Leadership Team

        Melinda Bihn Head of School
        Melinda joins us from Garrison Forest School in Baltimore, Maryland where she is Head of Upper School. In many ways, Melinda’s life has been leading to this job. Her great-grandparents were French immigrants to California, and she has worked in both international schools in Europe and independent schools in the United States. Exchange trips to France in college gave her a love of language and education, which she then turned into a career. Melinda spent the first ten years of her career teaching in international schools in Austria, Germany, and Portugal, and the second part of her career in teaching and administrative positions in independent schools in the United States. Melinda has a B.A. in English with a minor in French, a Master’s in Comparative Literature, a Master’s in the teaching and administration of English as a Second Language, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral dissertation research at the University of Pennsylvania on international students in independent schools is a topic that is especially relevant for our school. Melinda speaks fluent German and, as many parents and faculty can attest, very good French.

        Richard Ulffers -Assistant Head of School
        Richard Ulffers joined the French American International School in 2000, initially teaching European and American History and Theory of Knowledge. Ulffers holds a Masters in History from Illinois State University and a Masters in Education from the University of Iowa.

        His experience abroad includes training and working in England, Czech Republic and Puerto Rico. Ulffers is part of accreditation team for the Council of International Schools and he has held several other positions at French American including International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Assistant Principal and most recently High School Principal.

        Marie-Pierre Carlotti - Lower School Principal
        Marie-pierre Carlotti has taught Kindergarten and elementary school courses in France and the US since 1982. She holds a degree in Modern Literature from the University François Rabelais in Tours, France, and French and California teaching credentials. She has held several positions at the French American International School, and has been Lower School Vice Principal for the past five years.

        Mireille Rabaté - Proviseur Adjointe & Middle School Principal
        Mireille Rabaté has worked in education in France and the U.S. since 1993. She holds a masters degree in classical studies from Université de Paris-Sorbonne and CAPES de Lettres Classiques, and has taught French Literature as well as Latin and Ancient Greek in French at various high schools. Rabaté has also previously taught French as a Second Language at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and Universitetet I Oslo in Norway. Previously, she served as the Deputy Head at the Lycée Rochambeau in Washington, D.C. Rabaté received a “Concours des Chefs d’Etablissement” from the French Ministry of Education in 1993.

        Joel Cohen - High School Principal
        Joel Cohen has taught high school physics and chemistry in French and in English for both the IB and the French Baccalaureate since 1988. He joined International High School in 1999 where in addition to being a teacher, he has held the positions of Head of Sciences and Assistant Principal.

        Joel recently obtained his Master’s degree in Education, 20 years after graduating in the Sciences from the University of Compiegne, France. He is passionate about pedagogy and innovative approaches to learning and has presented on those topics at international conferences on education.

        Joel is an accomplished Blues guitarist who performs regularly in the Bay Area and an enthusiastic world traveler.

        Aaron J. Levine - Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations
        Aaron Levine joined French American in 2004, after eight years at Sun Microsystems and three years at Coopers & Lybrand. His professional background and experience include financial analysis, budgeting, strategic planning, change process management, human resource and financial planning responsibilities. While at Coopers, Levine performed significant financial audit, accounting, business development and consulting duties. He has traveled professionally in the Asia-Pacific region for Sun and spent a year at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Levine holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Sloan School of Management.

        Sabra Stoner - Director of Advancement
        Sabra Stoner holds a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia in International Relations and a master’s degree in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. A development professional for more than 8 years, Stoner has hands-on experience in academic environments, managing special events and annual campaigns. Prior to joining the French American and International team, she laid the groundwork for the first-ever capital campaign for a national land conservation organization.

        Robert Movradinov - Director of Marketing & Communications
        Born in Los Angeles to Colombian and Bulgarian immigrants, Robert Movradinov has always been a lover of language. A native speaker of Spanish, he received a B.A. in French Literature from U.C. Berkeley, after studying for a year in Bordeaux. Robert recently returned to the Bay Area after a 12-year stint in New York City, where he marketed entertainment products and financial services multi-lingually. Upon joining the team at French American and International, he discovered that its vibrant environment—brimming with edgy, inquisitive thinkers—was a solid fit. He enjoys cycling, singing and, of course, telling a good story.

        Andrew Brown - Dean of Admission
        “Only once in the world, and of all things: 20 years at the French American International School!” Andrew has been an IB biology teacher, IB Coordinator, International High School Principal, WASC/CAIS/CIS Accreditation Coordinator, and PK3-8 Admission Director. He is an IB examiner and teaches IB Environmental Systems and Societies and Theory of Knowledge.

        Andrew originally trained in the UK as a zoologist. Along the way he acquired post-graduate credentials in philosophy and education. He previously taught in the UK, Spain and Brazil. He is a bold figurative artist, timid mountain biker and proud father of three trilingual teenagers.