We are linguists, artists, composers, a language teacher (and mom of a trilingual), a dozen volunteer interns, and a Grammy-winning music producer and sound engineer (and so much more) - and we are devoted to inspiring children to learn languages and culture using art, music, sound and the very latest in paper electronic innovation.
We each offer unique linguistic and cultural backgrounds that we weave into the TA-DA! tapestry with pride. None of us had set foot in the same room when we embarked on this journey, but we’ve become a united force, sharing hopes, dreams, fears - and the belief and passion for this first-of-its-kind endeavor.
The TA-DA! family makes it fun, and easy, for kids to learn languages and culture no matter language(s) is spoken at home.
When children learn a language, they earn a better understanding of the world - and themselves.
That’s when the magic happens.
Founder & CEO
When not supporting and encouraging her team, Michelle enjoys culturally diverse, sunny living with her trilingual family (French, Dutch and English) in the San Francisco Bay area. She lives and breathes language and culture and has many sleepless nights from sheer idea invasion. She lives for children’s causes and calls herself lucky for having been able to do what she loves, teaching French and English around the globe, from kindergarten to university. (She just returned to the States after nearly a decade in her husband’s country Belgium.) Michelle has degrees in both language and radio/TV/film and was actually a journalist in another life. When she returns to her roots, she’s with family in Nashville sporting cowboy boots - and just maybe letting slip the occasional ‘y’all'. (That's her running the streets of Germany...in another of her former lives.)
Director of Music & Sound
Jesse is our four-time Grammy® award-winning music producer and sound recording engineer, having been recognized for producing some of the most adventurous recordings in the world. (And that was before he embarked on this project!) Jesse is well known for his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, A Far Cry, Brooklyn Rider, Ethel, Jan Vogler, and so much more. Jesse grew up in Seattle, Washington playing trumpet and cello. When not producing music for others, he likes to jam with baroque and grunge cello in his stomping ground of Boston. When not walking the red carpet, he might be found on the floor building block houses with his daughter in their bilingual English-Japanese household.
Andrew is our Englishman in…Spain! He recently traded in Big Ben and double decker buses in bustling London for sun and tapas in a quaint village of Andalusia. A man of many talents, Andrew has been designing children’s books for more than 15 years. We can’t enter a bookstore just about anywhere in the world without walking into one of his award winning projects: David Litchfield’s, ”The Bear and the Piano” and "Grandad’s Secret Giant"; Stephen Walton’s Counting Lions; Naomi Howarth’s “The Crow’s Tale”; Many Hoffman’s, "Amazing Grace, 25th Anniversary Edition"…the truly inspiring list just goes on and on. When Andrew is not drawing, painting, and designing - he’s juggling or brushing up on his Spanish (sometimes both...at once).
Musician and Composer
While some of the kiddos think Kip sports black and white stripes and sits behind a grand piano singing “Zebra, Zebra”, he’s actually most commonly seen behind a violin performing with the illustrious ensemble Ethel, the trail-blazing, New York-based string quartet accoladed worldwide for redefining contemporary concert music as we know it. (Their debut album, ETHEL, was a Billboard Best Recording.) A master of improvisation and all over good vibrations, we are convinced there is no crowd Kip cannot enchant, be it cave dwellers two miles inside Chom Ong Tai in Laos, nomadic Mongolian herders, or a large room of screaming child fans. With a voracious curiosity for life, Kip has called many countries home, and has near as many languages under his belt, among them English, Korean and French.
In love with art from the start, Michelle is the illustrious, forever-smiling, forever-optimistic illustrator of the TA-DA! Talking Dictionary series. She was the first person to believe and join Michelle Glorieux in her dream, and the two have been together ever since. When not creating for TA-DA! Michelle draws for the “Pete the Cat” animated series at Amazon studios in Los Angeles. (She’s also hung her hat at Nickelodeon, Universal and Splash.) Michelle dumbfounds us, wielding her tools of choice pretty much around the clock (that would be watercolors, ink and Photoshop); and when not sipping tea, enjoys traveling with her twin sister. (Good things do come in twos.) Michelle is from a Japanese-American household and graduated from CSUF in Los Angeles with a BFA in Animation and Entertainment Design.
You may think we are making this stuff up as we go along, but Kelsey just happens to be the second twin of our team. (See what we mean about good things?) She too, graduated with a BFA from CSUF in Los Angeles. Kelsey grew up with both Filipino and Mexican heritage in Los Angeles and says she remembers as a little girl dreaming about becoming a children’s book illustrator. She has been known to call this project her ‘happy place’. When not conjuring up enchanting characters on magical adventures as the star talent behind the Language Adventure series, she’s creating gorgeous backgrounds for the Los Angeles animation studio 6 Point Harness.
Avid lover of books, music and dance (with photography rising in status), Christian is the reason this team got together in the first place. Mommy was in short supply of resources to adequately expose him to the 3 languages he needed to speak to family (two of which she did not speak natively, one barely at all)…
…so she got creative.