Instructors

Amanda Wadsworth

Amanda Wadsworth

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.

Piano | Private Lessons /

Bryan Spitzfaden

Bryan Spitzfaden Visual Arts Instructor

Bryan Spitzfaden—aka Mr. Spitz—is a graduate of Jesuit and the University of New Orleans. He is a writer, performer, puppeteer and co-founder of the Hoot-n-Holler Inn. Mr. Spitz has a published 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

Chase Ludeau Music Instructor

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.

Piano | Private Lessons /

Dimitri Papadapoulos

Dimitri Papadapoulos

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 10th year as an After 3 instructor. Newman Orleans Shotokan Academy

Gretchen Erickson

Gretchen Erickson Ballet Instructor

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

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.

Gymnastics – Kindergym /

Jeff Krause

Jeff Krause Ukulele & Guitar Instructor

Jeff Krause has 16 years of experience teaching guitar, bass, ukulele in individual and group settings. A professional guitarist, bassist, singer-songwriter, and lead guitar/recording artist for Lena Elizabeth, Brianna Lane, Julia Christiann, Luke Leblanc, Nick Hensley, and many others. Jeff holds an AAS in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN with years of continuing education, including 3 semesters of pedagogy, and has settled in New Orleans to continue his teaching and performance career.

Ukulele or Guitar | Private Lessons /

Jeff York

Jeff York Scholastic Chess Coach

Coach Jeff York has been teaching scholastic chess to kids professionally for over 15 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.

Scholastic Chess | Beginners’ / Scholastic Competitive Chess | Intermediate /

Patrick Scioneaux Piano Instructor

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.

Piano | Private Lessons /

Susan Scharff

Susan Scharff Lower School Science Teacher

Susan Scharff has been teaching Pre-K - 1st Grade Science at Newman since 2008. In addition, Susan has enjoyed teaching Science and Cooking in the After 3 program for the last 5 years. She has also been the Head of Science for Newman’s Summer Day Camp Program since 2009. Susan loves incorporating the real world in her teaching of Science so that kids are aware of, understand, and enjoy the fact that Science is all around us!

Tova Steele

Tova Steele Newman Plus Coordinator

Tova Steele is thrilled to be expanding her role at Newman in 2019 as the Newman Plus Coordinator. She has been working with children for over eight years, four of which were as a part-time After 3 employee. Tova holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University. Through this program she completed such coursework as Emergent Literacy, Child & Adolescent Literature, and Classroom Management, while working in various charter schools in New Orleans as a student teacher. A native of Seattle, she explored alternative auxiliary programs at the social justice focused Giddens School before moving back to New Orleans. She is excited to embrace this new position by creating innovative, empowering auxiliary programming for the students at Newman. Tova looks forward to bringing her favorite After 3 activity to Pre-K/K students with Little Innovators! In her free time, Tova is a stage manager for local theater companies and enjoys biking around the city.

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