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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.

Alicia Henderson, Director of Student Support

"Be soft" - by Vonnegut

Mrs. Henderson is the Director of Student Support who manages the special populations teams at NOAH. Previously Alicia  worked for RAHS for 6 school years making sure students had the tools to be successful no matter what the perceived barrier. Alicia became enchanted with New Orleans education while in law school at Tulane. She is an a proud dog mama and bookworm. 

Isaac Johnson, Director of Culture  

“Change kids lives." 

Mr. Johnson loves helping kids to achieve their goals, and bringing the best out of them. 

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.

Cassandra Chambers, Mental Health Counselor

“I go before you to prepare."  

Ms. Chambers is currently pursuing her PhD, and doing what she loves, serving the students of NOAH. 

Lakesha Beauchamp, Humanities Coordinator 

“All students can be successful when given the right support and environment.”

Education gives Ms. Beauchamp life!  Her students give her energy. 

Brittney Debnam, Math Teacher

“Education is the one thing that cannot be taken from you." 

Ms. Debnam joined NOAH (formerly RAHS) in the 2017-18 school year. She is originally from Oregon, and moved to New Orleans in 2014 from New York. She loves teaching, math, and bad jokes (especially math jokes).

Lesley DeMartin, Mental Health Counselor

As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time." - Fred Rogers

Mrs. DeMartin, LPC received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors from Loyola University New Orleans. Ms. DeMartin has been with RAHS since 2016 and has been providing mental health services in the New Orleans for over six years. When she's not with her students, you can find her singing with the New Orleans Opera chorus!

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.  

Nai Moore, English Teacher

“Everyday is a new opportunity for you to be who you want to be!" 


Ms. Moore believes that everyone has the potential to succeed! We do not do easy. We do excellent!

Gabrielle Mosley, Social Studies Teacher

Art is fundamental to human development" -Phylicia Rashad


Ms. Mosley is from Memphis, TN. She graduated from the University of Memphis. She currently attends LSU, and she loves being a historian!

Jennifer O'Dell, Science Teacher 


Ms. O'Dell holds a BS in Geology from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Education from University of Phoenix. She started working with at risk youth in 2003 after working in a chemistry lab at The University of Arizona and since then has held a variety of roles in schools.  In her spare time, she runs her own small business called Lost & Found Friends that is focused on breeding and showing fancy chickens, sustainable backyard agriculture, and animal rescue. She just moved to New Orleans after living in Tucson, AZ for 25 years and is excited to be a part of this amazing school, city, and culture. 

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.