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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, inspired by her own experiences as a former high school teacher and student in an arts-focused public school. Her bold vision quickly caught on, sparking a national movement to reimagine substitute teaching. Andre has been involved in every aspect of Enriched over the course its successful growth, and serves as a passionate champion to mobilize everyone she meets to sign up and teach (or refer someone amazing) so that schools have access to high-quality, diverse talent pipelines.
Andre is a Teach For America alumna, 2x start-up founder and holds a double major from Barnard College, Columbia University. She believes in young people, social entrepreneurship and the power of education to change the world.
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.
Mandi LehnherrChief Operations Officer learner. leader. cat lady.
Mandi has spent her career working for educational equity through a variety of roles and began her career as a special education teacher in New Orleans. Seeking to understand different educational perspectives, Mandi moved to Budapest, Hungary to work at an international school and worked on short-term education assignments in Bangladesh, Slovakia, and Malaysia. Mandi also currently serves on the Living School Board of Directors.
A lifelong learner, Mandi holds a B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Learning from George Washington University and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
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.
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.
Kethzy PachecoCommunity Assistant proud Latina. observer. animal lover.
Kethzy earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans. She’s always wanted to work with children, and is excited to work at Enriched to help improve kids’ experiences in schools across the country. She believes great teachers have the influence to help great kids become great adults.
During her free time, Kethzy likes to try new foods, explore new places, and spend time with loved ones. She’s also strangely obsessed with her dog, Mia.
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 earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration at The George Washington University. In her spare time, you can find her with her family, traveling, listening to music, and eating all of the delicious food in New Orleans.
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. Tess enjoys catching up with friends and family, exploring different restaurants and Philly establishments, and traveling to other countries.
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.
Liz GoreCommunity Care Coordinator Photographer. Mom. Plant-lover.
Liz is from New Orleans (Bvlbancha) and was a Theatre and Film teacher for over 10 years. During that time, they discovered their passion for supporting teachers by becoming a union representative for the Jefferson Federation of Teachers and received their certification as a Restorative Practices Facilitator. They believe that the first step to improving the education system is by strengthening the connections in the classroom.
Liz holds several welding certifications from Delgado Community College and majored in Film, Theatre and Communication Arts at the University of New Orleans. In their spare time, they enjoy picnics with their family and finding the best Vietnamese iced coffee in the city.
Chloe BrookingsRecruitment Assistant Confidant. Entrepreneur. Musician.
Chloe grew up in North Louisiana and South Georgia before moving to New Orleans. She studied History and Psychology, and was a worship leader once upon a time! Chloe enjoys music, history-inspired television, traveling and just about anything outdoors. When she’s not chatting with potential GEs, you can find her spending quality time with her family and friends, playing with her beloved Australian Shepard or grabbing a craft brew or coffee.
Chloe loves working at Enriched because she loves connecting with people and hopes to make a positive impact in their lives.
Riley HamburgRecruitment Assistant Music Lover. Bookworm. Weirdo.
Riley is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University. Having recently received her undergraduate degree in Management and English, she is excited to be a new member of the Enriched Schools team. With experience assisting in early childhood education, Riley is passionate about equal opportunities to high quality education.
Riley loves to read and write, and a couple of her favorite books are Lonesome Dove and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In her free time she enjoys attending live concerts, or you can find her at home watching her favorite comfort movie, The Big Chill.
Emily PaxtonCommunity Assistant Thinker. Traveller. Cat Mom.
While originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Emily is excited to live in the Southern end of the state. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Northwestern State University and her master’s degree in American Literature from the University of New Orleans. She has spent a lot of time tutoring kids, and is excited to be working towards a better education for children in a new capacity.
Emily doesn’t shy away from new experiences and is working to fill her passport with stamps from around the world. In her free time she enjoys cooking (and eating) Asian-inspired dishes, exploring the many plant nurseries in the city, and kayaking on Bayou St. John.