Venice Paparazzi Spotlights Ecole Claire Fontaine's Joelle Dumas
Today, the Venice Paparazzi spotlight shines on educator extraordinaire, and Venice’s favorite French girl, Joelle Dumas!
How many years in Venice? What is your connection to Venice? I was married in 1985 and discovered the Caplan House on San Juan. It had been on the market for three years. I had dreamed of living where I could swim in the ocean everyday. We were very happy to buy the house and install our family.
Tell us about your company: Ecole Claire Fontaine
is an international art, language and nature school for children aged 2-7 years that cares for the whole child on two garden campuses near the beach in the heart of Venice. A pillar of Claire Fontaine’s school day is “le déjeuner,” a hot organic lunch combining French cuisine with fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers’ market to introduce children to healthy, varied eating habits.
Playing in the verdant gardens among friends, or stretching their imaginations in classes, children are encouraged to find their creativity and individuality. Opportunities abound for character to form while discovering the benefit and value of communication, cooperation and co-creation in a joyful environment. Infused with enthusiasm and passion, Ecole Claire Fontaine blends the positive values of American and French cultures and pedagogies. We extend our school experience with field trips in the neighborhood and to the beach. For more info: laclairefontaine.org
How long in business, and how did you get started? In 1989 I fulfilled a childhood dream by creating Ecole Claire Fontaine so that the unifying powers of children could renew the energy of the Venice community. Meeting with Bingwa Thomas, Director of the Venice Dream Team, in the early nineties was an important community connection.
Joelle and her Ecole Claire Fontaine team
photos by Venice Paparazzi
What accomplishments are you most proud of? I take great pride in the children and our beautiful school, and my ongoing connection to Ecole Claire Fontaine’s alumni. I am proud of having received the highest honor in the French educational system, “Ordre des Palmes Académiques” and to recently be honored among the “Legendary Women Artists of Venice.” Having bettered the quality of educational programs is a major accomplishment as well as being Chair of the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and working alongside 17 schools and art institutions. By elevating the status of education, we are transforming the world. I am proud of contributing to the spirit of camaraderie of our Venice.
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