Phone: 336-574-2645 x 714800


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) - Art Education, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Masters of Arts in Education (MAEd) - Art Education, East Carolina University Add On Licensure - Educational Administration, High Point University

Mrs. Leigh Ann Little

Leigh Ann Little is the Supervisor of Fine Arts for Guilford County Schools. Leigh Ann started her career in Visual Arts as a teacher at Northeast Guilford High where she was the Varsity Co-ed Swim Coach and served one year as an Administrative Intern while continuing to teach Visual Art. After seven years of teaching at Northeast, Leigh Ann moved to Eastern Guilford High to teach Visual Art and coach swimming. In 2015, she made the move to the district level as a Personalized Learning Coordinator with the goals of helping to improve teacher instruction by personalizing lessons to meet the needs of all students (similar to what arts teachers do every day!).

In 2006, Leigh Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After a brief break from higher education, Leigh Ann completed her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Art Education from East Carolina University in 2009. Finally, in 2011, she completed a licensure add on in Educational Administration from High Point University.  Leigh Ann resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband Justin.

Phone: 336-574-2645 x 714811


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Dance from UNC-Greensboro Masters in Entrepreneurship from WCU

Mrs. Maria-Elena Surprenant

Maria-Elena Surprenant is from Charlotte, North Carolina and has danced for over twenty years. She studied dance at Charlotte School of Ballet and has trained and performed with the Charlotte City Ballet, Terranova Dance Theatre, the Greensboro Opera and for other various organizations. She received her B.A. in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Masters in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University, and is certified in American Ballet Theatre's National Teaching Curriculum (pre-primary-level 3). Mrs. Surprenant is currently the Fine Arts Grants Curator for Guilford County Schools (GCS) and manages the implementation of grant funded programs pertaining to music, dance, theatre and visual art. She also oversees the contract with Guilford County Schools and the Kennedy Center-VSA Arts-Based Creative Teaching Strategies Professional Development for Special Education Teachers. Just recently she has helped launch a new arts endowment for a former GCS student, where K-12 GCS students can apply for mini grants to fund innovative arts projects. Prior to working for GCS, Maria-Elena worked in an office support role for five years in an arts department for a non-profit organization.

Aside from performing, teaching and working in arts administration, she also enjoys serving on the ArtsGreensboro board and is a certified life coach.