Early Learning Center: Who We Are

Kisha Petty

Early Learning Center Director
Kisha Petty earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the education and early childhood education as an educator for Pre-K-4th, mentor for teachers, HS/EHS and Home-Based Education Specialist, and manager for 19 years working in the area of the public and private school systems and with four grantee head starts across Louisiana. She started working with early childhood education in 2006 and has always wanted to become a teacher which her passion is nurturing children. Kisha loves inspiring others to act justly, love mercifully, and walk humble in life with purpose. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, serving at her church as Knights of Peter Claver Jr. Daughter Counselor, religion teacher, lector and Eucharistic Minister and reading.

Maria Konolige

Assistant Teacher

Maria Konolige is an Assistant Toddler Teacher at HDC’s Early Learning Center. She earned an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Delaware County Community College.  Maria has worked in Early Childhood Education for the past 10 years. She believes that every child can succeed in life if they have a strong foundation in their early childhood education.  Maria is the proud mother of two grown children.  She enjoys trying new restaurants and going to the many festivals that our City has to offer.

Germaine Collins

Germaine Collins
Lead Toddler Teacher

Ms. Collins has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Southern at New Orleans. She has dedicated the last 20 year’s enriching children through teaching. Ms. Collins is also the proud mother of two daughters. Germaine enjoys shopping, eating out, and spending time with family in her spare time. She is the Lead Toddler Teacher at the LSU HDC Early Learning Center.


Jo Ann LoRusso

Jo Ann LoRusso
Enrichment Specialist

Dr. LoRusso earned a Doctorate degree in Early Intervention/Special Education, with a focus in early literacy, and a Masters degree in Cognitive Psychology with a focus in memory and learning disabilities. She teaches courses in early childhood development and special education at Delgado Community College and is an early childhood consultant.  Jo Ann has two adult daughters, one who has a learning disability and two granddaughters, one who has Asperger’s.

Chana Anderson

Chana Anderson, black middle aged woman
Infant Child Development Specialist