Miss Elena (Greek, English)
Miss Katie H. (English)
Miss Milli, Founder
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 before she had her first son. When Milli started Le Petit Elephant Nursery and Preschool, 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)
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 Kaylee (English) *currently on leave*
Infant Teacher, 1 year at LPE
Miss Kaylee is passionate about children and has been since she was young. She loves watching children learn about new things constantly and being able to help them grow and develop. She comes from a family of educators so her passion runs deep. Kaylee currently has her teaching permit and continuing her education in ECE and Radiology.
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 Audrey received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco where she also studied Child Development. She is so excited to be able to help shape the young, rapidly developing minds of Le Petit Elephant’s students. She finds joy in creating new and exciting ways to stimulate each new development in a child’s personality and physical abilities. She hopes to foster opportunities for growth, encourage a passion for learning, and celebrate the act of joyous fun with friends. She is thrilled to be a part of the LPE family!
Miss Ana (English, Spanish)
Ms Kendall (English)
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 Kerry, Executive Director
3 years at LPE
Miss Kerry has her AA in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Infant/Toddler Care from Cerro Cosso College. She has been working in the field for over 20 years working in every age group from 6 weeks through 12 years of age. She absolutely loves watching children grow and learn through their environment. Kerry strives to provide a classroom rich in independent growth and new challenges for the children to learn to love to learn! She has three children of her own and enjoys all of the moments and challenges teens can give to their parent and they are the light of her life. Miss Kerry loves getting to know all the Le Petit Elephant children and families!
Miss Casandra (Spanish, English)
Casandra was born in Sylmar, California. At a young age Casandra and her family moved to Mexico and came back to the US when she was 11 years old. She has her Associates degree in Administration of Justice and hopes to one day earn a degree in Child and Family Studies. She loves to work with children to encourage them to learn and help them with their development, as she believes that the first years of their lives are the most important for them to develop their own personalities and social skills.
LPE's Support Staff
Miss Katie (English)
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 Nancy (Spanish, English)
Infant Teacher, 2 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 Andrea (Spanish, English)
Preschool Teacher, 2 years at LPE
Miss Andrea is currently working towards her AA degree in Early Childhood Education at the Napa Valley College. She hopes to transfer this coming spring into a Liberal Studies Program to pursue her dream of becoming a dual immersion elementary school teacher. Previously, Miss Andrea taught World Dance at NVLA Elementary, and was also a cheer coach at Vintage High school and for Napa Valley Jets. On her spare time, Miss Andrea is kept busy by her energetic and fun 4-year-old and 14 month old sons. Andrea brings her passion for music, dance, and culture to our littlest friends here at LPE. She strongly believes in Loris Malaguzzi's, founder of the Reggio Emilia's Philosophy, philosophy that children have a hundred languages, meaning children have multiple ways to learn and express themselves. She looks forward to getting to know you and your little one!
Miss Gari (Spanish, English)
Miss Gari was born and raised in Napa Valley. She is currently attending Napa Valley College and is hoping to transfer to a four-year University. Miss Gari loves working with children, as well as spending time with her two younger brothers. Miss Gari loves to see children's unique personalities shine through! In her free time, Gari likes to hike and paint.
Miss Lucy (Spanish, English)
Infant Teacher, 1 year 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 Mikali (English)
JrPreschool teacher, 2 years at LPE
Miss Mikali was born and raised in Napa and has a nine year old daughter, Addesyn. She is currently enrolled in the Child and family Studies at Napa Valley College and is working towards her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a preschool teacher for over 6 years and loves what she does. She loves working with children, especially babies. She is very excited to be part of the LPE team!
Miss Emelyn (English, Spanish)
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 Feride (English, Spanish)
Assistant Director & Infant Teacher (English)
2 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 17 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, 1 year 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)
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!
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Miss Mady (English)
Madison has 12 units in early childhood education and is working on getting her associates degree. She has 3 years of experience working with children of all ages, including special needs. She loves working with children and watching them learn everyday! She always sees the best in children, and wants every child to succeed.
Miss Ashley (English)
Miss Ashley is currently enrolled at San Francisco State University and is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Child-Adolescent Development with a minor in Special Education. She has worked with children for the past 3 years including a Jumpstart program in San Francisco. She found her love for working with kids when she went to elementary schools around Napa County with her Psychology class every Wednesday. Her philosophy is children learn by doing, so let them do. She also makes it important that her students and families know that you are listened to, you are important, you will be cared for, and you will succeed!" She believes every child has a gift that is waiting to blossom in the classroom.
Ms Mariela (Spanish, English)
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.
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