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New Orleans Accelerated High School (NOAH)

Emily Perhamus, Principal 

“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson 

Ms. Perhamus is honored to serve as the principal of New Orleans Accelerated High School (NOAH). She was a founding special education teacher when ReNEW Accelerated High School opened its doors in 2011 and became principal in 2016. She is excited to continue to develop a strong school community, and expand students' opportunities, in NOAH's first year as part of Educators for Quality Alternatives.

Carrie Baptiste, Paraprofessional 

"No child left behind" 

Mrs. Baptiste has been working in education for over 30 years. Her favorite hobby is decorating and art & crafts. Her  life passion is working with children.

Heather Emmert, Assistant Principal 

"It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become"  - Dr. Seuss


Ms. Emmert serves as the Assistant Principal at New Orleans Accelerated High School (Formerly RAHS). She joined the school in 2012 as an English Teacher and became the Director of Academics in 2016, where she currently oversees the academic programing and teacher coaching and support.  

Nyle Fuentes-Cousain, Humanities Coordinator 


Mrs. Cousain is a native New Yorker. Her passions include food, books, anime, traveling and the outdoors.  Her main goal is to be a community servant.   

Vanessa Garcia, SPED Coordinator 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -Nelson Mandela


Ms. Garcia considers herself extremely passionate about education, particularly special education, individual differences, and helping the most vulnerable students have access to equitable and high quality education.

Liz Gore, Transition Coordinator 

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."


Mx. Gore was a theatre and film teacher for over 10 years. They believe that the first step to improving the education system is by strengthening the connections in the classroom.

Dylan Hutzler, ELA 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! 

Julian Landa, Senior Seminar Teacher

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Mr. Landa is passionate about creating a better future, it all starts with today's students. He loves to watch students find their passions and become leaders.

Darren Lewis, Dean of Students 

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.- Marian Wright Edelman


As a native of New Orleans, Mr. Lewis is devoted to helping to improve his city by positively impacting the lives of children through education. He is passionate about providing support to students so they can reach their post secondary goals.

Letress Lucas, Dean of Students   

“It is never too late to be who you might have been." 


Ms. Lucas is a child of God!  She is also a mother and a Scorpio.  

Nicole Mack, Lead Teacher Case Manager

“The future of the world is in my classroom TODAY." 


Ms. Mack believes in “whole person” educating which is never ending, but always in progression. Ms. Mack has been an educator for over 9 years and has a passion outside of the classroom for poetry and music.

Nathan Martin, Lab Teacher


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.  

Timia McPherson, Data and Enrollment Coordinator 

"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Ghandi 


Mrs. McPherson's passions are God, her family, giraffes, and organizing!  She's a Spelman Woman fulfilling her choice to change the world.  

Nicole Moliere, History Teacher

"History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations." -- James Baldwin, 1965


Ms. Moliere is a writer and educator whose work has been featured in The Washington Post,, and New Orleans By New Orleans, a literary and visual art anthology celebrating the Crescent City.  Ms. Moliere is a native New Orleanian and an alumna of Louisiana State University (BA, Journalism, 1991) and Xavier University of Louisiana (MAT, 2020; EdD, Educational Leadership, 2023 anticipated).

Willie Morgan, Culture Dean

"Really what education does is it gives opportunity, but it also gives HOPE."


First & Foremost my name is Willie Morgan. I am a New Orleans native who loves Second Lines and Crawfish Boils. I'm honored to have an opportunity to work the amazing youth and staff that walk the halls of NOAH.

Derrick Paul, Operations Manager

"Helping one person might not change the world, but it can change the world for that one person."


Mr. Paul is a New Orleans native and he loves his city!  The food, Mardi Gras, the Saints and Pelicans, the people - these are just a few reasons why he is never leaving.  

Kemora Petway, Student Support Assistant 

"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else." 


Ms. Petway is loving, caring, and enjoys helping out with anything. Ms Petway is a great team player and a great mother.

Aiesha Pierre, Paraprofessional

"Different not less." 


Ms. Pierre is a wife and mother of 4. She has been working with the CBI class from the beginning. She has watched the program mature. Her goal is to give students with disabilities a reason and the ability to achieve greater success in life.

Tia Robertson, Social Emotional Learning Dean 

“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.

Elizabeth Rovnak, Math Teacher

"One for all and all for one." 


Ms. Rovnak loves cinema and singing.  Her door is always open, so feel free to stop by at any time. 

Sarah Ulm, Yoga and Art Teacher

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi


Ms. Ulm was born in Nashville, TN.  She recently moved back home after spending 2 years teaching and living abroad in Vietnam.  She loves to cook, create, and watch sunsets.  

Kelsey Taylor, STEM Coordinator 

"When you know better, you do better."


Ms. Taylor is highly motivated and very educated.  She is super sophisticated and ready for what God has in store for her! 

Dominique Taylor, Special Education Teacher

"If you can't fly then run. If you can run then walk. If you cant walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." -Dr Martin Luther King Jr.


Ms. Taylor is a native of Denver, Colorado.  She is passionate about her family, food, and the outdoors.  

Debra White, Front Office and Attendance Manager 

“Grow and go."


Ms. White loves herself and loves being herself!  She is rarely influenced by the outside that constantly try to make people change who they are.  

Shannon Wilson, Specialized Programs Coordinator 

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life time."


Ms. Wilson has been in education for 7 years. She enjoys working with students and seeing that little “light bulb” go off when they take ownership of their own knowledge.

Shante' Wise, Math and Science Teacher

"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.


Being a teacher is not what she does, it's who Ms. Wise is.  She plants the seed of knowledge that grows forever. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.