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Meet Roselyne, France

In this series, “Educators of the Week,” we celebrate the dedication, passion, and unique contributions of educators who go above and beyond to foster inclusive and equitable learning environments. We asked these exceptional individuals a few questions to learn more about their journeys, their inspirations, and their visions for the future of education.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

  • Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
    My name is Roselyne. I am French, of Indian origin, and I was born in Djibouti, Africa. I am truly a multicultural person. I am 58 years old, divorced, and have three children. I came to France at the age of 8 after we were repatriated following Djibouti’s independence. At 24, I left France to work abroad in French embassies as an accounting manager in various African and Asian countries for 15 years. After that, I followed my ex-husband, who is a French literature teacher, for the next 15 years.

  • What inspired you to become an educator?
    My contract with the Ministry of Finance ended after 15 years in 2006, and my ex-husband was appointed by the Ministry of National Education that same year. In 2011, I entered the world of education as an AESH (Accompanying Person for Students with Disabilities). My role included:
    • Providing educational support for learning activities.
    • Assisting with daily life activities.
    • Supporting social and relational activities for the child.
      When we moved to Angola, as my ex-husband took a teaching position at the French School of Luanda, I was hired by a small preschool to teach French to children aged 3 to 5. My observations of the certified teachers during my time as an AESH greatly helped me start my teaching career. It was not easy; the students were all non-native speakers, but I only had 8 students in my first year. Eventually, I ended up with 20 students aged 3. Teaching is a rewarding and deeply human profession, with curious and unique children. It was a challenge for me to teach them a language they didn’t know and everything else.
  • Can you share a memorable success story from your career?
    I love teaching because it allows me to learn how to teach, how to understand, and how to think.

  • What unique strengths do you bring to your work?
    • Not resting on my laurels.
    • Learning from my students.
    • Being open-minded and questioning what works and what doesn’t.
    • Helping students until they reach their goals.

  • What are your passions, and what motivates you in life?
    I love visual arts, nature, and discovering other cultures through travel and cuisine.

  • What does DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) mean to you, and how does it manifest in your daily routine?
    • Diversity: Everyone is different and unique.
    • Equity: Everyone should have the same opportunities and resources to succeed.
    • Inclusion: Education should be accessible to everyone as much as possible, with plenty of support. Back in France, I work as an AESH, supporting students with disabilities in regular classes alongside students from diverse cultural backgrounds, all with equal opportunities to succeed. Our educational team is passionate and very cohesive.
  • In your opinion, what are the most important steps that schools can take to create a more inclusive and equitable educational environment for all—students, faculty, and staff?
    • Sharing a common goal.
    • Treating everyone equally.
    • Providing human and material support.
    • Showing empathy.

Bonus: Do you have a quote to inspire us?

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

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  1. Melissa

    I like how you share and celebrate your personality and your family

  2. Audrey Sebastiao

    Tu es une personne exceptionnelle avec un grand coeur.
    Merci d’être toi !

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