Meet us

La Petite Colline is founded and operated by marital team and parents of three young children, Marco and Prisca Bommeli. Moving from Switzerland to Brooklyn a decade ago, they wished to create a school that enhances children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn, while respecting each child’s unique path of learning. They strived to establish a school in which the magical time of being a child is cherished and explored, but also allows children to have a place where their feelings and opinions are valued.

Growing up in Switzerland, they each had a love and appreciation of nature and that is where the name “La Petite Colline” comes from — “The Little Hill” is an homage to their homeland!


Marco was a Kindergarten teacher and worked as a child psychologist in Switzerland. He also studied early childhood education and child psychology as well as Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In his free time he pursues his second passion: music production. He previously founded and owned a production company which he has since sold. While working as a child psychologist, Marco noticed children thrived when their school environment was meeting their needs.

Executive Director 

Prisca has a degree in Fashion and a Bachelor in Business Administration. She studied at Parsons and worked as a Merchandiser and a Haute Couture Designer. In addition, she studied Interior Design at NYSID. As a mother of three, Prisca infuses La Petite Colline with love and passion. She believes that early childhood is a vibrant and joyful time for families and children’s development. This shows in the progressive curriculum as it exposes children to real mediums such as earth, water, messy fun art projects, tools and more. Prisca cherishes this special time in children’s lives and is eager to continue to make their time at LPC magical.

Educational Director – Preschool

Deborah received her bachelor’s in History and a master’s in Arts Administration as well as master’s degrees from Hunter College in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership. Deborah has worked in early childhood education, teaching and administration, for eight years, with children ranging from young twos through first grade. Deborah is thrilled to join La Petite Colline as the education director for the Revolutionary, the Artists and the Investigator classrooms. Growing up in a large immediate and extended family, children were a joy and a pleasure. This passion has been with Deborah early on. The beginning school years should be a time of exploration and joy as well as a period to shape the building blocks for later success. In her free time, Deborah continually finds time to play, study, and learn. She enjoys reading, hiking, yarn crafting, and spending time with her family.

Educational Director – Toddler

Gina is the Lead Teacher in the Explorer’s classroom and serves as the Educational Director for the Toddler component at La Petite Colline. She enjoys spending her days with young children and offers them meaningful, safe, and inspiring experiences in order to foster quality care and support their growing development. She also likes the outdoors and tries to incorporate nature into her classroom whenever possible. She remains family-oriented and likes to stay involved in her community through various organizations, including The Order of The Eastern Star. Gina has acquired her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Early Childhood from The Pennsylvania State University. She is looking forward to implementing a wonderful program for our toddlers that is filled with daily experiences to foster curiosity, exploration, kindness, independence and above all…love.

French Lead Teacher

Emilie grew up in a small village in French-speaking Switzerland. From a young age, she dreamt of becoming a teacher. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy, she started teaching elementary school, with students ranging from 4 to 12 years old. Later, she went back to school and earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Lausanne in Educational Sciences. Emilie is a passionate teacher and is always looking for new ways to help each of her students progress. She shares her love of learning with her students by preparing fun and exciting activities. Emilie loves music and uses the sound of her guitar to guide the children throughout the day.

French Lead Teacher

Johanne grew up in Québec, Canada. As far as she can remember, she always knew she wanted to teach. After earning a degree in Early Childhood Education, she decided to move to the United States to learn English and try something new. A few years later, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in French Literature at Mary Baldwin College. Johanne has lived in Virginia and Georgia before recently moving to New York with her husband and their two chubby cats. In her free time, Johanne really enjoys cooking, trying new food and looking for all the food-related events in town. She brings this passion to the classroom, as she loves cooking with the children and helping them develop good eating habits.

English Lead Teacher

My name is Alloura Salley and I have the privilege of being part of La Petite Colline. After spending five years working with children, I was excited to expand my role as a
assistants teacher. Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. At La Petite Colline, we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

Substitute Teacher

Stephanie grew up in Pennsylvania and later lived on a corn farm in Iowa. She received her bachelor’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa and also holds a Cosmetology License.  After years as a hairdresser, she began to start helping out in a children’s salon in Brooklyn and realized how much she enjoyed working with children. Soon after she was hosting art and music classes and teaching full time.

Stephanie took a break in late 2015 to be at home with her young daughter, Gracie and is beyond excited to be back in the classroom with your children. She enjoys being a part of these formative years and sparking children’s curiosity about nature and art.
Her hobbies include knitting and crocheting as well as cooking. She spends most of her time with her family and rescuing animals of all shapes and sizes.

French Co-Teacher

My name is Mariette Podan. I have a Bachelor degree in foreign languages from La Sorbonne France and a Bachelor degree in Administration.  I like to work with children because every day at work is not the same. I learn from them and likewise. They motivate me to be a better teacher.

La Petite Colline is a friendly environment for the teachers and the students and this is the reason why I like to work there.

My goal is to help each one of the students discover their owns strengths and talents and nurture those traits through my educational approach.

English Co- Teacher

Stephany is an assistant teacher at La Petite Colline. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and is looking to continue her education with a master’s degree in the field of early childhood education in the future. Growing up watching her mother found her own daycare, Stephany was set in what she wanted to become, an early childhood teacher. It truly is an honor and privilege to be able to make an impact on a child’s life as well as help them become the best version of themselves. Stephany is thrilled to work with the incredible team of staff, parents, and students at La Petite Colline.

French Co- Teacher

Alicia is the assistant French teacher in the Explorers classroom at La Petite Colline. She was born and raised in the beautiful city of Virginia Beach, VA. After graduating from high school she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages with a concentration in French. Later she spent a year abroad in Paris where she taught English to high school students. It was then that she discovered her passion for teaching and chose to pursue it full time. She also has experience working with 4 to 5 year olds. She enjoys nurturing and caring for children and it fills her heart with joy to see them smile and watch them grow. She believes that each child is unique, therefore they learn and thrive at their own pace. She was inspired by her high school French teacher and implements the same loving and welcoming atmosphere in the classroom. One of her favorite activities to do with the children is sing songs with them in French. Their enthusiasm, smiles and laughter brighten up any room! La Petite Colline is a wonderful and special place. She feels very fortunate to work alongside such passionate, dedicated and warm-hearted teachers. It’s such a close-knit community and the families are so lovely. She enjoys traveling, reading, music and art.