St. Martin's faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a caring, supportive, and engaging environment for our students. This year, several new members are joining this community of dedicated professionals.
Danielle Dugas joins the George Cottage faculty. Dugas has a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science with a concentration in child development and a minor in special education from Bank Street College of Education. She also holds a master’s degree in child life. Dugas has worked part time at St. Martin’s as a substitute, in the after care program, and at summer camp. Born and raised in Metairie, Dugas has lived in Louisiana for most of her life.
Jennifer Henderson joins St. Martin’s as a pre-kindergarten assistant. Henderson has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from LSU. She previously taught for six years at Archbishop Rummel High School. She is no stranger to StM, as she has served as a substitute teacher here and is the mother of three students -- twins Gabe and Will (5th grade) and Jackson (kindergarten).
Meredith Hotard is the new Lower School music teacher. She is passionate about the performing arts, and about helping children learn the power of music. The director of the New Orleans Children's Chorus's Lyric Chorus,she’s an active member of the NOLA theater community. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and a master’s of music education, both at Loyola University New Orleans.
Frances Truett Roney ’10 is excited to return to StM, ten years after graduating in 2010, as the new fourth grade teacher. After St. Martin’s, she went to LSU for a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies, and then earned a master of arts in teaching from UNO. She comes to us from St. Rita’s in Harahan, where she was the fourth grade teacher. Frances is also active at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church as a member of the Vestry and a Sunday School teacher.
Bridget Tierney, LS Religion teacher,has been a part of the StM community for seven years; her grandsons, Reilly ’24 and Eamon ’25, were always happy to see her at Grandparents’ Day! Last year Mother Tierney conducted chapel services for the Lower School, and now she’s on board full-time. She moved to New Orleans from the Midwest; her bachelor’s in theology is from Xavier University - Cincinnati, and her master’s of divinity is from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Allison Lewis Wagner ’82 returns to St. Martin’s as a third grade teacher. She previously taught art, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten at StM in the 1990s. Wagner has also worked at the Miami Valley School in Dayton, Ohio. A graduate of the Class of 1982, Wagner attended St. Martin’s from 1st through 12th grade and even grew up across the street from the school on Green Acres Road.
Paige DePratter is the new Middle School administrative assistant. She has an associate’s degree with an emphasis on Human Services, and is currently working on a bachelor’s in marketing from LSU. She’s lived in New Orleans for about nine years but is no stranger to our heat and humidity, having been born and raised in South Georgia.
Jane Kaufman, MS Science teacher, crisscrossed the country in her career before recently settling in the New Orleans area. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned her BS from Goucher College. With 35 years of teaching science and STEAM in independent schools, her expertise and experience are both broad and deep.
Frank Canzoneri, StM’s new Civics teacher, brings 21 years of teaching experience to our Upper School. His bachelor’s degree in political science and history is from Loyola University/New Orleans. An avid football fan, he roots for the Las Vegas Raiders as well as the New Orleans Saints.
Ashleigh Fontenot, US Social Studies teacher, has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in secondary education from the University of New Orleans. She’s lived in Harahan all her life and comes to StM from Destrehan High School where she taught World History, Psychology, Civics, and Economics.
Jack Hazard is StM’s new US and MS Computer Science and Innovation + Design teacher. A New Orleans resident since 2009, he holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Most recently, he’s taught computer programming and game design at Delgado, Tulane, and ITT Tech. In addition to being an StM teacher, he will also be a Cottage parent, as his daughter will join the 2-year-old class.
Sally Uzee, Associate Director of Enrollment Management,brings a wealth of experience to the Admission Office with decades of administrative service in local colleges and ISAS schools. Her energy, creativity, and flexibility have served StM well already. She earned her bachelor’s in history from LSU and loves the Tigers.