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MEET THE ENRICHED TEAM
We’re a team of doers, musicians and advocates. We’re math teachers, band-leaders and yoga instructors. We believe in community, creativity in education and the power of kids to change our world for the better.
Andre started Enriched Schools in 2012 to bring more enrichment and meaningful sub days to kids in New Orleans. In addition to setting vision and leading growth for Enriched, she still jumps in to guest educate and shout out amazing schools and educators on the community care hotline (although she’s not the only one anymore).
Andre is a Teach For America alumna, former English teacher and holds a double major from Barnard College, Columbia University. She enjoys hot boiled crawfish and running, slowly.
Lynda SurajbaliTalent Intake Coordinator New Yorker. ice cream lover. friend.
Lynda, an NYU graduate and native New Yorker, made her way from the “Big Apple” down to the “Big Easy” in the fall of 2014 after working in communications at CBS. On the human resources side at Enriched, she works diligently to ensure guest educator files are in tip-top shape and answer logistics questions from prospective applicants.
In her spare time, Lynda likes to hang out with friends, explore new sites in New Orleans and enjoy the rich cultural heritage that is the heartbeat of the Crescent City.
Sasha MunchakDirector of Finance and Operations dancer. organizer. health enthusiast. LinkedIn
Sasha is obsessed with consistency, organizing, and follow-through, and has worked in operations and management roles at various small businesses.
When she’s not coordinating the company’s behind-the-scenes, Sasha teaches children’s dance classes, and loves to read, cook, and listen to Broadway show tunes. She is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and has a marketing degree from Marywood University.
Steven is passionate about teaching the next generation that anything is possible, a message he shared for seven years as band director and advisor at UIC College Prep on the west side of Chicago. A highlight of Steven’s career came in 2014, when he was selected as a Fishman Prize winner for Superlative Classroom Practice.
When Steven is not teaching or building community at Enriched, he can be found spending time with his loving wife and enjoying the wonderful blessing of a life lived in service to God.
Alexandra hopes to help revolutionize the education system in the U.S. Before joining the Enriched team to manage communication between partners and guest educators nationwide as Community Care Specialist, she served as the administrative assistant at Dallas Montessori School in addition to supporting multiple public after-school programs across Texas.
Alex attended the University of North Texas, where she received her bachelor’s in Anthropology. She loves working to inspire a belief in children that learning is a tool they will use the rest of their life!
Silas EamesCommunity Care Coordinator Problem-solver. bookworm. sock collector.
Silas, a New Orleans native, studied philosophy at Tulane University and brought their talent for thoughtful problem-solving from education to advertising to hospitality, and they now work as a Community Care Coordinator on the hotlines for Enriched. They are a proud (if not very social) nonbinary advocate and were the founding VP of Tulane’s trans support group GES.
Silas enjoys reading about world mythology, playing video games, exploring their city and shopping—they collect socks, textiles and nail polish.
Grace NealOperations Assistant adventure-seeker. goofball. bookworm. LinkedIn
Grace joined Enriched Schools in 2018 to support the Operations and Human Resources Departments. It is her hope that she can deliver the best service possible to our guest educators so we can provide students with remarkable education all year round.
She holds a Communications Degree with a concentration in Public Relations from Mississippi State University. Grace’s passions include volunteering in her community, exploring National Parks and eating all the beignets she can.
Michelle AwadCommunity Care Coordinator wordsmith. dog mom. old soul. Instagram
Though a life-long Tennessee native, Michelle was reborn as a bright-eyed New Orleanian when she relocated to work at the Enriched HQ in beautiful NOLA in 2018. She received a BA in Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and hopes to publish a book of her own one day.
When she isn’t facilitating the presence of awesome guest educators in partner schools, you can find Michelle at City Park with her dog Eli, enjoying a perfect day at a corner cafe/bookshop or leaving morsels of poetry all around the city.
Christine CallisCommunity Care Coordinator mother. listener. sunshine lover. Twitter
Christine, a TFA alumna and MD native, taught seven years before joining the Community Care team, where she’s passionate about ensuring quality education to all kids and improving the way our substitute system works, inspired by her own experience with the negative impact of unqualified subs during two maternity leaves.
Christine holds a degree in Elementary Education from Frostburg State University and taught elementary school in 3 states. In her free time, she can be found at the park with her two young sons, walking her dogs on the canal or visiting with her giant extended family.
Kristen SmithDirector of Culture and Regional Support sister. adventurer. believer.
Kristen, a native Memphian, volunteered for 3 years in rural Kenya prior to becoming the Memphis Regional Manager with Enriched Schools. Kristen graduated from Hampton University and received her Masters in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.
In her spare time, she loves cooking organic meals, playing tennis and traveling to the far corners of the world.
Michael GeorgeChief Operating Officer educator. upstander. sports enthusiast.
Michael began his education career as a social studies teacher in Philadelphia. Before moving to New Orleans, he spent 9 years holding positions ranging from Educator to Dean of Students & Head Basketball Coach. Michael is also the co-founder of The Ghana Wisdom Foundation (now known as Project Wisdom) which is an education-focused, non-profit organization based in West Africa.
Michael has his undergraduate degree in secondary education and an MBA. When he’s not writing papers for his doctorate degree, you can find him rooting on his home team, the Eagles!
Katy Van de Putte
Katy Van de PutteCommunity Coordinator dreamer. learner. believer
Originally from Michigan, Katy has called New Orleans home since 2011. Throughout her history with New Orleans, she has spent time volunteering and working with local nonprofit organizations. Katy has vast experience working in and running after school programs and summer camps.
In her spare time, Katy enjoys cooking and baking in unreasonably large quantities. You can also find her devouring books in one of her many hammocks.
Jolian CollinsRecruitment Manager educator. community advocate. grammar nerd.
Memphis’ own Jolian spent seven years as an English Language Arts teacher before joining the Enriched family. While teaching, she discovered her true calling was coaching teachers. She became department lead, developed curriculum and served as an ACT prep coach. Now as Community Engagement Coordinator, she continues her mission in transforming the way people look at education.
When Jolian is not enriching, she loves going to concerts (especially local bands), trying out new restaurants and spending time laughing with family and friends.
Katie OliverDirector of Impact and Regional Support educator. mother. traveler.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Katie has worked for over 9 years in New Orleans as a tutor, math teacher, grade level chair, instructional coach and assistant principal. She believes in the power of educators and works to ensure that students have excellent instruction every day.
Katie is currently a graduate student in Educational Leadership and Administration at The George Washington University. When she is not busy with her schoolwork, you can find her with her family, traveling, listening to music and eating all of the delicious food in New Orleans.
Liz LillyCommunity Care Coordinator bookworm. crafter. nature-lover.
Elizabeth joined Enriched Schools in 2018 to take part in the movement to reimagine substitute teaching. She studied Creative Writing at Louisiana State University and is a member of the Community Care Coordination team, making matches between talented educators and the schools who need them. She feels so lucky to serve her community, practice her craft, and help facilitate learning every day.
In her free time, Elizabeth loves crafting, hiking, camping, doing yoga, and spending time with her loved ones (four-legged and two-legged alike)!
Matthew SorrelsAtlanta Community Manager helper. food lover. singer.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Matt developed an interest in education in 2015 during a summer internship with an after-school leadership development program in Atlanta. After graduating in 2016 from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics and Music, he taught high school math for two years in Atlanta through Teach for America.
In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with friends, singing in local choirs, and tuning in to cheer on his favorite Ohio sports teams.
Tess GardephePhiladelphia Regional Manager leader. optimist. friend.
Tess started her education career teaching middle school English in New Orleans. After teaching, Tess went on to work for the nonprofit NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), where she led teams and supported teachers and students first across New York City and then across the Philadelphia Metro area. She enjoyed watching students (and teachers!) activate their entrepreneurial mindset and become confident pitching their own original business ideas.
Tess is a Teach for America alumna, and holds a major in International Development, Health and Human Rights from New York University (NYU). Tess enjoys catching up with friends and family, exploring different restaurants and Philly establishments and traveling to other countries.
Susana CruzDallas Regional Manager Glitter Goddess. Passionate Yogi. Fearless Naturalist.
Susana attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where she played tennis, studied Criminal Justice and Social Work, and completed graduate studies in Professional Counseling. Since then, Susana has devoted her life to working with Social Services agencies and youth enrichment programs. She volunteers her time as a camp program developer for youth organizations serving burn survivors and children in the bereavement process.
When she isn’t working, she likes to stay active playing tennis, doing yoga, spreading glitter around the world, hugging trees, and hiking.
Allissa ImpinkIndianapolis Regional Manager Friend. Partner. Cheese and Cake Lover.
Allissa joined Enriched in 2019 to close instructional gaps in classrooms for students in the Indianapolis area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, English, and African American Studies from the University of Louisville, and also has a Masters in Community Psychology and a Masters in Teaching from Marian University. After working in the child welfare system for the Indiana Department of Child Services for eight years, she transitioned to the classroom by way of Teach for America.
Allissa resides in the “Circle City” with her loving husband Matt, daughter Alice, and dog Bailey. When she’s not working, Allissa enjoys frequenting local businesses, restaurants, and coffeehouses!
Candace ColbertLouisiana Community Coordinator Explorer. Dreamer. Burqueña.
Candace was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to New Orleans in 2016 to pursue a Master of Science in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. Combining her bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology and enthusiasm for working with youth, she is passionate about community-based spaces for youth empowerment.
Outside of the office, she enjoys working in her church’s children’s ministry, exploring the city, and eating lots of sweets.
Rachael MontzFinance Assistant hard worker. smiler. barre enthusiast.
Rachael, a native New Orleanian, holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University. Having previously held multiple positions in the education industry, she has plenty of knowledge and experience in the areas of finance, office management, and educational sales. Rachael is able to flex her accounting muscles as Finance Assistant, assisting the Headquarters team with all related matters. She loves being part of a team who shares the same passion for education, vision, and growth.
In her spare time, Rachael enjoys attending barre classes, going to festivals, and exploring new places in the city.
Jean Valjean Van de Putte
Jean Valjean Van de PutteChief Play Officer Energizer. Chewer. Smartie.
Valjean joined the Enriched family in January 2019 when he arrived at HQ in New Orleans by way of a Baton Rouge area rescue. A border collie/lab mix, Valjean brings loads of energy wherever he goes and loves to play. He has a passion for exuding joy and inviting others to feel great!
Valjean resides in New Orleans with his loving mother. When he’s not working, he’s running laps in the backyard and wondering how many chew toys is too many. Val loves playdates at the park and long walks along the river.
Airee SmithLouisiana Regional Manager Artist. Health Enthusiast. Mentor.
A Baton Rouge native, Airee found her passion early in life for education and science. She is a former high school science teacher and STEM coordinator. Life has brought Airee full circle as she hopes to use all of her experience to motivate and excite future educators.
In her spare time, Airee mentors high school youth, reads a book a week, and hits the gym daily!
Kyle MorrisRecruitment and Engagement Coordinator Edutainer. Conductor. Subwoofer
Kyle is a former history teacher, dean of students, and site coordinator who has always loved education but hated school. He found the classroom to be restrictive, and he would often get in trouble for being the class clown. He eventually found a way to infuse entertainment and education, so young learners can be free. His mission is to creatively educates and inspires people through art, entertainment, and fashion while connecting them to opportunities to better themselves and their communities. Kyle founded a non-profit in Philadelphia with the same mission.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cheyney University in Mass Communication, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Lincoln University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Temple University.
Aaron YoungbloodMemphis Regional Manager Organizer. Innovator. Friend.
A native of the Memphis area, Aaron has served in a variety of roles in the city including elementary school teacher, nonprofit manager, summer camp director, community organizer, and consultant. Aaron studied Political Science at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Memphis. He joined Enriched Schools in 2018 as a Guest Educator and later accepted the role of Guest Educator Coach.
In his spare time, Aaron enjoys clowning around with family & friends, learning about the latest tech, watching movies and tv shows, and keeping up with legislative happenings and politics at every level.
Philip DornNational Director of Coaching Educator. Leader. Communicator.
In 2013, Philip moved to New Orleans to work as a 4th-6th grade Social Studies teacher. Over the next six years he worked as a School Leader, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Designer, AP Teacher, and Lead Teacher for K-12 schools in New Orleans. He believes strongly in the power of education and is motivated to support all teachers in providing the best instruction for students every single day.
Philip is a 2013 Teach For America alumna, RELAY National Principal Fellow, and holds a double major in History and Philosophy from Manhattan College. When he is not busy, you can find him creating playlists on Spotify, searching for the perfect cup of coffee, or hanging out with his dog, Polly.
Jalonna KearneyAtlanta Regional Manager Life Learner. Bargain Shopper. Food Enthusiast.
Born and raised on the Northside of Atlanta, Jalonna spent 4 years teaching math in Gwinnett County after earning her Bachelor’s degree as a double major in math and education from Clemson University (she was also a member of the All-Girl cheerleading squad for 4 years). She earned her Master’s of Education in Instructional Design at the University of Georgia while teaching for 3 more years in New Orleans East. Jalonna enjoys all things Atlanta (especially the sports) and wants to shift the way education is approached in her community. Her ultimate desire is to bridge the gap between great people and opportunities to impact students’ lives.
When Jalonna is not enriching, she loves experiencing new foods at local festivals, extreme couponing, and spending time hanging out with family, friends and her fur baby Simba.
Nehemie VillarceauBrooklyn Regional Manager Strategist. Achiever. Encourager.
A native New Yorker, Nehemie started her education career as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. In her time as an educator she served in different roles ranging from classroom teacher to school operations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University.
In her spare time you can find her indulging in Caribbean food, spending time with family and friends, and catching up on the latest fashion and beauty trends.
Darius MunchakDirector of Special Projects Dad. Dog Walker. Doer.
Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Darius has nine years of school finance & operations experience. He strives to find operational efficiencies in all aspects of work and life and is committed to following in his sister’s footsteps at Enriched.
Darius earned a Master’s in Public Service from DePaul University and an undergraduate degree from Tulane University.
When not knee-deep in a spreadsheet at Enriched, he can usually be found near water with his wife and daughter or torturing himself as a Cleveland Indians fan.
Kaysee DonathanCommunity Care Coordinator Plant Mom. Dancer. Writer.
Born in Baton Rouge and raised in Florida, Kaysee returned to Louisiana in 2017 after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in English and Human Rights. Before working on the Enriched team, she served a year in a New Orleans’ classroom as a City Year Corps Member and then at youth-writing nonprofit, 826 New Orleans. Passionate about education reform and equity, Kaysee hopes to continue working toward making learning a safer and more equitable experience for all students.
When she isn’t at Enriched, she teaches children’s dance classes at a local studio, shops for plants, and gazes longingly at all the New Orleans street cats.