became more corporate. I decided to leave and start my
own business in the south of England in Brighton.
French American inspired me a lot for what I did next
in the learning languages area. I remember we had a
teacher here by the name of David Goldberg, and he
got us to create these multimedia pieces. I remember
one in particular… where we had to use our third language. I made a house where you had to get through it
by answering these different questions in Spanish and I
thought “That’s really cool! I would like to look at what
I can do with that when I graduate,” and that’s what I
ended up doing.
Tell us more about the company you started.
I decided to start my own business with a former colleague for various reasons. One of them was that we
really liked working in small, active environments—one
where you can pivot easily and change strategy. We both
worked in an environment that had a corporate feel, so
we had a good idea of the pros and cons of working in
that environment and we decided that we preferred a
smaller team where we could really make a difference
and play a big part.
Our industry is the educational technology industry.
There are so many amazing things happening right now.
It’s a very new landscape that is growing and being
made by mobile technologies. We have seen how bigger
companies are adapting and we thought this was a really
great time to go out on our own and see how mobile
technologies are being used in schools and what we
could do for it with everything we know. So we got going with it. It has been really fun and challenging.
What is the name of your company?
The company is called Lighthouse Learning. Our third
app got featured in the Apple Store in the kids’ 6-8
Danielle Barnetche ‘03 attended French American International School from PreK- Grade 12. She recently visited campus and sat down with her former Pre-K teach- er, now Lower School Principal, Marie-Pierre Carlotti. Danielle currently lives in London and is
Director of her own company, Lighthouse Learning.
Why did your family choose French American?
My dad is French from the Basque country and it was
important to both my parents that my sister and I could
speak French and interact with our family in France and
have the possibility of moving back there if we wanted
to. So, they sent us to French American International
School for that. At the time it was a lot smaller and you
really moved from year-to-year with all of your friends.
When we got to high school, I did look at some other
options. It was a good time to look around and see if I
should go to another school, but I felt like I was in good
hands here: I was getting a good education, I had all of
my friends, and I was interested in the French Baccalaureate, so I stayed.
Where did you go and what did you do after graduating
from International High School?
After graduation, I moved to England, where I completed
a degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury. It was
a BS in Multimedia Technology and Design. When I
finished my degree, I got a job working as a producer
making e-learning content for elementary schools. It was
a web-based learning product. I was working specifically on foreign language games—designing games to learn
languages because that was a passion I had probably
from going to school here. I was able to use my French
and Spanish which was really handy.
I moved along from there, and started working on other
subjects. As the company grew, it was acquired and
8 Questions for Alumna Danielle Barnetche, Class of 2003