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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.

Trinekia Melancon, 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!

Nathan Martin, Student Support Coordinator 


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.

Erin Barnard, English Teacher

"Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning." - Paulo Freire


Ms. Erin loves art and books and collaborating with young people. She taught and spearheaded creative community programs on the East, West and Third coasts before finding herself at home teaching in New Orleans a decade ago.
Earnestine Bennett-Johnson, Special Education Teacher

Dr. Earnestine Bennett-Johnson 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.

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.

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.

Charmaine Harris, Data and Enrollment Coordinator
Charmaine Harris
Ms. Charmaine was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She attended Lakeland University, earning a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Charmaine went on to further her education and obtain her Master's of Science in School Counseling from Mount Mary University and is a licensed School Counselor. Charmaine has been with The NET Gentilly since we first opened in 2017 and enjoys the small school environment - it feels like home away from her Milwaukee home! Charmaine's favorite title is "mommy" from her toddler daughter. 
Terrielle Joseph, Paraprofessional 

Success is not final; Failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts..” — Winston S. Churchill

Ms. Terrielle "TJ" Joseph has been a part of high school education systems in Georgia/Louisiana for almost 3 years. In addition to making preparations for furthering her education; she has a Cosmetology trade/license, and an AS in Business Management. Ms. TJ enjoys mentoring and educating children/young adults, sports, and New Orleans culture! She believes all kids should have custom opportunities to be successful, because no one is the same. Showing kids they matter is her passion!

Tia Robertson, LRS Coordinator 

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”


Mrs. Robertson is a developer of people, programs, & projects to propel people to become the best version of themselves & plot the pathway for robust systems & structures for organizational success.

Professor Ed Silence, Biology & Chemistry Instructor 

Ed Silence

Professor Silence has joined the NET family for the first time this year and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, skills and compassion for our young adults in their endeavor to realize their goals! In addition to his excellent expertise, Professor Silence created the formula: Expectations/Reality=Frustration level! To find out more about Professor Silence visit his website at or reach out via email at [email protected]. He is here to help and happy to do so as we all work to help our students not just change their lives, but improve their lives!

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.

Thomas Vaughn, Math Teacher 

“Reach one, teach one.”


Mr. Vaughn is a New Orleans native.  He has worked in the school system for 12 years.  He has always loved math and helping students with overcoming their fear of numbers.  The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics!  

Caroline Wegener, Mental Health Counselor

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” — Maya Angelou


Caroline was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. She  attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her degree in Psychology and went on to receive a master in Social Work from Tulane University. Since then, she has worked hard to make a positive impact on individuals and families in the Greater New Orleans Area. In her free time, she loves reading, knitting, gardening, and spending time with family and friends!