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Christina Houri was born in Kuwait. She grew up in Lebanon, lived in Greece and France during the first part of the civil war in Lebanon, and then moved to New York City in 1981 at age fourteen. She attended the Lycée Français de New York until 1984, and after two years at Syracuse University, she transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1986, earning an AAS in fashion design. She did an apprenticeship in Paris for Maison Givenchy and later was a buyer at Colt Mercantile in New York City. She worked at Club Med in the French West Indies, the Bahamas, and Florida, which were formative years because she ran some of their boutiques and organized their fashion shows. While working at Le Jardin à l’Ouest, a French American preschool, as an assistant teacher, she learned she loved being around kids. She worked various jobs until, finally in 2006, she realized her dream of opening her own preschool in New York City. It was her pride and joy. Called Le Petit Paradis Preschool, it was a French bilingual two-classroom school based on Montessori and Bank Street philosophies and one of the first green preschools in New York City.