Alex Smith has been at Newman since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Newman Plus, overseeing the After 3, Later Gators, The Spirit Store, and Newman Summer. Alex graduated in 1995 from London Guildhall University with a Certificate of Higher Education in Business Studies. He has worn many hats since arriving at Newman in 2008 including After 3 instructor; Day Camp Head Counselor and Media Lab Head; Day Camp Assistant Director; and Summer Director. Prior to working at Newman he was an a recording artist, a tour/production manager, artist manager, and held several other positions in the music industry. While at Newman, he has designed and developed many new and exciting opportunities, promoted the program in our school community and beyond, and implemented many of the logistical and strategic aspects that have made Newman Summer a place that children are inspired to learn and grow while having fun and building new friendships.
Tova Steele is thrilled to be expanding her role at Newman in 2019 as the Newman Plus Coordinator. She has been working with children for over eight years, four of which were as a part-time After 3 employee. Tova holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University. Through this program she completed such coursework as Emergent Literacy, Child & Adolescent Literature, and Classroom Management, while working in various charter schools in New Orleans as a student teacher. A native of Seattle, she explored alternative auxiliary programs at the social justice focused Giddens School before moving back to New Orleans. She is excited to embrace this new position by creating innovative, empowering auxiliary programming for the students at Newman. Tova looks forward to bringing her favorite After 3 activity to Pre-K/K students with Little Innovators! In her free time, Tova is a stage manager for local theater companies and enjoys biking around the city.
Jennifer Williams teaches 2nd through 4th grade at Newman. She has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has been named Louisiana's Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher, among many other awards. She is author of Oobleck Slime & Dancing Spaghetti which is based upon her science curriculum that has been wildly popular with students and educators. Jennifer is a Teacher Leader for the National Geographic Society's JASON Project where she trains other instructors in hands-on, cross-curricular learning, and she is the author of many articles for Instructor Magazine.