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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.

Lawrence Dorsey, Dean of Students 

“Cloudy minds equal slow feet." 

Mr. Dorsey really enjoys interacting with all stakeholders regardless of the situation. This allows everyone the opportunity to build better relationships or improve on current ones. The most rewarding outcome is when someone thanks you for being able to see they played apart in the issue but appreciated the space to repair and fix the issues.

Alonzo Garcia, Teacher Case Manager 

“Do what you know." 

Mr. Garcia is a language teacher, and he is from Arizona. 

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

Nancy Striggs, Science Teacher

"I enjoy seeing students who hate the science, realize that they love it." 


Ms. Striggs is a lifelong educator and a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge. 

Renee Tervalon, Teacher Case Manager

“All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.” ― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower


Ms. Tervalon is a NOLA native who loves to learn, and inspire others to learn, too. She also loves to read and cook. Her favorite authors include Zora Neale Hurston, Roxane Gay, Nikki Giovanni.

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.  

Indie Wrytes, Transition Coordinator  

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglas


Ms. Wrytes is a mother, and a writer. 

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.