French Immersion Preschool Faculty

Monika Jalili

Program Director

Monika Jalili

Program Director

My two year old son was my inspiration for creating La Maison des Enfants. I wanted him to be immersed in the French language before entering elementary school since the best time for a child to learn a foreign language is between the ages of zero and four. My introduction to the French language began at the age of two when my family moved from New York City to Luxembourg. I have a degree from Columbia University in French Literature and from The Manhattan School of Music in Music/Voice. I taught French in NYC to children ages three through ten and later to high school students.

My husband and I moved from New York to Salt Lake six years ago and we are loving it!

Our philosophy at La Maison des Enfants is learning while having fun…..and in French.

Nora Lebohec

Teacher

Nora Lebohec

Teacher
My name is Nora Lebohec. I grew up in France where I did all of my schooling, including graduating high school with a baccalauréat in math and physics while simultaneously studying English, German, Latin and ancient Greek. I then went on to the Sorbonne University in Paris, France where I majored in Music. I worked in several places related to music and show business until I moved to the south of France in 1995 because of my husband’s work. We moved to Japan in 1997, to the US in 1998, and to Salt Lake City in 2007. I have worked in preschool classrooms as well as all grades from kindergarten through 8th grade. My preschool experience includes working at a daycare from 2000 to 2002 and taking care of children from ages 3 weeks to 5 years old. Each age group had a different setting, including a preschool for the 4 and 5 year olds. In 2007, I began volunteering at the Open Classroom in the Avenues in Salt Lake City and then became a substitute teacher there in 2011. And, I have been caring for my own 4 children. I would be honored to help your children get the right start in life.

Mira Larson

Teacher

Mira Larson

Teacher
Mira Larson grew up in a bilingual French/English family in Chicago. Drawn to music at an early age, Mira completed her studies in cello performance at Northwestern University and the New England Conservatory. She has recently completed a certificate in Dalcroze Education (a way of knowing music through the body) from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Mira looks forward to sharing her love of music and life with the children at La Maison des Enfants.

Elisabeth Powell

Teacher

Elisabeth Powell

Teacher
My Name is Elisabeth Powell. I was born and raised in northern France. I was born in a beautiful city named Amiens, famous for its Gothic Cathedral and Jules Verne, where I lived until 2005 when I moved to Salt Lake city to attend university and learn English. My husband and I have three children ages 13, 10 and 6 years old. My husband is a chemical engineering professor at the University of Utah. From a very young age, I have always been passionate about art, especially music. I have been a professional artist for many years now and I have taught art classes to children. I have been a guest artist at La Maison des Enfants teaching art since 2015 and I have always enjoyed being in the class with the children teaching art in my native language. It is such a pleasure to be a part of the program as the Petite Section teacher.

Lea Hajj

Teacher

Lea Hajj

Teacher
My name is Lea Hajj. I am the teacher of the Junior Kindergarten class. I am of Lebanese descent, and have lived twelve of my childhood years in Africa before moving back to Lebanon for my later education. It is this heritage that has provided me with the ability to communicate fluently in Arabic, French, and English. Since my early university years, I have had the opportunity to intern as an educator for young children. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education from USEK (Holy Spirit University of Lebanon) and then worked as a French teacher with children aged 3 to 5. It is an absolute pleasure to be working today at La Maison Des Enfants.