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The NET: Gentilly

Dr. Christina Payne Hull, Principal

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!" -Marcus Garvey

Dr. Christina Hull has been an educator for over 21 years. She has taught infants, Pre-K-12th grade, and adults. She has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Secondary Education, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Leadership & Administration, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership. Dr. Hull enjoys reading, writing, weightlifting, and empowering others.

Desiree Banks, Counselor 
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel' Maya Angelou
D. Searcy

Ms. Desiree Banks is a PLPC with a Masters of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is excited to join the NET: Gentilly team as a school counselor!

Earnestine Bennett-Johnson, Special Education Teacher

Ms. Earnestine holds a number of degrees, including a Doctorate in Education, Masters of Science, and Bachelor of Arts.  She enjoys working with the students at The NET and helping them achieve their goals for the future.

Zuzana Bracok, Student Support Coordinator
"I want our young people to know they matter, that they belong.  So don't be afraid- you hear me, young people? Be focused, be determined, be hopeful, be empowered." - Michelle Obama


Colleen Cameron, Yoga Teacher
Ms. Colleen attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied Printmaking and minored in Book Arts. In 2015, she completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and started working with young adults. Ms. Colleen is a Knoxville, Tennessee native who has lived in New Orleans for the past six years.  She really likes how The NET supports students in many different ways, including offering Yoga classes!

Angel Cummings, Front Office Manager

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:4

Ms. Angel values everything that deals with the truth and she loves to be 100% real.  She wants to see nothing but the best for people. She loves to see children learning and growing and getting better with their education, so she's honored to be that positive light for a child to keep going and don’t quit. That belief is not only for the younger kids it’s even for the older kids because even though she's in her 20s, she has made mistakes and if she can educate somebody to not make the same mistakes, she conders that an honor and a privilege.  

Curissa (CeeCee) Davis, Assistant Dean


Ms. Curissa goes by Ms. Cee Cee. She is the founder and owner of Gerimian Beauty. She loves to see people grow and progress and is excited to be on the NET: Gentilly team!

Kimberly Ford-Edwards, Lab Teacher


Ms. Kim is a native of New Orleans, and she has over 10 years of experience in education. She enjoys working with students of all ages. She is passionate about encouraging students to believe in their ability to succeed.

Robert Gallinghouse, Math Teacher 

Mr. Robert is a born and raised, Who Dat for life. He has BA Degrees in Philosophy, Political Science as well as a JD degree. He practiced criminal defense for 16 years. He also spent many years in California but never stopped being a New Orleanian. He enjoys relating with students and seeing them strive to meet goals and objectives.

Judy Gilbert, Lead Teacher 

Ms. Judy brings over 30 years of experience to The NET. After graduating from Southern University with a bachelor's degree in Education and a minor in Life Sciences, she has spent her career teaching almost every subject to middle and high school students across Louisiana.  She has served as a Resource Teacher, Behavior Dean, general education teacher, and special education teacher in schools in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and East Baton Rouge Parish.  She is motivated by seeing firsthand how her students develop and progress toward their goals.

Lauren Goodes, School Counselor  
Be the person you wish you had when you were younger."
T. Williams

Ms. Lauren is graduate from Xavier University of Louisiana with her BS in Neuroscience and masters with social work from Tulane University. Her love for working with youth is unconditional. She is committed to do what it takes by any means neccessary to make sure that they have the tools and resources to be successful. "They already have what it takes, Im just here to help show them that they do."

Charmaine Harris, Data and Enrollment Coordinator
Charmaine Harris
Ms. Charmaine has committed her career to education equity, building inclusive spaces, and combating systemic oppression. After earning a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Lakeland University, she worked in her native Milwaukee with Urban Underground, a group that focuses on social justice community organizing with young people.  She then transitioned to Public Allies Milwaukee, where she continued to mentor young professionals in nonprofit organizations. Charmaine earned her Master's of Science in School Counseling from Mount Mary University and is a licensed school counselor. Charmaine is the mother to a beautiful yorkie/cairn dog, Totoe. Charmaine enjoys the small school environment of The NET - it feels like home away from her Milwaukee home!

Dylan Hutzler, History Teacher

"Students are here to learn. There’s a reason it says school in big letters on the outside” -Mr. Owens, my former principal


Mx. Hutzler has a passion for literature, learners, and everything outdoors!  Everyone is welcome here! 
Ruben La Valle Johnson, Dean of Students
Mr. Ruben brings over twenty years of experience to The NET in his role as Dean of Students.  He is a fierce advocate for the students he serves and is passionate about working with young people who may fall through the cracks of traditional school systems.  He is excited to work with a staff who inspire and motivate our students to be successful.

Nathan Martin, Dean of Students 


Mr. Martin was born and raised right here in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He attended Southern University at New Orleans to receive an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.  He went on to further his education and obtain a master's degree from Grand Canyon University in Psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology.  He wants to impact student's lives and help them become successful as a whole.  Developing the whole student is something that happens inside and outside of the classroom.

Brigid Pfenninger, Special Education Teacher

Ms. Brigid earned a Master's degree in Education in 2004 and has been teaching in one capacity or another since then. She moved to Louisiana from her home state of New Jersey in 2014 and looks forward to contributing to positive change in her new community, both personally and professionally. She loves working at the NET because we have the best students and believes we can all grow together.

Mary Phillips, Science Teacher

Ms. Mary earned a BS in Science from Xavier University and has spent the past seven years teaching science both abroad and in New Orleans.  She really enjoys the smaller class sizes at The NET, which allow her to get to know the students and learn how they learn best.

Trinekia Seals, Academic Dean 
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ms. Trinekia is very welcoming! She is an open book - feel free to ask her anything. If she doesn't know the answer, she will work on getting it!

Domonique Searcy, Special Education Coordinator 
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
D. Searcy

Mrs. Domonique received my undergraduate degree from Southern University at New Orleans and her Master's degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She believes it is her duty to not only educate our high school students but to also cultivate a growth mindset as students matriculate to their career and work paths. Fostering a great rapport with her colleagues to bring together our expertise in education to help our students at The Net Charter High School Gentilly is her ultimate goal.

Tracy Turnage, Assistant Dean


Ms. Tracy is very excited to be part of the NET: Gentilly team and she is here to support students and teachers!