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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.
Kina Lee, Assistant Principal

Ms. Kina has spent the past twelve years working in education and holds a BA in Science and an MA in Education.  She enjoys the close relationships between the staff and students at The NET.

Desimonae Anderson, Seminar Teacher
“Every student can learn, and I love teaching them!" 
Ms. Desi's main goal is to help students to strengthen their writing skills. US History is about the past, and she wants the students to live it today.
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." 


Geneisha Buggage, Seminar Teacher
“Where there is no vision, the people perish." 
T. Williams

Ms. Geneisha grew up surrounded by the unique sights and sounds of the Big Easy. Prior to the pandemic, she worked for three years as a mentor in a Baton Rouge boarding school. Being a mentor is one of her most rewarding experiences. Geneisha looks forward continuing her work in education as she begins her second year as an ELA teacher.

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!
Jay-Zelle Coleman, Seminar Teacher
“Every child can learn. Just not on the same day, or in the same way." 
T. Williams

Ms. Jay is a New Orleans native with a nomadic soul. She's been to 10 countries and 3 continents. She's a classically trained chef and enjoys preparing meals for her family and friends.

Robert Gallinghouse, Math Interventionist 

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/504 Coordinator

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!
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.
Kim Legaux, Counselor
"Always keep trying. Stop making excuses."

Ms.Kim Legaux is a founding staff member of The NET: Central City and will be bringing her insight and experience to the Gentilly campus for the Fall 2018 semester. She worked for an adolescent drug rehab facility as a supervisor and at Bridge City as a therapeutic dorm leader. She has been working in education for over 20 years. She made the decision to become an educator while volunteering in her daughter's Pre-K class, after she was asked to sub for the teacher. Ms. Kim was also a Girl Scout troop leader and a cheerleading coach. She originally wanted to be a nurse but fell in love with working with kids and cites her daughter as her motivation to keep going. Ms. Kim runs the food pantry and the Period Poverty project for both campuses. Her door is always open to students, families, and staff who need a listening ear, a motherly lecture, a connection to a resource, or a funny story to cheer up their day.

Biography by NET student Troyneisha
Stephanie Oliver, Internship Coordinator

Ms. Stephanie has over fifteen years experience working with youth in various settings and capacities, including a Program Coordinator at a center for youth transitioning out of the dependent care system, a Resident Director at a boarding school for talented students of color, and a Mentor at a weekend enrichment program.  She was born and raised in Philadelphia and has spent time working in rural Trinidad and Vietnam.  Her life mission is to serve and help others discover how they can become their personal best.  Stephanie enjoys cooking, crafting, gardening, meditating, visiting zoos, and traveling with her husband.  She enjoys the opportunity to serve, guide, and foster meaningful relationships with students at The NET.

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.

Sean Winoski, Math Teacher

Mr. Sean recently moved to New Orleans from Washington, DC, where he attended George Washington University.  He is excited to work with a dynamic and amazing group of students.

Trishana Williams, Front Office and Attendance Manager 
“Fair doesn't mean giving every child the same thing, it means giving every child what they need." - Rick Lavoie
T. Williams

Ms. Trishana has worked in an office setting for over 25 years and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. She is very family oriented, therefore leaving behind a great legacy by impacting her family and making a contribution to the future generations is very important to her.