Abby Krane Newman 1st Grade Co-Teacher
Abby has been an integral member of the After 3 team for the past eight years and currently serves as one of our lead staff. In this role, she assists students throughout the afternoon and helps them have the best experiences possible after the school day has ended. Abby is also a 1st grade co-teacher in the Newman Lower School and has worked at Newman Summer Day Camp for seven summers. Prior to coming to Newman, Abby directed the summer day camp at the Uptown JCC.
Alex Peña Guitar Instructor
Alex Peña received his B.A. from University of New Orleans cum laude in 2010 and is an active performer with numerous groups in the New Orleans area. Alex has over ten years of teaching experience, both private lessons and in various New Orleans area schools.
Amanda Wadsworth has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance. She has been teaching private piano lessons and music at Newman since 2004. She teaches piano lessons in traditional methods, as well as the Suzuki method. In addition to teaching, Ms. Wadsworth is active as a performer and adjudicator around New Orleans, and she is the Staff Accompanist for the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans.
Brian Hiller is a 4th grade math teacher and a middle school soccer coach at Newman. He has coached off and on for the last 12 years with teams ranging from first grade to high school. Brian started playing soccer when he was five years old and continues to do so in his spare time.
Brigid is a recent college graduate with a B.S in Human Services as well as concentrations in psychology and special education. She has worked with children in various professional settings for the last 5 years, and aspires to become a school counselor. With passions for music, literacy, and the outdoors, Brigid brings a fun, enriching, and supportive attitude to Newman's After 3 program. Brigid is so excited to become involved at Newman and learn from the amazing students and families who attend After 3.
Bryan Spitzfaden—aka Mr. Spitz—is a graduate of Jesuit and the University of New Orleans. He is a writer, performer, and puppeteer. Recently, Mr. Spitz published a collection of poetry, and co-created and performed in the acclaimed Fantastic Mr. Fox at the CAC. In addition, Mr. Spitz has served as the much loved Ambassador of Energy and a member of the Cardboard Mountain team at Newman Summer Day Camp.
Chase Ludeau, a native to Lafayette, LA has been playing the piano and singing for over twenty years. He holds a double bachelors degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in classical piano performance and pedagogy with a minor in voice, and is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association. Chase has also been involved with musical theater for years, taking on roles as a collaborative pianist, actor, dancer, music director, and has even composed for musicals. As an eclectic and diverse musician, Chase regularly accompanies himself vocally in a variety of styles as well as performs with classical chamber groups, choirs, jazz ensembles, and many soloists. Chase currently resides in New Orleans where he plans to expand and develop his career as a performing artist and instructor.
Cristy is a Pre-K/K counselor for After 3. Originally from outside of Atlanta, she graduated from Loyola in 2016 with a bachelors in Criminal Justice. She is currently in law school at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and intends to use this degree to pursue a career in public interest law. She loves to babysit, travel, play sports, and spend time with her friends. Cristy has been a part of the Newman family since Summer 2014. Her favorite part about working at Newman is getting to know the kids. She is looking forward to another great school year!
Dimitri Papadopoulos is a 5th dan black belt of the Japan Karate Association. He trains karate at Tulane Karate Club under Kyriakos Papadopoulos and at the Louisiana Karate Association under Takayuki Mikami. Dimitri is an international competitor and has been on the US national Team since he was 15 years old. He still travels the world to represent the United States in World Championships. He holds the record of national and regional titles in the kumite (fighting) division of the Japan Karate Association in the United States. Academically, Dimitri holds two Bachelors and one Masters degrees from Tulane University, and, besides being a karate instructor, he teaches full-time Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology at a Community College. Dimitri is a certified instructor of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and has been teaching professionally within the New Orleans community for the past 11 years. This is his 8th year as an After 3 instructor. Newman Orleans Shotokan Academy
Gretchen Erickson began her formal dance training in the pre-professional division at Louisiana Dance Theatre under the direction of Carol Anglin. With LDT, Gretchen preformed at Regional Dance America Festivals, Jazz Dance World Congress, and the Tanzsommer Festival in Austria and Germany. Additionally, she has studied at Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Joffery Ballet School in New York, and in the BFA program at New World School of the Arts. In 2014, Gretchen received a Leverhulme grant for further postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, where she graduated with a Masters of Dance Performance. She toured throughout Europe with Transitions Dance Company performing works by Bawren Tavaziva, Zoi Dimitriou and Miguel Pereira. This is Gretchen's third season dancing with the Marigny Opera Ballet in New Orleans. She is also a certified Pilates teacher at Romney Studios and ballet teacher at New Orleans School of Ballet.
Gretchen Schultz Newman Head Gymnastics Coach
Gretchen Schultz has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from LSU Medical Center. Gretchen competed internationally in acrobatic gymnastics for TEAM USA. She is the Newman Varsity Gymnastics Head Coach and is a certified USAG Junior Olympic Women's Team Coach. Her company NOLA Gymnastics teamed up with Newman to provide a Junior Olympic Gymnastic Training Center on campus.
Jackson Delany After 3 Sports Counselor
Jackson, a California native, is a senior Music Education major at Loyola University New Orleans. Jackson has been apart of the Newman family since Summer 2013 and has loved every minute of it. Jackson enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and rock climbing. When he is not working at Newman After 3, Jackson can be seen playing trumpet around the city.
Coach Jeff York has been teaching scholastic chess to kids professionally for 14 years. His education includes a B.A. from University of South Florida, an M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies, and an M.A. in Linguistics from University of South Florida. He has taught at all levels, from kindergartners to University students. He is a twice published author and is a Spanish and Portuguese speaker. In his chess teaching career, his students have won four Florida State Scholastic Championships, one National Scholastic Championship, one National Team Championship, and two Louisiana State Scholastic Championships. His hobbies and interests include soccer, running, chess, languages, and playing music as a bassist and drummer. Most of all, he loves seeing kids achieve success in chess and in life by learning chess.
Jeremy Parker Newman Lower School Music Teacher for Pre-K through 3rd Grades
Jeremy Parker holds a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota. He teaches Pre-K through 3rd grade music at Newman during the day, primarily employing the music ed. philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly. He is in his seventh year in the classroom and has also taught private piano and guitar lessons for 11 years, in both Louisiana and Kansas (where he grew up). Mr. Parker fell in love with music at a very early age, taking his first piano lesson at age five and going to his first Def Leppard concert at age 9. In his spare time he finds great personal fulfillment in composing for piano, exploring New Orleans’ music scene, doing harmonic dictation and other dorky music theory things, and seeing just how many times he can eat Chipotle in a week.
Joanna is new to the Newman community this year. She holds a bachelor’s in Music Education from Loyola University of New Orleans and is the Band, Strings, and Music Theory Teacher at Newman working with 4th-12th grade. In the past, she taught on both North and South shores. Over the coming years, and with the support of her community, Ms. Izaguirre hopes to rebuild the Newman orchestral program and bring another musical outlet to its students. When not teaching or performing, Ms. Izaguirre loves being outdoors and dressing her beloved dog, Indigo, in costumes. Indigo loves the costumes too.
A Tulane alum, Josie Scanlan is currently pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of New Orleans. She has worked as an instructor for Young Audiences, Breakthrough, and at the college level. She has also served as the famous and much loved Minister of Fun as well as a member of the Cardboard Mountain team at Newman Summer Day Camp for the past five years.
Kat Spears is currently studying Art History and Musical Cultures of the Gulf South at Tulane University. She studies Improv at New Orleans’ comedy theatre and performs with Tulane’s sketch comedy group. She intends to work in the Film & Television industry, but would also love to teach history or Spanish! This is Kat’s first year with After 3.
Kayleigh Gillies is the 1st - 5th grade art teacher at Newman and has taught After 3 art classes since 2012. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from University of New Orleans. In addition to teaching, Kayleigh is a practicing artist working primarily in painting, drawing, and glass.
Keyara Milliner is a recent graduate of Tulane University where she studied theatre performance. She has happily been a part of the Newman After 3 team since the spring of 2017. Keyara is thrilled to be teaching an improv class as part of the Newman After 3 program this year. She believes everyone can benefit from having a creative outlet to express themselves and she is very excited to bring this collaborative experience to the young children of Newman. When she is not working at Newman, Keyara is pursuing her professional theater career within the greater New Orleans area.
Lizzy Dombrock graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communications and hopes to go grad school for social work in the near future. Lizzy just recently joined the Newman team but feels just at home since she has been working with children for years. Her interests include reading, biking, live music, good food, and sports.
Nic Lefebvre After 3 Counselor
Nic Lefebvre has a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition and in Jazz Studies from Loyola University. He has been working as a counselor for After 3 for the past three years, and has become a piano instructor after proving his teaching capabilities through his substitute work over the past year. Nic has been teaching piano, guitar, and bass for the past 7 years, and in that time, he has refined a teaching style based on creating a musical foundation out of each student's specific musical interests and strengths. Along with teaching, Nic plays and writes for a variety of jazz, rock, classical, and pop bands around the city.
Nicole Joseph After 3 Counselor and Instructor
Nicole Joseph is a PreK/K counselor in the Newman After 3 program. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, she is a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. Nicole graduated with a Criminal Justice degree and is currently working toward her Masters Degree, which she intends to use to work with and help children in the juvenile justice system. She loves to read, swim, and watch movies. Nicole has been a part of the Newman family since May 2014. She loves working with children, especially at Newman because she has four younger brothers and working here makes her feel at home!
Oskie Creech is the head of the new Innovation Lab at Newman and the coordinator for Design Thinking across all grade levels. This is his seventh year at Newman School, having spent the previous six as a homeroom teacher in either the third or fourth grade.
Patrick Scioneaux is currently working on a Master's of Piano Performance. He has a BA in Music Studies with an emphasis on piano teaching methods, a specialty in Classical music and 12 years of teaching experience. He has been working with students in After 3 for 4 years.
Rodney Davis After 3 Counselor
Rodney Davis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Psychology and minor in Forensic Science. Rodney plans to go to graduate school for either Marketing or Architecture. He has been working at Newman since the summer of 2015 and has enjoyed every step of the way.
Sebastian Bharj is a Newman alumus with a BA in Music Performance and Politics from Vassar College, NY. He has played professionally in London, New York and New Orleans and plays a diverse range of music spanning Jazz, Gospel, Latin, Pop, and R&B. Sebastian grew up in England where he was taught classical piano from an early age but it wasn’t until he moved to New Orleans at age 13 and starting playing jazz that he really fell in love with the piano. He has gone on to receive music scholarships for Jazz performance and can be found playing locally as a soloist and with various groups at venues like Tipitina's and the House of Blues. Sebastian personalizes each lesson to suit the musical interests of the student and seeks to instill joy and enthusiasm for learning. His lessons emphasize musicianship skills such as ear training and creativity whilst providing a solid technical foundation.
Travis Davis After 3 Counselor and Instructor
Travis Davis is a visual artist who graduated from Brother Martin High School in 2006 and from Loyola in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He is a practicing artist whose focus is drawing, printmaking, and painting. He has been part of numerous solo and group shows and has worked at Isidore Newman since 2012.
Welbie grew up in rural Haiti and moved to the US at 16 years old. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and moved to New Orleans for her music therapy degree. Now a certified music therapist in New Orleans, she enjoys dancing, coffee, and DIY projects.
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