To contact a member of the admin team, use the school email address: use first letter of the employee’s first name followed by the last email@example.com. Example: Babeth Esterly would be firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Laura Carrillo was born in Los Angeles and raised in Tijuana, Baja California. She obtained her B.A. in Tourism Management in UABC (Tijuana). She then extended her studies with a Professional Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning at San Diego State University. Ana has worked for weddings and concerts organizers, the "San Diego Latin Film Festival," and an event production company behind the San Diego Beach and Bay half marathon. She can also count in her resume the "Valle Food & Wine Festival" in the Valle de Guadalupe wine production area south of the border, and most recently, Baja Wine + Food, where she coordinated events and luxury travel.
Ana Laura is passionate about promoting Baja and outdoor activities.
Isabelle is originally from the Southwest of France, where she first worked as a Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics teacher and a school director. Since she moved to the United States, more than 25 years ago, she has been teaching and holding administrative positions at different French American International schools across the country. Empty nesters, Isabelle, and her husband moved to San Diego in 2018. Their daughter came back home sooner than expected to finish her DUKE undergraduate studies online in the midst of COVID. When not working, Isabelle enjoys cooking for her family, painting, and walking with her dog Pompom.
Originally from France, Stéphanie moved to San Diego in 2002, after living in Seattle and Montreal, and joined SDFAS in 2004. She graduated from Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Université de Montréal, with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Archeology. Prior to working at SDFAS, Stéphanie worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. Stéphanie loves to travel and discover cuisine from around the world.
Alice began her career as an IT project manager at Disney in Burbank, California. She honed her skills at Hewlett Packard for over 13 years as a Research & Development project manager and then as a global supply chain manager partnering with Fortune companies like Adobe, Apple, Foxconn, Microsoft, and Samsung. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Education from UC San Diego, with additional certifications in Bilingual Education, Mathematics, Business Management, and Computer Applications and Concepts. She is trilingual in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. When she is not in the Innovation Lab inspiring STEAM projects, she loves to play with her dogs.
Paula is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where she first worked as a teacher. She taught at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York for 11 years, and has also lived and taught in London and Los Angeles. She was the founding Chair of the STEAM Special Interest Group at the European Collaborative of International Schools (ECIS), has been a Design Thinking Coach with the Teachers' Guild/IDEO, and has co-led workshops at the Stanford d.School, Project Zero (Harvard University Graduate School of Education), NYSAIS and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. She has been a Critical Friend for Teach to Lead, led a breakout session at the White House for Michele Obama's Better Make Room / Beating the Odds Summit 2016, and is a Studio facilitator at the Learning Environments for Tomorrow Institute (Harvard Graduate Schools of Education and Design). She is an RSA Fellow. Paula has been passionate about the intersection between food, customs, language and culture since her time at UNIS. She loves to talk, laugh out loud and wonder.
Minu was born and raised in South India and moved to San Diego in 2016 -- she Joined SDFAS in 2019. Minu has a B.A. in Finance and loves to play badminton and listen to music.
Beverly Portillo was born and raised in Southern California and moved to San Diego in 2013. She studied psychology at CSUSB and obtained her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University. For over 10 years she has worked with children in families in underserved communities, most recently with San Diego Center for Children. She also provides services in her private practice located in Solana Beach.
When not working Beverly enjoys walking to the beach, playing with her dog Kai and spending quality time with friends and family.
Véronique Rahmati has worked at SDFAS since 2006. Involved in the move to the La Jolla campus, she played an integral role in making possible many mission-enhancing capital and program improvements. Véronique holds a Master’s Degree (DEA) in International Relations from La Sorbonne, Paris. After having worked four years in an international organization (UNESCO), she joined the Cabinet of the City Hall of Rueil-Malmaison in France where she was in charge of international and external relations for the City. She moved from Paris to San Diego in 1997 and served as a software linguist developing the French-German program in a machine translation company before joining SDFAS. Véronique has a son, Adrien, who attended SDFAS from PK0 to 8th grade.
Marilyn was born and raised in San Diego, CA. While obtaining her first B.S. degree from UCSD in biochemistry, she volunteered her time in the emergency room at UCSD Hillcrest. Here she discovered her passion for medicine. She was inspired by the nurses’ sharp decision-making along with their deep compassion, which compelled her to pursue nursing. Marilyn graduated from National University with a B.S. in Nursing with honors. Throughout her coursework Marilyn soon realized she had both the aptitude and demeanor for caring for pediatric patients. Her genuine compassion, flexible communication styles, and strong advocating voice helped secure her first nursing job at Rady Children’s Hospital in their emergency department, where she practiced for 2 years. Her bounding interests then lead her to Bend, Oregon, where she backpacked and hiked to her heart’s content, while rounding out her nursing knowledge caring for both adult and pediatric patients at St. Charles Medical Center for 3 years. After 5 years of dedicated pediatric and mixed adult/pediatric ER experience, Marilyn set her sights back on her hometown and pursued her dream job of becoming a school nurse. At SDFAS Marilyn enjoys being a kind, protective, and healing presence for the students, as well as a straightforward, approachable resource for their families.
Raised on the East coast in a family of doctors, Mark’s early love of French in middle school later developed into an ardent commitment to master the language. His first immersion adventure began at age 19 in the South of France. While studying there, he fell in love with the Provençal way of life.
After college, Mark explored a career in international law before embracing teaching. To formalize his pedagogical skill and solidify his French language expertise, Mark took on a Master’s Degree program in Paris and then stayed to teach middle and high school History-Geography and English in the American Section of the Lycée International de St. Germain-en-Laye.
Upon returning to the United States, Mark settled in New York City where he taught French at a well known independent school in Brooklyn Heights. At the age of 30, Mark embarked on a journey to learn Spanish through immersive travel-study in language schools with host family stays all around Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. Mark also served for years as a Master Teacher leading month-long immersion homestay summer trips for teens with Rassias Programs Abroad headquartered on the Dartmouth College campus.
After completing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University Teachers College, Mark moved to San Diego with his family to take on the position of World Language Department Chair JK-12 at La Jolla Country Day School. During his time there, Mark also helped found and direct Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy‘s first summer language immersion program in immersion in French for Middle and High School students within a “language pledge” environment. These varied roles prepared Mark, before coming to SDFAS, to successfully lead the High School division at the French-American School of New York. In that role, Mark gained valuable leadership experience and expertise with both the French system curriculum and the International Baccalaureate program.
Mark was recruited as the third SDFAS Head of School in August 2017. His younger son Julian is a student at the school. Older son David lives in Brooklyn, New York and works for Condé Naste in the Freedom Tower. Mark is passionate about the SDFAS mission and the value of an exceptional bilingual education. Indeed, open-mindedness and intellectual curiosity, an abiding appreciation of people from around the global, adaptability and resilience are in his mind essential in preparing children to lead enriched lives of meaning and impact.