Newman Summer Academics and Enrichment

+ Our Staff

Our professional staff and Newman’s well-equipped campus allow us to meet the varied interests and needs of our growing students.

Alex SmithDirector of Newman Plus

Alex Smith has been at Newman since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Newman Plus, overseeing the After 3, Newman at Night, and Newman Summer programs. 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 most recently Summer Director. Prior to working at Newman he was an artist manager, a recording artist, a tour/production 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.


Katy Van de PutteAssistant Director of Newman Plus

Originally from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, Katy earned her B.A. in English with Creative Writing from Albion College. Katy joined the Newman community in early 2012 as a counselor in the After 3 program and rolled right into Newman Summer as an Assistant Age Group Head for 1st and 2nd grades. She now works full time in the Newman Plus office, which oversees After 3, Newman at Night, and Newman Summer. Katy is passionate about creating and contributing to extraordinary programming for students and families and looks forward to Newman Summer all year long!

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Marcia Cooke
Marcia CookeNewman Upper School Mathematics Department Chair

Marcia Cooke has two Master’s degrees, including one in Mathematics Teaching from Loyola University. Ms. Cooke has taught 5th – 8th grade math at St. George’s for 20 years and high school mathematics at Newman for 12 years. In addition to this, she has also taught as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University for 12 years.


Camille von Hoven
Camille von HovenNewman Upper School Mathematics Instructor

Camille von Hoven received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics alongside her Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University. Ms. Lavoie has extensive experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant, student teacher, and tutor. Since the Fall of 2013, Ms. Lavoie has been part of the Newman staff as a full-time math teacher in the Upper School. This will be her fourth summer as part of the Newman Summer’s Academics and Enrichment team.


Jennifer Williams
Jennifer WilliamsNewman Lower School Science Coordinator

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.