Our Team


Anna Faye Caminita, Ed.D

Chief Academic Officer – anna_caminita@einsteincharterschools.org

AF with Sign 2018Dr. Caminita holds degrees from Our Lady of Holy Cross College (B.S. 1992 and M.Ed. 1999) and Walden University (Ed.D. 2011). She has a current Type A lifetime teaching certificate and is certified as a Louisiana State Superintendent. She has served as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer, and distinguished educator for the Louisiana State Department of Education. Dr. Caminita has a proven track record of success fostering student academic growth and the growth of School Performance Scores since 2003 in Type 4 and 5 charter schools. She was trained by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching and often serves as a consultant targeting data tracking and leader development.

 

Logan Crowe

Executive Director of Engagement -logan_crowe@einsteincharterschools.org

CroweLWebLogan Crowe graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1990) and from UNO with a master’s  degree in Educational Leadership (2006).  Logan began his educational journey in 1990 as a fifth grade teacher for the New Orleans Free School. He later taught eighth grade until August 28th, 2005. Logan was an original cohort member of the Urban Leadership Academy at UNO. After graduating he was an assistant principal for three years and a principal for eight. Logan has been implementing conflict resolution and restorative approaches in his classrooms and schools for over two and a half decades. His expectations of himself, his colleagues, and his students are to: Work Hard, Be Kind, and Be Better!

 

Dan Davis

Interim Chief Executive Officer – daniel_davis@einsteincharterschools.org

2018 Headshot - Web CroppedMr. Davis is a graduate of Tulane University and McGill University’s Faculty of Law (B.A. 2007; LL.B./B.C.L. 2010). He is a former classroom teacher and grant writer. As a law student Mr. Davis edited a legal research journal and was promoted to Executive Director of a legal clinic in Montreal. Mr. Davis came to education after clerking for judges in Florida and New York. He now specializes in developing charter schools in New Orleans.

 

Teisha A. Goudeau

Director of Student Life -teisha_goudeau@einsteincharterschools.org

IMG_0163Teisha A. Goudeau holds degrees from Southern University at New Orleans (B.A.) and Xavier University (M.Ed.).  She began her educational career with the Einstein Charter Network nine years ago.  Ms. Goudeau is passionate and committed to serving the Einstein Charter community (students, staff, & parents).  Her educational experiences have afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Ms. Goudeau’s educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, an encouraging community, and a supportive family.

 

Alayna Gougis

Payroll/Purchasing Specialist -alayna_gougis@einsteincharterschools.org

GougisAWebAlayna Gougis holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Masters of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from the American InterContinental University. In 2010, Ms. Gougis began her career at Einstein Charter School Village De L’Est as a paraprofessional and has persevered through the years to her current position as a Payroll and Purchasing Specialist. In conjunction with being an employee, Ms. Gougis is a parent of four (4) Einstein Charter School students. Her children give her the motivation needed to work along side the Einstein Leadership Team to make Einstein Charter Schools true places for academic excellence for everyone involved.

 

Douglas Guidry

Senior Business Manager -douglas_guidry@einsteincharterschools.org

Web Thumbnail DGDr. Guidry received his doctorate of dentistry and oral medicine, prior to practicing for many years as a dentist specializing in oral surgery (L.S.U. 1971). He joined Einstein Charter School in 2007. Prior to working in his current role, Dr. Guidry was a small business owner/operator. Dr. Guidry’s commitment to improving charter school finances for a smooth operation is unparalleled.

 

Johana Lacayo

CMO Coordinator – johana_lacayo@einsteincharterschools.org

Ms. Lacayo joined IMG_JLa copythe Einstein Family in 2014. She was born in Honduras and moved to New Orleans when she was fourteen years old. Johana earned her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assistance from ASA College in Brooklyn, New York in 2005. Before stepping into her new role with the CMO, Johana was a part of the ESL team, a member of the VDLE front office, and a translator for the Hispanic community. She plans to continue her work in education and attain her degree in early childhood education.

 

Rachel Matus

Director of Science & Social Studies -rachel_matus@einsteincharterschools.org

image1Rachel Matus holds degrees from Georgia Southern University (B.S. in Education and Spanish) and is pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. She has taught every content area, and has a combined 10 years experience teaching Science and Social Studies. While her passion is curriculum, Rachel has also served as an instructional coach, soccer coach, drama teacher, testing coordinator, 504 coordinator, developed an ESL program, facilitated character education programs, and played a critical role in many aspects of educational professional development. She believes that all students can learn and achieve educational goals when meaningful relationships and high expectations exist within their school and school-community.

Martha C. McKnight

Executive Director of Strategy -martha_mcknight@einsteincharterschools.org

McKnightWebMartha McKnight has 32 years of experience in development and nonprofit leadership.  She moved to New Orleans in 1989 after graduating from Yale to work for the Arts Council and went on to serve the LEH, NOCCA, Tulane University, FirstLine, and the Foundation for Science and Math Education (Sci High).  Martha joined EGI’s staff as Development Director in 2017 before assuming her new position. She serves on various nonprofit boards and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

 

Darius Munchak

Chief Operations Officer -darius_munchak@einsteincharterschools.org

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Darius holds degrees from Tulane University (B.A. 2006) and DePaul University (M.S. 2011).  He has 8 years of school finance and operations experience and is a certified Louisiana School Business Official.  Darius is committed to handling everything in the background so that principals and teachers can remain focused on what they do best.

 

Long Nguyen

IT Manager – long_nguyen@einsteincharterschools.org

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Long is a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended the University of New Orleans and has 12 years experience in the IT field. He has spent the last 7 years integrating technology to help schools reach their academic goals. Long’s goal for ECS is to ensure that all students and staff have the ability to access technology to further their education and careers.

 

 

Herb Patterson

Director of Operations – herb_patterson@einsteincharterschools.org

PattersonHWebHerb holds degrees from Tulane University (B.S. ’04) and The University of Holy Cross (M.Ed. ’08). Always having a desire to teach, he enrolled in the Teach Greater New Orleans program at the University of New Orleans and obtained his teaching certification in middle school science. He has since served as a teacher, student data analyst, administrator, technology director, charter school board president, and operations manager.

 

Megan Pavageau

Director of Literacy – megan_pavageau@einsteincharterschools.org

PavageauMWebMegan Pavageau holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Houston in Sociology and is pursuing a master’s degree in Pan-African Studies (PAS) from the University of Louisville. Prior to teaching, Megan worked in the PAS department as a graduate assistant and briefly in marketing and events management. She earned her certification through TeachNola and is licensed to teach Middle School Language Arts. In the 2017-2018 school year Megan participated in the New Schools for New Orleans Personalized Learning Teacher Fellowship. Megan is committed to providing quality education to students in order to allow them to best advocate for themselves and their communities.

 

Donna Reno

Director of Special Education & Related Services- donna_reno@einsteincharterschools.org

RenoDWebDonna Reno has 17 years of experience in the field of special education. She holds an Elementary Education degree from the University of New Orleans, a Master’s Degree +30 in Special Education and is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has served as a parent advocate at Families Helping Families and the Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center where she trained teachers, administrators and parents throughout the State of Louisiana on various special education topics. She has also served as a teacher, interventionist, and Special Education Director in both a traditional school system as well as a charter school system. She has experience as a founding member in a charter school system and currently serves on the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) for the Louisiana State Department of Education.

 

Courtney Romero

Blended Learning Specialist – courtney_romero@einsteincharterschools.org

RomeroCWebCourtney Romero holds a degree in Education from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and has been an educator for 20 years. Her instructional experience includes being a classroom instructor in 1st-4th grade, middle school ELA, and ESL. She also holds a specialty certification as a Librarian/Media Specialist which she has used to develop and maintain library collections and encourage literacy through the use of Accelerated Reader. She is an active member of the Personalized Learning Community of Practice (PLCP) which seeks to foster awareness of the importance of personalized learning for all students. Her tech savy background and understanding of statistics has proven vital to  Einstein’s goal of monitoring student progress towards mastery. She provides support to teachers, principals, and coaches by her organization of the various blended learning websites and supporting data platforms.

 

My Tran

Director of Human Resources – my_tran@einsteincharterschools.org

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My Tran received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans and has a current Type B lifetime teaching certificate from the Louisiana Department of Education. She has served as a highly qualified teacher, assistant principal, data manager, test coordinator and voted as Teacher of the Year by her peers at Einstein Charter Schools. As a former student at Village de l’Est, Sherwood Forest, and top 10 graduate at Sarah T. Reed High School, My Tran is passionate and committed to serving our students and families in the New Orleans East community.

 

Kimberly Williams

Director of Network Curriculum & Instruction – kimberly_williams@einsteincharterschools.org

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Kimberly Williams holds a degree in Business Administration andEconomics, in addition to an Alternative Certification in Education from Southern University at New Orleans. Ms. Williams is an alumnae of the Leading Educators Fellowship Program and TeachNOLA. Ms. Williams is responsible for implementing Louisiana State Approved Tier I network-wide curriculum, ensuring success in teaching and learning. Kimberly Williams is a visionary leader and educator with more than 18 years of experience as a successful teacher, curriculum leader, school administrator, and a strategic planner for school improvement at the school and district level. She has extensive experience in professional development and the supervision of diverse learning groups.