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, 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!
Head Teacher of the PreK-Kindergarten Class.
Head Teacher of the Toddler Class on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays.
Head of the Toddler Class on Tuesday/Thursdays.
Head Teacher of the English-Language Class.
Program Coordinator of La Petite Ecole and Head of the Language Club after school program.