Parent Ambassadors

Meet our Parent Ambassadors! Learn more about their LILA families and send them an email to gain insight into their experiences at the International School of Los Angeles.

Joke Fincioen

Sherman Oaks | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: 3rd and 5th
Campus: Los Feliz

We’re a non-French speaking family; dad hails from Cleveland, mom made it across the pond from Flemish-speaking Belgium. We chose LILA because of its French curriculum, academic roots, and global perspective. But LILA has turned out to be more than our kids’ school, the parent community has been very welcoming and fun.

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Sara Sedlacek

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Kinder
Campus: Los Feliz

We are LA natives with twin boys.

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Lucas Carter

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Pre-K
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a family of four (children are 4.5 and 1.5 years old) from NYC and Paris, living in the hills and doing our best to keep up!

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Fiona Reinhardt

Sherman Oaks | Burbank & Los Feliz Campuses

Grades: 4th, 6th, and 8th
Campus: Burbank & Los Feliz

Hello! My name is Fiona Reinhardt and I am a LILA Ambassador. I live in Sherman Oaks with my husband, Sandro, and our three kids: Sofia, Charlie, and Luc. Our kids have all been at LILA since pre-K, and it has been a wonderful experience. Please reach out to me for any information about our incredible school!

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Maja Shipp

Studio City | Burbank Campus

Grades: 6th and 9th
Campus: Burbank

Will and I have been sending our daughters Zoë, and Natalie, to LILA since pre-K. We love being part of our beautiful international community that reflects who we are as a family so well.

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Jessica Rivera

Franklin Hills/Montecito Heights | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Preschool and 1st
Campus: Los Feliz

Cuban-Peruvian-American family of five, including our two human children, ages 3 and 6, and Peter, our beloved pup. We have been at LILA for three years and feel so grateful to be part of this great community.

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James Bulliard

Los Angeles/Los Feliz | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Preschool
Campus: Los Feliz

We are Megan, James, Hugh (3), and Edie (2). We are expatriates (one Canadian and one Swiss-Canadian) and we speak English and French at home. Beyond the desire to raise our children bilingually, we chose LILA because of the quality and rigor of the instruction and because of the IB programme. LILA is outwardly focussed in a way that most LA private school aren’t, and we like the school’s values and international outlook. It’s a refreshing perspective and a healthy one for kids being raised in LA. We also heard how welcoming, committed, and strong the LILA community is, and we can eagerly confirm that. It’s a wonderful group of educators and parents.

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Yohannes Rose

Pasadena | Pasadena Campus

Grades: Preschool and Kindergarten
Campus: Pasadena

We are recent transplants to Pasadena. We have a 5 year old who started in preschool after having attended Pacific Oaks Children’s School. She is extremely athletic and enjoys taking ballet, gymnastics, and tennis. She also loves to draw and paint. Our younger daughter has a very creative imagination and loves to sing. I am a stay-at-home dad who leads the Black affinity group and participates in the Parents for An Inclusive LILA alliance, What Is Allyship? book club, and The Bookshelf initiative. I will also serve as vice president of the Pasadena Parents’ Association (PA). I enjoy exercise and cooking for my family. My husband works in commercial real estate and enjoys cycling and skiing.

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Nancy Moreno

Hollywood Hills East | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: 1st
Campus: Los Feliz

Our daughter joined LILA in Kindergarten in August 2020. While we don’t speak French at home, her time at LILA, even through the pandemic, has immersed her in the language and a lovely community of multicultural families. She understands and speaks so much French now, it’s truly amazing! We appreciate the curriculum and approach to learning through critical thinking.

As a volunteer in many areas of LILA, it’s been wonderful to get to know LILA from the inside. From the campus administration to teachers to supervisors to fellow parents, everyone is caring, thoughtful, approachable, and strives to create a place where my daughter feels a sense of belonging. Happy to share more about our experience any time. 🌈

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Jeff Vespa

Los Feliz | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Preschool and 1st
Campus: Los Feliz

My name is Jeff vespa and my wife is Emily. We have two daughters: Genevieve, who is 7 years old and is in 1st grade, and Josephine, who is 3 1/2 and is in Preschool. We have been going to the school of 4 years and we love it. Neither my wife or I speak French or another language. I am very active with the school in volunteering and being an ambassador. We love the LILA community.

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Patrick O'Neal

Hollywood Hills/Lake Hollywood | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: 3rd
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a two-daddy family with a 3rd grader (8 year old) who attends the Los Feliz campus.

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Andrea Bidart-Oteiza

Chino/Pasadena | Burbank Campus

Grade: 9th
Campus: Burbank

We have one son currently in 9FB (French baccalauréat track) who has attended LILA since preschool. We love LILA and are so happy we chose this school!

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Brian Setzer

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Preschool and Pre-K
Campus: Los Feliz

We are Andrew, Brian, Alex, Astrid, and Matisse: We live in Hancock Park and love treating every day as an adventure where we learn amazing new things and meet interesting people.

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Marisé Samitier

Los Angeles | Burbank Campus

Grade: 9th
Campus: Burbank

We are a family with roots in Spain and the US. Sofia, our beautiful (inside and out) daughter, keeps David, dad, and Marisé, mom, young and playful. We love walking our three dogs in the park, traveling around the world, and spending time with friends and family. As a family, we are adventurous, open, curious, reliable, and team players. We have been at LILA since Pre-K (11 years! and counting) and feel honored to belong to an amazing international and multicultural community.

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Claudine Kushner

Tarzana | Burbank Campus

Grade: 7th
Campus: Burbank

We have been a LILA family since 2012. My daughter started at the West Valley campus and now she is at Burbank. My husband and I are both American, though I do have French heritage on my side. We love being on this bilingual journey. The community, friendships and faculty cement our love for this wonderful school. C’est fantastique !

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Marion Billet

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: 2nd
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a French family from Paris.

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Eden Miller

Studio City | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: 3rd and 5th
Campus: Los Feliz

We are an anglophone family with two boys, Jack (5th grade), and Henry (3rd grade). We live in Studio City and are in the entertainment industry.

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Jeanne Roué

Pasadena | Pasadena Campus

Grades: Pre-K and 3rd
Campus: Pasadena

We are a Franco-American family (Chris is American and Jeanne is French). We love LILA and particularly our Pasadena campus. There is an outstanding crowd of people there, always ready to help. We love you, LILA Pasadena community!

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Lauren Jolly

Woodland Hills | West Valley Campus

Grade: Pre-K
Campus: West Valley

I am the proud mama bear of my little cub who currently attends the West Valley campus. We have been members of the LILA community since preschool (2020) and despite starting during a pandemic, we have found a home within LILA and are proud of who our little guy has become. Happy to answer any questions. Feel free to reach out to me.

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Laura Smolowe

Los Feliz | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Kindergarten & 4th
Campus: Los Feliz

Laura is a business attorney and Adam is a producer. Our girls Ella (4th) and Mia (kinder) have been at LILA since kinder (Ella) and preschool (Mia). We live in Los Feliz with our dog, Georgia.

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Julia FitzRoy-Chow & Geoff Chow

Studio City | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Preschool
Campus: Los Feliz

We are non-French speaking at home. We have Frankie (4) currently at the ELC in Los Feliz, and Freddie (2) hopefully joining in 2023. We love the independence fostered and the fact that we are not involved in every single aspect of school life, which seems like a healthy balance. The teachers are fantastic. Not to mention the other parents are great!

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Anna Paternot

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Preschool and Kindergarten
Campus: Los Feliz

We’re a family with an international background, speaking multiple languages at home, which somehow made our older daughter speak with a Swedish accent and our younger daughter speak with a Boston accent: a very interesting combo. We love LILA for the strong values that support diversity, a variety of cultures, and incredibly high academic standards. This place truly feels like home with an extremely friendly and supportive international community.

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Sibel Roman

Silver Lake | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Pre-K and 1st
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a multi-cultural (half French speaking) family who wanted an inclusive global community. We feel we hit the jackpot at LILA. We have been with the school since our eldest was in preschool at the ELC (Early Learning Center). Our LILA community has been the highlight and kept us afloat during the last couple years!

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