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.
Coach Aaron Burns is a native New Orleanian who grew up in College Park, Maryland from the ages of 3 to 18. He began playing lacrosse in the 2nd grade and has played ever since. He was a Varsity Captain at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland his sophomore through senior years where he was named first team all Maryland Independent Lacrosse League twice. After high school, Coach Burns followed an academic scholarship to University of Georgia where he was a 4-year starter on the UGA club lacrosse team, winning the SELC League championship as a Senior. Since returning to New Orleans, Coach Burns has worked as the lead PE teacher and Athletic Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He has also been a coach for the U15 and later JV Carrollton lacrosse teams, and is currently the first head coach of the Newman Varsity Lacrosse Team. Coach Burns has individually trained players from 8-year-old beginners to varsity starters for the last three years. He is an enthusiastic and energetic coach that enjoys teaching the concepts and values of lacrosse above all else.
Lynsey Winkler started coaching the Newman’s girls’ soccer program in 2013. In the 2016 season, the Greenies were State Champions and went undefeated in their district. Lynsey played four years at Spring Hill College and one season in the WPSL Women’s Amateur soccer league for F.C. St. Louis. She holds a USSF Class D coaching license as well as a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 certification.
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!
Coach Blackerby, a Newman graduate (’06), attended Tulane University where she received her Bachelors of Public Health (’10) and Masters of Public Health (’11). After completing her Masters, she volunteered as an Americorps Member teaching health education in the New Orleans Metro area. She returned to Newman in the 2013-2014 school year to teach Physical Education in the lower school, as well as coach Girls’ Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball. In Coach Blackerby’s third year at Newman, she restarted the Girls’ Basketball Program in the Upper School.
Former Newman ('95) and Tulane University ('99) football player, Coach Stewart has been at Newman for 14 years and is in his 7th year as head varsity football coach. This will be his 6th year running the Newman Summer Football Camp. He has also served as a member of the Manning Passing Academy staff the past six years.