Atlas Immersion Academy is run by Dory & Jarod Hobbs, who both own and founded the school in late 2010. Together, and with a terrific community of early childhood educators, they have grown the small start-up school to include both a medium-sized Certified Childcare Center (Gabriel Park) and a smaller Certified Family child care (Hawthorne) They speak French in the home with their three sons and one daughter, and have adored seeing other kids learn French and be immersed in the multi-cultural environment of Atlas alongside their own children.
Dory is the part-time Multi-site Director for both Atlas locations (on maternity leave Fall 2016) and she holds both Bachelors & Masters Degrees in French, as well as a Step 10 on the Oregon Registry of Professional Development in Early Childhood.
Jarod does a little of everything at Atlas, including construction (he’s also a licensed contractor), handyman tasks, business management, HR specialist, and toddler hugger! He holds a Bachelor’s in French and International Studies, and worked professionally in the insurance and international education fields prior to transitioning full-time to Atlas in 2014.
Gabriel Park Center Director- Carole Bunce
Carole Bunce has worked at Atlas since 2014 in the roles of Toddler Teacher, Infant-Toddler Supervisor, and since May 2016, as Director of the Gabriel Park Center. Carole wears many hats throughout the day, and you are just as likely to find her observing recess and guiding teachers as you are in conference with parents, or holding the newest infant in our Nounours class. A native of France and the third of five children in her family, Carole has been a natural fit for our French immersion center. In addition to adoring children and working hard to stay abreast of the latest research in best practices (NAEYC national conference attendee in 2015 & 2016, OAEYC conference attendance in 2016), Carole holds her CDA in Infant/Toddler development. Her educational background in France includes a four-year degree in Marketing and Management, as well as credentials in theater marketing. She is a woman of many talents, and Atlas is very fortunate to have her on board!
Outside of Atlas, Carole enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and they can be found hiking one of the Northwest’s many trails. She is also a DIY fan and loves to craft!
Hawthorne Childcare Provider- Nathalie Prophete
Atlas Hawthorne is run by Nathalie Prophete, a native of France and an experienced child care provider (both for her own two children and