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The Academy of the Sacred Heart is pleased to welcome new faculty and staff members for the 2017-2018 school year as we continue to grow and educate tomorrow's leaders.
Janie Boling – 2nd Grade
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Janie Boling has over 23 years of teaching experience. She has high expectations for her students and feels it important to provide a safe and warm environment where children can fulfill their greatest potential. Janie's vast experience is grounded in both developing and implementing curriculum that is engaging, enriching, and developmentally appropriate. Janie's previous experience includes teaching in Birdsville ISD and Keller ISD in Fort Worth, TX, as well as St. George's Episcopal School in New Orleans.
Rebecca Chen – Science (5th Grade) & World Language/Mandarin (Little Hearts, Prekindergarten, Middle School)
Rebecca Chen recently moved to New Orleans from her hometown of Los Angeles. She attended UCLA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in education studies and Master of Education. Previously, she taught middle school math and science in South Los Angeles.
Peter Clifton – World Language/French (Prekindergarten – 4th Grade)
Peter Clifton is a graduate of Tulane University and attended high school at the Kinkaid School, an independent school in Houston. Most recently, Peter taught at Les Allees Public Elementary School through the French National Ministry of Education in Montelimar, France. Peter's diverse background and extensive experience internationally makes him an asset to Sacred Heart's World Language Department. Peter is the son of ASH alumna, Allison Kelly Clifton '76.
Tiffany Cossich – Capital Campaign Coordinator
Originally from Belle Chasse, LA, Tiffany Cossich, Rosary Class of 2008, graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. In 2012, she moved to New York City, where she began her extensive career in nonprofit development and communications at Human Rights First, an international organization that promotes and protects fundamental human rights. She then spent three years working as the Development and Communications Associate at Stephen Gaynor School, an Upper West Side independent school for children with learning differences, before moving back to New Orleans in September 2015. Back in her hometown, Tiffany continued specializing in donor relations, grant writing, strategic communications, fundraising, event management, and graphic design, while working at Kingsley House and Louisiana Appleseed before returning to Sacred Heart in May.
Gloria Cuadrado – Music (7th-12th Grade) & Choir
Gloria Cuadrado earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Music in piano performance from Western Kentucky University. Her experience ranges from teaching middle and high school students at local Catholic and private schools to directing choirs and theater productions at various grade levels. For more than 10 years, Gloria was an adjunct faculty member at NOCCA in the classical voice and musical theater departments.
Dr. Katherine de Filippis – Chemistry & Biology (Upper School)
Katherine de Filippis is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of Isidore Newman School. She attended Tulane University for her undergraduate studies and went on to receive her medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine. She has spent the past four years in Texas as a Pathology resident at Houston Methodist Hospital. During medical school, she had the opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant for both Gross Anatomy and Histology. It was through this experience that she realized her passion for teaching, and she sought out additional teaching opportunities with the goal of transitioning into the field of education. After graduating from her residency program this past spring, she moved back to New Orleans and currently lives Uptown with her husband and 14-month-old daughter, Amelia.
Sr. Jan Dunn, RSCJ – Creative Writing (Upper School)
Sr. Jan Dunn, RSCJ, has served in Sacred Heart schools for 48 years in various capabilities. She has taught English, been Dean of Students, Headmistress, and Interim Director of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. She has a Master of Arts in English from St. Louis University and a Master of Arts in administration from the University of Houston. She loves furthering the mission of Sacred Heart education through the education of adults and children. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and cooking.
Shelby Gallup – Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Shelby Gallup is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and an endorsement in English and reading. Shelby's most recent experience includes teaching at Andrews Lane Primary School in Cheshunt, England, where she participated in extended observations focusing on student learning and student engagement. In her free time, Shelby enjoys painting. Shelby is a passionate and collaborative educator who enjoys painting in her free time.
Rebecca Gaubert – Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors (Upper School)
Rebecca Gaubert, who has 12 years of teaching experience, earned a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She began her teaching career at Belle Chasse High School and soon moved to a school closer to her home. After teaching in St. Bernard Parish for a few weeks, Hurricane Katrina relocated Rebecca to Baton Rouge, where she continued her career as an Upper School math teacher at Episcopal High School. When given the opportunity to return home, she resumed teaching in her home district of St. Bernard Parish. Rebecca has experience teaching everything from sixth grade math to precalculus and enjoys sharing her love of math with her students. When she is not in the classroom, Rebecca enjoys practicing her photography skills, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Shara Hammet – Lower School Division Head
Shara Hammet's varied educational experiences over the past 25 years have allowed her the opportunity to collaborate with educators in the United States and internationally. She has demonstrated educational and administrative leadership during her years of work at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston. In her administrative role, Shara was responsible for building a team of full-time and per diem trainers. She worked in schools and classrooms across the country delivering and overseeing professional development for superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, teachers, and parents. Most recently, Shara served at Isidore Newman School, where she worked with teachers and administration to build consistency in best practices and instruction. She developed this position in which she oversaw implementation of curriculum, created Teaching Labs for faculty, and led professional development on key topics and trends. In addition, she served on the Lower School Admissions Committee, Core Values Committee, Academic Leadership Team, and Crisis Response Team. Shara is also working as a consulting author for Scholastic International on their kindergarten program to be distributed internationally.
Roberta Hanchey – Physical Science (8th Grade)
Roberta Hanchey recently moved to New Orleans from Windermere, FL. She earned her degree from the University of Florida and has taught middle school science for the past fifteen years at Windermere Preparatory School. Outside of the classroom, Roberta sponsored student government, assisted with coaching middle school track, and served as a sixth grade lead teacher.
Soline Holmes – Lower School Librarian
Soline McLain Holmes grew up enjoying the "magic of libraries" in her formative years as a Sacred Heart student. After graduating from the Rosary, Soline went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in theater from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. Throughout her academic career, Soline's love and appreciation of libraries grew. Soline's desire to work in a library space that focuses on creativity, independent inquiry, integration of technology, and a love for reading provided the perfect opportunity for her to return to Sacred Heart as a part-time librarian. Soline continues to perform in local theater productions and is also a Staff Columnist for Hammond's The Daily Star newspaper. She is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science at LSU. Soline's daughter, Catherine, is a kindergarten student at Sacred Heart.
Megan Kepper – Director of Alumnae
Megan Barry Kepper is a native New Orleanian and graduated from Sacred Heart in 2006. She attended Louisiana State University and returned to New Orleans to begin her career at The Idea Village, a local nonprofit organization. For the last seven years, Megan has gained experience in many roles throughout the organization from external affairs and marketing to technology. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development, managing fundraising and relationships for The Idea Village donor base. Last year, Megan returned to Sacred Heart as a parent of Corinne Kepper in the Little Hearts program.
Mary Lane – Digital Media Design (Middle/Upper School) & Yearbook Advisor
Mary Lane earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from LSU and a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. Prior to her career in education, Mary was an executive producer and news producer for WGNO in New Orleans and won an award from the New Orleans Press Club for her coverage of the New Orleans Saints Road to the Super Bowl. In addition, she worked as a news producer for KOB-TV in Albuquerque, NM. Before her work in broadcast news, she worked as a news photographer for The Times-Picayune covering news events around the city and the surrounding parishes. While living in New York, she also worked as a freelance photographer for The New York Magazine. Over the past six years, she taught broadcast and digital media classes at Mount Carmel Academy. She fostered a hands-on learning environment by producing a live newscast every week. She enjoys spending time with her two little boys, Jackson and Benji. She also loves being outdoors, riding her bike, and paddle boarding around New Orleans.
Laine Lazar – Little Hearts 1- & 2-Year-Old Co-Teacher
Laine Lazar, Rosary Class of 2008, first attended Louisiana State University as an international studies major before transferring to Tulane University to pursue a career in early childhood education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling.
Rachel Mantooth – English I & English III (Upper School)
Rachel Dwyer Mantooth joins the Upper School English Department with 14 years of experience teaching English, ninth through twelfth grades, in college-bound to Advanced Placement courses. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Samford University in Birmingham and a Master of Arts in teaching from Morehead State University in Kentucky. A New Orleans native, she and her husband Mark have a daughter and two sons who fill their lives with everything from musicals to kung fu.
Elisa Marquez-Segura – Little Hearts 1- & 2-Year-Old Co-Teacher
Elisa Marquez-Segura was born and raised in Puerto Rico, graduated from Villanova University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, and later received a master's in public relations from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico. She moved to New Orleans 10 years ago. Although her prior professional experiences are within the marketing and communication area, she looks forward to the challenge of teaching Sacred Heart's youngest group of students and learning with them along the process. Elisa is married with two children, Cecilia who will be in prek at Sacred Heart, and Enrique, who will attend St. Andrew's Cottage.
Stephanie Martin – Little Hearts 1- & 2-Year-Old Lead Teacher
Stephanie Martin, Rosary Class of 1985, attended Louisiana State University and The American College for the Applied Arts in Atlanta, where she received a Bachelor of Science in merchandising. After having children, she worked at St. Martin's Little School as a preschool teacher for three years. She then taught prek-4 at Stuart Hall School for Boys for six years. Stephanie's two daughters attend Sacred Heart—Caroline will be a senior, and Cate will be in eighth grade. Her son, George, will be in eighth grade at Jesuit.
Victoria Martinez-Gama – Spanish (Little Hearts)
Universidad Iberoamericana, B.A.
AJ McIntosh comes to the Upper School with a dozen years of experience teaching secondary English. AJ has taught a range of subjects, including Freshman Survey, World Literature, American Literature, Humanities, and Creative Writing. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from Loyola University New Orleans and holds a Master of museum science from the University of Tulsa. In her down time, AJ divides her time between traveling, writing fiction, and home improvement projects.
Tara McKinney – Religion II & Campus Ministry (Upper School)
For more than 10 years in Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S., Tara McKinney has dedicated herself to witnessing faith in action through training and mentoring lay and vowed religious to improve leadership and organizational programming within their ministries. During her Master of Divinity studies at the University of Notre Dame, Tara focused on missiology and Catholic Social Teachings. After serving as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Tanzania, she complemented her undergraduate and graduate theological studies with a Master of Science in development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Most recently, Tara applies her academic and ministerial experience to serving as an educational consultant for the Loyola Institute of Ministry for whom she recently visited the RSCJs in Kampala, Uganda. Tara also enjoys teaching vinyasa yoga and Zumba. She was introduced to both while living in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Erin Oufnac – Kindergarten Co-Teacher
Raised in California, Erin Oufnac's Louisiana roots and French Cajun heritage brought her to New Orleans seven years ago. Since her arrival, Erin has taught in the New Orleans Charter School Network where she developed a love for teaching literacy and specialized in differentiation of instruction. Erin attended and received degrees in general education and special education. She is currently completing a Master of Education and educational diagnostician certification from Holy Cross. Erin has two young sons who keep her busy.
Ashlin Reece – Little Hearts 2- & 3-Year-Old Co-Teacher
Ashlin Reece moved to New Orleans from Dallas 17 years ago to attend Loyola University, where she earned a degree in psychology. She then attended UNO to study early childhood education and received teaching certification. She taught prek-4 at Holy Name of Jesus before taking time off to stay at home with her daughter, Vivian, who is now entering fourth grade.
Amber Russell – Prekindergarten Co-Teacher
Amber Russell recently graduated with honors from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in music industry studies and is currently completing her early education teaching certificate at Tulane University. Amber is innovative and current in her teaching practices, with experience in classrooms at Lusher Elementary School and the JCC in New Orleans. Amber feels that passionate teachers play a critical role in the quality of education both in the classroom and in the greater context of the school community.
Olivia Seal – Prekindergarten Co-Teacher
Olivia Seal is a Louisiana native, a dedicated teacher, and a talented musician—the perfect mix for prekindergarten children. For high school, Olivia attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and went on to attend Loyola University New Orleans where she received her Bachelor of Music Education. In November 2016, Olivia performed at Carnegie Hall as part of Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Olivia has received her Louisiana Teacher Certificate, is currently finishing her Early Childhood Education Certificate, and is a Kindermusik instructor.
Karen Sedtal - AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, Biology II, Physics of Technology (Upper School)
Karen Sedtal joins Sacred Heart with 29 years of teaching experience in both public and Catholic high schools on the Northshore. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology education with a mathematics minor from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. She has taught all of the sciences at the high school level. Karen has been married to Joey for 30 years and has one son, Joseph, age 27. She is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, acting as pianist/cantor at St. Benedict Catholic Church and singing with NOVA Masterworks (the chorus for the Louisiana Philharmonic), NOVA Chorale (out of Loyola), and the Northshore Performing Arts Society, as well as pianist/vocalist for the Northshore Jazz Ensemble. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, baking, and spoiling her two dogs.
Connie Shannon – Chief Financial Officer
Connie La Nasa Shannon, Rosary Class of 1990, received a Bachelor of Science in management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. She became a CPA and joined Arthur Andersen LLP in New Orleans where she worked for almost seven years as an auditor and audit manager. After retiring to raise her family of four, Connie returned to the workplace at Holy Cross High School as a Controller. Later, she was promoted to the leadership position of CFO. At Holy Cross since 2015, she was responsible for all aspects of financial and accounting relationships for the school. Connie has served as Treasurer of the Junior League of New Orleans, including service on its Financial Council as Treasurer, Chair, and Sustaining Advisor. The mother of two daughters who attend Sacred Heart, Connie has also volunteered for the Mothers' Club at Sacred Heart.
Steve Timm – Mathematics (7th Grade)
Steve Timm earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in finance from the University of Denver and is certified in secondary mathematics. Most recently, Steve has been teaching pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry in local charter schools. Steve has a true calling to service and community and expressed that he wants "to continue impacting the future of New Orleans by educating the youth in mathematics and life."
Beth Turansky – Little Hearts 2- & 3-Year-Old Co-Teacher
Beth Turansky received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Louisiana State University before earning a Master of Health Sciences in clinical rehabilitation and counseling from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans this past May. While in graduate school, she worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum. During her final year of graduate school, she had the opportunity to intern as a counselor in the Lower School at Sacred Heart while also working with the Little Hearts community in after-school care.
Lanie Victory – 1st Grade
Lanie Victory recently moved back to Louisiana from South Carolina. Lanie's background in independent schools as well as experience in grade levels spanning elementary to high school will bring an added depth to the Sacred Heart Lower School community. Lanie graduated from Vandebilt Catholic High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Mississippi University for Women. Lanie has served as a classroom teacher, coach, and Assistant Athletic Director in her career. Described as dependable and loving, she feels girls are more confident and empowered when surrounded by positive female role models. Lanie's daughter, Jane, will attend ASH-FIN.
Lee-Ann Vidal - Spanish (Middle School)
Lee-Ann Vidal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish literature and a Master of Arts in Spanish linguistics from Louisiana State University. For the past three and a half years, she taught Spanish to ninth and tenth grade students at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge. In addition to teaching, she has also worked as a cheerleader sponsor and Spanish Club moderator. Lee-Ann also has experience teaching at the collegiate level.
Nicole Wood – Religion (5th-6th Grade) & Campus Ministry
Nicole Wood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU, secondary certification in social studies from UNO, and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Nicole was recently the Coordinator of Religious Education at Holy Name of Jesus School and an instructor of Religion Certification classes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Nicole has also been involved in youth ministry and her parish CYO.
Dr. Melissa Wren-Dail – Science (7th Grade)
Melissa Wren-Dail, DVM, worked as a middle school science teacher in Shreveport where she obtained the Highly Qualified Teacher Designation in Biology and General Science. From there, she pursued a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and completed a Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency at Tulane University. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Professor at Tulane Medical School in the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology. She has published 18 original manuscripts, as well as 37 abstracts presented at national scientific meetings across the country. She is looking forward to returning to the middle school atmosphere and inspiring the young women at Sacred Heart to achieve their dreams.
David Yarborough – English I, World History, Civics/Government (Upper School)
David Yarborough is joining the English and History Departments after 38 years in both public and independent schools. In his career, he has been a teacher, coach, administrator, and served as unit director of middle and upper school girls at an outdoor experience summer camp in Colorado. Although he received a degree from SMU in Dallas, a master's degree from the University of Missouri, and spent two years in law school, he would tell you that the bulk of his education as a teacher has been experiential. His transformation from the traditional to a student-driven, organic, project-based, and design thinking pedagogy has been a gift from all of the students and campers he has worked with.