Staff Bios

  • Administration

    Erik Kelt- Principal
    Erik Kelt graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in business management and sports management. Realizing that education was his true passion, he went on to receive his Master’s degree in childhood education from Dowling College where he graduated with high honors. Erik came to New Orleans in the summer of 2008 to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and he never left. He has served students and families as a teacher, academic dean, and assistant principal. He graduated from multiple leadership programs including Leading Educators, Emerging Leaders, New Leaders, and is currently working on his dissertation for his Doctorate degree in Leadership and Curriculum from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  He is a level 2 certified educational leader and holds a teacher leader endorsement from the Louisiana Department of Education. He enjoys kayaking, fishing, sports, and playing with his two boys and new baby daughter. Currently in his sixth year at Chateau, Erik loves to celebrate our students when they show R.E.A.L. Community Values. He can be reached at Erik.Kelt@jpschools.org

    Dr. Renee' Hall-Baker - Assistant Principal
    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2018
    KDr. Renee Hall-Baker is a three-time graduate of the University of New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (English; 1999), a Master of Education (Language Arts; 2002), and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration (2006).  Renee began teaching in Jefferson Parish in 1999; she spent 11 years working with students in grades 6-12 and taught Reading, English, Language Arts, and Journalism.  Renee has also worked as a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator as well as a Professional Development Resource Teacher.  Dr. Hall-Baker has been an advisor for the National Technical Honors Society and a yearbook facilitator/editor. In addition to teaching, Renee is a published poet, freelance writer, educational consultant, doctoral mentor and NETA Certified Personal Trainer.  Her passion for education and fitness is infectious! Personally, Renee is the proud mother of four children and one grandchild.  She enjoys reading, teaching group exercise classes, traveling and spending time at home (movie nights) with family. She can be reached at Renee.Hall-Baker@jpschools.org

    Rachelle Louviere - Dean of Student Services
    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2019
    KRachelle Louviere graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in accounting in December 2010. However, despite her interest in business, Rachelle has always found joy in working with children and has years of job experience in a classroom setting. After working as an auditor for an accounting firm, she decided to fulfill her life-long dream of teaching. She went to the University of New Orleans to pursue her Master’s degree in early childhood education and graduated in May 2015. During her free time, Rachelle enjoys performing in and watching musical theater, travelling, painting, yoga, and spending time with her family, and friends. For Rachelle, learning has always been the gateway to an adventure, one that she is thrilled to take her students on. She believes that all children should have access to an education that is innovative, engaging, and inspiring. She agrees with William Butler Yeats who said, “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” She can be reached at Rachelle.Louviere@jpschools.org

     

    Office Staff


    Debbie Mammelli                  Secretary
    Lauri Zeringue                      Account Clerk
    Celese "CC" Bacon                Records Clerk

     

    Seventh and Eighth Grade

    Sarah Downs
    Sarah Downs is originally from Tennessee, she moved to Louisiana with her husband in February of 2019. This is her second year teaching, but her first year teaching at Chateau Estates. Mrs. Downs holds both a Bachelor’s degree (2017) and a Master’s degree (2018) in Secondary Education Mathematics (6th – 12th grade) from Tennessee Technological University. She enjoys reading, cooking/baking, and rock climbing in her free time and always looks forward to spending time with her family and friends. She can be reached at Sarah.Downs@jpschools.org

    Jennifer Grant
    Bio coming soon
    She can be reached at Jennifer.Grant@jpschools.org

    Raegan Rousselle
    Raegan Rousselle graduated from Louisiana State University. She has a Bachelors degree is in Elementary Education 1st- 8th grade all subject areas and has been teaching for 12 years. She also has been a Special Instructor with Early Steps working with children with disabilities. Raegan and her family began a Non-Profit Organization 6 years ago, named after her daughter, Kendyl’s Krusade. Kendyl’s Krusade has helped many families and their children with disabilities with medical expenses. During her free time she enjoys time with her family and says that there is never a dull moment at home. She has 5 children: 4 girls and 1 boy from ages 5 to 17 years old. She enjoys family vacations to the beach and visiting with family in Houston. Her most favorite time of the year is football season! She is a huge LSU & Saints fan and never misses a game. Raegan believes that, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” She is looking forward to a great year teaching 7th grade at Chateau Estates. She can be reached at Raegan.Rousselle@jpschools.org

    Angela Tillman
    Angela Tillman was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana.  She attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School on a full four year scholarship and graduated with honors.  She began her journey into the field of education at the University of New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education grades 1-8.  Angela has recently increased her certification to include English Language Arts grades 6-12.  She comes to you with many years of teaching experience in upper elementary and middle grades.  Mrs. Tillman enjoys spending time with her special needs son, husband, and three dogs.  She is also a huge Saints fan!  Who Dat!  Teaching has always been her passion, and she is looking forward to a fun-filled, successful year. She can be reached at Angela.Tillman@jpschools.org

     

     Sixth Grade

    Brooke Braun
    She can be reached at Brooke.Braun@jpschools.org

    Kala Pena
    Kala Pena is from Grant Parish, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana College with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2006. After graduating, she was a counselor and advocate for women, but soon realized that she wanted to do something else. She decided to return to school to become a certified teacher. She has been teaching since 2008. During her career as a teacher, she has taught elementary, middle school, and high school. This is her third year teaching at Chateau Estates. She also loves to travel. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys being outdoors with her children. She can be reached at Kala.Pena@jpschools.org

     

    Fifth Grade

    Hilary Briggs
    Bio coming soon
    She can be reached at Hilary.Briggs@jpschools.org

    Whitney Rodriguez
    Whitney Rodriguez was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana, where she currently lives. She attended St. Christopher Elementary School and Mount Carmel Academy. She lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she attended Louisiana State University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Grades 1-5 and has her Level 2 teaching certificate. She is currently enrolled in the Master's Program at UNO for Counselor Education. She taught 3rd grade at Woodland West in Harvey, Louisiana for three years. She then taught K-5 STEM classes at Audubon Elementary. She is excited to be teaching 5th grade Science and ELA at Chateau Estates. She believes that all children can learn and strives to promote a safe, fun, engaging learning environment. She loves coffee, walking at the park, reading and spending time with her two, new baby nieces and baby nephew. She can be reached at Whitney.Rodriguez@jpschools.org 

     

    Fourth Grade

    Kristin Ducote
    Bio coming soon
    She can be reached at Kristin.Ducote@jpschools.org

    Stephanie Durant
    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2013
    Stephanie Durant was born in Louisiana, and has attended both Southern University and Xavier University. She taught at Audubon Elementary School for two years, and has been teaching at Chateau Estates Elementary for over ten years. Prior to teaching, Stephanie lived in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she studied classical piano at the international music school, Engelbert Humperdinck Musikschule. While living in Germany, she experienced two history-making events: the breaking down of the Berlin wall and the explosion of Chernobyl in the Ukraine. She received a degree in General Studies at the University of Maryland European Division. Stephanie loves to travel, and has visited 3 continents, 11 countries and 21 states within the United States. Her goal is to travel to all seven continents. She also enjoys music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Stephanie has served as Department Chair, Sally Ride Coordinator, and a mentor teacher. Stephanie is currently part of the New Leaders Program and has her Black Belt in Common Core. In addition, she has been named Chateau Elementary’s 2013 Teacher of the Year! She can be reached at Stephanie.Durant@jpschools.org

    Katie Fitzsimmons
    Bio coming soon
    She can be reached at Katie.Fitzsimmons@jpschools.org

     

    Third Grade

    Kacey Albert
    Kacey Albert is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to Louisiana after high school. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2011 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Grades 1 - 5. This will be Kacey’s 10th year teaching. Her mission is to teach to instill a love for learning in all of her students. Her wish is that her students become life-long learners. Kacey has been married to her husband, Brent, for five years and together they have a beautiful two-year old daughter, Riley. This December, Kacey will be welcoming a baby girl. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, reading a good book, and watching Netflix. She can be reached at Kacey.Albert@jpschools.org

    Amber Crews
    Ms. Crews is excited to be teaching 3rd grade ELA/SS this year with the same students she had last year in 2nd grade! She graduated from Southeastern LA University with a degree in Elementary Education (1-8) and ESL certification. This will be her 4th year at Chateau Estates. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her children, Mia and Jason. She is looking forward to an amazing school year with the best, brightest, and greatest.  She can be reached at Amber.Crews@jpschools.org

    Heidi Guidry
    Mrs. Guidry was born and raised in Kenner, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from the University of New Orleans in December of 2009, where she received her Bachelor's degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education.   Since starting teaching in January 2010, Mrs. Guidry has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, as well as administering reading interventions to scholars in 1st-5th grades.  She is currently working on her mentor certification with NIET and the Louisiana Department of Education.  In her spare time, Mrs. Guidry enjoys spending time with her husband, stepson, and daughter, as well as the rest of her extended family.  She enjoys reading, fishing, taking bike rides to the lake, and swimming!  She is looking forward to a great year with her 3rd grade scholars at Chateau! She can be reached at Heidi.Guidry@jpschools.org

    Catherine Smith
    Catherine Smith graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She was born and raised in Denham Springs, but decided to move to New Orleans to be closer to family. This is her second year teaching at Chateau, and she is very excited to be teaching third grade!  In her free time, she can be found spending time with family, playing with her dog, or doing something outdoors. She can be reached at Catherine.Smith@jpschools.org

     

    Second Grade

     

    Leticia Guzman
    Leticia Guzman was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  She came to the US in 2007. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Human Environment Studies-Dietetics in 2013. She began her journey into the field of education at the University of New Orleans where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education grades 1-5. This is her first year at Chateau Estates Elementary. Leticia has been married to her husband, Edgar, for five years and together they have four beautiful children. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family. She can be reached at Leticia.Guzman@jpschools.org

    Amy Schellhaas
    Ms.Schellhaas was born and raised in Kenner, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2010, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology: Criminology with a minor in Psychology. The year after graduating she counseled low income students with disabilities. She furthered her education in 2011 to receive her teaching credentials and is licensed to teach Pre-K through 8th grade.  Since starting in the classroom in October of 2011, Ms. Schellhaas has worked as a Special Education Assistant, taught Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. She can be reached at Amy.Schellhaas@jpschools.org

    Blair Woods
    Blair Woods graduated from Nicholls State University in 2016 with a Bachelors in History. She previously taught 3rd and 4th grade Social Studies in her home town primary school. This is her 3rd year teaching at Chateau Estates. She's very excited about the upcoming year! In her spare time, she can be found playing with her puppy, spending time with her family, or planning another trip to Disney World. She can be reached at Heidi.Guidry@jpschools.org

     

    First Grade

    Anne Ehrhardt
    Anne Ehrhardt graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education. This is her 17th year teaching, but first at Chateau Estates.  For 12 years of her teaching career she has taught first grade.  When she is not teaching, she is at home with her husband and three children.  Enjoying time with her friends and family, reading and playing games is the way she likes to spend her time.  Anne is very excited to be a Chateau Estates Pelican! She can be reached at Anne.Ehrhardt@jppss.k12.la.us

    Rita Kent
    Mrs. Kent graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Teaching has always been a calling for Mrs. Kent ever since her early childhood days when she was inspired by so many wonderful teachers. She has always had an enthusiasm for knowledge and learning. As her dear mom would say, One thing no one can take away from you is your education. Teaching children with respect, love, enthusiasm, and incorporating in each child a love for learning has and continues to be Mrs. Kent's mission for all her students. Some of Mrs. Kent's most awesome and cherished moments are in the classroom when a students says "look Mrs. Kent, I can do this, I got it !! Those words and excitement in a child's eyes and smile like a light bulb just went on are the very rewards of teaching for Mrs. Kent. I believe all students are good, smart, and have their own unique talents . I love teaching at Chateau where the magic of learning takes place for every student and the students are encouraged to be the best they can be and become life-long learners. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my dear family and friends. I have a wonderful husband, Jerry,of 37 years marriage and we have six amazing children and their wonderful spouses, and four awesome grandchildren. Everyday spent with them  is never a dull moment in my life. Eating, laughing, just spending time together with such a large family is a party in itself. We also have our dear lab, Blaze. I treat my students as if they were my own children and grandchildren. I tell my students to reach for the stars, go for it, follow your dreams,you've got this!! In closing, everyday make way for a great day of learning in Mrs. Kent's class. She can be reached at Rita.Kent@jppss.k12.la.us

    Kyle Radish
    Mrs. Radish grew up in Ohio, and moved to New Orleans in high school. Subsequently, she graduated both NOCCA and Ben Franklin high schools. Because of these experiences, she is a firm believer in the vital importance of excellent public education. She has been teaching since 2003 and has been at Chateau Estates since 2019. She has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art and a Master's degree in Education in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in Gifted Education. She attended both UNO and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), which is her homeroom college. Mrs. Radish enjoys biking with her sons and husband, scouting, and reading long novels. She can be reached at Kyle.Radish@jpschools.org

    Shannon Stringer
    Shannon Stringer graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. During her time at UL she student taught in a first grade and second grade classroom. This is her second year teaching first grade at Chateau Estates. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  She is excited to be teaching first grade again and looks forward to a fun and productive school year! She can be reached at Shannon.Stringer@jppss.k12.la.us

     

    Kindergarten

    Katelyn Blanke
    Katelyn Blanke graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She graduated with the honor of Summa Cum Laude and received the Department of Curriculum and Instruction Faculty Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Education Major and the Academic Excellence Award. Katelyn completed her student teaching at Chateau Estates Elementary and has been teaching for 6 1/2 years. Currently, Katelyn is the Kindergarten department chair and a member of the school's Instructional Leadership Team. Katelyn enjoys watching her students learn and grow as they discover new things throughout the school year. She and her husband live in New Orleans and love their city. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys being with her family and friends, reading, playing volleyball, going bike riding, and playing board games. She can be reached at Katelyn.Blank@jpschools.org

    Virginia Guise
    Virginia Guise graduated from McNeese State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has taught Pre-K-3 thru 5th grades for the past 20 years. She loves teaching Kindergarten at Chateau Estates Elementary. Virginia currently serves as the 4-H coordinator. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, cooking, and visiting with friends.. She can be reached at Virginia.Walker@jpschools.org

    Jillian Hicks
    Jillian Hicks graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching for 7 years and is also certified in Early Childhood Education. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Hicks enjoys spending time with her family, going out to eat, reading, and gardening. She can be reached at Jillian.Hicks@jpschools.org

    Jennifer Wilson

    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2007
    Jennifer Wilson graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching at Chateau Estates Elementary for the past twenty-one years. Mrs. Wilson was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2007. She also has served as the PBIS Chairperson for the last fourteen years. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her husband, their six year old daughter, family and friends.  She also loves to read, travel and spend time at her family camp. Her vision statement is “A place where children feel safe, loved and are engaged in learning.” She can be reached at Jennifer.Wilson@jpschools.org

     

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Sarah Whelen
    Mrs. Sarah was born in Lake Charles, LA, and has also lived in The Woodlands, TX, San Diego, CA, and Baton Rouge, LA. She graduated from LSU with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011, and has enjoyed teaching since then! Her husband Chris is a native New Orleanian, and she is happy to share his love for our city. They enjoy spending time with their daughters Caroline and Camille, and playing with their dogs Millie and Jolie. Mrs. Sarah looks forward to getting to know all of you! She can be reached at Sarah.Whelen@jpschools.org

     

    Special Education

    Gil D'Aquin - Art
    Gil D’Aquin graduated from Our Lady of Holy Cross College with a Bachelor’s in Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1996. He studied fine arts at the University of New Orleans, and The New Orleans Art Institute. He has taught in the Jefferson Parish School System from 1997 till the present. He is an Itinerant Art Teacher in the Talented in Visual Arts Program. With his students, he enjoys designing and sculpting puppets,  masks,  fully formed three dimensional sculptures of animal heads and book characters using papier mache’, working in water color and acrylic paints, and producing pencil renderings of true life objects. From 1992 to 1996 he worked as a substitute teacher in Jefferson Parish Schools in order to gain teaching experience. In his spare time, he enjoys  spending time with family and friends, cabinet making, barn restoration, and furniture restoration using traditional hand tools. He has also worked as a printer, sign painter, and photographer. He can be reached at Gil.D'Aquin@jpschools.org

    Ashley Deeks
    Ashley Deeks was born in Mobile, Alabama and has lived in Metairie for most of her life. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of New Orleans in 2008. This is her third year teaching Special Education pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Teaching has always been her lifelong dream. Ashley is the chairperson for the United Way campaign. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and three dogs. She also loves the outdoors and art and crafts. Ashley is excited about the new school year and her awesome students. She can be reached at Ashley.Deeks@jpschools.org

    Michelle Morales
    Michelle Morales was born and raised in the New Orleans area. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from UNO in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in early child development and special education; she also has a minor in psychology. From the time she was young she always wanted to be a teacher, and in high school realized pure joy in working with special needs children. She was a para educator for 4 years, she decided to finish her Master’s degree and get certified at GCU. She has worked at Chateau Estates since 2015. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, throwing darts, and going fishing. She can be reached at Michelle.Morales@jpschools.org

    Sydney Mulnick - Gifted
    She can be reached at Sydney.Mulnick@jpschools.org

    Ghazala Naseer - Special Education
    Ghazala Naseer came to United States in 2010 with more than 20 years of teaching experience plus three additional years as Principal of Middle and High schools. She has a Masters Degree in English Language and Art from Pakistan and also a Bachelors degree in Education. She has been teaching English, Social Studies, and Art to fifth through twelfth graders. She has attended dozens of workshops and seminars during her long teaching career. As principal, she arranged and conducted more than 50 training workshops for the new teachers. She was one of the board members for interviewing and recruiting the teaching staff. She has been named teacher of the year five times between 2000 and 2010. She has also been an ESL teacher for regular and Special Education students. She knows three languages; English, Urdu, and Punjabi. She can also read Arabic. Teaching and learning is in her blood as both her parents were highly educated and served in education. She feels lucky to come from this background and is happy to continue the tradition. In 2010 she came to United States permanently and now hoping to continue her journey. She feels very lucky to work in special education at Chateau Estates School. Her goal is to get a teaching certification in Special Education and serve the children for the rest of her life. She is married, and in her spare time she read books and watches movies. She is a very good cook and likes to feed everyone. She also loves to design dresses from her native country and embellishing them with embroidery. She can be reached at Ghazala.Naseer@jpschools.org

    Victoria Santamaria
    Ms. Santamaria was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she received her Bachelors in Science for Elementary Education with a certification in Mild/Moderate Special Education. Ms. Santamaria did her student teaching at Chateau Estates Elementary where she gained first hand the experience needed to be an effective educator. In her spare time Ms. Santamaria enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Halley. She also enjoys reading, shopping, and cooking. She is looking forward to a great year with the faculty at Chateau and her new students! She can be reached at Victoria.Santamaria@jpschools.org

    Kim Thomas-Hall
    Kim Hall is an experienced Special Education Educator with a demonstrated history of working with students with disabilities. Skilled in Coaching, Educational Consulting, Lesson Planning, Educational Technology, and Instructional Design.  Kim is a strong educational services professional with a Master of Education (MEd) focused in Special Education and Elementary Education from Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge. With an educational career that has spanned over 20 years, Kim has assisted students with disabilities in Iberville Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, as well as Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised in South Louisiana, Kim is a mother of two children, Nyla (23) and Byron Jr. (21). She lives in New Orleans with her husband Byron, Nyla, and Mother-in-law, Celie Hall. Her hobbies include: crochet, knitting, photography and drawing. She can be reached at Kim.Thomas-Hall@jpschools.org

    Angela Williams
    Angela Williams received a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans where she also earned her Bachelor of General Studies degree.  Ms. Williams is a highly qualified educator who possesses over 15 years of experience in the field of education.  As a teacher in New Orleans public and charter schools, Ms. Williams served as grade level chairperson for 3rd and 4th grades, 504 coordinator, mentor teacher to new teachers, and after school program coordinator.  She holds Louisiana certification for grades 1-8. Prior to teaching elementary school, Ms. Williams taught preschool children for five years at the University of New Orleans Children’s Center. She also served as the center’s summer camp director for a year.  Ms. Williams is a life-long learner who continues to grow professionally each year. She has successfully completed training in educational programs such as Achievement Network, Achieve 3000 blended learning program, and Evans Newton Incorporated Target Teach.  Ms. Williams has also received professional development in Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) from Pearson Education, Inc., and instructional leadership training from Leading Educators, an organization that works to develop teacher-leaders in order to increase student achievement. Her vision statement is: My vision is all children can learn in order to become successful citizens in society. She can be reached at Angela.Williams@jpschools.org

     

    ESL

    Brittany Schiro
    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2014
    Brittany Schiro graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December of 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Brittany did her student teaching at Chateau and accepted a teaching position at the school in January, after graduation. In January of 2011, she enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana State University to complete her certification in English as a Second Language. Currently, Brittany is the ESL Coach.  Since October of 2011, Brittany has been the Title I Coordinator. She is also a member of the Instructional Leadership Team and the School Improvement Plan Committee. In her free time, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and two children, visiting with family and friends, traveling, and exploring new classroom ideas on Pinterest. She can be reached at Brittany.Schiro@jpschools.org

    Marla Southerland
    Marla Southerland graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in political science. She was born and raised in Texas but fell in love with New Orleans after visiting the city numerous times and decided to stay. This is her second year teaching at Chateau, and she is excited to embark on an amazing year of learning! In her free time, Marla enjoys being with family and friends, reading, hiking, and playing with her dogs Chip and Tootsie. She can be reached at Marla.Southerland@jpschools.org

     

    Physical Education

    Kellen Fitzsimmons
    Chateau Estates School Teacher of the Year 2015
    Kellen Murphy Fitzsimmons attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a proud member of Phi Mu Sorority. She graduated with honors from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, with a degree in Elementary Education. She was an assistant teacher at St. Michael’s Special School in New Orleans while working on her degree. Kellen taught 1st grade at Chateau Estates School for 5 ½ years and this is her sixth year teaching Health and Physical Education at Chateau Estates. Kellen is currently serving on the CATCH Team.  She enjoys playing tennis and fishing. She can be reached at Kellen.Fitzsimmons@jpschools.org

    Brodrick Hunter
    Broderick Hunter is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He attained his teaching certification from the University of Louisiana and Southern University at New Orleans. He began teaching in 1997 at Valena C. Jones in New Orleans.  In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit, he evacuated to Little Rock where he began teaching in the Little Rock School District.  During his tenure in Little Rock, Mr. Hunter attained his certification in Gifted and Talented Education, and became a Gifted and Talented Specialist. Looking to return home to Louisiana, Mr. Hunter moved to Lafayette where he began teaching 8th grade Math in the Lafayette School District.  After working in Lafayette for 3 years, Mr. Hunter decided to move back home to his beloved New Orleans and continued his teaching career here at Chateau. He can be reached at Broderick.Hunter@jpschools.org

    David Lavarine
    He can be reached at David.Lavarine@jpschools.org

    Kyle Stracke
    Kyle Stracke is a native of Kenner. He received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. This is his second year at Chateau Estates. In his free time, Kyle loves playing sports, reading and spending time with friends and family. He can be reached at Kyle.Stracke@jpschools.org

    Kimberly Stubbs
    Kim Stubbs has been teaching for 20+ years. She graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Coach Kim has been married for seventeen years to her wonderful husband Derek and they have twin boys. Peyton and Dylan are in 8th grade and enjoy all sports.  She also has a German Shepard named Mac. Their favorite family pastimes are going to Disney World, Universal Studios, the beach, and hiking in Arkansas.  She is an Arkansas native but loves living in Louisiana.  When not at school, she loves going to all of her boys’ football, basketball, baseball, and cabbage ball events. Coach Kim enjoys watching sports, especially the Saints, LSU, Pelicans, and Razorbacks.  She is enjoying getting to know all of her students, colleagues, and having a fabulous year! She can be reached at Kimberly.Stubbs@jpschools.org

     

    Professional Staff

    Nicole Cook-Ficaro - Counselor
    Nicole Cook-Ficaro was born and raised in Southeastern Indiana.  She came to New Orleans in 1999 where she attended college at the University of New Orleans earning a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a minor in Psychology.  Then she went on and earned a Master’s in Counseling Education.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana.  Nicole counseled at Cabrini High School in New Orleans for the first 11 years of her career and this is her second year at Chateau Estates. Nicole and her husband Jason have twins, Bevyn and Brayson.  Outside of school Nicole has a passion for supporting children and their families who have faced a cancer diagnosis, helping those who are coping with grief from the loss of a loved one, spending time with her family and pets, and she enjoys being outdoors. She can be reached at Nicole.Cook-Ficaro@jpschools.org

    Larry Cosse - School Resource Officer

    Bonnie Dupre - Speech
    Bonnie Dupre was born and raised in Kenner, and she graduated from LSU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and minors in Business and Psychology. She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2019 with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. As a child, Ms. Bonnie received speech therapy at Chateau Estates for many years. She has taught in Jefferson Parish Public School System since 2019. Ms. Dupre lives in Uptown New Orleans with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and practicing American Sign Language (ASL). She is looking forward to returning to Chateau for her second year! She can be reached at Bonnie.Dupre@jpschools.org

    Erica Gauthreaux - Library Media Specialist
    Erica Gauthreaux graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Business Administration.  She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, the Greek Leadership Honor Society - Order of Omega, and International Honor Society in the Field of Education - Kappa Delta Pi.  She has taught in various schools within the Jefferson Parish Public School System since 2004 and has served on various committees including the PBIS team, the ESL department’s Leadership Development Cohort, and has earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Promethean certificates. Mrs. Gauthreaux attained her English as a Second Language certification from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009, and her Library Science certificate from Northwestern State University in 2015. Mrs. Gauthreaux is currently serving as Chateau's Technology Coordinator, Webmaster, Parent-Teacher Organization Liaison, and Educational Programs Coordinator. She is highly qualified to teach English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Mrs. Gauthreaux lives in River Ridge with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints. She is very excited about spending another year at Chateau Estates School with her amazing students! She can be reached at Erica.Gauthreaux@jpschools.org

    Sarah Langley - Master Teacher 
    Sarah Langley graduated as valedictorian from Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette, LA. She attended LSU and CSULA but returned to her hometown to complete her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performing Arts-Theatre from UL-Lafayette, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Sarah co-founded a theatre company called the Riveters and still enjoys returning to Lafayette to support the local arts whenever possible.  While working at the World War II Museum, Sarah earned her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans with a 4.0 GPA. As a lover of learning, she was pulled to the world of education and earned certifications in ELA, Speech Communications, and Educational Leadership. Outside of work, Sarah loves to experience new foods and has recently  developed an enthusiasm for exercising to balance out her culinary passions. Sarah loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband of eight years, Lyle, and her daughters Mazi and Rosie. She’s proud to be a part of the Chateau team and live Ubuntu to its fullest. She can be reached at Sarah.Langley@jpschools.org

    Caroline Rhoades - Speech 
    She can be reached at Caroline.Rhoades@jpschools.org

     

    Para-Professionals

    Wendy Aguiluz- ESL
    Wendy Aguiluz was born in Honduras and moved to the United States when she was fourteen years old. She overcame a lot of obstacles while living here. She is an alumnus from Bass Memorial Academy. During her high school years she was on the honor roll and belonged to many clubs. When she began college she studied physical therapy but then discovered her passion was working with kids, while volunteering for Junior Achievement! This led her here to follow her dreams to become a child physiologist. This is her first year as an ESL Para-professional at Chateau Estates Elementary. In her spare time she likes to surf the internet, do Zumba, shop, and take care of her two beautiful children! She also has a side business making girl and boy clothing. She has been married to the love her life for fourteen years now! She loves her students and her staff! She can be reached at Wendy.Aguiluz@jpschools.org

    Emily Canizales - ESL
    She can be reached at Emily.Canizales@jpschools.org

    Dayanira Flores - ESL
    She can be reached at Dayanira.Flores@jpschools.org

    Nousheen Irfan - PreK Special Education
    Ms. Irfan has always been passionate about teaching as she believes it's a profession of utmost respect. She moved to New Orleans from Katy, Texas where she was a teacher in early education and enjoyed it thoroughly. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and education from Pakistan. Today, she is a proud mother of a daughter who is a lawyer and a son who is majoring in pre-med. She is bilingual and can speak and write both Urdu and English well. She feels lucky to belong to Chateau Estates School which values diversity and hard work. She loves to learn new things from her students as their young minds are filled with innovative ideas particularly technology in today's time. As a teacher, she feels it's her responsibility to provide students with the best understanding of not only class material but also other real life challenges they eventually have to face. In her free time, she loves reading fashion magazines, baking, shopping and spending time with her family. She can be reached at Nousheen.Irfan@jpschools.org

    Teresita Jaraplasan - PreK Special Education 
    She can be reached at Teresita.Jaraplasan@jpschools.org

    Parvanah Karimifard - PreK
    Ms. Parvanah graduated from Melli University of Tehran with a bachelor degree in Geology. She also earned a degree in child care as well as Fitness and Nutrition. She has worked in Jefferson Parish Public Schools for 16 years. She moved to US in 1989 and speaks Farsi, Dari, Turkish, and English. She is passionate about spending time with friends and family and traveling. She has already visited Wien, Istanbul, Frankfurt, London, Rome, Mexico, and Iran. She loves working with the kids because they are building our future. She can be reached at Parvanah.Karimifard@jpschools.org

    MaryAnn LeBlanc - Special Education
    Mary Ann has been a paraprofessional since the 2000. She has worked in first through fifth grades. She has two grown daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys gardening and bowling on a special needs bowling team. Mary loves visiting Ghana where her sister is the director of an orthopedic center that meets the needs of many children and adults. She is also enjoys being a Eucharistic Minister at a local church on Sunday evenings. She can be reached at Maryann.Leblanc@jpschools.org

    Carol Migliore - Special Education
    She can be reached at Carol.Migliore@jpschools.org

    Kathleen Rhodes - PreK Special Education 
    She can be reached at Kathleen.Rhodes@jpschools.org

    Patricia Pierce - PreK Special Education 
    She can be reached at Patricia.Pierce@jpschools.org

    Virginia Ramirez - ESL  
    She can be reached at Virginia.Ramirez@jpschools.org

    Jill Ripple - Special Education 
    Jill Ripple has been working as a para-educator for Chateau Estates School since March 2007.  She started in pre-kindergarten special education and now works with our moderate children. Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern University.  Jill is trained in Conscious Discipline, Common Core, Kagan, Diversity and Bullying, and Suicide Prevention.  She is the chair of the yearbook committee.  In Jill’s spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, Ryan, cuddle with her puppy, teach dancing, cheer on the Saints, and go to Disney World. She can be reached at Jill.Ripple@jpschools.org

    Chelsea Settle - Special Education 
    She can be reached at Chelsea.Settle@jpschools.org

    Andrea Thomas - Special Education 
    She can be reached at Andrea.Thomas@jpschools.org

    Danielle Tonguis - Special Education 
    Danielle is a para-educator who has been serving students at Chateau Estates Elementary School since September of 2010 and has been a Jefferson Parish Public School employee since November of 2008. She has an associate’s degree in Commercial Art. She has attended several workshops such as Conscious Discipline, Compass and Common Core, Bullying Prevention & Building Positive Relationships, to name a few. She has also attended training in CPR and Medicine. At Chateau Estates Elementary School, Danielle serves on the Yearbook Committee. She loves interacting with children and helping them learn new things. Being in a child’s learning environment is especially important to her. If given the opportunity, she would not change a thing about what she does every day for children! She can be reached at Danielle.Tonguis@jpschools.org

     

    Cafeteria Staff

    Mary Metz - Cafeteria Manager
    Sylvia Powell
    Bonnie Raines
    Sherrie Bell
    Nicole Nickerson
    Desiree Williams
    Ligia Martiez-Caballero

     

    Child Care/Monitors
     

    Celese Bacon
    Mary Metz
    Nedda Ibraheem
    Parvanah Karimfard
    Tina Miller
    Nolvia Barcelona
    Lucia Lino 

     

    Custodial Staff

    Jason Elliott - Plant Manager
    Lenchent Coleman -Assisstant Plant Manager
    Maria Caicedo
    Sylvia Barber
    Nolvia Barcelona