Meet The Team

The CAB prides itself as a community built by invested parent volunteers, a growing staff of devoted professional educators, a parent board of directors and a dynamic onsite leadership team. Our model of governance brings together engagement and expertise.

We actively involve our parents in our non-profit association as board of director members, advisory board members, administrative commission, and PTA members. The board governs the financial and major decisions of our non-profit association.

Leadership Team

Our model of governance embraces engagement and expertise through dynamic parent board member involvement. As importantly is our objective to grow a strong onsite team of educators. In effort to strengthen and professionalize our mission and vision, the board recruited a Head of School in 2018.

The Head of School oversees school operations, manages the 30 staff-member team, supervises the learning program, leads communication and development, and assures budget stability with the board. Together we shall work to develop a strategic plan shaped and adopted by all stakeholders.

Head Mistress, Deidrie Depew-Huygens

Deidrie Depew-Huygens has been an English teacher, has conducted art workshops and has even served previously as CAB’s head mistress, from 2013 to 2018. She’s been with the school for 15 years.
“I’m devoted to the school and my colleagues, and especially to the children. I really care about how we work with the children. I want them to come to school eagerly, ready to learn,” she says. “We need to support (our staff). If we have staff who are supported, then the children will feel secure and welcome.”
Deidrie says she appreciates the CAB for being very international and the staff for their “complete devotion to doing their best for the children. I find that inspiring and in line with my own values.” She adds, “I wanted to be in a place where the child is the center of the whole learning process. This school encourages and allows that, because it is an associative school.”
Among her goals for the school is to encourage more emphasis on nature studies. “I hope the children and the staff can become more involved in the importance of healthy soil and water and understand why that is important. Soil and water are the basis of life on Earth.”

More about Deidrie …

Administrative Director, Sandrine Baril

A French state certified elementary teacher from the Paris region and mother of three, Christine Huppenoire has long served the CAB as both teacher and director. She commenced working at The Centre Actif Bilingue over 20 years ago, was trained by the school’s founder, Danielle LeMaire, and has solid experience in administration. Christine led the creation of the elementary section. She is dedicated to team building, international education and promoting our safe, caring, international learning environment. 

Board members & executive board

We actively involve our parent community in our non-profit association. School parents serve as board members or administrative commission members. Our board and advisory board members have fixed term mandates. The board governs the financial and major operating decisions of the non-profit association.

Board members 2023
Julie Leclerc
Jessica de Lassus
Work (building and DIY)
Natalia Krouglov
IT (maintenance, WIFI, training, upgrading)
Fabrizio De Pascale
Nicolas Desassis
Human Resources
Julie Leitz
Jasmin Tatum
Finding financing
Wassilia Mesrari
Special events
Angelynn Meya
Executive board 2023
Board President Sophie Lesueur
Board Vice-President Philippe Lemarchand
Board Secretary  Vénétia Fallon
Board vice-Secretary  Audrey Le Gall
Board Treasurer  Judit Nagy
Board Vice-Treasurer Anne Giraudeau
Honorary member elected in 2020
 Philippe Schwab