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Photo of Stephani Kammer-Taylor Stephani Kammer-Taylor Dance Instructor | Jazz & Hip Hop

Stephani Kammer-Taylor resides in New Orleans as a professional instructor and choreographer.  After earning her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University, Stephani began her professional career in New York appearing in regional theaters, industrials, and prime time television.  Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Stephani would begin her extensive working relationship with Janet Jackson.…

Photo of Adam Karlin Adam Karlin 9th Grade Humanities
Photo of Pauline Kibby Pauline Kibby 9-12th Grade Languages
Photo of Dr. Kate Kokontis Dr. Kate Kokontis 11th Grade Humanities

Dr. Kate Kokontis (Integrated Humanities) is the Chair of Integrated Humanities and a Founding Faculty member of NOCCA’s Academic Studio. She earned her B.A. from Yale, a post-baccalaureate certificate in painting from the SACI College of Art and Design-Florence, and her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from U.C. Berkeley. Additionally at NOCCA, Kate co-chairs the Equity Committee and has been involved in many collaborative projects with her colleagues in other disciplines.…

Michael Lee Substitute Humanities
Photo of Byron Lilly Byron Lilly 12th Grade Humanities

Mr. Byron Lilly (History and Social Studies) moved to New Orleans in 2003, following a two-year commitment to the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA (2001) and a Master’s Degree in U.S. History from Tulane University (2009), where he is currently a interdisciplinary doctoral candidate.  …

Anh Luu Artist-Faculty: Viet-Cajun Cuisine
Photo of Lauren Malara Lauren Malara Drama Faculty: Comedy Studies

Lauren Malara is a proud alum of NOCCA, The Theatre School at DePaul University, and The Second City. Lauren in the funniest Person in New Orleans. Seriously, she won a stand-up contest where she was awarded that title. She then added some levity to a NPR podcast called Life Raft, a regional Edward R. Murrow award winner.

Photo of Heidi Malnar Heidi Malnar Dance Instructor | Tap, Yoga

Heidi Malnar is an Emmy Award and two-time Big Easy Award winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She is the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap– New Orleans’ Premier Rhythm Tap Company; whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form in the birthplace of jazz.

Currently teaching in the dance and musical theatre departments at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago.…

Photo of Dr. Ted Marks Dr. Ted Marks 11th Grade Sciences
Photo of Ronnie McCray Ronnie McCray Maintenance Repairer Master
Photo of Kesha McKey Kesha McKey Director of the Arts

Kesha McKey is beginning her 18th year at NOCCA and has deep roots in NOCCA’s creative history, starting as an alum from the Dance Department, and later as a part of the Dance Faculty, the Dance Department Chair and currently as the Director of Arts. Kesha is a skilled performing artist, choreographer and educator born and raised in New Orleans and has served the New Orleans community as an art educator and culture bearer for over 25 years.…

Photo of Dr. Kimberly Mighell Dr. Kimberly Mighell 9th Grade Sciences
Photo of Lara Naughton Lara Naughton College Counselor

Lara Naughton has taught students K-12 as well as adults. As a writer and documentarian, she assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories, and has led writing classes with people who have faced challenging circumstances, including homelessness, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, and founder of the Compassion Program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, LA.…

Photo of Dr. Kit Nelson Dr. Kit Nelson Director of Academic Studio

Kit has been a part of the NOCCA team since 2012 and has served as an Integrated Sciences Faculty Member, Chair of Integrated Sciences and as Director of Academic Studio.  During that time she has helped to build and continues to support the Academic Studio program with a focused on ensuring that the Academic Studio is a visionary school for creative learners.  …

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