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Photo of Dana Wallace LPC, NCC Dana Wallace, LPC, NCC School Counselor

Originally from Baton Rouge, Dana Wallace is a proud resident of New Orleans. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans (2017), where she specialized in child and family counseling. She also completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies (2014) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Photo of Dr. Angela Watkins Dr. Angela Watkins 10th Grade Integrated Humanities

Dr. Angela Watkins is a Chicago native who earned a B.A. from DePaul University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in English (Literary Studies) from the University of Iowa. Her research background focuses on the African Diaspora and she has published several articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews on the Harlem Renaissance, the Afro-Caribbean, and the American South.…

Photo of Kelly White Kelly White Dance Instructor | African Diasporic Dance

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Kelly Seph White is a performer, choreographer, researcher and dance educator. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University.  She is the mother to a bright and beautiful daughter named Morgan.  In her 17 years living in New York City, Kelly had the distinct honor to study under the great Jean Leon Destine, Baba Richard Gonzalez, Nia Love, Ron K.…

Photo of Jessie Wightkin Gelini Jessie Wightkin Gelini Chef Instructor

Jessie is a native New Orleanian and a alumni of the Dance Department here at NOCCA. Jessie’s passion for food brought her to the University of Alabama where she studied Culinary Anthropology. She began her culinary education at the prestigious Commander’s Palace where she started at their shrimp peeler and after four years left as the Pastry Chef.…

Photo of Philip Wingerter Philip Wingerter Department Chair: Technical Director
Photo of Dr. Russell Wolfe Dr. Russell Wolfe 12th Grade Sciences

Dr. Russell Wolfe moved to New Orleans in 2007 from Nebraska, where he studied Physics, Biology, and Mathematics. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University for research focused on understanding how stem cells respond to the physical forces that occur during large-scale bioprocessing. While at Tulane, he also taught hands-on undergraduate engineering courses in robotics, electronic circuits, and medical device design, in addition to mentoring undergraduate students in research practices, public presentation, and professional career development.…

Photo of Andy Young Andy Young Creative Writing Faculty
(504) 940-2819

Andy Young is the author of four chapbooks, including John Swenson Dynamicron, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, and a full-length poetry collection, All Night It Is Morning (Diálogos Press, 2014). Her poems, essays, and translations have been published in places such as Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Ecotone, and the Norton anthology Language for a New Century.…

Photo of Raina Zelinski Raina Zelinski 9th Grade Humanities

Ms. Raina Zelinski is a life-long New Orleanian, transplanted from Northern Canada when she was but 5 years old. After studying political science at Tulane University, she received a BA in English from the University of New Orleans and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English (2010) as well as a Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary English (2015).…

Photo of Dan Zimmer Dan Zimmer Design
(504) 940-2871

Mr. Zimmer received his formal training in design and technical direction from New York’s Studio and Forum of Stage Design.  He has worked on productions for the New Orleans Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, Le Petit, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, and the Contemporary Art Center.

Photo of Zoe C. Zollinger Zoe C. Zollinger Media Arts Faculty: Animation

Zoe C. Zollinger is a life long resident of New Orleans and an avid supporter of of the arts. She graduated from Mandeville High School and NOCCA in 2015 in the Media Arts discipline on her way to a Bachelor of Art in Animation from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in 2019.

Zoe worked for James Samaritan, a non-profit headquartered in Covington LA, right out of college and assisted them with marketing and promotion of their mission to support Foster Youth.…

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