Mélanie is a French national with a 20 year long passion for the relationships and interactions between teachers and students in different age groups. In her continued pursuit of service to future generations, she has gained two Master of Law degrees from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). After having first taught at various Parisian universities for five years, she decided to follow an international career as a school teacher in Brussels and then in Frankfurt am Main, where she has now been teaching at the French Lycée for seven years. With the aim of improving pedagogical practices, Mélanie has created a pioneering school concept, which brings together the best contemporary teaching methods, focusing on literature, music and sciences, together with the respect for each child's individual learning rhythm.
Felix is a German national who has worked in the banking and IT industries for almost two decades. His work experience begins in the banking industry, managing IT systems and projects, followed by spearheading the IT services of a British IT Security company, and until now, where his last position required him to lead a team of experts who aid different EU based banks to build and reposition their digital banking businesses. Felix has managed different types of organizations throughout his career. Small startups as well as global players. His management role puts him in charge of ZUKA's various school operations, as well as the head of public and investor relations and strategy and makes him an executive committee member. Felix is Senator for Economics in the Diplomatic Council, a UN accredited think tank. His passions are the ocean, mountains, sports, cultural events and teaching technology.
Tania is a South African national and has been living in Mauritius for 13 years. Her career started out in the hospitality industry where she was involved in events and training. After spending 4 years in the UK working in hotels she moved to Mauritius with her husband. In 2010, she changed her career and found her life-long passion for teaching. Whilst doing her bachelor’s degree in education through the University of South Africa she became passionate about Special Education and has since been specializing in Psychology and learning more about Dyslexia and other learning challenges to develop her skills and knowledge in this area of teaching.
Robyn was born and raised in South Africa, educated in the UK and has now called Mauritius home. After traveling and working independently for a while she moved into education and specialized in teaching English as a second language for young learners in South America and South East Asia. Over the past 6 years, Robyn has worked with various non government organizations and schools coordinating and teaching leadership, language and math literacy programs in South Africa. Robyn’s preferred teaching methodology is task based learning and guided discovery techniques to encourage an holistic and experiential environment in the classroom. Throughout her teaching career she has worked with students to improve literacy skills using arts, story telling and music. Her personal passion for Yoga can also be found in her classroom, where children are encouraged to develop vital skills in concentration and focus through movement and self inquiry. A big advocate for learning through play Robyn enjoys nuturing each child’s innate couriosty and igniting a life long love of learning.
Aurélie has a dual nationality, French and Mauritian, but likes to consider herself first and foremost as a world citizen. Her passion for travel and for new cultures took her abroad where she spent ten rewarding years. As an expatriate, she had the opportunity to develop her love of human relationships and to realize her deep desire to help make the world a better place. Aurelie holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages (she majored in Spanish), a master’s degree in communication, and has followed several other training courses to specialize in teaching (school support for the French teaching system outside France, positive discipline diploma, training in the FREINET and MONTESSORI teaching methods, initiation to Cardiac Coherence for children). As she gained her experience working in schools around the globe, she is able to care for children with different backgrounds. Driven by her passion for teaching, Aurélie constantly acquires new knowledge and improves her pedagogical skills in order to best support school children and help them become good learners and citizens of the world. From New Caledonia to Canada, from the Philippines to Mauritius, Aurélie’s main concern has always been the well-being of her students.
While studying her BA (Hons) in English at the Open University of Mauritius, Kovarni has worked as an assistant teacher and Grade 1 class teacher over the past 5 years. Kovarni believes the first step in facilitating a child’s learning journey starts with patience and positivity. Trained in Indian Classical Dance, she is passionate about promoting creativity, the arts and crafting in her classroom. With a natural ability to connect with her students, Kovarni has also recently focused on supporting learners with additional needs. Ensuring that the children entrusted to her care harbour a love for learning, she is committed to providing a fun and dynamic learning environment for each child.
With over 20 years of experience working in the field of education and early child care, Saroja is dedicated in providing warmth and care to each child under her guidance. In addition to her professional experience, Saroja is well known and loved by many families in the local area. She has practiced cooking classes and after care over the past 2 decades on our island. In the classroom, Saroja is passionate for reading stories to the children, exploring books with our small groups and other activities that center on literacy. Never far from a paintbrush or a smile Saroja enjoys encouraging creativity through art, handicrafts and music.
Michel is a Mauritian/French national who inspired the founding couple to start their mission nowhere else than on the beautiful island of Mauritius. He has a track record in marketing and sales in Mauritius, Europe and India. He has been operating his privately owned garment industry business through turbulent times for the past 20 years. He has also held various positions as an international firm consultant in the past. His motto: life is all about connecting with people. He shares the founding couple’s beliefs regarding the enabling of children to build a better future. As a passionate arts and classical music lover, he has actively influenced our extracurricular program and helped with collaboration with other institutions. Michel is a member of our supervisory board.