Meet the Team
- Kari Anderson, B.G.S.
- Megan Bayer, B.S.
- Lisette Bayle, B.A.
- David Blamphin, M.A.
- Ruth Blum, M.Ed.
- Megan Bonser, M.A.T.
- Kelsie Borderlon, MSW
- Gretchen Breaux, B.S.
- Noel Bruner, B.S.
- Megan Mathews Bryant, M.S., LPC
- Courtney Buquet, B.S.
- Valerie Bustamante, M.Ed., Special Education
- Denise Clark, M.Ed.
- Martha Darda, B.S.
- Nicole Delany, B.S.
- Carmen Dietz
- Abby Donnelly, RN, BSN
- Ludivine Foley, MBA
- Lillian Francioni, B.A.
- Janet Fuchs
- Katie Gallagher, B.S.
- Paulette Gamard, B.S.
- Terry Gordon
- Debra Hedrick, B.F.A.
- Tudi Hodes
- Ryan Hooks, B.S.
- Hunter Hughes, B.A.
- Patricia Hughes, B.S.
- Ann Inderbitzin, B.S.
- Miranda Jaquillard, B.A.
- Carolina Lambert, B.A.
- Nancie Linder, M.Ed.
- Beth Loisel, B.S.
- Marlene Maher
- Nataleigh Markey, B.A.
- Colette Miller, B.G.S.
- Pamela Miller, B.A.
- Amy Nolan, APR
- Kate Palpallatoc, B.S.
- Savannah Partin, M.Ed.
- Ashley Pedeaux, B.S.
- Leslie Perschall, M.C.D.
- Robin Peters, B.A.
- Janet Poché, B.A.
- Shannon Powers, B.S.
- Elyse Ptak, M.Ed.
- Melissa Puglia, M.Ed.
- Kellen Ranger, B.S.
- Arlene Rapp
- Erin Raymond, B.S.
- Kris Robinson
- Meredith Morrison Singletary, M.A.T.
- Kaitlin Southwick, B.A.
- Langston Terrel, M.A.
- Carson Thomassie, B.S.
- Kristy Vanderbrook, B.A.
- Agatha Vidrine
- Victoria Walters, B.S.
- Kristin Winchester
- William White, B.S.
- Jill Woods, M.S.
- Jeff Zschiedrich, M.A.
Ms. Kari Anderson is excited to be teaching in the PreK-3 Program again this year at HNJ. She is a proud alumna of HNJ, class of 1995.
Ms. Kari graduated from the University of New Orleans. She has devoted her teaching career at HNJ where she has taught PreK-4 for 12 years and PreK-3 the last 3 years. Ms. Kari enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. She is an avid supporter of the New Orleans Saints, Pelicans, and Tulane Athletics.
Mrs. Megan Bayer is thrilled to be a part of the Holy Name of Jesus School staff as the Admissions Coordinator and Office Assistant. She is an HNJ parent to Rosie (Graduate), Julia (6th grade), and Joey (3nd grade). Mrs. Bayer and her husband, Justin, moved their family to New Orleans in January of 2015 from Dayton, OH. The Holy Name community welcomed them with open arms and made the transition mid-year such a smooth process. New Orleans is now home, and they all love exploring this amazing city!
Mrs. Bayer graduated from the University of Dayton in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Communication. She worked in the marketing field for several years in Cincinnati, OH and Burlington, VT before starting a family. For the past 12 years she has worked part-time from home while primarily focusing on raising their family.
Mrs. Bayer is more than happy to be a part of the office staff and looks forward to working with the Holy Name parents and students during the upcoming school year!
Ms. Lisette Bayle is a native New Orleanian. Her father attended Holy Name, and had she been born a boy, she would have most likely done so as well! However, she attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart from Kindergarten through her senior year. Ms. Lisette received a Bachelor Degree in Communication from Vanderbilt University and began a career in advertising and public relations, until she realized that working with children was her true passion. With that realization, she went back to school at the University of New Orleans and became certified to teach Pre-K-3rd grades. Ms. Lisette believes this is the best decision she ever made and has been happily educating little learners for twelve years now, all of them at Holy Name. Ms. Lisette loves to act and sing. You may have seen her in the ensemble in community theatre productions around the city. She is excited to continue working with the students in the theatre program at HNJ. Ms. Lisette also loves swing dancing and playing with her nieces and nephews.
Mr. David Blamphin is starting his 23rd year at Holy Name. He taught Physical Education at HNJ for nineteen years before becoming Dean of
Students in 2016. Coach Dave, a member of Holy Name's Class of 1987, graduated from Jesuit High School in 1992 and from Tulane University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Minor in Business Administration. Coach Dave graduated in May from Xavier University with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.
During the fall, Coach Dave helps coach the HNJ cross country team. He has also coached flag football, basketball, and baseball at Holy Name since 1997. Currently, Coach Dave serves on the board of the New Orleans Athletic League, of which Holy Name is a charter member. The New Orleans Athletic league is home to all of Holy Name of Jesus School's athletic programs.
Coach Dave enjoys spending time with his two daughters, Grace (6th Grade,) and Caroline (Kindergarten) and his wife, Kris. Coach Dave is an avid supporter of Tulane Athletics, the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the New York Yankees. He also enjoys running and listening to music.
Mrs. Ruth Blum has been teaching at Holy Name since 2010. Prior to Holy Name, she taught at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and the Academy of the Sacred Heart and worked at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Mrs. Blum and her husband grew up in New Orleanians and enjoy going to church at Holy Name. The Blums have two grown children. In addition to spending time coming up with ways to be creative in the classroom, Mrs. Blum loves to read, draw, needlepoint, and spend time with her husband.
Ms. Megan Bonser is so excited to be back at HNJ and teaching first grade this year! She is originally from Washington, DC and came down to New Orleans in 2007 to attend Tulane University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications and art history, she never wanted to leave! Ms. Bonser is currently in her last semester at the University of New Orleans to receive her Master of in the Arts of Teaching. When not at HNJ or UNO, you can find her cheering on the Saints in the Superdome, the Pelicans in the Arena or playing tennis throughout the city. Ms. Bonser can’t wait to meet all of her new first grade students and is looking forward to a fantastic year!
Mrs. Kelsie Bordelon is thrilled to be joining the Holy Name family as the Director of Religious Education. Mrs. Bordelon is a New Orleans native and graduated from Cabrini High School in 2005. She attended Cabrini University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Tulane University earning a Master’s degree in Social Work. She is in the process of earning a Master’s degree in Theology.
For the last several years Mrs. Bordelon has been involved in a number of ministries including teaching religion at the high school and middle school levels, CYO director, and Confirmation director. Working with youth to enrich their faith life has been extremely rewarding, and Mrs. Bordelon hopes to continue to enrich the vibrant faith life of the Holy Name community
Mrs. Bordelon is married with two boys: Brewer and Gatlin. In her spare time Mrs. Bordelon likes to run, read, and drink coffee. She also loves spending quality time with her husband and children, hiking or enjoying other outdoor activities, all things Harry Potter, and watching Hallmark Christmas movies.
Mrs. Gretchen Schonberg Breaux graduated from Loyola University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She earned Dean’s List distinction and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. Mrs. Gretchen taught third grade and Pre-K at a parochial school in Metairie for eight years, after which she moved to an all-girls school in New Orleans teaching in the Toddler 2, Toddler 3, and Pre-K programs for nine years. During this period, Mrs. Gretchen was responsible for implementing the Reggio Emilia approach to child development into a newly constructed early childhood center. Mrs. Gretchen joined the faculty of Holy Name of Jesus School in 2012 as a Kindergarten teacher, a position she held for four years. In the Fall of 2016, Mrs. Gretchen assisted Holy Name in the development of a Pre-K3 program, and she has continued to work with the smallest children of Holy Name since that time.
Mrs. Gretchen enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Ralph, an attorney, and five children. She particularly enjoys traveling to spend weekends with her son and daughter, who attend rival SEC universities, and watching her other three children at their numerous sporting events, including baseball, soccer, lacrosse, track, and sailing. Mrs. Gretchen also spends considerable time volunteering her services with her church and her children’s schools. As a result of these efforts, Mrs. Gretchen and her husband, Ralph, both received the 2011 Order of St. Louis IX Medallion from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, one of the highest and most cherished honors bestowed by the local Church on a member of the laity, in recognition of their dedication and years of volunteer service.
Mrs. Noel Bruner is very excited to begin her first year as a Pre-K 3 teacher at HNJ! She was born and raised in New Orleans and graduated from Cabrini High School in 2011. After that she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of New Orleans in 2017. She is married and has one daughter, named Rivers, and two dogs. Mrs. Noel loves to read and be outdoors. She cannot wait to help all her students grow spiritually, academically, and socially this school year!
Ms. Megan Mathews is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ms. Megan is currently licensed through the State of Louisiana as a Licensed Professional Counselor and nationally as a Certified Counselor.
It is with great passion that Ms. Megan is able, as a counselor, to help students explore ways to make changes in their daily lives for the betterment of themselves. She works with students through a person-centered lens that focuses on a safe/positive environment, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. Through this approach she believes that students have the capability to make significant changes.
Holy Name of Jesus has a special place in Ms. Megan's heart being a former student. She is honored to be a part of the Holy Name of Jesus family as the School Counselor.
Ms. Megan looks forward to continued work with our wonderful students, parents, and faculty in this encouraging time at Holy Name of Jesus.
Ms. Courtney Buquet has been a Math, Science, and Religion teacher for three years. She graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently working towards earning her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Along with teaching, Ms. Buquet loves to both play and coach various sports, these include volleyball, basketball, and indoor ball. She played volleyball, soccer, and softball. She played softball for as long as she can remember, and continues to play volleyball in an adult league.
Some of Ms. Buquet’s favorite things to do include working out, reading, cooking, listening to music, painting, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling as often as she can. Ms. Buquet is extremely excited to continue her teaching career at HNJ and become part of the Holy Name family. Go gators!
Mrs. Valerie Bustamante has had the pleasure of working with students with a variety of settings over the past 15 years. She is originally from Miami, but absolutely loves living in New Orleans! This is her first year of teaching at HNJ, and she looks forward to helping students build strong foundations with intervention. She began her career as an academic tutor, helping struggling students with literacy development. Later as an academic instructor she led a therapeutic classroom setting for children with autism and related disorders. After her time in the classroom Valerie worked as a program and curriculum coordinator. She created individual and group learning activities, individual learning goals, and earned her Master’s degree in Special Education. Valerie and her husband have two boys, entering Pre-K 4 and second grade at HNJ.
Mrs. Denise Clark is a native New Orleanian. She graduated from The Academy of the Sacred Heart and received her Bachelors degree from Alabama and a Masters degree from LSU. Denise has been teaching for 26 years. She has been married for 27 years to her husband Culpepper Clark. They have 2 boys in college. Denise and her husband are fanatic Bama football fans. She loves teaching 5th grade religion and social studies.
Mrs. Marth Darda is excited to begin her first year as a teacher in the PreK-3 Program at HNJ. She has 13 years of experience in early childhood education. Mrs. Martha grew up in St. Petersburg, Floria and came to New Orleans to attend Loyola University. After graduation, she married a local and worked in public relations and as a technical writer for software companies. After her children were born, she began working at a parent’s morning out program for a local church. From there she moved into PreK and found her passion. She has two teenage daughters and one cat. She loves reading, cooking,sewing, and learning about outer space and NASA.
Mrs. Nicole Joseph Delaney, is a Kindergarten assistant teacher. She was born on St.Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and lived there with her parents and four younger brothers until she moved to New Orleans, LA in 2011 to attend Loyola University New Orleans. She has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Chemistry from Loyola, and a Master in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in Florida. Mrs. Nicole has been working at Newman in their after school program and summer camp for five years and has been a lower school substitute at Newman for three years. She and her husband, Jackson, got married in April! Mrs. Nicole is very excited to be a member of the HNJ team!
Mrs. Carmen Dietz has worked in the office at Holy Name since 1991. She is married to her husband David, with whom she has three children Jennifer, Casey, and David, all who attend HNJ. She is a dedicated member of the Holy Name community, who loves working with our students, parents, wonderful faculty, and maintenance crew. In her free time Mrs. Carmen loves spending time with her grandchildren and children. It is always a great day to be a Gator.
Mrs. Abby Donnelly is thrilled to be joining the Holy Name of Jesus staff this year as our school nurse! Nurse Abby was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana and now lives in Chalmette with her husband and high school sweetheart, Dustin, and their three children, Jill, Don, and Lynn.
Nurse Abby graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans in 2005, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in General Studies in 2009, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2012. She has spent her nursing career working for a local pediatrician’s office caring for children, which has always been her true passion. Along with spending time with family and friends, Nurse Abby loves to craft, take pictures, and cheer for LSU and the SAINTS. She is very much looking forward to her first year as a part of the Holy Name of Jesus community and is excited to meet all the students she’ll be caring for and keeping safe this school year.
Mrs. Ludivine Foley was born and raised in France. She graduated from the Institute of Political Science in Grenoble, with a minor in Public Administration, shortly before moving to the United States. She attended the University of New Orleans where she obtained a Master of Business Administration. While at the University, she became a Research Analyst for the Division of Business and Economic Research. Ludivine and her husband, Richard, have 5 sons; two are current students at HNJ, one attends Jesuit High School and two attend LSU. While raising her children, Ludivine has tutored French to High School students, volunteered as Respect Life coordinator for her parish, as well as substituted for teachers at HNJ. She is delighted to be part of the Holy Name community, a place where she can joyfully and lovingly help children grown spiritually, socially, and academically.
Ms. Lillian Francioni is part of a big family, four brothers, three sisters, and many cousins! She loves working with young children and looks forward to meeting and getting to know the children in her class each year. Ms. Francioni graduated from UNO with a degree in elementary and early childhood education. She taught Kindergarten and First Grade at St. Francis Xavier for three years and has been at Holy Name for thirty-one years teaching Kindergarten and PreK-4. Ms. Francioni sings in a church choir, loves to do Jazzercise, travel, and spend time with family and friends! The HNJ community has always made her feel like family, and she feels lucky to be a part of it.
Mrs. Katie Gallagher is starting her 15th year of teaching and is excited to begin her second year at HNJ! She is a native New Orleanian who graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in 2001. Mrs. Katie earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN in 2005. She has taught PreK, K, 1st, and 2nd grades in Catholic, Independent, and Public Schools. Mrs. Katie and her husband have two sons, Egan and Porter, who will be Fourth Grade and First Grade Gators this year! She is thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten and looks forward to watching her students learn and grow academically, spiritually, and socially this year!
Mrs. Paulette Gamard is starting her 40th year at HNJ. For most of those years, she taught second grade and is now the assistant in the first grade. Mrs. Gamard attended Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana for three years and graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has three sons and one daughter, all of whom attended Holy Name. Mrs. Gamard is blessed to have 10 grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them.
Mrs. Debra Ann Sutherland Hedrick, Mrs. Deb as the students call her, has had the pleasure of teaching in the New Orleans area for the past forty years. Of those forty years, almost twenty of them has been as the lead Art teacher for Holy Name of Jesus School. She received her teaching credentials from the University of New Orleans and has taught at St. Joseph School in Gretna, freshman Mass Communications classes at UNO, and was Art Director for the Marketing and Communications Department of the University. All the while Mrs. Deb worked at the University, she had a yearning to go back to teaching young people.That yearning came to fruition after taking time off to have her daughter, Kati, who is a graduate of HNJ. One day while in fourth grade, Katie volunteered Mrs. Deb to be a substitute for her sick art teacher, and I she has been in the art room ever since...and loving it! Mrs. Deb's favorite saying about teaching art at HNJ is that "where else can you work and get paid to play all day?"
Mrs. Deb has taken many professional development courses in the art field over the years. During graduate school, she studied with renowned regional artist Ida Kohlmeyer. She has been a member of the ADDA (Art Director and designers Association) of New Orleans, attended a workshop at the Sedona Arts Center under professional ceramic artist, George Ott, is a member of the NAEA (National Art Education Association), and a memeber of the LAEA (Louisiana Art Education Association). Mrs. Deb has also attended many national conventions and has taken many workshops on timely developments in the art education field. Most recently, she has studied the artistic and cognitive development of the middle school learner as well as that of the early childhood learner.
Mrs. Deb's hobbies include traveling with her husband and visiting art museums where she has also had the opportunity to study. Mrs. Deb's married daughter, Katie, graduated with BFA in graphic design and art business from Spring Hill College and is now a web designer, but most importantly she is the mother of her first grandchild, Wylder.
During the summer along with travels, Mrs. Deb is the printmaking and mixed media art teacher for the Loyola Kids Art Summer Camp. She has a passion for creating art and shares it in the Later Gator After school care program, as well as in monthly art club meetings. Art Club has developed into a high demand extra-curricular activity with many young budding artists participating.
Mrs. Deb looks forward to a great year teaching the children that "Art is not perfect, so give it a try". She loves to incorporate art history in lessons, along with the use of current technology. Mrs. Deb achieves great artistic growth in students by meeting their needs through small group instruction in the classroom while exploring different cultures and art movements in history.
Mrs. Deb has an open door policy with parents and loves visitors in the art room. Throughout the years, she has had other teachers come and learn from her new methods of how to incorporate art into their classrooms. Parents are welcome to come and discuss their jobs in the art field. Each year, she hosts the Spring Art Salon of Student Art. In the past year, she has had the support of the administration to revive the second grade Greek Fest and look forward to the revision of Christmas Crafting with Parents this year. Mrs. Deb has been fortunate enough to have seen many of my former students enter the art field with successful careers and hopes to see many more learn that "Art is not perfect...so give it a try!"
Ms. Tudi Hodes is excited to be teaching in the PreK-3 program again with Ms. Kari Anderson. She has been at Holy Name for 23 years and taught early childhood for 10 years. She is a season ticket holder for the Saints and the Pelicans. Ms. Tudi enjoys being with her children, her 7 grandchildren, and her friends.
Mr. Ryan Hooks earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration and a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (’12). He is in his third year as an instructor and coach at Holy Name of Jesus School, though he has taught in Prague and coached previously. Coach Hooks is an advocate of healthy eating and hustle.
Gators give their Total Effort in Every Endeavor!
Ms. Hunter Hughes is so excited to be starting her first year of teaching here at HNJ! She is from Lafayette, Indiana and is a proud alumnus of Purdue University. While at Purdue, she received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in secondary education. She moved to New Orleans in July of 2020 and spent the summer getting to know this beautiful city! She is most looking forward to being a member of the Gator family! Ms. Hughes’s favorite thing about being an English teacher is helping students develop a love for reading. In her spare time, she also loves to read, travel, spend time with her family, and exercise!
Mrs. Patricia Hughes was born and raised in Metairie, LA. She graduated from Chapelle High School and the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career at Holy Name of Jesus in 1998 and taught there for several years. Mrs. Hughes and her husband, Brian, were married in 1999. A few years later, she took a break from teaching to stay at home with their three children, Brock (16), Bradley (14), and Tanner (10). Mrs. Hughes began substituting at Holy Name in 2013 until she returned full time to teach 4th grade in 2018. This will be her second year teaching 2nd grade and is looking forward to a fabulous year. Mrs. Hughes enjoys spending time with her family and most of her free time is spent watching her children participate in extracurricular and sporting events.
Mrs. Ann Inderbitzin was born and raised in the New Orleans area and she is a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, where she lived and taught for several years before returning to her hometown. She has been happily married to her husband, Rolf, native of Switzerland, for ten years. Mrs. Ann is excited to return to teaching at HNJ after five years of being a stay-at-home mommy to their two precious boys, John Parker (J.P.) and Marcel. She previously taught Middle School Math and Science at Holy Name and is looking forward to a great year working alongside Mrs. Pam Miller in the Computer Lab! In her spare time, Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling!
Mrs. Miranda Jaquillard will be starting her fourth year of teaching Kindergarten at Holy Name. She is a New Orleans native and graduated from Louise S. McGehee in 2011. Mrs. Miranda then went on to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Special Education. Being from New Orleans, Mrs. Miranda couldn’t stay away from home! She then came back to teach Special Education for one year before joining the HNJ family. Mrs. Miranda loves teaching Kindergarten because she believes it is one of the most crucial parts of development for kids. It teaches them not only basic learning skills, but also basic skills for life. Mrs. Miranda recently got married in April 2019 and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She can’t wait to meet all her new students and parents!
Ms. Carolina Lambert, a native Spanish speaker originally from Miami Beach, was born and raised in a little town called Surfside. Born to Cuban immigrants, Carolina Lambert grew up speaking Spanish at home and then continued to study the Spanish language all throughout her life.
She has a passion for the Spanish language and hopes to continue to learn more about Spanish speaking cultures through her experiences and study of the language.
She has been teaching in New Orleans for 5 years and has lived in the city since 2009. Carolina also recently graduated from Loyola University's Spanish interpretation and translation program where she received a certification in Spanish legal and medical interpretation and translation.
New to the HNJ School, but a parishioner at the church since 2009, Carolina is really excited to begin teaching Spanish to children this year, being that her passion for Spanish has been a life long journey!
Mrs. Nancie Linder has been teaching in Early Childhood for over 25 years. This will be her twelfth year teaching Pre-K 4 at Holy Name.Nancie is a proud alumna of HNJ (1983) and Mercy Academy (1987). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with certification in Early Childhood from Loyola University (1992) and a Master of Education from Tulane University (1997). She is married to her husband, Joey, and they have a daughter, Sara (HNJ Class of 2017).
Mrs. Beth Loisel was born and raised in New Orleans. She graduated from the University of Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has been in education for 24 years, most of which were spent teaching first and second grade. She was also a Reading Interventionist, Master Teacher, and a Curriculum Specialist. This will be her second year at HNJ.
Mrs. Loisel is married and has four daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys concerts, reading, gardening, and watching movies. She is also a big Saints and LSU fan. She loves being a part of the Holy Name of Jesus Family!
Mrs. Nataleigh Markey is starting her 17th year of teaching and is excited about her third year at HNJ as a fourth grade teacher. She is a native New Orleanian who graduated from Louise S. McGehee School. She has a B.A. in Psychology and holds a Louisiana State Teaching Certificate, both from the University of New Orleans. She has taught in both private and public schools. Mrs. Markey and her husband have two children, a son who attends Holy Cross and a daughter at Ursuline Academy. When she is not teaching, she loves to craft and can be often found with glitter in her hair!
Ms. Colette Huval Miller graduated from Ole Miss in 2016 and is currently continuing her education at the University of Holy Cross. This will be her fourth year teaching first grade at Holy Name of Jesus! Mrs. Miller enjoys all activities outdoors, spending time with loved ones, and the arts. This summer she got married and will be returning as Mrs. Miller! She is very excited for this year and cannot wait to meet all of her first grade students!
Mrs. Amy Nolan joins the Holy Name of Jesus School staff as the Director of Institutional Advancement. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications and school advancement, having worked with schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge as well as several other nonprofits.
Mrs. Nolan is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication with a BA in journalism/advertising. She also earned the Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional designation from the Public Relations Society of America. She and her husband Marty have lived in the New Orleans area since 2010 and are parents to two daughters who attend Mount Carmel Academy.
Mrs. Nolan is excited to become a part of the Holy Name of Jesus family, and looks forward to getting to know parents, students, alumni and friends.
Ms. Kate Palpallatoc is excited to be starting her first year at Holy Name of Jesus. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2017 with a bachelors degree in communication disorders. For the past two years she has been working with children with autism and found her love for working with children. During her free time she enjoys going to the park, traveling to different places, and cheering on the saints during football season. Who dat!
Mrs. Savannah Partin has been teaching in Early Childhood for over 4 years. This will be her first year teaching Pre-K 4 at Holy Name. Savannah has just moved to New Orleans and is a proud alumni of The University of South Alabama (2017). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with certification in Special Education and Early Childhood from The University of South Alabama (2015) as well as a Masters of Early Childhood Education from the University of South Alabama (2017). She is married to her husband, Brent, and they have a son, Michael who will be starting second grade at HNJ. Mrs. Savannah enjoys spending time with her family, running, visiting new restaurants, and vacationing.
Mrs. Ashley Pedeaux has been teaching for 6 years, this is her first year at HNJ. She is from Gulfport, MS and graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
She moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2014 when she married her husband, Kevin. Together they have two little boys, Owen and Philip, and Owen will be in Pre-K 4 this year at HNJ!
Mrs. Pedeaux loves spending time with her family, attending festivals, and working in her garden. She is so excited to be part of the Gator family and can't wait to meet all of her new students!
Mrs. Leslie Perschall is a native New Orleanian who has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Master of Communication Disorders from LSU. She worked as an audiologist for seven years before “retiring” to be a stay at home mom to two Holy Name Gators. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Perschall was involved with Holy Name as a substitute teacher, a Parent-Teacher Club board member, Brownie Troop leader, book fair co-chair, and Gator Grins coordinator. Mrs. Perschall became a full-time employee in 2014 as an assistant in the computer lab. In 2016, she moved to the art room where she is Mrs. Deb’s assistant.
Mrs. Robin Peters is delighted to be the Gators' Librarian. Books and children are two of her favorite things ever, so this seems like a dream job. Ms. Robin is looking forward to meeting students and parents and sharing lots of wonderful stories during the year.
Ms. Robin grew up in Virginia and Tennessee and is a graduate of Sewanee/The University of the South. She moved to New Orleans shortly after college graduation, and finally felt at home. Ms. Robin had a career in journalism and public relations before taking a career break to be home with her daughter and went into education when she began school. Ms. Robin earned her teacher certification at Tulane and has taught kindergarten, first, and third grades.
In addition to books, Ms. Robin loves knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening, and going to the theater and movies. She enjoys traveling with her husband and playing with her dog.
Ms. Robin is thrilled to be here!
Mrs. Janet Poché is in her seventh year at Holy Name of Jesus School and twenty-seventh year as an educator. She can be found working with students in first through third grades as a Reading Interventionist. She earned her degree from the University of New Orleans and is certified in Elementary and Special Education. She is a wife and mother of three children. Mrs. Poché enjoys traveling, gardening, and volunteering at the World War II museum. She also has been meeting with the Holy Cross Rosary Group weekly since 2001.
Ms. Shannon Powers has been a teacher for 37 years in both private and public elementary schools. She graduated from Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and began her teaching career at St. Dominic School where she taught 4th grade for 10 years. Ms. Powers has also taught 2nd through 4th grades for 20 years in the Orleans Parish/Recovery School System. She is honored and proud to have received numerous awards and recognition over her career such as, LA TAAP, School Leadership Team, Teacher Mentorship Program, and HDC Institute - Autism Spectrum Disorders (LSU). In her spare time, Ms. Powers enjoys reading and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Elyse Ptak is an accomplished flutist, pianist, and vocalist. Growing up in a musical family of performers and composers, she became familiar with the “stage” at a very young age. Mrs. Ptak had the regular opportunity of watching her father run daily rehearsals for the performances that followed each weekend. While still in high school, Mrs. Ptak had the privilege of studying with Peggie Schecter, Julliard trained flutist, and founder of the New Jersey Chamber Music Society.
Mrs. Ptak earned her bachelor degree from the State University of New York Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She worked her way through college graduation by teaching private lessons in piano and flute. The experiences with her private students quickly inspired her to make teaching her career. Within her first year teaching, she had developed a private teaching studio with over 30 students per week.
She went on to earn her masters degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. Mrs. Ptak began post graduate work as the music teacher at Midland Elementary School, in Rye, New York. She quickly rose to be the Choral Director at Mamaroneck High School, where she taught Concert Chorus, Swing Choir, and directed the yearly musical theater productions.
Mrs. Ptak is also a songwriter. She has written and published two full length CDs of her original music and performed promotional shows with her band across the Northeast. She continues to write songs when she can find time.
Mrs. Ptak is the mother of three boys, and moved to New Orleans in 2015. She is particularly interested in teaching young children in the classroom setting to help inspire, and engage children to participate in and enjoy creating, performing, and responding to music, both within the classroom and beyond.
Ms. Melissa Puglia is beginning her 18th year as an educator with 15 years of teaching experience in the classroom. Ms. Puglia graduated from Mount Carmel Academy and Louisiana State University. She attended the University of Hull as an exchange student during her junior year in college. Ms. Puglia earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and her Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of New Orleans. She is trained as an ADHD coach, a Reading Specialist, and a Dyslexia Screener/Consultant.
As the Dean of Academics at Holy Name of Jesus School, Ms. Puglia’s responsibilities are assisting the Principal with instructional leadership with curriculum development and implementation, teacher evaluations and mentoring, parent communication, standardized testing, and monitoring student academic progress for PK3-7th grades. Also, Ms. Puglia loves running and coaching our students on the Cross Country team. She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, visiting with her Godsons, and walking her Yorkie, Tootsie, around her neighborhood. Ms. Puglia is thrilled to begin her third year as an HNJ Gator and hopes to continue to foster a love of learning within the Holy Name community.
Mrs. Kellen Higginbotham Ranger has been teaching on the elementary level for 12 years. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Ranger joined our Holy Name family in 2016 with her husband, Justin, and daughters, Mary Rose and Louise. She enjoys vacations to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Ranger's favorite things about second grade are developing independent readers, creating art projects to further skill knowledge, and helping those who want to make their First Communion through their special journey. Go Gators!
Ms. Erin Jouandot Raymond is very excited to join the Holy Name of Jesus family this year! She has been teaching on the elementary level for seven years. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom, after taking some time off to raise her children: twins Cecilia and Griffin and son Foster. Mrs. Raymond graduated from Mount Carmel Academy, and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. She loves the LSU Tigers, anything crafty, vacations on the beach and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Raymond is so excited to meet each and every one of her new first graders!
Ms. Kris Stall Robinson has been working at Holy Name of Jesus for 18 years. HNJ has been part of her family her entire life. Ms. Kris’ father was a student at Holy Name, along with her, her brothers, and her sons. If anyone knows Ms. Kris, her hobbies are fashion, horse racing, and visiting family members out of town. Ms. Kris is looking forward to a wonderful school year and meeting her new students. Forever in our hearts!
Mrs. Meredith Singletary is so excited to be starting her fourth year of teaching 5th grade math and science at HNJ! She is from Alexandria, Louisiana and is a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University. While at LSU, she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She moved to New Orleans in August 2016 and has fallen in love with the city. Mrs. Singletary feels so privileged to be a part of the wonderful Gator family! Her favorite thing about 5th grade is witnessing her students make real world connections during class discussions and investigations. Mrs. Singletary is also the coach and sponsor for the HNJ cheer squad! In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, attend LSU football games, and practice yoga. Mrs. Singletary was recently married in January 2020!
Ms. Kaitlin Southwick was born and raised in Old Greenwich, CT. In June of 2006, she visited New Orleans to help with the post-Katrina relief efforts. Although she was only 16 years old, this city stole Ms. Kaitlin's heart, and she never looked back. Ms. Kaitlin attended Tulane University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology. She completed her student teaching that fall to become a certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. This will be her seventh year teaching Kindergarten at Holy Name. She also helps coach our middle school Cross Country and Track teams. When Ms. Kaitlin is not teaching, she likes to sail, kayak, and spend time at the beach. She is looking forward to another great school year!
Mr. Langston Terrel is a native New Orleanian and graduate of De La Salle (99'). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Entrepreneurship from Southern University at New Orleans (12'). Coach Terrel will be entering is third year at Holy Name of Jesus. In addition to being a P.E. techer, he has coached 6th grade football, 7th grade basketball, Track and Field coordinator, and served as Chess Club moderator last year. Coach Terrel's hobbies include reading, writing, playing chess/basketball, and spending time with his family. “Do your best when your best is required; your best is required each day” is one of Coach Terrel’s favorite quotes. Coach Terrel believes in building relationships, respect, having a joy-filled heart, and teamwork.
Ms. Carson Thomassie is so excited to start the year at HNJ! She is from Bossier City, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana Tech University. While at Louisiana Tech University, she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After graduating, she moved to Alexandria, LA and taught second grade. Ms. Thomassie moved to the city in June of 2020 and has spent the summer with her friends and family who live here. She is most excited about becoming an involved member of the Gator family! When Ms. Thomassie is not teaching she likes to spend time with her dogs, craft, and travel with friends.
Mrs. Kristy Vanderbrook is beginning her first year at HNJ as an assistant teacher in the Kindergarten program. She and her five siblings all attended Holy Name. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans and earned a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting. Mrs. Kristy has spent the last two decades raising her three children and volunteering for their schools and other local organizations. Mrs. Kristy lives in Holy Name of Jesus Parish and enjoys being part of the community. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and traveling. Mrs. Kristy is very excited to be a member of the HNJ team!
Mrs. Agatha Vidrine began working at Holy Name of Jesus in 1994 as a Teacher Assistant.Since then she has spent time assisting in both Kindergarten and the Pre-K4 program. In 2002, she began working with the Later Gators after-school program and continues to do so today. She started her current position as a Pre-K 3 Teacher Assistant in the fall of 2016. Mrs. Agatha is the loving wife of Hilton “Tony” Vidrine and proud mother of Alyssa Vidrine, HNJ alumna class of 2000. Outside of HNJ Agatha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her friends, and enjoying all of the unique things New Orleans has to offer.
Ms. Victoria Walters is starting her sixth year of teaching and her fourth year in the Holy Name of Jesus family. She grew up in Metairie and attended Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans for high school. Ms. Walters received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, she was on the Chancellor's Honor Roll. Ms. Walters loves the New Orleans Saints and attending all the home games with her mom. When she can, she loves to travel. Even though she has lived here all of her life, Ms. Walters enjoys exploring new sites and restaurants with family and friends.
Mrs. Kristin Winchester was born in Dallas, Texas but moved to New Orleans at the age of 10. She has been a part of the Holy Name staff for the past 13 years. She and Ms. Lisette have worked together for 11 of those years. Ms. Kristin is also in charge of the Holy Name yearbook.
Mrs. Kristin has one daughter, Keegan, who is 19 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and taking pictures.
Ms. Jill Woods is delighted to be starting her second year at Holy Name Of Jesus School. She is the proud parent of Owen (7th grade) and Abby (5th grade). Ms. Jill originally hails from Oakland, New Jersey but has lived in New Orleans for over 20 years. Ms. Jill earned a Bachelors Of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from University Of South Florida in Tampa and went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans. Ms. Jill has worked in both the medical and behavioral health fields as a social worker. Ms. Jill enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, playing cards, and chilling out with her kids and the family dog Little Pete. Ms. Jill is looking forward to another fantastic year at Holy Name of Jesus School and is honored to be a part of such a wonderful community.
Mr. Jeff Zschiedrich is starting his fourth year teaching middle school Mathematics and his first year teaching at Holy Name of Jesus. He grew up in New Orleans East and Slidell graduating high school at Pope John Paul II CHS. Mr. Zschiedrich received his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans. While attending the University of New Orleans Mr. Zschiedrich played baseball under Randy Bush and Tom Walters. During his time in college he also served in the United States Army Reserve as an Engineer with the 377th TSC. Mr. Zschiedrich is a first time father and both he and his wife Maggie are very excited to have his son attend Holy Name of Jesus when he turns three. During Mr. Zschiedrich’s personal time he loves being with his family, reading, and staying active.
As a middle school teacher Mr. Zschiedrich loves helping young ladies and gentlemen prepare for highschool and beyond. He takes pride in nurturing their faith, leadership and professionalism. Mr. Zschiedrich’s favorite thing about teaching is watching students finally master difficult problems and lessons. Mr. Zschiedrich is extremely excited to get to know all the proud gator parents and students and help continue the wonderful tradition of the Holy Name of Jesus. Go Gators!