Our People

Patrick Lefevbre

Patrick Lefevbre

Founder & Principal

Patrick founded his first successful preschool at age 21 & brought his expertise to Shanghai as Founder & Principal, The Child Academy, 2007.

Timothy Dickson

Timothy Dickson

Senior Vice Principal

Tim brings 20+ yrs management experience from several Fortune 100 companies & served as Country Director for 2 top education brands in China.

Emile Yu

Emile Yu

Director, Community Relations

Emile has been in China since the late 90’s working in numerous management and investment positions within the pharmaceuticals, real estate and hi-tech industries.  Emile is the Director of Community Relations for The Child Academy

Andrew Bordt

Andrew Bordt

Vice Principal

Andrew has 6+ years educational leadership in China holding a Master’s in Education & certifications in CELTA, ESTEM, PD, & Columbia TEFL

Eileen Parotino

Eileen Parotino

Jinqiao Campus Director

Eileen has Master’s Degree, 8+ yrs teaching & leadership & CELTA, Postive Discipline certifications. Recipient of Outstanding Scholar Award

Andy Proffitt

Andy Proffitt

German Centre Campus Director

Andy has 11+ yrs management, education leadership & 7 yrs teaching exp in China. Andy holds certifications in Positive Discipline, TESOL Advanced, and Columbia TEFL

Mimi Sun

Mimi Sun

Local Academic Director

Mimi has 7+ years teaching with TCA & 3 yrs as Head Teacher for Gymboree. Mimi holds Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees in Early Education

Lara Novak

Lara Novak

Hongfeng Campus Director

Lara has 9+ yrs teaching & holds dual certifications in NYS Childhood Inclusive Education & Students with Disabilities & Positve Discipline

James Green

James Green

Training & Development Manager

James has 9+ yrs teaching with TCA as Head Teacher & holding a Master’s Degree in Education & certifications in TESOL & Positive Discipline

Elina Wang

Elina Wang

German Centre Parent Relations Manager

Jessica Zhu

Jessica Zhu

Jinqiao Parent Relations Manager

Our Teachers