LSMSA welcomes new faculty, staff

New members of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) ‘s faculty and staff at LSMSA for the 2022-23 school year are Cle’lie Aubin, Ariyanna Bonton, Dr. Christopher Bouton, Dr. Zheng Chen, Alejandro Dager, Shuxiang Li, and Don’Keitia Swayne.

Adjunct Yoga Instructor Cle’lie Aubin received her yoga training certification in 2018. Aubin says teaching has spoken to her heart since she realized the impact yoga had on her life more than 20 years ago, and believes LSMSA is the perfect environment for such a creative outlet.

Ariyanna Bonton will serve as Student Life Advisor. Bonton holds a Bachelor’s in Biology with a concentration in Biomedical Science from NSU and comes to LSMSA with several years of experience in the medical field.

History instructor Dr. Christopher Bouton received his Bachelor’s in History from Hamilton College before completing his Master’s and doctorate at the University of Delaware. Widely published, Dr. Bouton is no stranger to the Louisiana School – he previously taught World History as an adjunct instructor and is married to LSMSA alumnus and lecturer of history Dr. Casey Green (’05).

Instructor of Mathematics Dr. Zheng Chen holds two doctorates — his Ph.D in Mathematics from Fudan University in China and his Ph.D in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Florida State University. A university math instructor for the past 30 years, Chen’s goal is to help LSMSA students improve their ability in reasoning, problem-solving, and self-learning mathematics.

Resident Assistant Alejandro Dager is a counseling graduate student at NSU with a concentration in clinical mental health. The native of Colombia also received his Bachelor’s degree from NSU, where he served as president of the Psi Chi Honor Society for Psychology and editor of Argus Art and Literary Magazine.

Shuxiang Li, Chinese Language Instructor, received her Bachelor’s in Chinese Language and Literature Education from Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang and Master’s in Theories of Literature and Art from Shandong Normal University in Jinan. Li has been a professional Chinese instructor for more than 20 years, most recently at Monticello Academy in Salt Lake City. She is dedicated to fostering a student-centered Chinese immersion environment at LSMSA while helping students become successful and confident in Chinese learning and application.

Don’Keitia Swayne, Student Life Advisor, received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from NSU and has taught, assisted, and counseled students in several settings. She looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the next generation by helping Louisiana School students.

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome these new faces to LSMSA,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “It’s wonderful to bring fresh perspectives and energy to what is already an esteemed and enthusiastic faculty and staff.”