Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Favorite RFM memory: I love eating and feeding people. My favorite RFM memory is when we had crepes in the lobby and everyone was excited to get to know and talk about the lovely French woman cooking for us. Everyone was interested in what she was doing and enjoying each other's company.
Professor Kennedy (or Profe K as she is called in Spanish) is a local. She grew up on the West Bank in New Orleans, went to LSU (she's a Tulane fan now) and the University of South Carolina, and returned to NOLA in 2007. She loves her home town (and always will), but her love is split between here and Spain, particularly its Basque Country. Her research and teaching are completely informed by the love of the Spanish/Basque culture as she spends her summers there with her husband, son and dog. A foodie and a grammar nerd, you can always get impassioned opinions on those two subjects from her.
Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Favorite RFM memory: My favorite RFM Program or Memory was the crawfish boil I did for Sharp residents last spring. I look forward to doing it again this crawfish season.
Jimmy Huck is a native New Orleanian and first-gen college student who actually lived in Butler Hall during his Freshman year at Tulane in 1986-87. Though he transferred to Georgetown University in Washington, DC, it wasn't because he wasn't happy at Tulane. He just wanted to have a college experience away from home. He graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and, while there, developed a passionate interest in all things Latin American. He was lured back to Tulane's top-ranked Latin American Studies program for graduate work, where he earned his MA and Ph.D. in Latin American Studies with a focus on Mexican foreign policy and international relations. He's been at Tulane in his current role as Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies since 2001. Over his years at Tulane, he has directed summer study abroad programs in Mexico and Costa Rica; he has twice served as a mentor to a cohort of Posse scholars from Los Angeles; and he is in his second year as an RFM in Sharp. He is married to a local artist and potter, and can be seen helping his wife's boutique pottery business at various different arts markets throughout the city. He has two daughters, one who is a sophomore at American University in Washington, DC, and one who is a sophomore at Ben Franklin High School here in New Orleans. As a native New Orleanian, he is an expert crawfish boiler and will demonstrate this skill at Sharp during the spring crawfish season.
Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
Favorite RFM memory: I brought my daughter, age 6, to assist me in handing out water bottles in Sharp when there was a boil water advisory. She enjoyed it so much that she keeps asking me if she can come back!
Brooke Grant was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where she also taught middle school social studies for ten years. Today she is a professor in the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program here at Tulane University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Grant runs SS NOLA, a program dedicated to supporting social studies teachers in the New Orleans area. She also enjoys mentoring Tulane students through programs such as the Cowen Scholars, College Track, and of course the RFM Program in Sharp! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband and three young children as well as hosting friends and family from Buffalo who like to escape the snow by visiting sunny New Orleans.
Department of Classical Studies
Favorite RFM memory: As someone who thought at age 5 that she would grow up to be a zookeeper, Prof. MC's favorite program to bring to Monroe is the Audubon Zoomobile. The looks on students' faces when they step into the lobby and see a bunny, a tortoise, a snake, or even an alligator are priceless!
Prof. MC grew up in New York's Capital District, and then moved to the nation's capital for her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University. She double majored in Linguistics and Classical Languages (with a Math minor for fun). She then earned her Ph.D. from Princeton, where she had the opportunity to indulge in some summer adventures, including a odyssey through Greece, a stint excavating a Hellenistic Greek city in Sicily, and a trip to see Greek and Roman sites in Turkey. Before coming to Tulane in 2013, she spent at year teaching as an adjunct at the University of Virginia, where she taught a course on political biography from Plutarch to JFK. Currently, Prof. MC teaches ancient Greek language, Latin reading courses, a Greek culture survey, and a course on ancient leadership. She spends most of her free time playing women's flat-track roller derby with the Big Easy Rollergirls, playing with her cat Lil Easy, or eating her way through the Big Easy with her husband, Chris.
Department of English, Center for Public Service (CPS)
Favorite RFM memory: My son Max, who is six, took over the taking of pictures next to a banner that read "First Week of College" and he took the assignment very seriously. The new college students enjoyed him and I keep thinking I'll bring him back. I also had a great time at last year's "bubble day" which was an epic good time.
Ryan McBride in Salt Lake City and grew up in Oklahoma which he has bicycled across for times (starting in Texas and ending in Kansas). He was not a great high school student, but hit his stride in college at Oklahoma State University, where he studied philosophy and English. When he graduated he felt like he didn’t know very much, so he studied the classics for a couple of years at St. John’s College in Santa Fe New Mexico where he mountain biked almost every day and then studied philosophy with the Jesuits at Marquette University in Wisconsin. Now he teaches classical rhetoric classes called “Aristotle in New Orleans" for the English Department, directs a new Mellon graduate program in community-engaged scholarship, facilitates Tulane's faculty seminar on service learning, and co-directs a thriving middle school debate league in New Orleans.
Department of Economics
Favorite RFM memory: I think my favorite events are those in which the most fun was had - the time during regular lobby hours in which there was a huge debate about whether banana laffy taffy was the best flavor (it is!) or when we had water guns and water balloons and were running around in front of Monroe soaking each other.
Toni Weiss was born in the midwest but moved to Tucson, Arizona when she was five. She grew up hiking in the desert and making frequent trips into the mountains that surround the city. She went to college at the University of Redlands, at the base of Big Bear Mountain, where she studied Math and Economics. After graduation she came to New Orleans, perhaps one of the flattest cities in the country! But, the one constant in her life - Interstate 10! From Tucson, to Redlands to New Orleans, this highway has been by her side!! She began teaching at Tulane as a graduate student and, with a few interruptions, she has been helping students navigate supply and demand for almost 30 years. As the mother of five (three by blood; two by love) she has used her parenting skills in the classroom and brought her teaching skills home.
Newcomb College Institute
A Nashville native, Anna Mitchell Mahoney earned a B.A. from Loyola University in Mass Communications, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. She joined the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University as an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership in August 2014. She teaches Women’s Legislative Leadership in partnership with the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and Women Leading Change: Case Studies on Women in Organizations in partnership with the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. She has a 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. Her husband is a high school history teacher here in NOLA.
Newcomb Art Department
Favorite RFM memory: Painting pots and planting flowers with the JOLO women was so much fun. We had a tough but relaxing yoga session, too.
Originally from Oklahoma, Prof. Flora attended college in Kansas City with a year abroad in Oxford. She also did an internship at the Cloisters between sophomore and junior years, where she found her passion for art history and the Middle Ages. She returned to New York for graduate school at NYU and then worked in the museum world in New York City for a four years. Prof. Flora moved with her husband to New Orlean sin 2007 and they now have two daughters and a cat. Prof. Flora has also lived in Italy during two of the past six years and teaches every summer in study abroad programs in Siena and Ferrara, Italy.
Newcomb College Institute
Favorite RFM memory: I love getting updates from JOLO residents on how their classes are going, how they're liking New Orleans, trips back home, homesickness - all of it. I'm a strong believer in community and the importance of talking about both the good stuff and the challenging stuff. Especially over cookies and iced coffee.
Originally from the California Bay Area, Chloe is a Tulane alum ('07, anthropology and women's studies) and has lived in New Orleans off and on for nearly a decade. She also lived in Washington, DC for six years, where she completed two masters degrees (anthropology and museum studies at George Washington University, library and archives science at Catholic University) and worked in a number of archives and libraries, including an internship with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Chloe is Head of Archives and Special Collections at Newcomb College Institute, where her work focuses on documenting the history of women, gender and feminism in the Gulf South. She is an avid fan of gardening, baking, her two cats, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vipassana meditation and yoga, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Favorite RFM memory: I love bringing my dogs, Ozzy and Lyla, to visit. The students get so excited because a lot of them miss their pets from home.
Katie Russell is originally from Lafayette, LA and moved to New Orleans for graduate school the summer after Hurricane Katrina. She completed a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tulane researching the regenerative capabilities of adult stem cells. She fell in love with New Orleans and has been teaching in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department for five years. She loves cooking, entertaining, and building things around the house. In her free time, she also volunteers with the Audubon Nature Institute.
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Favorite RFM memory: Feeding hungry freshmen is one of my favorite things to do and I love knowing that you are being taken care of for at least a few minutes of any given week. :)
Profesora Amy is a first generation college student and landed at Tulane out of the woods in New Hampshire in 1991. She just forgot to leave! She lived in Paterson Hall her freshman year and was an RA in Butler her sophomore year so she's really glad to be back in her old stomping grounds as an RFM in Butler. Her teaching specialization is lower level Spanish courses (first year through third semester Spanish) and she loves to watch students develop the ability to use their nascent language skills to really communicate in the language. She completed her PhD at Tulane through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and is a research specialist in eighteenth century Mayan translation of sixteenth century Spanish astrological and astronomical texts and images (yes, there were still Maya in the 18th century and yes, they wrote using the same alphabet that we use now and yes, she knows more about medieval astrology and medical practices than might be rational). She spends her summers between the woods in New Hampshire and the cenotes and mountains in Mexico, often with her ten year old son, Armor, in tow.
Teacher Preparation and Certification Program
Favorite RFM memory: Watching the grimace and full-body quiver of a student trying a raw oyster for the first time!
Shannon Blady is the director of Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program and a Professor of Practice. She also serves as a Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneur professor. She is passionate about teacher quality and support and works to integrate social innovation and social and emotional learning into all of her courses. Her career has included teaching elementary school for nearly a decade and middle and high school English. She is also a former writing instructor for college students and a freelance writer. Let her know if you’re ever looking for a writing partner.