Ecole Bilingue Parent, KQED Morning News Anchor & TEDxYouth Host
Brian Watt is KQED’s morning radio news anchor. He joined the KQED News team in April of 2016. Prior to that, he worked as a Reporter for KPCC in Los Angeles and a producer at Marketplace. During eight years at KPCC, Brian covered business and economics, and his work won several awards. In 2008, he won the Los Angeles Press Club’s first-place award for Business and Financial Reporting, Broadcast. He’s also received honorable mention and been first runner up for the Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year. He won two Golden Mike awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California. Brian holds degrees in theater from Yale University and the Sorbonne, and has worked as an actor in France, Italy, Brazil, Hungary and . . . Hollywood. He appeared in a few television shows, including The West Wing, Judging Amy and The District. Email: bwatt@KQED.org Twitter: @RadioBWatt
Ecole Bilingue Middle School English and Art Teacher
Sue Campbell has been a TEDx co-organizer for TEDxYouth@EB since our pilot six years ago. She continues to be inspired by the TEDx global network innovating with virtual conferencing this year and sharing their experimental programs on hangouts and podcasts. Sue is grateful for all her students and 30 years of teaching middle school and high school English as well as opportunities to co-design and co-produce projects that connect us to our larger community. She has a BA in English and French Literature from Cornell and a Masters in Literature from Bread Loaf at Middlebury. In addition to teaching, Sue is a figurative painter and a mom of two teen boys who are bilingual and at home in the world thanks to EB.
Ecole Bilingue Middle School English and Social Studies Teacher
Gabrielle Hedlund is from Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz. Gabrielle worked as a technology journalist for nearly a decade before moving to the business side of technology, building sites in the early days of the Internet. Later, she transitioned to teaching, earning her credential at CSU Hayward. Gabrielle taught English at Castro Valley High School for several years, then took time off to raise her two children and live in NYC. She joined the EB Middle School staff in 2015 where she teaches eighth grade English and seventh and eighth grade Social Studies. Gabrielle and her husband, Marc, have two children at the Lower School.
Head of Middle School at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
Richard is an educator with 17 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the Middle School level. His multi-faceted experience of Middle School education gives him a unique understanding of the student experience both inside and out of the classroom. He has held various positions working with students in grades 4 to 8 as an English Language Development instructor, Choir Director, Humanities Teacher, Athletics Director, and most recently, as the Middle School Director of Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito. In addition to his campus experience, Richard holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from Mills College and obtained credentials in theology, history and music. He has also worked for many years in culturally diverse schools, teaching for five years at the American School of Guadalajara in Mexico, and for the last nine years at Tehiyah, a Jewish school. There, among many responsibilities, he was in charge of assisting with the organization of the 8th Grade trip to Israel.
Mei-Lin Ha Byers
Director of Development and Communications at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
Mei-Lin is a bilingual Berkeley native, and a first-generation American. She attended Berkeley High School, then went on to study at Oberlin College, earning a double degree in History and French. She has worked with both children and adults in the education field, and has been a part of EB’s Development Team since 2012 as an administrator. Mei-Lin is currently the Director of Development and Communications at EB, where she attended as a student from preschool through 8th grade. She loves TEDx for its ability to inspire students and adults alike with innovative and meaningful ideas—particularly when there are other EB alums involved! She has a deep love for fashion and travel and is crazy about everything to do with fitness and health and can often be found at yoga, bootcamp, pilates, dance, or cycling.
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley
Manon has been the Director of Admissions at EB since 2015. A French native from Paris, Manon moved to the East Bay in 1999 and has worked in preschools since 2001. Before joining EB, Manon was a preschool teacher, then the Site Director of Duck’s Nest Preschool in Berkeley for seven years. Manon has one daughter enrolled at EB Middle School, and one who just graduated from EB in 2020.
Gaëlle is a dual citizen from France and USA. Originally born in New York, she has lived in the United States, Europe and Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science at Smith College in 2010. She has worked for the Consulat Générale de France à Boston as an intern to the Cultural Attachée, and worked at the Alliance Française de San Francisco to support their communications, events and academic teams. She has also worked in other non-profits in the Bay Area, coordinating events, tutoring kids, and fundraising campaigns. Gaëlle has worked as a Development Coordinator at EB since 2019. She loves kayaking, rock-climbing, dancing, trivia and spends time with her bearded dragon at home.