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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 organizer. dancer. health enthusiast. LinkedIn
Sasha is obsessed with consistency, follow-through and organizing. After learning to adore logistics at the American Dance Festival, she worked in operations and management at various small businesses.
When she’s not crunching numbers and coordinating the company’s behind-the-scenes, Sasha teaches children’s dance classes, and loves to cook, read and listen to Broadway showtunes. She is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and has a marketing degree from Marywood University.
Zaia, a native Ohioan and TFA alumna, has been in the education field for seven years. She received her Masters of Public Policy from Vanderbilt University in 2015 and taught 7th grade math at STEM Prep Academy before joining Enriched to help educator colleagues across TN.
Zaia holds an education degree from Heidelberg University, a little known liberal arts college most famously known for having the 2nd worst school mascot. She became a total math nerd thanks to all-girls math camp in 7th grade.
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.
Nhandi is responsible for growing the DMV community of guest educators. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year, where she provided more than 1700 hours of service as a co-teacher, mentor and role model. Prior to City Year, Nhandi earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Georgia Southern University.
Nhandi is currently a graduate student at American University studying Education Policy and Leadership. She enjoys superhero movies, eating Haitian food and volunteering in her community.
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!
David MillerTalent and Recruitment Coordinator carpenter. comedian. explorer. Twitter
David is a Jersey-bred, DC enthusiast with a heart for active learning. At Enriched, he works closely with Nhandi to grow the DMV community guest educators and enjoys getting in classrooms himself (especially to teach step) any chance he gets. Previously, David spearheaded the middle school after-school academy at Chavez Parkside with Higher Achievement.
David is a proud Howard University alumnus where he focused on History and Poli-sci. When he’s not making an impact on youth, you can find him enjoying the local music scene, kicking a soccer ball and laughing with friends.
Avery EamesCommunity Care Coordinator Problem-solver. bookworm. sock collector.
Avery, 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.
Avery enjoys reading about world mythology, playing video games, exploring their city and shopping—they collect socks, textiles and nail polish.
Jalisa WrightCommunity Care Coordinator writer. techie. wanderluster.
Jalisa brings her passion for all things communication and digital to her work as Community Care Coordinator. Before joining the CC team, she served as a middle school teacher and eLearn instructor at Delgado Community College.
A Brooklyn native, Jalisa has her bachelor’s in writing and philosophy from Syracuse University. She enjoys exploring festivals, coffee shops and hidden gems around her new hometown of New Orleans. Ask her about soca jams and good vegan eats.
Grace NealOperations Assistant adventure-seeker. goofball. book-worm 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.
Darla’s from rural Jersey where she learned early on that where a child is born greatly impacts their life’s outcomes. Motivated to change this, Darla launched the first Enriched expansion site and now serves as Executive Director of the Northeast, where she manages growth across the DMV in addition to helping lead impact nationwide.
Previously, Darla lead alumni affairs at College Summit and was a teacher for four years with Teach For America. She holds a bachelor’s from University of Maryland and a Masters of Education from American University. Darla enjoys making DIY skincare products, bike riding and traveling.
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.
Desiree RiosDFW Regional Manager advocate. educator. leader. LinkedIn
Desiree taught special education in the Las Vegas Valley before serving as Regional Manager in her hometown of Dallas, TX. Her commitment to education has taken her across the country where she’s worked as a court appointed special advocate, policy researcher and founding guest educator in DFW.
Desiree is a proud 6th generation Texan, pug mom and UT Longhorn. She loves experimenting with delicious plant-based recipes and enjoying the sunset after a bike ride at White Rock Lake.
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.
Taylor LoftleyCommunity Engagement and Recruitment Coordinator
“Taylor” Loftley is an Atlanta native who made Nashville his second home. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2012, Taylor gained diverse experiences in consulting, marketing and coordinating music events to combat unhealthy behaviors amongst teenagers.
In his spare time, Taylor enjoys getting out in nature, spending time with family and friends, and making music at home. As an avid music lover, he wants to use this passion to inspire and instill confidence in the youth, empowering them to make great choices.