Program Assistant & Teaching Artist
Adam LeBlanc, from south Louisiana, has had personal and professional development focusing on the link between arts and community. Earning a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from Nicholls State University and a M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, his skillset and career objectives have aligned with providing equitable access to the arts. Adam’s passion is to empower learners through the arts and promote their own social/emotional growth and expression. His own artistic works include drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, and set design.
Elise Gallinot Goldman
Elise Gallinot Goldman is Executive Director at KID smART, a New Orleans, Louisiana based organization that engages children in dynamic, creative and relevant learning through the arts. For over twenty years, she has been crafting and delivering imaginative and instructive arts integrated collaborative artist residency and professional learning programs in New Orleans public schools. Elise works with schools, teachers, artists, and cultural organizations to further the field of arts education through the values of creativity, equity, collaboration and sustainability. She has been on the faculty of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom summer institute since 2013. She is adjunct faculty for the University of New Orleans’ Arts Administration Master’s program. In addition to her work as a maker and educator, she has worked in the non-profit arts sector as Executive Director of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director of the New Orleans Film Festival. She received her B.A. in Anthropology, her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration, and has researched and trained in best practices through national educational models.
A native New Orleanian, Heather Nelson brings over 10 years of experience in nonprofit fund development. She is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding philanthropic support. Heather developed a passion for the arts in childhood and would eventually earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tulane University. Through her own experiences and those observed throughout her career, Heather knows the impact the arts can have on the lives of children and their development and wants to ensure all children have access to a holistic education experience.
Madisyn Pina manages KID smART’s digital and print marketing, advertising, and public relations as well as in-school communication and documentation.
Outside of KID smART, Madisyn owns and operates Oh Hi Studio – a branding and web design studio that works with organizations on a mission to do GOOD.
Programming Graduate Assistant
Maya Bernard is a mixed media artist from Chicago. While pursuing a degree in Fine Arts and Fashion Business from Columbia College Chicago, she gained an interest in curation work with intent to program for galleries and public arenas. Currently she is pursuing her master’s in art administration at the University of New Orleans. As an artist, Maya firmly believes that art transcends culture, and can make a difference in the lives of people worldwide. She is eager to help facilitate creativity and imagination while continuing to learn and develop from the environment around her.
Arts Integration Specialist
Mia Rotondo is an activist educator with 20 years of experience in the classroom serving students whose needs are often not met in the general education setting. Mia works closely with fellow radical educators, students, and community members to build and facilitate flexible, child-led learning spaces. In 2007, she co-developed an award-winning theatre education program in Philadelphia focused on celebrating neurodiversity. Over the past several years she has partnered with KID smART and The Kennedy Center to develop and provide professional development around creating more joyful and just spaces that provide arts integrated experiences for ALL learners.
Arts Integration Specialist
Samantha King has been teaching theatre in New Orleans Public Schools since 2000. Trained in Arts Integration at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, she worked for 14 years with elementary and middle school students at Lusher Charter School, and high school students at Edna Karr. She is also a member of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, and has taught Creative Writing at Tulane’s Upward Bound program. She hails from Northern California, where she studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Academy of Media and Theatre Arts, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Arts Integration Specialist and Teacher Preparation Specialist at Harvard Agile Teacher Lab
Sean Glazebrook is an arts-integrated curriculum specialist with KID smART as well as an instructional coach and teacher preparation specialist with the Agile Teacher Lab at Harvard. During his career in education he has served in a variety of roles including as Director of the Arts | K-12 at Lusher Charter School, as an educational consultant in the US as well as abroad, and as a founding member of and Education Director for the NOLA Project, a New Orleans-based theatre company. In addition to many years in the classroom, Sean was a research assistant at Project Zero with Ron Ritchhart and Terri Turner on the Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn project. Sean holds a BFA in Theatre and History from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Certificate in Shakespeare in Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and an Ed.M. in Education Policy & Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Finance and Operations Manager
Sirah Laub moved to New Orleans from San Francisco in 2011 and worked at Tulane University and Preservation Hall before joining the team at KIDsmART. She loves working with creative, local businesses to demystify accounting and take the anxiety out of bookkeeping so that business owners can focus on doing what they love and are great at. When she is not crunching numbers she makes costumes and does interior and exterior design projects.
Stephanie Heriger first moved to New Orleans from Pittsburgh, PA in 2007 to teach Special Education at Sarah T. Reed Elementary, where she was also a KID smART AXIS teacher. She then spent seven years as Education Programs Manager at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. Before joining the KID smART team, she taught seventh grade social studies and science at Paul Habans Charter School. She is a singer and pianist and all-around lover of good music. Stephanie received her B.A. in Music from Dickinson College and her M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.
Zeb Hollins, III
Arts Integration Specialist
Zeb Hollins III has worked as an Arts Educator for over thirty years. He studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University, Educational Theatre with New York University’s Creative Arts Team and worked as a Master Actor/Teacher for six years. While in New York, he performed in numerous productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company, The National Black Theatre, and Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. He conducted violence prevention and arts in education workshops throughout NYC public schools with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, The Fresh Air Fund, and The Leadership Program Inc. He has performed with several New Orleans arts organizations including The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, Goat in the Road Productions, The Bayou Playhouse, LePetit Théâtre Du Vieux Carré, and Anthony Bean Community Theatre. Zeb also works as a Drama Consultant with Tulane Law Clinic. He completed Visible Thinking, Programs in Professional Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Development + Admin Coordinator
Devoted to the arts and culture of New Orleans, Zoe Cuneo has been an arts professional for over seven years. She has experience in a variety of areas including fund development and strategic planning, program and event management, gallery management, and administrative coordination. Prior to her time with KID smART, Zoe worked at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Gallery B. Fos, Theatre Baton Rouge, and Frank Relle Photography. She earned her B.A. in Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts and her M.A. in Arts Administration, both at the University of New Orleans. Zoe is on the Board of Directors for MakeGood, a collective of designers, disability professionals, and allies who seek to educate, inform, and challenge the design world to include all abilities. A lifelong artist, Zoe has donated artwork to the Aveda Institute South’s Catwalk for Water fundraiser and has volunteered with the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the NOCCA Institute.