Miss Maribel (Spanish)
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 Emelyn (English, Spanish)
Preschool teacher, 1 year 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!
Our Wonderful Teachers
Miss Mexlie (Spanish, English)
Miss Mexlie has always loved looking after little ones since she can remember. She loves it to such an extent that she wishes to pursue a career as a Neonatal Nurse and work with infants like the ones here at LPE. Mexlie is currently enrolled at Sacramento State University and is minoring in Child Development while working on becoming a nurse. She loves to run after the new walkers and cuddle them to sleep just like you would at home. One of her favorite things to do with infants is to watch their minds work as they learn or see something new. She is excited to teach all the infants and children under her care while learning from them at the same time. Mexlie looks forward to caring for your infant here at LPE.
Miss Joana (English)
Joana just 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 11 months 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!
Ms Mariela (Spanish, English)
Toddler teacher, 1.5 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 Sandra (English)
Sandra was born and raised in Los Angeles but has now made a home for herself here in Napa. She recently earned her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California Merced and intends to acquire more knowledge in Early Childhood Education. She grew up with two younger siblings and has been a caregiver for newborns and middle school aged kids. She believes that each kid should be approached and taught with respect and patience. She also believes that children thrive in a safe and caring environment so she is looking forward to implementing this in the classroom. Sandra also has experience as a tutor and is excited to bring her gentle teaching methods to LPE!
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 Fatima (Spanish, English)
Staff Coordinator & Preschool teacher
1 year 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.
Assistant Director (English)
4 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 Mary Ann (English)
Infant Teacher, 2 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.
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 Princess (English)
Miss Princess has always been passionate about children and loves watching them learn and grow! While she is currently working towards getting her A.A. Degree, she plans on continuing her education to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Miss Princess has had eight years of experience working with infants and children up to 10 years of age. On her free time, she loves spending it with family, hiking, and traveling! One of her favorite places to visit is Disneyland! Miss Princess is excited to be a part of LPE!
Miss Ana (English, Spanish)
Preschool teacher, 1 year 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 Samantha (English)
Miss Samantha is passionate about teaching children to express themselves through art and music! Samantha has experience caring for pre-school age children as well as school-age kids as a music summer camp counselor. She has studied early childhood education and is currently a Psychology major.
Miss Kendall (English)
Preschool teacher, 1 year at LPE
Kendall Crane has 12 years of experience teaching preschool and a passion for serving children and families. She encourages children to learn through creative play, art, and music. She has a gentle philosophy and in her spare time, volunteers as an admin for a gentle parenting support group on Facebook, as well as crocheting, hiking, yoga and meditation. Kendall has 15 ECE units, an Associates degree in psychology, social & behavioral science, and general education. She is attending college online working to get her Bachelor’s in human services. Kendall has two children of her own who attend a Waldorf inspired elementary school. She receives deep fulfillment in fostering the healthy growth and development of the whole child: body, mind, and spirit.
Miss Natalie (English)
Miss Natalie absolutely loves working with children and has been in childcare for about ten years now. She has experience with all ages, but has mainly been working with infants and toddlers. She absolutely loves watching children grow and experience the world surrounding them! Miss Natalie is continuing her education by taking as many early childcare education classes as she can, so she can continue to expand her knowledge in the field. When she’s not working, you can usually find her at the theatre rehearsing for the next musical. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, read, and watch all the Disney shows and movies. Miss Natalie is thrilled to be a part of the LPE team!
LPE's Support Staff
Miss Kim (English)
Kim has an Associates & Child Development Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies. She enjoys working with children of all ages!! In her spare time she enjoys her family, coffee and volunteering in the Children’s Ministry. She is so excited to be a part of the LPE team!!
Miss Katie (English)
Preschool Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator
2 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 Jessica (English)
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 Sarah (English, ASL)
Ms. Sarah has been working in the childcare field since 2006. Ms Sarah is currently working on her degree with specializations within the infant and toddler sector, especially children who have hearing impairments. Ms Sarah is also pursing a degree in American Sign Language, and can sign almost fluently. Ms Sarah has two dogs at home and loves animals. Ms. Sarah in her spare time loves to read, spend time with her fiancé, and go shopping! Ms Sarah especially loves to spend time with her cousins' children every week.
Miss Maria (Spanish, English)
Maria was born and raised in Napa. She currently attends California State University-Chico and will be graduating with a Bachelors in Child Development. Her passion for working with kids began when she was a kid herself. She enjoys helping children express themselves in creative ways whether that be with art, dance, or setting up costumes for them to dress up in. In her free time she likes to journal, watch superhero movies, and walk her dog Apollo. She is excited to be part of the LPE team!
Miss Angelica (English)
Miss Jelly is a mother of 2 that has always loved being around children. While attending the Napa Valley College, she would nanny for many families with young kids. She received her AS degree in Child and Family Studies in 2014, along with Infant-Toddler Specialization and an Assistant Teacher Certificate. Since then she has been a stay at home mom and worked at a play-based preschool. She loves a classroom where children can play and create while learning independence.
Miss Diana (English, Spanish)
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!
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Miss Addison (English)
Miss Addison is a napa native who is currently enrolled In Napa Valley college in pursuit of her ECE credentials. In the future, she plans to pursue a masters in English and a career in teaching English at the high school level. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they discover something new. As well as being an animal lover, Miss Addison is a child at heart herself and loves everything Disney. She is very excited to work at LPE and learn from the children as they learn from her!
Miss Connie (English)
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 Cristal (Spanish and English)
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.
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Miss Nelly (Spanish, English)
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!
Miss Ally (English)
Infant/Toddler teacher, 1 year at LPE
Miss Ally was born and raised in Napa and is currently enrolled at San Francisco State University pursuing her dream of becoming a Neonatal Nurse. She has been working with kids for over a year in the Jumpstart Program at SFSU. Miss Ally's dream is to work with children and infants as a nurse, but she also loves working in a school environment so she will be minoring in Child Development. She is so excited to be working with the infants and children at LPE!
LPE Groundskeeper/Handyman Extraordinare!
2 years at LPE
Cecil is a beloved member of the LPE community! He knows every child's name and greets them daily, the children all adore him, and he helps keep LPE running with toy repairs, playground maintenance and overall upkeep of our campus. We are so lucky to have Cecil as a part of the LPE community!