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Director/Owner

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Amanda is the visionary behind Nola Petites and a mom of three fantastic children. As an educator for 20+ years in the New Orleans area, she has a true passion for working with young learners! Helping each child progress in all areas of their developmental, academic, social, language, and motor skills is a challenge that she is honored to accept daily.  The little "Aha" moments are what make teaching so special for her. Her goal is to create a community of learners that feel loved and grow in a positive, diverse, safe, and fun environment.  To her teaching is a privilege!

Amanda Peek

Tiffany Peek

Tiffany is our fabulous Assistant Director, curriculum coach, and mom of two loving kiddos.  She has been in education for 15+ years and especially loves the arts. Tiffany is a certified dance teacher and brings creativity and expression to our school. She believes that the arts are a stepping block for all kinds of learning. Her philosophy is that the world around us can teach us so much. Colors, shapes, and sounds that we experience on a daily basis are some of the greatest learning tools. Together with our team of amazing and creative teachers, she is committed to providing families with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. She knows that children are our future and that having a well-maintained and prepared environment for children to explore is where they will thrive!

Assistant Director

Luiza Castelli

Kalen Joseph

Lead Teacher

Teachers Assistant

Luiza is our Lead Teacher and the backbone of Nola Petites. She is the person our students see every day with a welcoming smile and giving heart. She is dedicated to each students learning and wants them to be the best versions of themselves. She has 15+ professional teaching experience as an ESL teacher. Luiza has worked with children, teenagers, and adults in helping them achieve communicative success in the English Language. She does this by creating a joyful and dynamic learning environment. She also feels that having inland and overseas experiences helps her connect with families from all cultures and backgrounds. She is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be teaching our Little Petites their second language as an added bonus to all the wonderful lessons and love!

Kalen is our ultra awesome Teaching Assistant, and big sister to 3 great siblings!  This is her first year in a teaching role but she is absolutely crushing it! She is a New Orleans Native and all around Anime Weeb. In her spare time she is studying for her CDA and learning Japanese. Her role is to support our lead teacher and give lots of love and support to our students as well. She is committed to keeping the students engaged and active throughout each day. Kalen brings a youthful outlook and electric energy to our school. 

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Lexi Joseph

Teachers Assistant

Bursting with youthful enthusiasm and armed with a quick wit that could rival a stand-up comedian, Lexi is not your ordinary teaching assistant—she's a delightful blend of kindness, humor, and warmth that leaves a trail of smiles wherever she goes. Imagine a whirlwind of giggles, high-fives, and spontaneous dance parties.

But don't let her playful demeanor fool you—Lexi takes her role seriously. Her dedication to her job is as solid as a rock. She's the first to lend a helping hand, the go-to person for solving problems, and the ultimate cheerleader for her students' successes. With her, every challenge becomes a chance to grow, every setback a stepping stone to greatness.

With Lexi learning isn't just about hitting the books—it's about embracing the joy of discovery, one laugh at a time

Lexi is currently in school majoring in Early Childhood education and is working on her student educational studies to better understand her students and implement our curriculum to the fullest.

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