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 & Burbank Campuses

Grades: 4th and 6th
Campus: Los Feliz and Burbank

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: 2nd and 2nd
Campus: Los Feliz

We are LA natives with twin boys.

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Lucas Carter

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Kindergarten and 1st
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a family of four (children are 6 and 3 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: 6th, 8th, and 10th
Campus: Burbank

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: 8th and 11th
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: Kindergarten and 3rd
Campus: Los Feliz

Cuban-Peruvian-American family of five, including our two human children, ages 5 and 8, and Peter, our beloved pup. We have been at LILA for 6 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: Kindergarten
Campus: Los Feliz

We are Megan, James, Hugh (5), and Edie (4). 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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Christine Kim

Pasadena | Pasadena Campus

Grades: Pre-K and 3rd
Campus: Pasadena

We are a Korean-American family – Christine (attorney), Sung (teacher), Remy, Rhys, Lux (stay at home dog), and Brumeaux (stay at home dog). We do not speak French at home and took a chance on LILA based on the school’s mission, vision, and values. It is one of the best decisions we have made as our girls are thriving and love going to school. We have cultivated great relationships with other parents and are happy to share our experience.

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Patrick Adams

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grade: Kindergarten
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a family consisting of two daughters, Aurora and Elliott, two dogs, a lot of dirty clothes and an infinite amount of head colds. But loving every second of it. Well, most seconds…

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Jeff Vespa

Los Feliz | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Kindergarten
Campus: Los Feliz

My name is Jeff Vespa and my wife is Emily. We have two daughters: Genevieve, who is 9 years old, and Josephine, who is 5. We have been going to the school of 5 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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Jennifer Moore

Encino | West Valley Campus

Grades: 1st
Campus: West Valley

Our son Jonathan started at LILA in Kindergarten without any previous French experience and we knew from the beginning that LILA was an amazing and welcoming environment. My husband Peter is a Seattle native, I’m a Chicago native, and we found a fantastic community and education for our LA-raised son at LILA.

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Andrea Bidart-Oteiza

Chino/Pasadena | Burbank Campus

Grade: 11th
Campus: Burbank

We have one son currently in 11FB (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: Kindergarten and 1st
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: 11th
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 (12 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: 9th
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: 4th
Campus: Los Feliz

We are a French family from Paris.

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Eden Miller

Studio City | Los Feliz & Burbank Campuses

Grades: 5th and 7th
Campus: Los Feliz and Burbank

We are an anglophone family with two boys, Henry and Jack. We live in Studio City and are in the entertainment industry.

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Jeanne Roué

Pasadena | Pasadena Campus

Grades: 1st and 5th
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: 1at
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 & Burbank Campuses

Grades: 2nd and 6th
Campus: Los Feliz and Burbank

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

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Ali Monchick

Sherman Oaks | West Valley Campus

Grade: Pre-K
Campus: West Valley

Sydney and I were drawn to LILA for the international community and its openness and warmth. We speak mostly English at home, but also some German, Italian, and of course, French! We love singing and playing instruments together.

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Anna Paternot

Los Angeles | Los Feliz Campus

Grades: Pre-K and 1st
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: 1st and 3rd
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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Kalli Clark-Sternberg

Silver Lake | Los Feliz Campus

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

Hello, we are Kalli, Al, Quincy and Silvester, the Shuckburgh/Clark-Sternberg family! We are a British family living in Silver Lake. Silvester is in pre-K and Quincy is in 1st grade at the Los Feliz campus. We love LILA because of the international community with similar values in both education and life! We don’t speak French at home and have been amazed by Quincy’s progress over the last two years. We both work in the music industry and thoroughly enjoy the Cali lifestyle – surfing and hanging at the beach.

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Christopher Ahuja

Tarzana | West Valley Campus

Grade: Preschool and 2nd
Campus: West Valley

My name is Christopher Ahuja and my spouse is Maggie Nguyen. We are raising our daughters in Tarzana, with both Athena and Artemis attending the West Valley campus. The school is wonderful with a great community of parents and teachers that challenge and encourage the children to be awesome citizens of the world.

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Carrie Whyte

Altadena | Burbank Campus

Grade: 12th (Alumni – Classes of 2016 and 2018)
Campus: Burbank

All three of our kids started school at LILA Los Feliz in Kindergarten. We have lived in Los Angeles since 1996. Iain is from France and I am from Texas.

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