31 August, 16

New Faculty Members at the Academy

In addition to the new students welcomed last week, returning students may have noticed some new faces around campus. Academy of Our Lady is excited to welcome six new faculty members and an administrative assistant to our Salesian family. 

Top Row: Paul Coletti, Gabriela Huling, Lynn Dumesnil, Alex Nunnelly; Bottom Row: Tina Pazos, Tracie Comeaux, Carla Sumner


      Paul Coletti is one of two new faculty members joining us through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Business Administration in IT Management, Coletti is currently in the process of completing his Master of Education. At Academy of Our Lady, he is teaching math 8, algebra I part I, and algebra I standard. A New Jersey native, Coletti enjoys playing the piano and is excited to explore New Orleans. “I am really looking forward to experiencing all the culture here; the food and the music in particular,” Coletti explained. “I also want to go to a Saints game.”


     Tracie Comeaux, a graduate of The John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, is teaching ProStart 1, family and consumer science and baking. Comeaux received a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts with a patisserie concentration as well as an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts. She also has eight years experience in the restaurant industry including The Foundry on the Bayou, Restaurant R’evolution and as a private chef.  She brings a passion and a strong sense of pride to the Culinary Arts program. When asked what brought her to the Academy, Comeaux replied, “Academy of Our Lady will be the first private Catholic school in the nation to offer the ProStart program.”


     Lynn Dumesnil joins Academy of Our Lady as the new administrative assistant in the office. Dumesnil is the mother of Academy of Our Lady English teacher Kimi Munkres and the sister-in-law of Rose Bourque, social studies department chair.  When not at work, Dumesnil enjoys spending time with her family while playing games and listening to music.  Dumesnil already feels part of the Academy of Our Lady family. “I appreciate the kindness that everyone has shown me since I began working here,” Dumesnil explained. “Everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel at home. This is the largest group of kind people that I have had the pleasure to work with.”


     Gabriela Huling is the newest member to the business technology department. She is teaching computer technology literacy, business computer applications, personal finance, desktop publishing and web design. Huling received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration with concentrations in sport commerce and sport leadership, as well as a Minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.  Students will also be able to find Huling on the volleyball court as she is the coach the of the varsity volleyball team. “I love the sense of community and togetherness offered at Academy of Our Lady,” Huling said. 


     Alex Nunnelly is a member of the Academy of Our Lady faculty through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. He is teaching French I & II and English III. Currently pursuing a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame. Nunnelly is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island where he received a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In his free time, Nunnelly enjoys exploring New Orleans, running marathons, taking part in obstacle races and listening to live music. “I am looking forward to Jazz Fest and the Rock & Roll Marathon,” Nunnelly explained. 


     Tina Pazos is the new senior guidance counselor and college adviser. A recent graduate of the University of Holy Cross with a Master of Arts in Counseling, Pazos is looking forward to working with Academy of Our Lady students providing them with the resources and tools needed to achieve their collegiate goals. Pazos is experienced in graphic design and photography. When she isn’t working, Pazos enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her three children. 


Carla Sumner brings 25 years of teaching experience to Academy of Our Lady. Sumner previously taught at Visitation of Our Lady and Immaculate Conception School, among other schools.  At the Academy, she is teaching eighth grade religion and mass media for dual enrollment.  Sumner received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Loyola University of New Orleans, completed her education course work at the University of Holy Cross and received a Master Catechism Certification through the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Sumner enjoys theatre, films, reading, poetry and short plays. She is currently in the research phase of writing her own screenplay. When asked what she is most looking forward to this year, Sumner replied, “Seeing my students fall in love with Jesus, Mother Mary and our friends, the saints in heaven.” 

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