Yves Rivaud,
Founding Director

Yves Rivaud

Originally from Limoges, France, Yves arrived in the United States in 1987 to teach French in elementary classes at l’Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley just outside San Francisco.

His positions since then include Head of the School at Lyceum Kennedy (NY) and the French-American School of Puget Sound in Seattle, WA, and Director of the French Curriculum and After School Program at the French-American International School in San Francisco, CA.

His natural warmth creates a sense of comfort for teachers, students and their parents. He always seems to find the true potential of each individual, he puts students and teachers quickly at ease, and he is a great mentor for his faculty and staff. Yves believes that the school is the reflection of society where the diversity of languages and cultures is omnipresent. He embraces new learning and teaching methods while reinforcing the standards unique to each language.

In September 2008, Yves was presented with the insignia of Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Education in recognition of his service to French Education in French-American Schools over the past 21 years.

In 2007, Yves Rivaud and Clyde Javois began to develop plans to launch a bilingual, bicultural international school in Manhattan. Ecole Internationale de New York opened with 22 students but has grown quickly.