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!

Miss Maribel (Spanish)

Infant teacher

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 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 Fatima (Spanish, English)

Staff Coordinator & Infant teacher

2.5 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.

Miss Adrean

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, 3 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)

Preschool Teacher, 1 year at LPE

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 Lex (English)

Infant teacher

Info to come!

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Miss Gabriela (English/Spanish)

Infant Teacher

Miss Gaby was born and raised in Napa. She received her A.S in natural science and mathematics, and earned her child and family studies- Assistant local certificate both from Napa Valley College. She continues to attend NVC to expand her education to help shape little minds. Miss Gaby first discovered her love for teaching when she worked as a behavioral interventionist and has continued to work with children ever since. She has 3 years of experience working with children, but has been around children all her life. She has a one year old son who she adores. She believes it takes a whole village and a big heart to help shape little minds. Her favorite part of teaching is watching children grow and hit every milestone. Miss Gaby is so excited to be part of the  LPE team! 

Miss Katie (English)

Preschool Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

3 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)

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 Maria (Spanish, English)

Infant teacher, 1 year at LPE

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 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!

Mr Cecil

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!

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 Katherine (English, Spanish)

Infant teacher

Info to come!

Miss Daisy (English)

Infant teacher

Info to come!

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!  

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Miss Jolene (English, Spanish)

Infant Teacher

Jolene Farinas had her first job at the Boys & Girls club. Over the years, she has raised her own children, babysat her niece. cousins and her own grandkids! Jolene went into Adult Health Care and has been caring for the elderly since 1998. Jolene changed her profession to do something new but still wants to care for people, so she has returned to working with children at LPE! Jolene enjoys teaching, helping. and watching kids learn and grow. Jolene looks forward to being a great help and having fun with the children!

Miss Sandra (English)

Infant teacher

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 Cristal (Spanish and English)

Preschool teacher

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.

Miss Gigi (English)

Infant Teacher

Gisel (Gigi) was born in Honduras and moved to Santa Rosa when she was 12 years old. There she graduated High School and after moved to the Napa Valley where she found an amazing opportunity to teach and care for children. She enjoys reading, art, and loves everything Disney! Gisel grew up with 3 younger siblings and enjoyed seeing them grow, learn, and take care of them. Gisel’s favorite part about teaching is seeing the kids attempt and accomplish tasks throughout the day. She’s really happy and blessed to be a part of LPE team! 

Our Wonderful Teachers

Miss Joana (English) 

Infant Teacher, 1 year at LPE

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!

Staff Qualifications

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 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!

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Miss Ally (English)

Infant/Toddler teacher, 1.5 years 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!

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 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!