and Communications; Trained to Montessory pedagogy for toddlers (0-3), positive discipline, interactive learning and multiple intelligences.

Siobhan Gately

Freelance illustrator and designer

After studying business and communications in Dublin and graphic design in Paris, I spent some years working in design studios and the publishing industry before taking the leap and setting up my own business as a freelance designer and artist. It was the beginning of an amazing adventure spanning 25 years where I have been involved in varied interesting projects in France and Ireland, creating images, objects, books and communication tools for cultural and child-care structures, government, hospitals, to name but a few.

And because I have always lived and worked in a bilingual context and understand how vital it is today to speak English, I now give design and illustration workshops through English at the Université de Nantes, l’Ecole de Design de Nantes and l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest.

For me, each project is a new challenge, a new story to tell and it has been exciting working with Cecilia creating L’Open LAB design together. When I am not designing, I am in my workshop painting and making sculptures in my studio in Trentemoult near Nantes and I have had the pleasure of exhibiting my work all over France and in Ireland.

Graduated in business, communications and public relations; Graduated in graphic design; Courses in painting and sculpture; Courses in ceramic

Tatiana

Teacher

I am an artist and an experienced art teacher, passionate about creation in every shape and form. Trilingual, I was born in Brazil, studied in the United States and fell in love with France, where I’ve been living for quite a few years now.

I have worked with children for more than 10 years, teaching fine arts, technology and S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in both English and French. Having studied design and new media, I think I can safely say that I have more than one string to my bow. As well as mastering painting, watercolour, drawing, engraving and photography, I can create any kind of image or object, I love helping children familiarise themselves with new technologies and helping them better understand their environment through discovering S.T.E.M.

I have 2 young boys whom I have chosen to educate in a bilingual environment. Therefore, teaching languages to kids from their earliest age is something that I both believe in and can relate to. I enjoy collaborating, sharing and the possibility of creating together. I have worked closely with Cecilia on L’Open LAB for Kids’ curriculum, with particular focus on the Arts & Crafts workshops which I will deliver along with the workshops for children from 6 years of age onwards.

Masters in Contemporary Art and New Media; Masters in literature, languages and civilization; Masters in Fine Arts from the fine art school in Paris (Beaux-Arts)