Coffee with teachers podcast series:

The importance of science education

Recorded on May 14, 2018

with Marjorie Decriem,  Julien Rivière, Ignace Lahoud & Greg Matuskiewicz

A meaningful discussion between two parents and two Burbank teachers about why science education is important to all students no matter what path they choose later in life. The podcast focuses on how science can help with developing critical analysis skills that lead to creative exploration of the world around them.


Marjorie Decriem
Marjorie is a seasoned teacher librarian who has shared her expertise in media literacy with our students since 2010. Particularly interested in the creation and use of digital learning tools and the development of young students’ media literacy skills, Mme Decriem is regularly invited to share her knowledge in education-focused blogs and other outlets. Just this year, she has launched a pedagogical web radio, CSInews, in partnership with the Mission laïque française.

Julien Rivière
Julien Rivière earned a master’s in Life, Earth, and Space Sciences and another in Population Biology and the Ecosystem from Université Claude Bernard in Lyon. He also holds a degree in agricultural engineering and an advanced degree from SupAgro Montpellier in environmental management and planning. Passionate about the questions of biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and botanical subjects, M. Rivière shares this passion with our students through his class lessons, experiments, and field trips.

Ignace Lahoud
Ignace is leading the elevate^science at LILA campaign with his wife Isabelle this year. Ignace and Isabelle have been part of the LILA community since 2011. They have two children Anna ‘21 (9th grade) and Max ‘19 (Première S – 11th grade FB). The Lahouds have been involved in various fundraising efforts at the school, including serving as class leaders at Burbank and chairing the Annual Fund for the Burbank campus.

Greg Matuskiewicz
Greg has been with LILA since 2010 when his son Lincoln ‘24 started Pre-K at the Los Feliz campus. Greg served as the PA president for Los Feliz for 3 years and has been actively involved on the elevate^science at LILA campaign this year.