About Us

Jill Dresser

Owner / Operator

I started French Quartour Kids in 2012. I absolutely love what I do and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to combine all of my great loves: New Orleans, teaching, kids, and history!

Though I’m originally from Massachusetts, I came to New Orleans in 1994 to attend Tulane University. Part of my undergraduate work required me to volunteer in the local public schools. This experience changed me. I spent the next ten years teaching in inner city schools, in New Orleans and the Bronx. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with experience teaching kids from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

However, with the recent changes in schools, I decided to leave the classroom in 2013. I spent 2 years working at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in New Orleans, designing and coordinating education programs and getting lost in this city’s mysterious past. I am indebted to the guidance of Confederacy of Cruisers and my experience at the Hermann-Grima House.

Richard Schmitt

Tween / Teen Tour Guide, Middle School & High School Field Trip Leader

Richard joined French Quartour Kids in November 2015. He is a New Orleans native and a natural tour guide. Richard can share with you the gems of the city from a local’s perspective- where to eat, places to visit, stories to hear. His passion for New Orleans is contagious. He also has over 25 years experience teaching history: Louisiana history, American history, World History, Civics, and Geography. He has taught both middle school and high school in New Orleans.

He is a licensed tour guide and certified teacher.

Richard leads our Tween/Teen Tours, tailoring them to the interests of attending families. In addition, he leads middle and high school students on an unforgettable, educational tour of the French Quarter.

Sara Werner

Guide

I was born in Michigan, but New Orleans has had my heart since my first visit in 1996.  I returned home with a new mission: save money and move to the French Quarter by any means necessary. By 1999, I was here, enrolled at UNO to become a teacher. I began teaching first grade in 2005, immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

In the years that followed, I got my Masters Degree in Special Education, became a department chair, a teacher mentor, and an academic coach. I left the school system in 2013 to start a tutoring business, and a bit later, became a tour guide.

New Orleans is a magical city, with an unparalleled history and culture. I love sharing my knowledge and my love for the city with the world!

When I’m not touring I practice Reiki, make art and take naps with my cat, Wednesday.