Stephanie Vied comes to us from Kentucky with a background committed to the development of the whole child. With a degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, she has a desire to see families thrive and young children blossom in their giftedness within the context of their community. Stephanie’s education and experience ranges from teaching English to preschoolers in China to working on a church staff in South Carolina to directing a day-care in Mississippi.
Stephanie is excited to be back in New Orleans, were she obtained her Master of Arts in Missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Her love for the diversity and distinctions of New Orleans runs deep and is closely connected to her love for coffee and good food. She can’t wait to meet you and your family in an effort to learn how Mid-City Early Learning Center can be a foundational element in your young child’s life.
Sally Hoffmann M. Ed, Assistant Director
Ms. Hoffmann comes with over (30) years of early childhood experience and holds a Masters of Education from UNO with a focus in early childhood. She has taught at McGehees’ Little Gate, Isidore Newman, St. George’s Episcopal and served as director for John Calvin Playschool. She brings a wealth of information both in curriculum and instruction, as well as preschool administration. When she is not assisting Stephanie, she enjoys local festivals, taking Carnival cruises and playing with her eight grandchildren.
Jena Weinstock, Part-Time Substitute Teacher
Mrs. Jena is primarily a stay-at-home Mom to her two children, Oliver, 8 and Harper, 6. Knowing that her own children are being cared for with kindness and compassion at their school every day is incredibly important to her and provides that same care to your children when their teachers can’t be there will be her number one goal.
Originally from McKinney, Texas, Jena graduated from McKinney High School in 1996 and went on to LSU, graduating in 2001 with a degree of General Studies. Jena has lived in Anchorage, Houston, Holland, and most recently Rio de Janeiro as an expat with her husband of 14 years. They settled in New Orleans in 2016 and hope to make it their long term home for their family.
In her free time, Jena enjoys DIY projects around her house, playing with their bulldog, Bruna, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Mr. Sean moved to New Orleans from Boston in 2012 with his wife. They started a family immediately with Milo at Morris Jeff’s Pre-K, Jac in Ms. Chanel’s class and Baby #3 expected in January.
Mr. Sean is a marine engineer by background but is currently pursuing other endeavors. In the meantime, in addition to parenting, he works at St. Anna’s Church and Anna’s Place after-school program, among other roles. Mr. Sean is a natural with children and hopes to provide a positive male influence at MCELC as he assists the other teachers.
In his free time, Mr. Sean likes to exercise, play records, cook and enjoy the city with his family.
Ms. Summer is from New York, but has lived in New Orleans for almost (10) years. She owns a web design company and also has a passion working with children and early childhood education. Ms. Summer has provided in-home childcare, as well as volunteered with children’s organizations such as Best Buddies, Covenant House and APEX Youth Center for many years. She also is a mother to an 18-month old son that she adores.
Mrs. Nicole was born in Florida, adopted at age 8, and moved to Texas while she was in high school. She met her husband Alexander while in Texas. She and Alexander decided to move to New Orleans in 2015 so that he could attend seminary at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Together they are part of a church planting team for St. Rose Community Church where they love being the hands and feet of Jesus to their community and those who they interact with on a daily basis.
Nicole feels that the Lord has placed working with children as a calling on her heart. She has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in child welfare and hopes to continue her education to get a Masters in Social Work. Nicole enjoys showing up to work with children in order to love them as Christ loves us. She has worked with children ages 6 months to 5 years over a five year span in many roles: assistant teacher, lead teacher, as well as an aftercare teacher here at MCELC. Its an honor for her to interact with your sweet children as they learn and discover so many things.