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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.

Candice Powell

Pirate Treasure Hunt, Ghost Hunts, & Elementary School Field Trip Leader

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Candice is absolutely thrilled to be a part of French Quartour Kids. She is passionate about New Orleans’ colorful history and eager to share its stories.

Upon obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University, NJ and an elementary teaching license from UNCA in Asheville, NC, Candice taught preschool and kindergarten for the past eleven years. She aims to instill in students a sense of wonder and an appreciation for the natural world around us. Candice is excited to take her teaching outside to one of the most magical classrooms she could dream of- the French Quarter!

Destiny Karash-Givens

Life Science Scavengers Hunt

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Hi y’all!

My name is Destiny and I’m so excited to kick off this science tour with French Quartour Kids!

I’ve been teaching for six years and my focus is in environmental and life sciences. My teaching experience has allowed me unique experiences such as doing water quality research in the wetlands of Mexico City to teaching English immersion classes in Israel with fifth and sixth graders.

This experience is a perfect blend of New Orleans natural history intertwined with the environmental aspects of how parts of New Orleans came to be, with a little lagniappe along the way. Get ready to take a trip around the bayou to learn more about what makes New Orleans, well… New Orleans!