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Teachers 2017-02-15T22:19:50+00:00

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

We are a team truly committed to inspiring young minds to develop a love of learning. Come and visit First Steps to discover how we can help make your child’s first school experience a meaningful and positive one.

Visit Our School 

MEET THE FIRST STEPS TEACHERS

Miss Dawn

DAWN ABBASSI

Head of School & Teacher

ALIAS MISS DAWN

Dawn comes from Somerset, England, and has been working at First Steps since 1998. She obtained her NNEB (equivalent to NVQ3 or “Educatrice”) in 1979 and has a rich and varied experience working with young children. She also previously worked with special-needs children in a nursery school in Yeovil, Somerset, before going to Rome, Italy, where she created and ran a pre-school for the British Embassy. Dawn has lived in France for more than thirty years. She is married and has two grown-up children.

Miss Melanie

MELANIE MELHEM

Deputy Head & Teacher

ALIAS MISS MELANIE

Melanie comes from Norfolk, England, and has been working at First Steps since 2007. She obtained her NNEB (equivalent to NVQ3 or “Educatrice”) in 1992 and has over 20 years experience working with young children. She worked in the UK and Canada before settling in France. Melanie has lived in France for 19 years. She is married with three children.

Miss Lizzie

ELIZABETH CURRIE

Teaching Assistant

ALIAS MISS LIZZIE

Lizzie comes from Oxford, England, and joined the team in September of 2013. She has a degree in French and is currently completing her teaching certification in conjunction with her work at First Steps. Lizzie has lived in France for seven years and lives with her partner and young baby.

Miss Corinne

CORINNE TARBET

Classroom Assistant

ALIAS MISS CORINNE

Corinne comes from Wiltshire, England, and joined First Steps in September of 2015. She obtained her PGCE teaching certificate in London and has taught English to children in South Korea, Spain, and France. Corinne has lived in France for five years and lives with her partner and two young children.