La Petite Ecole
The Dual-Language Immersion School

Our Team


Our Team


Joelle Quoirin

Joelle Quoirin founded La Petite Ecole, Columbia’s first language immersion school, in 2005.  She is the School Principal and the Head Teacher of the Preschool Class.  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 became certified to teach French and Spanish. 


Janet Russell

Janet Russell, our Administrative Coordinator, has been a part of La Petite Ecole for the past seven 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.  Recently, she discovered that teaching the Adult Beginning Learners at LPE is equally as rewarding and fun!


Abeer Alasali

Head Teacher of the PreK-Kindergarten Class.


Jessica Champagne

Head Teacher of the Toddler Class on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays.


Nassima Bedaida

Head of the Toddler Class on Tuesday/Thursdays.


Karyn Johnston

Head Teacher of the English-Language Class.


Becca Honeyball

Program Coordinator of La Petite Ecole and Head of the Language Club after school program.