Meet the Administrative Team

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Cynthia Fontcuberta DiCarlo, PhD
Executive Director

Cynthia Fontcuberta DiCarlo, PhD, serves as the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool and is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Program in the LSU School of Education. Dr. DiCarlo is responsible for the ECELP's engagement with the academic programs within the LSU Early Childhood Education program, as well as other departments within LSU and in the early childhood community. Prior to joining LSU in 2004, she worked as an infant/toddler teacher, public preschool teacher, Early Steps Provider, consultant, trainer, state assessor, and NAEYC validator. She has worked in the field of early childhood since 1993 and holds a teaching certificate in early intervention and Birth to Kindergarten. She has visited the infant/toddler and preschool programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy and surrounding regions, incorporating this knowledge into both the ECELP and the Early Childhood Academic Programs at LSU.


Photo of Michelle Grantham-CastonMichelle Grantham-Caston, PhD

Michelle Grantham-Caston, PhD, serves as the ECELP Director. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ECELP. She has served as a public school preschool teacher, CLASS assessor, and coach, working with teachers of children from birth- preschool in a variety of settings including Head Start, childcare, public and private schools. She has worked in the field of early childhood since 2007 and holds a teaching certificate in PK-3. Michelle is a certified Pathways trainer and CLASS certified observer – infant, toddler, and preschool.

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Laura Sweet
Assistant Director


Emily CannonEmily Cannon 
Enrollment and Operations Coordinator

I recieved my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Grade 1-5 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013. I have been workin with children of all ages in numerous capacities for over 20 years. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, but spent the last nine years living in Idaho, Florida and North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy spending qaulity time with my family and completing projects around the home. Working with children at this age provides a consistent reminder to be present in the moment and to find joy in the smallest of things. 

JoAnn Mouton JoAnn Mouton
Front Office Specialist




LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool
Telephone: 225-578-7882
4001 Gourrier Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70803