DECEMBER | DECEMBRE 2018
CHER ROCHAMBEAU ALUMNI,

On this month's alumni feature , we feature Foreign Service Officer and former parent Alumni, Ismail Kenessy ('94) who got in touch with us from SENEGAL! Discover his story below 👇

SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 11 - for our annual Galette de Rois & Cidre dégustation. We hope you can make it! 😊🥂

Finally, your experiences as alumni are extremely valuable and of great interest to our school.
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Alumni Relations Program | Rochambeau, the French International School
Highlights of this month's issue:


  • ALUMNI FEATURE:
  • Ismail Kenessy ('94) - USAID Internal Auditor & Former Parent Alumni
  • Jacques Domenge ('95) - Parent Alumni & Assistant Director of Coaching & Education


ALUMNI EVENT
INVITATION ANCIENS ÉLÈVES | SAVE THE DATE - JANUARY 11 - ALL PROMOS
Si vous êtes dans la région pour les fêtes, venez nous voir vendredi 11 janvier ! Nous offrons du cidre et des galettes -- la meilleure dégustation traditionnelle française ! Rejoignez-nous pour 1/4 d'heure ou pour une heure afin de partager ce moment festif. Pourquoi pas y passer si vous êtes dans le coin !?

If you are around for the holidays, come see us Friday, January 11th ! We are offering cider and galettes de rois -- the best French culinary tradition ! Join us for a little bit or for an hour to share this festive moment. Why not come by if you are around!
FEATURED ALUMNI
Foreign Service Officer USAID
ISMAIL KENESSY|'94| Internal Auditor
Dakar, Senegal

Ismail Kenessy (Ismael Khenissi while in Rochambeau) was born in Tunis to Tunisian parents and moved to the U.S. in 1983. Not knowing a word of English, Ismail attended Rochambeau from CE1 until Premiere in 1993. With an American High School diploma in hand and fluent in English, Ismail enrolled in George Mason University where he graduated with a BS in Accounting. He recalls that in 1994, most of his classmates left for Canada and Europe, which made it difficult to keep in touch over time. “ If any 1994 classmates are reading this, say hello!

Following his Bachelors, Ismail worked in various accounting and financial positions at international organizations in the U.S. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C, Ismail, enrolled his two daughters at Rochambeau. As it happens with most of our worldly international families, for Ismail, it was not long before overseas work beckoned. He joined the Office of Inspector General for USAID as a Foreign Service Officer to provide oversight of USAID projects. As an established lead auditor, Ismail has developed findings in complex auditing circumstances around the world including in human rights programs in Colombia and Cash for Work programs in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Being a FSO, has meant international travel and postings in El Salvador and Senegal, with a in between 3 year detour in Rome with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. “ My work will take me and my family to Pretoria, South Africa next after a lovely 4 years in Senegal. ” Luckily, with so much moving around, “ I’ve had the chance to see and meet Rochambeau graduates around the world ”. Ismail and his two daughters spend summer-leave in Bethesda and Chevy Chase with his parents, friends, and family. Ismail is happy to talk to anyone interested in the foreign service and meet others involved as well!
 
A FEW WORDS FOR ROCHAMBEAU 
A key benefit of my time in Rochambeau was the stellar instruction of the English language. It goes without saying that we get an excellent grasp of French at Rochambeau, but it was only in later that I realized this was also the case for English. From Mrs. Ermler (my first English teacher in 1983) to Ms. Piurek, Rochambeau took English seriously and has been a great asset for many of us not from Anglophone origins. Of course, the interactions and friendships one had in Rochambeau makes one very comfortable almost anywhere in the world .”
Class of 1994 🎓
Petite dédicace à Madame Pujol
ALUMNI DE NOVEMBRE | PREVIOUSLY FEATURED
JACQUES DOMENGE|'95| PARENT ALUMNI
Washington, DC

The Rochambeau monde is one he has known as a STUDENT , as an ALUMNUS , and today as a PARENT . A 1995 Graduate, today Jacques emphasizes how well Rochambeau prepared him for his future, “ Because of this, choosing to send my daughter to Rochambeau was a no-brainer, and all of my former classmates in the DC area have done the same. ” Alumni reunions?...” ALL THE TIME!
Besides super-parenting, Jacques is a motivational career coach and owner of a consulting firm. My starting assumption in everything that I do, is that with the right information and coaching, regular people can become extraordinary. Jacques is currently the Assistant Director of Coaching and Education at the Johns Hopkins Business School AND the owner of an Organizational Development Consultancy. + Learn more about Jacques's future ambitions - " One should never stop learning "...
I bet you don't have a selfie like this one! Jacques's devoted hobby is Photography. Can you tell?

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