Grace Millsaps, Executive Director
Grace Millsaps has six years of experience working in early childhood education in a variety of settings including a Reggio Emilia inspired school and a Montessori School. During college she taught English as a second language in to children in China and Italy. Grace has a BA in anthropology from Emory University. She grew up in a small town in Georgia and moved to New Orleans in 2011 to be closer to her husband’s family. Grace is the author of three local children’s books (and counting) including What the Sleepy Animals do at the Audubon Zoo and Snowball Rainbow. Grace lives on the Westbank with her husband, Ryan, and her daughter, Tallulah. In her spare time, she loves reading, playing board games, and being in nature. What Grace loves most about Abeona House is the joyful, collegial atmosphere.
Amelia Singleton, Center Director
Amelia Singleton, also known as Mia, grew up in Destrehan, Louisiana. The eldest of four children, she is also a fifth-generation teacher in her family. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I am very passionate about making a difference in children’s lives. I believe that every moment is a teachable moment. Children learn so much through imaginary play, and I am so lucky to be a part of that every day.” One of Amelia’s favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Amelia has an amazing knack for giving the best presents, and she really knows how to bring an event together and make it special. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Mia has spent the last seven years teaching infants and one-year-olds at Abeona House, and became the Center Director in February 2019.