Meet us

Meet Our Team

 

La Petite Colline is founded and operated by husband and wife team Marco and Prisca Bommeli. Together we are the parents of three little children. We moved to Brooklyn eight years ago from Switzerland and speak Swiss German as well as French.

We feel that children should not be made to conform and should have space for them to express their ideas and feelings as well as develop social skills and self esteem. Together, we wanted to create a school that enhances a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn and support their creativity and uniqueness. Growing up in Switzerland, we both have an appreciation for nature. When coming up with the name, La Petite Colline, which means “The Little Hill”, we are honoring both our homeland and also the neighborhood the school is located in, Clinton Hill. We strive to make La Petite Colline a school that supports and develops the whole child, while providing them with a solid foundation. We believe that childhood is a magical time and wanted to create an environment that reflects that. We are inspired by the wonder and joy that young children bring to everything that they do. We believe that in order to thrive, children need to feel like their opinions are valued and their feelings are validated. We feel that early childhood is a period of wonder and beauty and should be cherished. La Petite Colline strive to educate the whole child, providing experiences for exploration using their bodies, minds and spirit.

Marco was a Kindergarten teacher and worked as a child psychologist in Switzerland and 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.

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 &  she can’t wait to share the magic with you!

 

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!

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. Before La

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. 

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.

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, routines/repetitions and expression in a loving environment.