The LMA Handbook for Nonpublic Montessori Schools and Teachers is the complete source for information, requirements, and standards used for nonpublic Montessori schools and teachers within the State of Louisiana. The handbook describes the role of LMA and categorizes the Louisiana laws concerning LMA and nonpublic Montessori schools, nonpublic Montessori teachers and state-approved Montessori teacher training courses. It also contains all of the laws, guidelines, and standards used by LMA in carrying out its accreditation and certification duties concerning nonpublic Montessori schools and teachers.

Our 2018-2020 Leadership

Since August 1997, Angela Dupuis has been the owner and director of Litter Learners Montessori School located in Sulphur, Louisiana. She graduated with a BS in Accounting from McNeese State University in 1992. She received her American Montessori Society (AMS) certification from the Houston Montessori Center in 1999. She is a life-long resident of Sulphur.


Erin Reynolds

Erin Reynolds received a BS in Family Child Consumer Sciences specializing in Nursery School/Kindergarten from Louisiana State University in 2003. Erin received her Montessori teacher training through American Montessori Society in 2005.  She has been employed at LaPrintaniere Montessori School in Baton Rouge for 13 years. She recently became the Head of School for LaPrintaniere.


Amber Trepagnier

Amber Trepagnier is the School Administrator and Primary Directress at Stepping Stones Montessori School in Gretna. She completed her Montessori training through MWEI in 2010.  She holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. She has a passion for working with children, both inside and outside of the classroom. Amber believes that as Montessori teachers, we do not supply the answers, instead we allow the child to be actively engaged in the learning process while enhancing critical thinking skills to discover and draw their own conclusions. What she has learned as a Montessori teacher has extended beyond the Montessori classroom and has been incorporated into some of the techniques she uses with clients.


Angie Dupuis

2016-2018 President

Joelle Flaherty

Joelle Flaherty has been the Head of School at the Montessori Education Center in Alexandria since 2008. Prior to serving as Head of School, she was an Upper Elementary Teacher from 2001 through 2008. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Masters in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University. She received her Montessori Elementary I and II teaching credentials from Southwestern Montessori Training Center. During the summer she assists the growing Montessori community throughout Louisiana as a teacher educator. She has served on the Louisiana Montessori Association Executive Board for over six years, most recently serving as President during the 2016-2018 academic years. She currently serves in the position of Board Mentor.

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