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The NET: Gentilly

Kristina Baiamonte, Principal

Ms. Kristina has worked for almost twenty years in various aspects of education in Louisiana.  She has taught Pre-K through high school, written curriculum, and worked with new teachers through TNTP.  She brings a wealth of experience from her time as a Director of Assessment and Accountability with the Louisiana Department of Education, where she took on a variety of roles including supporting schools with over-age populations and working with school districts on data analysis and instructional support.
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, Lab Teacher
“Trust the process." 


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!
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, Internship 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, Assistant Dean of Students
Mr. Ruben brings over twenty years of experience to The NET in his role as Assistant 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.
Seth Paddock, Data and Enrollment Coordinator 
“Two of my high school teachers that had a tremendous impact on me and inspired me to be a teacher."
Seth Paddock

Mr. Seth comes to The NET: Gentilly all the way from Ithaca, New York. He attended Cornell University and immediately began working in education after graduation. Before joining the NET staff, Seth was the director of J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora, Arkansas, which offers after-school and summer programs for children. He has been working in education now for over seven years. In his free time, Seth enjoys reading, woodworking, traveling, and camping. Mr. Seth’s parents still reside in Ithaca, and he has an older brother who lives in Alabama.

Biography by NET alum Renni

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  I 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, Front Office Manager


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