Miss Alyssa

Infant teacher

Info to come soon!

Miss Emelyn (English, Spanish)

Preschool teacher

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 Whitney

Infant teacher

Info to come soon!

Miss Joana (English) 

Infant Teacher

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 9 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!

​​​​​​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

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

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

Preschool teacher

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.

Ms Kendall (English)

Preschool teacher

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.

LPE's Support Staff

Miss Katie (English)

Infant Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator

2 years at LPE

Katie has three darling children of her own. She has 24 units in Early Childhood Education and she is a certified assistant soccer coach. Miss Katie is very involved in her son’s soccer league. She volunteers as a team manager for all three 2009 soccer teams and she volunteers in her daughters Girl Scouts. Miss Katie has been working in daycare for 7 years with all ages groups anywhere from 6 weeks-12 years old. She really enjoys doing art projects with the kids in her care and seeing how each child expresses themselves. Besides working in daycare, she has been a nanny/ babysitter since she was 16 years old. Miss Katie loves kids and she looks forward to getting to know all of you and your children!

Miss Starr (English)

Infant teacher

Miss Starr has been working in the childcare field since 1993. She has worked with infants and all ages. Miss Starr is CPR and first aid certified, she has 8 children of her own and 4 grandchildren, so as you can see children are truly her life! Starr can't imagine a day without a sweet baby in her arms. Miss Starr appreciates LPE families for allowing her to be a part of your child's most precious years and she makes it her priority to help them and you with their ever changing needs. 

Miss Nancy (Spanish, English) 

Summer Camp Teacher, 3 years at LPE

Nancy is currently working toward her teaching credential at Napa Valley College. She has been working with children between the ages 0 -15 years for seven years and she is also a mother to a three year old son. Nancy loves watching little ones grow and learn new things. Everyday is another day of learning for them, so letting them explore and play is key. Nancy looks forward to teaching the little ones new things at LPE!

Miss Maria (Spanish, English)

Infant teacher 

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 Lucy (Spanish, English)

Infant Teacher, 2 years at LPE

Miss Lucy was born and raised in Napa, and plans to pursue an academic career in child development in the future. She loves working with children because she gets to see what they learn though play every day and how they interact with their surroundings. Also, she sees how each child’s personality comes to life while they play. In her spare time, Miss Lucy loves to go the the movies with her family and friends.

Miss Julia

Infant teacher

Julia is a mother of 2 young boys, she loves children and enjoys being a part of their early education. She believes providing children with a safe, caring, warm environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive is important to their development into happy stable adults. Julia dreams of a world where people accept one another for their differences, and we can all work together to make the world a more harmonious place. Her hope is by doing her part and making a difference in young children's lives, they will have a better opportunity to create a more harmonious future! She is currently a student at Solano Community College, she is close to reaching her AS in ECE and will then continue on to a BA of Early Childhood Development. 

Miss Neporina (English) 

Preschool Teacher

Neporina is a preschool teacher from Washington State with a background in outdoor education and hands-on learning.  Working in the field since she was sixteen she has worked with a variety of programs; including children's theater, backpacking with middle schools, completely outdoor preschools, and traditional daycare centers. Moving to California was unexpected but she is making the best of it by joining the LPE family. She is excited to start this new chapter and engage with a new group of exceptional little humans.

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Miss Nelly (Spanish, English)

Infant teacher

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 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 Adrean

Assistant Director (English)

3 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.

Miss Ally (English)

Preschool teacher 

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!

Ms Mariela (Spanish, English)

Infant teacher

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 Brianna (English)

Miss Brianna is  currently enrolled at Napa Valley College and is working toward getting her A.A in Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about working with children and encourages kids to develop their art skills. Brianna loves to see the kids grow and find their identity. She is also very open to implementing a multicultural education within a multicultural environment. She is very proud to be a part of the LPE team!

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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!

Miss Maribel

Infant teacher

Info to come soon!

Staff Qualifications

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.

Miss Addison (English)

Infant Teacher

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)

Infant teacher

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 Diana (English, Spanish) 

School Age Teacher

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!