Board Of Directors

Board Meetings: The Citizens’ Committee for Education is the governing board of the Homer A Plessy Community School. It meets on the first Monday of every even month, and meetings are held in the school's library at 721 St. Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Board meetings are open to the public. 

Review the FY 2018-19 Proposed Budget here.

For upcoming meetings and to review prior documents, access the Board Portal.

Contact the board directly by emailing Alicia Bendana, Board President, alicia.bendana@plessyschool.org.

 

 

2018-2019 Homer A. Plessy Community School Board of Directors

Alicia Bendana, Of Counsel, Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, LLP, President

Chris O'Neil, University Medical Center New Orleans, Vice President

Erin Tooher, PhD Canidate/Researcher at University of New Mexico,  Secretary

Alex Turvy, Business Operations Manager, KIPP Leadership Primary, Treasurer

Karel Sloane-Boekbinder-Parent, Sarah DeBacher, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Klassi Duncan, Director, Women's Business Resource Center- Urban League, Chandler Nutik- Executive Director, Community Works of Louisiana, and Tiffany Smith- Associate Attorney, Leake & Andersson, LLP

 

 

Leadership Team and Administration Staff

 

Meghan Raychaudhuri, Head of School

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Ms. Meghan Raychaudhuri graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in public policy and economics.  She has a law degree from Tulane University and an LLM in tax from Villanova University.  Meghan is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  After several years practicing law, she served as a tax and economic fellow to United States Senator Tom Carper of Delaware and served a limited duration appointment as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Oregon.  In 2013, Meghan returned to New Orleans where she worked for the Recovery School District and Firstline Schools.  

*Please direct all requests for public records to: Meghan Raychaudhuri, Head of School, ACT 654

Contact Meghan Raychaudhuri at meghan@plessyschool.org

 
 

Adam Campagna, Director of Student Support

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Mr. Adam Campagna has lived in New Orleans since 1999, and began his education career as a science and math teacher at New Orleans Charter Middle School in 2002.  Since then he has filled many roles in the educational community, often focusing on student support needs, and most recently focused on Special Education as a Special Education Coordinator.  Adam is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, has been trained and certified in various fields, and considers the education of his community his lifelong mission. Outside of school, Adam is a professional musician and plays various instruments in multiple bands, ensembles, and in recording sessions.

 

Julie Hanks, Director Of Development And Communications

Ms. Julie Hanks is the Development Director for Homer A. Plessy Community School. Working within a school requires that she wears many different ‘hats’ throughout the day. Her primary role is grant writing and  fundraising while also managing communications for the organization through public relations, social media, marketing and community outreach.  Julie is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. She lives in Lakeview with her husband, daughter and menagerie of pets. When not gardening or reading, Julie loves following baseball, especially the San Francisco Giants.    

Contact Julie Hanks at julie.hanks@plessyschool.org

 

 

Kenya Hill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Kenya Hill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She received her Master's in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Kenya taught for 7 years in Charlotte, 4 of which were spent incorporating art and STEM based activities into academic curriculum. She relocated with her family to New Orleans in 2014. During her time in the classroom, Kenya has written curriculum as well as coached and given feedback to teachers. In addition, she was a Fellow in the first cohort of teachers selected to participate in the Personalized Learning Fellowship in partnership with New Schools for New Orleans, with a focus on project based learning. When Kenya's not working to provide a well rounded education for students, she can be found dancing with the NOLA Nyxettes, a Mardi Gras dance troupe. You can catch her high kicking her way down St. Charles Avenue during Carnival season!

 

Molly Trudeau, Director of Arts Integration

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Kristen Collier, Data Manager

 

Ms. Kristen Collier grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Presbyterian College. She and her husband have lived in New Orleans since 2003 and have two elementary age boys. Prior to Hurricane Katrina (and shortly after), Kristen worked with Desire Street Ministries. Along with being Plessy's Office Manager, Kristen volunteers with the After-School Program at St. Roch Community Church.

Tiffany Hammond, Building Operations

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Velma Rankins, Parent Liaison 

Velma Rankins was born in California, but raised and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Mc Donogh #35 Senior High School and studied at University of New Orleans (Concentration in Studio Art Painting).  Velma is Plessy School's Parent Liaison and is bilingual (English-Spanish). This is Velma's 4th year as a Plessy parent, and in her free time,  she enjoys exploring the city for good Latin cuisine and taking pictures of public art. Velma is looking forward to working with the families at Homer Plessy to make their education experience a positive one.

 

Morgan Fry, Social Worker

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Ms. Morgan Fry grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and received her bachelors in social work from Kansas State University. She moved to New Orleans fiveyears ago to complete a service term with AmeriCorps, where she began working in New Orleans schools. Morgan earner her masters in social work from Tulane in 2015 and then began working for the Recovery School District. Morgan is so excited for the coming year at Plessy! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her cat, spending time outdoors and exploring the city. 

 

James Jordan, Return to Intervention Specialist

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Randall Montgomery, Dean of Student Behavior

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Instructional Staff

 

Brittany Ford, PreK 4 Teacher

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Lisa Bush, PreK 4 Teacher

Ms. Lisa Bush was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended public schools where she graduated from McDonough 35 College Preparatory High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Masters in Education, and is currently pursuing a Post Baccalaureate in Child Development & Family Studies from Southern University at New Orleans.  Her talent is sewing and other interests include cooking, gardening, walking, dancing, reading, traveling, counseling/mentoring, and volunteering for causes and events.  

 

 

 

Heather McIntosh, PreK 4 Teaching Assistant

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Ms. Heather McIntosh and her husband moved to New Orleans from Ontario, Canada in 2008.  She is a graduate of George Brown College in Toronto. Before joining the Plessy team, Ms. Mc, as she's affectionately called,  worked as a 2nd grade teaching assistant and as a special education teaching assisstant on the Westbank.  She is excited to be at a school in her 7th Ward neighborhood as part of the Homer A. Plessy Community School family.  

 

 

Keirshanna Gilson, PreK 4 Teaching Assistant

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Amie Benson, Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Amie Benson graduated, with honors, from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in Multi-Disciplinary, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in English.  After briefly teaching Pre-K3 in Metairie, she began teaching arts-integrated Kindergarten on the West Bank.  Amie is excited to be teaching Kindergarten in the 7th Ward at Homer A. Plessy Community School (it's so close to her home in the Treme!) and is thrilled to put her artistic skills to good use in the classroom in the form of enriching and engaging projects for her students.  Outside of the classroom, Amie loves reading, painting, dancing at Second Lines, watching the Saints, and any excuse to create and wear ridiculous costumes!

 

Kyle Radish, Kindergarten Teacher

Kyle Radish graduated from both Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, and consequently believes strongly in excellent public education. She attended the University of New Orleans and earned her B.A. in Sculpture, her Post-Baccalaureate certification in Early Childhood Education, and her Master's degree also in Early Childhood with a concentration in Gifted Education. She has been teaching since 2003. 

 

Alexa Oliver, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

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Berlyn York, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

After almost 20 years of moving around the US as a military family, Ms. Berlyn found herself in New Orleans.  She immediately fell madly in love with it, and made it her forever home. She is the proud mother of 4 daughters (2 grown and 2 still growing) 2 dogs, and her best friend Marley her pot belly pig.  Ms. Berlyn made her mark in Treme where she lives with a successful bakery and custom desert business which allowed her the time to volunteer at her children's schools as room parent and aid.  After coming to Plessy with her youngest child, she realized that her real joy was in Kindergarten.  So, after 15 years of volunteering- she closed the bakery and made education her career.   

 

Abby Dickinson, 1st Grade Teacher

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Lillie Weidner, 1st Grade Teacher

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Sarine Fletcher, 2nd Grade, Math Teacher

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Brooke Falgout, 2nd Grade, ELA and Social Studies Teacher

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Jeff Payne, 3rd Grade, ELA and Social StudiesTeacher

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Staci Simms, 3rd Grade, Math Teacher

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Lori Jones, 4th Grade, ELA and Social Studies Teacher

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Lori Jones is a native New Orleanian.  She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications from Xavier University New Orleans, and a Post Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education from Southern University New Orleans.  She has over 11 years experience teaching in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.  Lori is a passionate teacher who believes the best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book, and is thrilled to be a part of the Homer Plessy family.

 

Faith Steptore, 4th Grade, Math Teacher

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Kelly Watson, 5th Grade, ELA and Social Studies Teacher

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Sushma Vishnubhotla, 5th Grade, Math Teacher

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Andrew Krasvanage, 6th/7th Grade, ELA & Social Studies Teacher

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Josh Capdeville, 6th/7th Grade, Science Teacher

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Nikita Johnson, 6th/7th Grade, Math Teacher

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Sharon Green, Instructional Assistant

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Niamiah Sylvester, Physical Education Coach

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Caroline Coakley, Special Education Teacher Coordinator

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Andrea Arellano, Special Education Teacher

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Amy Hutchinson, Interventionist/ SPED Teacher

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Amy Hutchinson grew up in Atlanta, GA and moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2016. She graduated from Georgia State University with concentrations in Early Childhood and Special Education. Before moving to New Orleans, she taught Special Education while co-teaching in Montessori classrooms for three years. Amy has also worked as an ABA therapist for children with Autism in the school and clinic settings. She is passionate about supporting students with special needs and helping them reach their full potential. She also worked as a Crisis Counselor through a service called Crisis Text Line, where users text anonymously about a personal situation they are experiencing and seek help overcoming. In her free time, Amy loves exploring New Orleans on her bike, doing yoga, taking her Greyhound on long walks, traveling, and seeing live music. 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Davey, Interventionist

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Lilly Darche, Reading Specialist and Gifted Teacher

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Erica Burjek, ESL Teacher 

Erica Burjek moved to New Orleans from Chicago to go to Tulane University, where she studied Spanish and International Development and later went on to get her teaching certification in elementary education.  This is her 4th year teaching in New Orleans but her 1st year at Plessy, and she loves how creative and insightful the our students are.  Outside of school you can find her teaching yoga or tap dancing in Mardi Gras parades!  

 

Arts Department

 

Kate Withrow, Violin Teacher

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Frederick George, Music Teacher

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Brianna Hill, Art Teacher

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Nati Hardin, Theatre Teacher

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