KID smART teaching artists are professionals in their field with experience working with children in classrooms in New Orleans’ public schools. They have an indispensable role as catalysts for creativity, and inspire children to make positive changes in their own lives.

KID smART is committed to building the capacities of teaching artists through on-going research of best practices. Teaching artists meet twice monthly forming a learning community to grow their practice, assess student progress and to evaluate their work with students and teachers. 

Erin Barnard

  • Media Arts Enrichment Instructor at The Net
  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Erin Barnard specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country. Prior to her work with New Orleans youth and teachers, Erin coached and taught alongside teachers in arts integration programs in Chicago, where she also presented professional development and studio workshops with programs including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teacher Workshops. Erin studied Literature and Photography at Marlboro College and Arts Management in the Arts in Youth and Community Development program at Columbia College, Chicago.

Erin Doherty

  • Visual Art Residency at Arthur Ashe
Read Bio

Erin Doherty is a native New Orleanian, visual artist, and arts educator. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on the handmade. Her mediums include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, bookbinding, and weaving. Since 2012, she has been teaching visual arts at several nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, and rural Mississippi. In the classroom, she develops creative skills that will allow students to grow, not only in the arts but in other aspects of life. She strives to create a safe, supportive creative space to nourish the souls of our diverse community here in New Orleans.

Aminisha Ferdinand

  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Aminisha Ferdinand is a theater & dance artist-educator. She coaches teachers and teaching artists on integrating arts into the classroom. Her teaching experience includes work in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Gulu, Uganda. Before entering the field of arts education, she performed in theater and film in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.  She is re-emerging as a performing artist with a developing lens on decolonized expression. She has an MA in Educational Theater from NYU and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami.

Sean Glazebrook

  • Theatre Residency at Edward Hynes Charter School
Read Bio

Sean Glazebrook is an international educational consultant, teaching artist, and professional development designer/facilitator. He works with organizations, teachers, and students all over the world to foster interdisciplinary curriculum and creative thinking routines. Sean is a co-founder of The NOLA Project theater company and was the lead author of the 2018 Toshin Schools Come on Out Japan! textbook. He holds a BFA in Theater and History from New York University, 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.

Zeb Hollins III

  • Drama Arts Coach
  • Theatre Residency at International School of Louisiana – Olivier
  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Zeb Hollins III studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University and worked and studied Educational Theatre with New York University’s Creative Arts Team 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, 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, 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 Theatre Du Vieux Carre, and Anthony Bean Community Theatre. He recently completed Visible Thinking, Programs in Professional Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Chris Kamenstein

  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Chris Kamenstein is an actor, writer, director and arts instructor. He has experience teaching improvisation, writing, acting, and movie making to students of all ages.Chris is co-artistic director of Goat in the Road Productions, a theater company devoted to creating new work, fostering the growth of local theater artists, and educational outreach. He has premiered work at the New Orleans Fringe Festival and State of the Nation. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University in theater studies.

Samantha King

  • Theatre Residency at Langston Hughes Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

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 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.

Kevyn Miller

  • Music Residency at Hynes – UNO
Read Bio

Kevyn Miller is a music educator, singer, and drag artist in New Orleans. He studied Music Education at Louisiana State University and went on to teach K-8th grade general music in Baton Rouge. In the classroom, his goal is to build literacy and to foster a life-long love and appreciation for music and the values it instills. He loves sharing his knowledge and understanding of music with students in an exciting and creative way that makes them eager to learn more.

Tiana Nobile

  • Arts Coach
  • Poetry and Visual Art Residency at International School of Louisiana – Camp
  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Tiana Nobile has been working in New Orleans schools since 2009. She worked as a paraprofessional and lead classroom teacher before joining KID smART as a Teaching Artist and Arts Coach. In this role, she teaches in a collaborative artist residency at International School of Louisiana – Uptown and coaches teachers on how to best integrate the arts in their classrooms. She also designs and facilitates professional development workshops on effectively integrating poetry and visual art with academic curriculum. She received her Bachelor’s of the Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College, Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. As a professional poet, her writing has appeared online and in print, and her debut book of poetry, Cleave, will be published in Spring 2021 by Hub City Press. She is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, and a poetry fellowship from Kundiman.

Andrea Panzeca

  • Visual Art Residency at Esperanza Charter School
Read Bio

Andrea Panzeca is a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, dancer, and teaching artist. She’s taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. She’s developing a multidisciplinary project to foster environmental awareness, creativity, movement, and science by combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets.

Jenn Potts

  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Jennifer Potts is a photographer and art educator who has taught art and photography for the past eleven years. Jennifer encourages all of her students to experiment and to explore art as a way to communicate ideas. For the past 3 years, Jennifer taught art and photography at the International School of Louisiana. Prior to that, she taught at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and with numerous non-profits and community groups. She holds a BA from Tulane University and Masters of Arts in Teaching: Visual Arts from Tufts University in affiliation with the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.

Mia Rotondo

  • Professional Development Presenter
Read Bio

Mia Rotondo is an activist educator with over 17 years of experience in special education. After coming up in Philly as a paraeducator, teacher, grant writer, and co-creator of theatre programming for neurodivergent young people, she headed South in 2012. New Orleans has graciously made space for her to continue learning and put down roots that have grown deep over the past 8 years. Mia works closely with fellow radical educators, students, and families to build and facilitate flexible, child-led learning spaces. While on sabbatical from teaching, Mia is partnering with Tulane as a member of their Special Education Advisory Council and providing consultation for education advocacy at Loyola Law Clinic. Over the past several years she has partnered with KID smART to develop and provide professional development around creating more just spaces and bringing arts integration to ALL learners.