Meet Our Team

Sophia Chaudhry

Assistant Director

Sophia graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and then Tulane University with a BA in English. She attended the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law, where her entire law education and later work focused on the importance of legal access to low-income communities. She is excited to create a program that focuses on children’s brain health and growth as well as provide much needed equitable access to prime early learning education. A single mom, Sophia has lived in New Orleans most of her life and loves going on adventures with her two boys to eat all the snoballs and beignets the city has to offer. Her youngest is ready to laissez le bon temps rouler with his classmates at Early Partners! 

Kim Frusciante

Founder and CEO

Kim has over 14 years of experience in school leadership and teacher training. She has a BA from Tulane University and is currently finishing her Masters of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has lived in New Orleans for nearly 15 years and loves going to festivals with her family. She is passionate about access for communities of color to play-based, developmentally appropriate early learning. Kim is a working mom with two children, the younger of whom is enrolled at Early Partners.

Erica McKee

Teacher, Honeysuckle Class

Erica graduated from Ashworth College with a B.A. of Art in General Studies and is finishing her Masters of Education from Western Governors University. She believes that every child deserves access to quality early childhood programs, regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money their family has. Erica is also a single mom of her two daughters and New Orleans native who loves soap making, painting, and second line Sundays. 

Emma Raynor

Teacher, Honeysuckle Class

Emma graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in American Studies, and just finished her tenth year of teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten in New Orleans. Emma believes access to high quality early childhood education is one of the most important steps in creating truly equitable communities. She is excited about helping to develop a program rooted in anti-racist pedagogy, creativity and learning through play. She is also a photographer and a ceramicist who loves to spend time walking and biking in City Park, and catching up with a second line.

Ana Treffinger

Teacher, Hibiscus Class

Ana has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and five years of teaching experience with children ages two to six. She believes that the first step to creating a harmonious classroom is to create a safe space where all children feel heard and seen. As a lifelong-learner herself, she is a firm believer in a play-based model of education. Ana is a New Orleans native who loves spending time outdoors, baking bread, and playing music with friends. 

Kristen Williams

Teacher, Hibiscus Class

Kristen was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Delgado Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Care and Development of Young Children and is currently pursuing her Bachelors at Tulane University. Kristen has always had a love for working with young children and has nearly a decade of experience in early care and education. She is passionate about encouraging children’s curiosity and using that to enhance the classroom curriculum. Kristen is a working mom with one child who will be entering the 7th grade in the Fall. She and her daughter enjoy going to the park, riding bikes, feeding ducks, puzzles, and grabbing a snowball from Plum Street. 

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