La Petite Ecole
The Dual-Language Immersion School

Our Team


Our Team

Administrative Team


Joelle Quoirin

Joelle Quoirin founded La Petite Ecole, Columbia’s first language immersion school, in 2005.  She is the School Principal and heads the Elementary School program.  Joelle was born and grew up in Belgium and is a native speaker of French.  She also speaks Spanish, and has some knowledge of German and Italian. She obtained a Master of Arts in French and an Educational Specialist degree in Education, both with an emphasis on foreign language teaching.  In addition, Joelle has a K-12 Teaching Certificate in French and Spanish. 


Hannah Cook

Hannah Cook, our Assistant Principal and Summer Programs Director, has an undergraduate degree in French and English, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Franco-Arab Studies. She loves languages and has studied Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic. Her organizational skills, ability to coordinate schedules and positive leadership make her an invaluable asset to our school. Hannah is also the head teacher of the Moyenne Section Class and loves watching our little ones grow.


Janet Russell

Janet Russell, our Administrative Coordinator and Adult Program Director. She has been a part of La Petite Ecole for the past ten years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Design from the University of Missouri. She holds a K-12 Teaching Certificate in French and History and taught French in Mid-Missouri public schools for over thirty years.  Janet thoroughly enjoys teaching both our Beginning Adults and our Teach Me French programs and loves to be around our school.

Head Teachers

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Katherine feiner

Katherine Feiner heads our Toute Petite Section Class and loves working with our youngest students. Katherine graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in both French and English. She spent a year in Brittany, France teaching English to French students. Katherine is going into her third year with La Petite Ecole and enjoys teaching performing arts to our students.

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tori hantak

Tori Hantak is the head teacher of our Petite Section Class and our Director of Marketing. She enjoys guiding children who are two and three and discovering new things. Tori is graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in both French and Finance. She recently completed a Marketing internship for a French company in Lyon, France. Tori plans to continue her career in French education.


Karyn Johnston

Head Teacher of our English Program.  Karyn teaches Language Arts and Math in our Kindergarten and First Grade programs.  Karyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and German, as well as a Masters of Education in Literacy Education. She introduces our Toddlers to letter recognition, songs and story time, and a variety of other fun "English" activities.  Karyn heads our Preschool/Prekindergarten afternoon English class where children enhance their language skills.


Diana Harmata

Head teacher of the Prekindergarten Class, Diana is also the the Language Club Coordinator. Diana graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Diana enjoys both positions at LPE, but is extremely passionate about our after school program, the Language Club. Her ability to create engaging activities makes this time very enjoyable and fun for all the kids in attendance.