Cecile Fandi is an educator, teacher, and mum of three girls. Her love for nature has its roots in the garden of her dad in Benin, full of exotic flowers but also fruit trees: papaya, avocado, grapefruit, and lemon. She has also been passionate about beading and painting since she was 3 yrs old. Cecile graduated in 1999 with a Baccalaureate at EFE Montaigne French School of Cotonou, Benin and in 2003 earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Bordeaux, France. Cecile moved to Brooklyn in 2005 where she started babysitting and exhibiting her artworks in bars, lounges, cafes, and galleries. Cecile started community gardening in 2007 at Walt L. Shamel community garden. After she had her three daughters, Cecile went back to work and taught as a volunteer art teacher at her daughter’s school P.S. 262. In 2013, she created Shabazz Gardens at the school \to educate children about growing food, environmental science, compost education and nutrition. Cecile is convinced that a garden is an outdoor laboratory to teach about the history of crops, compost biology and racism. Her vision is to bring wellness workshops like yoga and use of herbs to heal and liberate the children.
She completed her Master Composter course at BBG Brooklyn Botanical Garden in 2015. Cecile has taught French at The Gathering Space, a new extension of Stuyvesant Heights Montessori School, a community-based educational toy store Butterfly 7, Freebrook Academy, Apple Academy Homeschool Group, and she continues to teach at Little Sun People Daycare. In 2017, Cecile started Kwabo, a French immersion Montessori/Reggio based playgroup, based at Bailey’s, with her own multicultural approach of education to bring to the children art, science, cooking, gardening, botany, yoga, singing, black history, and drumming. She is convinced that children can learn and have fun at the same time. Cecile became a member of the Board of Directors in May 2018.