Ana María Caldwell received her B.A. in Business Administration from Stevenson University. While in college, she founded a non-profit organization called Feed-the-Mind focused on contributing to the education of displaced children in Medellín, Colombia. Ana María worked as an Executive Team Leader for Guest Experience at Target Corporation. She has also worked as an Admissions Counselor for her alma matter and specialized in recruiting youth from Baltimore City Public Schools. Throughout her career Ana María has demonstrated a desire to work with and support underrepresented students. Additionally, she has been part of various mentorship programs for high school and college students.
Ana María is a doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies at Tulane University and her dissertation focuses on the Socioeconomic Stratification System in Colombia. She has been awarded two FLAS fellowships for the study of Brazilian Portuguese; these included a two-year language program and culminated in a summer immersive program in Salvador, Bahia. She has been awarded multiple grants to conduct ethnographic research from the University of New Orleans and Tulane University since 2015. Additionally, Ana María participated in the 2015 Witness for Peace delegation that engaged in political incidence in La Guajíra, Colombia, to advocate for Wayúu and Afro-Colombian victims of capitalists and extractivist practices of the Cerrejòn coal mine. She has served on the JCFA school board and is also a Mellon Graduate Fellow.
Now in his seventh year at BECNO, Justin Lamb has over thirteen years of experience working as an educator in New Orleans. After starting as Program Director in 2014, he transitioned to the role of Dean of Students with the introduction of BECNO’s Degree-Granting Program in 2018. In addition to his role working with students, families, BECNO faculty and staff as well as BECNO’s high school partners, Justin also serves as the Poetry Club advisor and has taught a poetry workshop course at BECNO. As a poet, Justin is a National Poetry Slam champion with Team Slam New Orleans, a 2019 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest Finalist and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans.
Tamla T. Lee, Ph.D. completed her degree in Education, Special Education concentration, at Temple University where she also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. She previously taught at an alternative middle school in Louisiana as a sixth grade ELA and History. During her graduate studies, Tam served as the SAT Verbal instructor for Temple’s Upward Bound program. After two years of teaching, she was promoted to Upward Bound Coordinator. As a Coordinator, Tam initiated clubs, classes, and workshops that promote equitable access to professional and soft skill development to address access and transitional needs of the scholars. She researched and implemented student-centered curriculum and instruction in the live program and pandemic-long virtual program. She was also the Tutor Mentor supervisor, overseeing a staff of 25 college students. This role included creating academic support plans, academic interventions, and career coaching and mentorship. Her doctoral research focused on the use of student-authored multimedia instruction to increase SAT scores for culturally and linguistically at-risk students and students with disabilities. When she is not researching or teaching, Tam enjoys time with her family, playing or listening to music, cooking, puzzling and traveling.