Ms Mariela (Spanish, English)

Toddler teacher, 2 years at LPE


Miss Mariela has her AS from Napa Valley College in Early Childhood Education. She is also continuing her education at Sonoma State university. Miss Mariela has work in other children centers for 2 years. She loves taking care of children and infants! Miss Mariela loves children's curiosity to learn new things and explore the world around them. 

Miss Carmela (English, Spanish)

TK/JrKindy teacher


Miss Carmela was born in Mexico and raised in Napa. Mother to a 7 year old daughter. Carmela obtained her certificate in Early Childhood Education and plans to continue her education at the Napa Valley community college. Miss Carmela loves children and is very passionate about teaching them to be kind an love loving individuals. She knew at a very young age she wanted to teach. At 18 years of age she accepted her first teaching job. For the next 15 years Miss Carmela work with toddlers and preschoolers in a Montessori environment . Carmela enjoys art and crafts, circle time and teaching the children new activities. She believes that children learn in different ways and should be able to express themselves. Carmela enjoys watching children grow socially, emotionally and becoming independent. Her main priority is that children are ready for elementary school and that they thrive in their unique way. She is excited to combine her experience in Montessori with Le Petit Methode at Le Petit Elephant!

Saavan, LPE Ambassador & Campus Helper (Punjabi, Hungarian, English)


Saavan was LPE's first enrolled student, and he is currently in 2nd grade. As LPE's first student, Saavan is enthusiastic about representing his alma mater in the Napa Community. Saavan finds a lot of fun in helping around the LPE campus after school, on the weekends and over the summer in his family's business. He especially likes to help the children learn how to be kind and take turns. In his spare time, Saavan enjoys playing chess, piano, soccer, basketball, and Legos. 

Miss Carly (English, songs in French!)

Infant teacher


Miss Carly was born and raised in Napa and loved every minute of it. She has been watching children since she was eleven years old. She feels that moving and dancing is one of the best ways for babies and toddlers to learn.  She is currently working on transferring to Humboldt state from Napa Valley College. She has learned some songs in French throughout her work experience and life. She has two orange cats who will not leave her alone. In her free time Carly likes to take walks and enjoy the outdoors. 

Staff Qualifications

Miss Daisy (English)

Infant/Toddler teacher


Miss Daisy has her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Napa Valley College. Miss Daisy always dreamed about becoming a teacher since she was a little girl. She has experience working with children for over three and a half years. She enjoys teaching, singing, dancing, and taking care of children. Miss Daisy enjoys teaching children to learn something new and see how each child is unique in their own way. In her free time, Daisy likes to spend time with family, travel, go to the gym, sing, and cook.

​​​​​​All Le Petit Elephant teachers meet or exceed California's childcare state licensing requirements. All of the lead preschool teachers have completed required coursework in early childhood education. The lead infant teachers have all completed infant-specific coursework as well. All of the staff have experience working with young children in a supervised program. In addition, our staff members truly love and understand children, child development, and our play-based philosophy!

Miss Anacani (English)

Preschool teacher


Info to come!

Miss Ana (English, Spanish)

Preschool teacher, 2 years at LPE


Miss Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduating she worked in a Montessori school. Working there she fell in love working with children transitioning to preschool. Miss Ana is currently in the process of getting her site supervisor permit. During her free time Miss Ana likes going on hikes with her German Shepherd and spending time with her family. She enjoys the outdoors and doing crafts. She looks forward to meeting everyone and loves being part of the LPE team! 

Miss Shanelle (English)

Infant teacher


More info to come!

Miss Nicole (English, Spanish)

Infant teacher, 2 years at LPE


Miss Nicole was born in Daly City and lived in Turlock, CA until she made her way with her family to Napa Valley when she was in 4th grade. Nicole knew since she was a young girl that she wanted to work with children. She has been working with young kids for 15 years. She loves to walk into the classroom each morning to see all of the children's happy faces. Nicole loves reading to the kids and singing them songs and watching the children grow! Miss Nicole has four amazing children of her own, two girls and two boys, whom she loves spending her time with.

LPE's Support Staff

Miss Gabriela (English/Spanish)

Infant Teacher


Miss Gaby was born and raised in Napa Ca. She is currently at Napa Valley College majoring in Early Childhood Development & is planning to transfer for her Bachelor's degree. Gaby discovered her passion for teaching and being around children at a young age while babysitting her cousins. During her free time she enjoys baking & watching movies. Gaby is very excited to spend her days with children and watch them grow and learn. She is excited to be part of the LPE family!

Miss Katie (English)

Preschool Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

3.5 years at LPE


Miss Katie has been at LPE for 2 years and has worked in early childhood education since 2011. She has her Associates degree in Child Family Studies with a specialization in Infants and Toddlers & Administration and Mentoring. Katie has three children of her own and she has worked with children 6 weeks- 12 years old throughout her career. Katie loves being creative with the children and watching them take their materials and create them into their own masterpiece. Miss Katie also enjoys reading with children and singing songs. Working with children has been her passion since she was little and she is so happy to be apart of the LPE Family!

Miss Mikayla (English)

Infant teacher


Mikayla is working towards her AAS in Teacher Education Prekindergarten and Education at Eastern Gateway Community College. She grew up in San Francisco, CA and comes from a very family oriented home. She is the oldest in her family, and in her family, being the oldest came with the responsibility to nurture, teach, and set an example for those who are younger in the family. This ultimately set a path for her to pursue teaching/caretaking as a career choice. 

Her most recent experience working with children has been with her own child who was born April 2022. Her daughter was born with a heart disease, and as a parent of a baby with a cardiac illness, you are forced to learn basic infant health in ways you would have never thought about, and no one ever tells you. She uses this knowledge to care for the children in the classroom. Because of this journey to motherhood, she naturally gravitates towards the emotional babies and understands that they just need a little more love at times. She’s excited to further her career here at Le Petit Elephant!

Miss Jessica (English)

Infant teacher


Miss Jessica is every child’s favorite. She has over 9 years of experience working with children. Miss Jessica believes that a child should have the freedom to become who they aspire to be, and that will happen through experiences and good communication. She always finds herself around kids and doesn’t see it as her job, but as a passion she has carried since her adolescence. In her free time, you can find her looking for beautiful views where she can reflect on life and find peace. Miss Jessica's love for family and friends is her motivation to keep striving for more in life. She hopes to further her passion in child development by educating herself through schooling and eventually graduating with a degree based in early childhood education.

Miss Brenda (English, Spanish)

Infant teacher


Miss Brenda was born and raised in Napa and she has 3 years of experience working with children. She is currently attending Napa Valley College working toward her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Brenda has two beautiful children of her own. In her free time, she enjoys baking, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. Brenda is excited to work with the infants and children
at LPE!

Siran, LPE Ambassador & Campus Helper (Punjabi, Hungarian, English)


Siran was in LPE's first graduating class of TK/JrKindergarten, and he is currently in Kindergarten. As LPE's first TK graduate, Siran is enthusiastic about representing his alma mater in the Napa Community. Siran loves helping around the LPE campus after school, teaching the kids how to play soccer and kick ball on the playground. He especially likes to help with the little babies and enjoys helping in his family's business. In his spare time, Siran loves playing board games, piano, soccer, basketball, and Legos. 

Miss Kimberly (English)

Toddler teacher


Miss Kimberly has received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology emphasized in social work, as well as a bachelor's degree in Chicano/a studies from UC Davis. She has spent time volunteering with NVUSD in the COOL school program as well as working a summer camp course where she had the chance to teach and interact with first graders going into second grade. She has always loved children, but knew she wanted to work with children after taking Child and family courses at Napa valley college which is what inspired her to go into social work in the hopes of finding a job where she has the opportunity to work with foster kids in the future. Miss Kimberly believes that all kids are unique and different which means that all children should be free to express themselves however they want. In her spare time Kimberly loves to go on walks with her dogs, listen to music, read, travel and spend quality time with friends and family. She is excited to be a part of the LPE team, and  watch all the little ones grow and develop into their unique personalities.

Miss Monica (English)

Infant teacher


Miss Monica was born and raised in Napa. She is the oldest sibling and has taken upon a nurturing role for her younger siblings naturally at a young age. In her teenage years she started with serving in her church child care centers and discovered her passion for children. For her high school senior project she worked in a 3rd grade classroom at as a teacher’s assistant to gain experience with children in a classroom setting and has since dreamed of having her own classroom someday. Her family has been a foster family for 5 years housing children of various ages ranging from elementary to late teens giving Monica extensive experience with children of different walks of life and development. She plans on feeding her passion by pursuing Early Childhood Development classes and the Napa College to invest in her growing skill sets to be best equipped to tend to children and their families. Monica thrives when she is in a creative environment and loves craft time with children exercising children’s curiosity. In her freetime she likes to bake, ride her motorcycle, go camping, and do DIY projects. She has a huge soft spot for animals and she is often busy with her household full of pets including cats, dogs, bearded dragons, fish, and a hairless guinea pig named Fiona. She is thrilled to be a part of the LPE team and cannot wait to meet you!

Seva, LPE School Mascot

(Punjabi, Hungarian, English)


Seva absolutely loves LPE and elephants, so this was the perfect job for him at his family's business! You will find Seva at school events representing LPE's school spirit! He enjoys playing with Legos, dump trucks, and climbing on the big play structure. His favorite people are his big brothers. 

Miss Marley (English)

Infant teacher


Miss Marley grew up in Northern Minnesota and started her early childhood teaching career at the local Head Start as a toddler and infant teacher. Marley holds a Child Development Associate Credential through the CDA National Credentialing Program. She believes every child is extraordinarily unique, and as a teacher it is a priority to establish a structured, patient, and stimulating environment for each child to flourish. Encouraging each child to admire their own exploration is a joy created every day in the classroom. She is pleased to be welcomed into this community and looks forward to contributing her best assets to her new neighborhood.

Miss Diana (English, Spanish) 

Preschool Teacher, 1 year at LPE


Diana was born and raised in the Napa Valley and graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and a minor in Education. Her first experience she had with children was being a teacher aid at Napa Community College Child Development Center working with children ranging from infants all the way to preschoolers. This was a special experience for her since she used to be a preschooler at that center and had the opportunity to work with teachers that used to take care of her! Through this experience she has found the joy in working with children and seeing them explore and learn. During her free time Diana likes painting and drawing as well as customizing shoes. Diana is excited to join the LPE team! 

Miss Karina (English)

Infant teacher


Karina graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and a minor in Health Education, which she plans on using to create theatrical activities for children’s learning. Karina comes from a big family with seven siblings in total and several nieces and nephews. She grew up raising her niece and younger siblings. In her spare time, she has also assisted at a daycare and preschool working with infants and toddlers. Karina believes that every child should be nurtured, loved and respected. She believes that adults set the example of what kindness, humbleness, love, respect and integrity looks like and that children will follow these same traits. In addition, she believes that children should be free to express themselves through their own creativity of art, music, acting, building, etc. She has always had a genuine passion to work with young children as a profession, for that reason she is truly grateful to be apart of LPE!

Miss Emelyn (English, Spanish)

Preschool teacher, 2 years at LPE


Miss Emelyn aka "Miss Em" was born in Mexico and raised in Napa. She is currently attending Napa Valley College and is on the path to majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Child Development. She has 3 years of prior experience with working with kids. She loves watching the kids grow and learn new things everyday!

Miss Mary Ann (English)

Lead Infant Teacher, 3.5 years at LPE



Mary Ann was born and raised in the Philippines and moved in the U.S. when she was 18. She has had experiences working in the medical field before but she found her real passion is to be working with young children. Miss Mary Ann loves being a teacher because it makes her feel good being around the children, helping them learn and learning from them as well. She likes seeing them grow and hitting their milestones, it makes her very happy and proud. Mary Ann is planning to go to Napa Valley College to get an A.A. degree in Early Childhood. She likes hiking, camping and some fun road trips.

Miss Maribel (Spanish)

Infant teacher, 1 year at LPE


Miss Maribel is the mother of four wonderful children and she understands what it means to leave your children in another's care when you need to work- it has to be a loving place that will take special care of your children. She is dedicated to caring for the infants and children at LPE as though they were her own and she is proud to bring her beautiful Spanish speaking skills to the infants at LPE.

Miss Jessica (English)

Preschool teacher


Info to come!

Miss Lorena (English/Spanish)

Preschool Teacher


Lorena is a first generation college graduate. She earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology and minor in Chicano studies at UC Davis. She is the oldest on both sides of her family and has been helping care for children of all ages from a young age! Lorena loves music, reading, traveling, children, animals, and spending time with family & friends. She truly believes that it takes a village to raise and care for a child in order to foster a positive impact on their growth during the most crucial part of their development. Lorena is super excited to be part of the LPE team! 

Miss Joana (English, Spanish) 

Infant Teacher, 1 year at LPE


Joana received her Associate in Sociology for transfer from Solano Community College. She has 3 years of prior experience with working with children. She has a daughter who is 2 years old. She enjoys seeing children learn new things. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and on hikes. She is excited to be working with the infants and children at LPE!

Miss Nelly (Spanish, English)

Infant teacher, 1 year at LPE


Ms. Nelly was born and raised in Honduras, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. She moved to the US in 2016. She has teaching experiences with kids of different ages (toddlers to teenagers). Ms. Nelly is very passionate about working with children and enjoys helping them to develop new learning skills. Her teaching philosophy is “no one size fits alls” she believes that each child is unique and has his or her own learning style. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending quality time with her family and friends and also doing DIY Projects and Crafts. She is so proud to be a part of the LPE TEAM!

Our Wonderful Teachers

Miss Adrean

Assistant Director (English)

5 years at LPE


Miss Adrean received her A.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and also holds a Child Development Certificate, both from De Anza College in Cupertino. She has over 20 years of experience working with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. She has held many positions, from Teacher's Aide to School Age Program Director. Watching children grow and develop with new challenges every day is such a joy for her. Adrean believes that the best way for children to learn about themselves and the environment surrounding them is with a little guidance and lots of playtime. In Adrean's spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga and kayaking. You can also find her volunteering for the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and at Napa's Skyline Park.

Miss Connie (English)

Infant teacher, 1 year at LPE


Connie has over 20 years of experience in the child care field and studied Early Childhood Development at Napa Valley College. Connie had her own family home daycare for over 10 years with children ages ranging from six weeks to ten years old. She enjoyed her time with her home daycare as it allowed her to spend time with her own children. Connie then went on to work for NVUSD as a lead teacher for their before and aftercare program at Browns Valley Elementary School. As she enjoys all ages of children, she has joined LPE due to her love of working with the infants and young children!

Miss Rosa (Spanish/English)

Infant Teacher


Miss Rosa was born and raised in Venezuela, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and a Master’s Degree in Business Management. She worked for 23 years in different administrative areas. In 2017 she moved with her husband to California to be closer to her family, and to have new experiences. Rosa began to work as an Infants Teacher at an Immersion Preschool in Sunnyvale and studied English as a Second Language. After she started studying at Mission College in Santa Clara, where earned 12 units in Early Childhood Education and a Certificate in English for Childcare. Rosa has over 3 years of experience in the Early Child Care field, and she enjoys being close to children, stimulating, and supporting them so that they develop healthy and happy. She also likes to bake, spend time with her family, see new places, and exercise in nature. She is very excited to be part of the LPE team and practice Le Petit Methode while having a great time with the children.

Miss Jackie (English)

Preschool Teacher


Miss Jackie lives in American Canyon and went to Vintage High School here in Napa. She has obtained units in Early Childhood Education with plans on continuing her education in the field. She also has a B.S. in Kinesiology from SFSU. She loves to see the wonder and excitement of children exploring, growing, and learning new things everyday. She has a big family who has taught her to be caring and patient which she brings to the children at LPE!

Miss Fatima (Spanish, English)

Staff Coordinator & Infant teacher

3 years at LPE


Miss Fatima became very passionate about educating young children when she was 9 years old. Her mom who also is an early childhood educator, would sometimes bring her along to work. She believes that children learn better when you make it fun. Through music and movement, creativity, play and most importantly love. She has 3 year old daughter and they love to read books together. Her daughter is her world.
She currently enrolled at Napa Valley College and she is finishing off her A.S degree in Child and Family Studies. Miss Fatima loves doing art projects, reading and making up songs with the children. Miss Fatima believes that by allowing children to express themselves through a creative way, we can help open their minds to even more and achieve even more.

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Miss Lizbeth (English/Spanish)

Infant teacher


Miss Lizbeth graduated from Vintage High School in Napa. During her high school senior year, she enrolled in Peer Support where she was able to meet with a lot of students and be there to listen and support them through anything that was going on at home, school or simply any feelings they were encountering. Lizbeth the 5th oldest cousin of many young cousins, and she has always loved watching infants grow and cuddle with them! Miss Lizbeth currently enrolled in the Child and Family Studies program at Napa Valley College. She is so excited and happy to grow and be part of the LPE family! Miss Lizbeth can’t wait to see so many infants grow within our family! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, and listening to music. 

Miss Dulce (English)

Support teacher


Dulce was born and raised in Napa, California. She is currently attending Sonoma State University, double majoring in Early Childhood Studies and Chicano/Latino Studies. Dulce started to work with children in her sophomore year of high school, mentoring third graders. Since then she has worked with students in elementary through middle school. She dreams of becoming a teacher and wants to assures all her students receive the same educational opportunities. Her favorite part of working with children is being able to watch them grow and become wonderful human beings.

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Miss Milli, Founder/Director


Miss Milli lives in Napa with her husband Robert, her 3 sons, 2 dogs and a whole brood of backyard chickens! She earned her Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in New York City. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Developmental Psychology with an emphasis in Developmental Neuroscience from UC San Diego. 


She spent 5 years as a child Behavior Specialist (3 of those years in Napa Valley), and has completed her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) coursework. She was also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Napa Valley College from 2012 to 2014. When Milli started Le Petit Elephant Nursery and Preschool in 2015, she also created "Le Petit Méthode", her unique child care philosophy combining wonderful, best practices and research-based aspects of many different child care disciplines into one cohesive new approach to raising and educating secure/attached, confident, curious and happy little learners between 0 - 6 years old.


Miss Milli got her first job when she was 17 years old as a teacher's aide at a preschool in Danville, CA. She had always loved children and knew immediately that she wanted to work with children for the rest of her life, and she has done just that ever since! In her undergraduate years at UCSD, Milli secured herself multiple Developmental Psychology-related research internships, ranging from running neurological memory tests (how infants learn best) in infants/toddlers in the Developmental Neuroscience lab under Dr. Leslie Carver, to testing social cognition (how children learn rules and flexibility through play) with children in local San Diego preschools through the Hayman Lab under Dr. Monica Sweet. In her gap year between undergrad and graduate school, Milli felt herself naturally drawn back to the preschool classroom and became a 2's teacher at Acorn Learning Center in San Ramon. While earnings her Master's degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Education, Milli also worked as a researcher at Corpus Christi Preschool in Manhattan, learning more about how children learn (pre)math through patterns, and this was the basis of her Master's Thesis. It was fantastic being in the classroom again and working with children in an urban setting (love those rooftop playgrounds!) Opening a school of her own was Milli's dream, and she is so proud of how Le Petit Elephant has been creating a sense of community in Napa, is implementing best practices in infant and childcare, and is providing a safe place for the sweet children of Napa to learn, grow and thrive since 2015!  

Miss Katia (English, Spanish)

Infant teacher


Miss Katia was born and raised in Mexico City, she now lives in Napa with her husband Julio and their two dogs Shifu and Bella. She studied at Napa Valley College and received her Associates in Child and Family Studies. She also worked in the NVC Child Development Center for three years where she had the opportunity of working with a wide range of ages from Infants to Preschool. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs to the dog park, watching movies with her husband and doing art projects. Miss Katia believes that children learn through play and that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Miss Cristal (Spanish and English)

Preschool teacher

1 year at LPE

Cristal was born in Napa and raised in American Canyon. While at American Canyon High school, she interned in a third grade classroom for a year and volunteered at her local Boys and Girls club. She began to work there right after graduation for a year. Since the Fall of 2019, Cristal has been attending Napa Valley College to achieve her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently learning American Sign Language. Her main priority is ensuring that every child thrives academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. She believes that the most fundamental during early childhood is a healthy brain development and their environment, which is why she strives to meet their emotional needs. Cristal is beyond thrilled to be part of the LPE team and getting to know everyone! Type your paragraph here.