Teachers and Staff

Lacie Darby

Director

Ms. Lacie joined Kinder Haus in 2015 and has worn many different hats since: Afternoon teacher, Lead teacher, Office administrator, and now Director. She was professionally trained through Montessori World Education Institute at Oaks Montessori in Hammond, and she holds a degree from UNO where she studied Sociology and Psychology. She is Louisiana State certified as an Early Childhood teacher, and has 14 years experience working with children ages 2-12. While away from work, Ms. Lacie likes to work on creative projects. She enjoys painting, balloon-twisting, sewing, paper quilling, and building things. She also loves to travel! Her one true passion, though, is working with children.  “Together with a team of amazing and experienced teachers, I am committed to providing and maintaining an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!”

Jade Hattier-Agoglia

Office Manager

Ms.Jade became apart of the Kinder Haus family of July 2020. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in May 2019 with a bachelors degree in Hotel,Restaurant, and Tourisim management. After graduating, Ms.Jade participated in a manager in development program at a downtown hotel in Salt Lake City that allowed her to understand and learn the inner workings of how a hotel operates from each department. When not at Kinder Haus you can find Jade baking goodies for her friends and family or painting a new piece of art to hang up in her home.

Michele Trosclair
Lead Teacher

Toddler Class

Ms. Michele joined our Kinder Haus team in January 2010. She is the mother of two children, Brianna and Brian. She received her Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center, and she has previous experience working in traditional preschool settings. Ms. Michele was the lead teacher in the Pre-K/Kindergarten class for 7 years, then in the summer of 2017 she moved over to lead the Toddler class. Ms. Michele is committed to keeping Maria Montessori's vision alive, and she brings so many positive qualities to Kinder Haus. She has a warm and caring presence, and she is very knowledgeable in early years child development. During her time off, she enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her children.

Miranda Bachemin
Assistant Teacher

Toddler and Preschool Classes

In April 2019, we welcomed Ms. Miranda to our Toddler classroom.  In May 2020 she became the early morning care teacher in the Preschool classroom, as well as an office helper/floater. She previously worked as a teacher's aide in a traditional daycare setting.  Ms. Miranda currently attends Delgado and is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development.  She describes herself as organized, patient, and kind. We definitely agree!  Ms. Miranda  believes that although each child is different, they all deserve the same love and care.  Her calm and collected demeanor makes her a perfect addition to our Kinder Haus team.  She is an engaging teacher and always makes certain the children have her full attention and care. The little ones have so much fun with her! They are often dancing, singing, or reading stories with Ms. Miranda.

Gehan "Gee" Agrusta

Assistant Teacher

Toddler and Preschool Classes

Ms. Gee  joined us in January 2020 in the Toddler class. In May 2020 she moved over to lead our Preschoolers in the afternoon. She is a military spouse from the United Kingdom. She  and her husband recently moved to New Orleans from Spangdahlem, Germany where she was a nanny to a 3-year old child. She also has 3+ years experience working at the Datchet Montessori School in the United Kingdom. It was there that she decided to pursue a deeper knowledge of the development and care of children. She is currently studying for her Associates degree in Psychology to gain her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Gehan is gentle, patient, and creative. She is adored by the children and her co-workers.

Bonnie Toups

Co-Lead Teacher

Preschool Class

Ms. Bonnie brings her sparkling smile and nurturing spirit with her to Kinder Haus each day, as she has since 2001. Mrs. Bonnie completed her Montessori Certification in August 2005 through North American Progressive Montessori. Her skills are obvious and much attributed to natural talent, many years of child care experience, and a love of children. Her quiet, calm, and gentle demeanor is perfectly fitting for the age group in which she teaches. You can often catch Ms. Bonnie giving lessons of yoga or sign language, something the children love. Ms. Bonnie hopes her influence helps the children to become confident, independent, respectful, and caring human beings. "I really believe this is what I was meant to do with my life; to share the love that I have for children with lots of love, hugs and kisses!" says Ms. Bonnie. She enjoys spending time with her  family when she's not at Kinder Haus.

Tamarra James

Co-Lead Teacher

Preschool Class

Ms. Tamarra joined our Kinder Haus team in March of 2002. She is the proud mom of two sons. Organization, patience, flexibility, and joyfulness are some of her best qualities. Ms. Tamarra has worked in various child care settings before coming to Kinder Haus. She also worked with 3 and 4-year-old children every summer as part of the Jefferson Parish Man-Power Program. She completed her Montessori Certification in January 2006 through NAMC.  We appreciate all of her outstanding contributions and dedication to the children, parents and her co-workers. Ms. Tamarra is reliable, compassionate, genuine, and loves to laugh. She comes to work every day with an exceptionally professional appearance, completed with a beautiful smile. She is a natural nurturer to the children she teaches, and she takes care of her co-workers as well. Everyone knows that if they need a good hug or a welcoming smile, Ms. Tam is the one to visit. 

Mignon Guerin

Assistant Teacher

Preschool Class

A graduate of LSU, Ms.Mignon has taught elementary school in Baton Rouge before returning to New Orleans. Ms.Mignon brings her nurturing,patient,and energetic approach to Kinder Haus every day. She is committed to providing a safe, secure, and happy environment for everyone she encounters. Ms.Mignon's motivation to teach comes from the joy of seeing children eager to learn and a their love for exploration. when not at work you can find Ms.Mignon outdoors enjoying the beautiful Louisiana weather cycling, hiking, or gardening.We are grateful to have Ms.Mignon as a member of our Kinder Haus family!

Brandie Morales
Lead Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Ms. Brandie joined our Kinder Haus family in 2013. She has a background in childcare and retail. Her creativity, natural love of children, and organizational skills make her a great fit for our children’s house. Ms. Brandie completed her NAMC Montessori certification training July 2014, and in 2019 she finished her hands-on workshop training with MWEI at Oaks Montessori in Hammond. Ms. Brandie says, “I feel that teaching is my true passion, and a calling – I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. Teaching has so many rewards, but the greatest has to be seeing how excited the children are to see you and knowing that you’re making a difference in, not only their days, but their lives". Brandie is a problem-solver and high achiever, which shows in her teaching as well. Ms. Brandie is the mother of a teenage son- Kamryn. She enjoys finding new craft activities to create, and she also has a love of handwriting and penmanship. We ask for Ms. Brandie's help anytime we need fancy handwriting or lettering on something! Loyal, punctual, calm and committed are just a few words that describe her personality.

Sarah Khan
Assistant Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Ms. Sarah joined our Kinder Haus family in 2008. She as an Associates Degree in many subjects including: Education, Psychology, Political Science, and Pre-Med. Additionally, she taught for many years in Pakistan before joining us at Kinder Haus Montessori. Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her 3 children, reading, and cooking. In the words of Ms. Sarah, “I respectfully enjoy and love being able to teach the children here at Kinder Haus.” Ms. Sarah is trained to work in any classroom in our school, and the children and teachers love when she is here! Her gentle demeanor and kindness are a few of the many things we all love about her. Not only is she a great teacher, but she is also a wonderful cook...we all look forward to Ms. Sarah's dishes during potluck events!

Madeline "Maddie" Birch
Assistant Teacher

Pre-K/Kindergarten Class

Bio Coming Soon!

Nicole Laudun

Assistant Teacher

Gardener/Grounds Manager

Ms. Nicole believes that the purpose of education is to help each child grow to their fullest potential and we agree! Ms. Nicole says, “Students should be guided through independent, hands-on activities that prepare them to be lifelong learners and leaders of the community. A variety of learning styles should be utilized to support social, emotional and educational needs. A successful child care program is one that treats both teachers and students with mutual respect that helps each child feel lovable and capable."  Ms. Nicole has a degree in Art Education and taught for many years in traditional education schools. Her enthusiasm and joy of gardening makes for hand-on learning fun! The children love watering the gardens and learning all about nature with Ms. Nicole.

Our Locations

Metairie Campus

5201 W. Napoleon Avenue

Metairie, LA 70001

(504) 454-2424

Mandeville Campus

252 Magnolia Street

Mandeville, LA 70448

(985) 674-9303

Nido Campus

430 N Causeway Blvd

Mandeville, LA 70448

(985) 674-9303

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