Shelley is a returning teacher to Cypress MDO. She has been married to Derek since 2007. They have 2 children; Jack is at Providence and Lela is here at Cypress. Shelley has worked as a para at T.L. Rhodes in special ed and pre-k. She has spent the last 6 years as a stay at home mom and is excited about coming back to Cypress MDO!
This is Sarah's first year teaching at Cypress MDO and Preschool. She is a member of Cypress Baptist Church and enjoys working with children and their families. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in Family and Child Studies-Child Life from Louisiana Tech. Sarah grew up in our church and is thrilled to now be teaching with us.
Amanda has been with Cypress in some capacity for the past thirteen years! She has worked with all of our age groups, but she especially loves working with the Explorers. She is married to, Chris and they have four children: Ellie, Jackson, Pierce, and Cabbott. They attend Cypress Baptist Church and stay very busy!
Kelli Lee is a certified elementary school teacher. She has been married to her husband for three years, and they have a one-year-old daughter, Emersyn. Kelli taught first grade at Stockwell Elementary. She is excited to be teaching at Cypress this year!
Brooke graduated from LSU-S with a degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011. She is married with one son and one daughter. Brooke is excited to be at Cypress where she can use her passion for teaching and love for learning.
This is Dana's third year as a teacher here at Cypress. She is married to Buzz Cooper ,and they have three children: Avery, Harlie, and Logan. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development/Education and a master's degree in Guidance Counseling from Louisiana Tech. Dana feels blessed to be a part of our Cypress Family.
This is Rebecca fourth year at Cypress MDO in the Explorers. She, her husband Aaron, and two kids, Aydan and Ava Beth, are members of Cypress Baptist Church. Rebecca is thankful to have the opportunity to work in an environment that loves kids and teaches them about Jesus.
Rachel graduated from Louisiana Tech in Elementary Education. She taught in public school for five years before joining our staff. She is married with two children who attend Cypress MDO and Preschool. In her spare time, Rachel loves to run and play outside with her kids.
This is Ashley's second year to work at Cypress MDO and Preschool. She and her husband Chris have two children: Samantha and Jackson. Ashley enjoys teaching in the Explorers class and loves working with all the wonderful women here.
Kristen and her husband have two children, Presley (6) and Wyatt (3). She is a certified teacher who spent six and a half years in the classroom teaching Pre Algebra, 5th grade, and 3rd grade. She stepped away from teaching after the birth of her second child. After spending time subbing here she is so excited to join the team of teachers and looking forward to learning, loving, and exploring Preschool with your child.
Emily is a Registered Nurse with a background in pediatric nursing. She is married to Weslie, and they have two daughters, Graci and Jillian. They attend Cypress Baptist and live in Benton. After staying at home for the past year and a half, Emily is excited to be working with an amazing team of people who love working with children!
Candace is thrilled to be here for her second year at Cypress. She has taught and led multiple preschool ministries over the past eight years. During that time, she was a stay-at-home mom to her three children: Tanner, Ryder, and Tinley. She and her husband, Tigger, have been married for ten years.
Brittany has taught at Cypress MDO & Preschool for four years. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's of Education in Reading. She has eight years teaching experience in public school. Brittany is married to Thomas, and they have two daughters, Callie and Sawyer Rose.
Kristy and Chad have been married for nine years and live in Greenwood, LA. They have two children: Lynden and Elledge. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Kristy has taught at Cypress MDO and Preschool for five years and has a passion for working with young children.
This is Erika's first year teaching at Cypress. She is married to Connan Broyles, and they have one daughter, Emmalyn. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is currently working on her master's degree. Sammi couldn't be happier to be a part of the Cypress family!
Kim is married to Ralph Williams, and they have one teenage son, Nathaniel. She serves in the Preschool Ministry at Cypress, teaching in the three year old class. This is Kim's second year at Cypress MDO and Preschool. She absolutely loves being here and working with the explorers.
"I have been Preschool Minister at Cypress since February 1992. I am married with two grown children and four grandchildren. I began our Mom's Day Out program in January 1999 and have been blessed to watch it grow into the fantastic ministry it is today! Reaching preschoolers and their families with the love of God is my passion and heart's desire."
This is Andria's second year teaching at Cypress! She is certified PreK- 4th grade and has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught PreK at Kerr Elementary for three years prior to joining our team. She and her husband Garrett have one daughter, Brynlee.
Jamie has worked with Cypress MDO and Preschool over the past eight years. This is her second year in the Infant room and she couldn't be more excited. She has been married to Chad for eleven years and they have two daughters, Autumn and Avery who attend Benton Elementary.
Erica has faithfully served as a teacher and sub at Cypress MDO & Preschool for ten years. She has experience with several different ages and loves working with our toddlers!
Peggy is a certified K-8 Elementary Teacher with thirty-six years experience in both public and private schools. She is married to Keith and has two children and two grandchildren. They recently moved to Benton to be near their children and church. Peggy enjoys camping, swimming, and having her family all together! Peggy is excited to begin her new teaching experience with the staff and children at Cypress.
This is Carla's fourth year at Cypress. She has worked as both a teacher (Pre-K 3 & Bridge) and the Assistant Director. She is married to Ryan Austin and they have three children: Reid, Julianne, and Aubrey Mae. Carla is certified to teach PreK, K-8th, and middle school math. She spent seven years teaching in Ouachita Parish before joining our staff at Cypress MDO & Preschool.
Connie is married, has one daughter, and two wonderful grandchildren, Jack and Lela. After working thirty years at the Post Office, Connie retired and began a new adventure here at Cypress. This is Connie's third year to love, encourage, and teach your children. She is thankful for the opportunity to do so!
Nicole began last school year as a parent and later a sub. She enjoyed it so much that she joined as a teacher. Before moving to Benton, Nicole served as the overseer of preschool ministries at H.I.M. in Calhoun, LA. Nicole and her husband, Keith, have been married for seven years. They have two children, Eliana (4) and Asher (18 months). "I'm so excited for my first full year serving in this wonderful ministry!"
Jessica taught for eight years in public school before joining our staff this year. She is married to Justin Hicks, and they have two children. Jessica loved staying home with her babies but now feels blessed to be back teaching at Cypress MDO and Preschool.
This is Rachel's second year to teach with us. She and her husband Justin have two sons: Paxton and Lawson. They live in Benton and attend Cypress Baptist Church. "I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful program and to watch your little ones grow!"
Cherie has been a member of Cypress Baptist Church since she was a young girl. She and her husband have three children: Ayden, Ethan, and Jolee. Cherie has been a been a part of our Cypress family as a parent and is now teaching in the Explorers. She couldn't be happier to be on our team and working with your children!