Meet us

Meet Our Team

 

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!

 

 Director 

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

Hello! My name is Gina Esposito and I’m the Educational Director for the Explorers
classroom at La Petite Colline! I truly enjoy spending my days with young children and offering them meaningful, safe, and inspiring experiences in order to foster quality care and support their development in all areas. I also enjoy the outdoors and like to incorporate nature into the classroom whenever possible.

I am very family-oriented and like to remain involved in my community through various organizations, including The Order of The Eastern Star. Originally from New York, I moved to Pennsylvania in order to get my bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on early childhood. Upon graduating in 2007, I’ve worked at
The Goddard School and for Penn State as an infant/toddler teacher at The Bennett Family Center on campus.

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.

French, Drama and Vocal Teacher

Freeda is French and has a bachelor in Art and sociology. She is a singer an actor and has taught music and French for many years to children. She is also a mom of a 4 year old and absolutely loves children. Her focus is nurturing your child’s creative imagination and enthusiasm while encouraging the acquisition of skills. Children will learn French through music creative, drama, singing, routines/repetitions and expression in a loving environment.

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!

English Lead Teacher

Bio coming soon.

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

Bio coming soon.

French Co- Teacher

Bio coming soon.