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.
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.
Coach Faliveno is entering his 12th year at Newman where he became the head girls’ Track coach in 2008, and the head boys’ Track coach in 2014, and he is also proud to serve as the Assistant Coach for the Cross Country program. This is his 20th year in teaching and coaching. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Coaching from the University of South Florida in 1997. Before arriving at Newman, Coach Fal spent four years at Mount Carmel Academy, one year at Port Sulphur High School, and three years in the public school system in Tampa, Florida. Since arriving at Newman, the girls have won six District Championship, one Regional Championship, one State Runner-Up and one State Championship. In 2014, the Boys’ team took home a District and Regional Championship.
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. Coach Blackerby returned to Newman for the 2012-13 school year to teach Lower School PE and coach Girls Basketball. In her 4th year as the head coach, The Girls Basketball team will compete for district honors for the first time since 2008. In addition to coaching Girls Basketball, Coach Blackerby coaches Middle School Volleyball and Softball. She also co-teaches the Captains’ Leadership Class.
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.