Our Team 

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Sunny Dawn Summers, School Leader

Sunny is a passionate and dedicated public school educator. In the recent past, she's had great success as a teacher leader, department head and instructional coach at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School.

Her achievements include having the school's only 100% passing ratio for the English II EOC, as well as co-developing a new, innovative English curriculum to meet the needs of incoming sophomores with writing deficiencies. Her World Lit classroom has been host to camera crews filming real-time sessions for teacher education as well as radio producers test driving podcasts and teaching storytelling. Sunny has taught Algebra, Geometry, reading intervention, 8.5 writing, and English I and II. As a founding teacher at ReNew Accelerated High School, she received Teacher of the Year Honors.

Sunny received her BA in English and Art (Magna Cum Laude, All College Honors, Departmental Honors) from the University of Saint Mary in 2001, and her Masters in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education (Honors) in 2015. She completed teachNOLA in 2011.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Sunny had a successful nine-year career as Vice President for Content Development in the business of adult education, where data mining and instructional coaching were critical. She has extensive non-profit and volunteer experience including advising the founder of The HALO Foundation and serving as Board Vice President and teaching English in Nicaragua.

Sunny was a founding member of the New Harmony High design team that won the nationally competitive XQ: The Super School Project, receiving a $10 million grant to open a public high school focused on coastal restoration and preservation. She is currently serving as the school leader for New Harmony. Summers and her husband share a Bywater home with Harry the cat.

You can catch her marching in front of the Treme Brass Band on Lundi Gras as El Capitan Ad Infinitum for Krewe of Redbeans and Rice in New Orleans.


Michael Stimpfel, Finance & Operations Coordinator

Michael is devoted to improving educational empowerment and equity through the leveraging of optimized operations and financial practices and systems.

Michael previously served as the Director of Finance and Accounting for a CMO with a budget in excess of $27M. As a consultant, Michael assisted several charter schools through their start-up process. In addition, he has worked as a financial auditor with Ernst & Young where he assisted in the public audits of several public and private companies in Louisiana.

Michael was a founding member of the New Harmony High design team that won the nationally competitive XQ: The Super School Project, receiving a $10M grant to open a public high school focused on coastal restoration and preservation. Michael is currently helping to lead New Harmony’s operations and finances.

Michael is a founding and current board member with unCommon Construction and previously served on the Finance Committee with YLC (Youth Leadership Council) . Michael received his BA in Accounting (Cum Laude & Merit Scholar) from Tulane University.

Michael resides in the Bywater with his dog Callie. Michael can be found competing in flag football games at PanAm Stadium, spending time with his dog on the levee, and exploring eateries throughout the city. 


Anthony Burrell, Community Coordinator

Anthony believes that high school is a critical time during which youth learn to engage and hold themselves in the world. Throughout this period, they discover and develop their talents as they begin their pilgrimage into adulthood. 

Anthony aspires to aid students in finding their vocational calling through work internships, research projects (and other unique learning opportunities) by utilizing his career experiences that span the fields of corporate finance, corporate social responsibility, and education.

Anthony’s background in Education includes participating in the Education Pioneer fellowship and working as the Finance and Accounting Controller for a CMO with five schools.

Prior to entering Education, Anthony Burrell spent six years providing accounting and sustainability professional services, most of which were spent at Ernst & Young those services included financial audits, carbon and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) assurance, environmental liability testing, and conflict minerals management and reporting.

Anthony is a founding and current board member with Compass Community Collaborative school, serving as the Board Treasurer. Anthony received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans, and a CPA license in Louisiana.

In his life outside of work, Anthony enjoys photography, traveling and listening to jazz music. 

Learn more about each of the individuals who composed our original design team as we conceptualized how to build New Harmony.