Angel Seale, Toddlers

Nicole began here at Cypress as a parent and later became 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 (5) and Asher (2).  "I'm so excited to be serving in this wonderful ministry!"

This is Shannon’s first year at Cypress MDO. She was a stay-at-home mom for eight years and is excited to be joining the staff after two of her children previously attended the Cypress preschool program. She’s been married to her husband Brent for 20 years. They have four children: Lauren (12), Lydia (10), Luke (8), and Lacey (5).

Carla Austin, Asst. Director

Amanda has been with Cypress in some capacity for the past fourteen 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!

Nikki Pipes, Explorers

Kelli Lee is a certified elementary school teacher.  She has been married to her husband for four 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!


Kiara has a degee in Health Information Technology, and is currently enrolled at ULM obtaining my Bachelor's in Elementary Education. She has also been a substitute teacher for the past 3 years. Kiara and her husband, Damien, have been married for 8 years.  They have 3 beautiful kids Akiera (9), Kylan (7), and Damien II (5).

Stephanie has been married for seven years to John Wu. They have two littles: Eden and Oliver.  Her husband is active duty with the Air Force and they are both from Louisville, Kentucky. While Stephanie helps to raise their little family, she stays busy as an active board member for a local non-profit, serves her home church and for her husband’s medical group, and also runs a small home business on the side!
 

Kate Ross, Toddlers

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 fourth year to love, encourage, and teach your children. She is thankful for the opportunity to do so!

Stephanie Wu, Preschool
Glenda Greer, Minister to Preschool 

Hollis Anne Shane, Director

Shannon Shoalmire, Babies
Crystal Maxwell, Explorers
Amanda Kairschner, Explorers

Ashley is married to Brett Grantham.  They have twin girls, Ava and Audrey, who are attending Cypress.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education as a Reading Specialist from LSU Shreveport.  She taught in BOssier Parish for 5.5 years before staying home with her girls  She is so excited to begin this new adventure here at Cypress!  

This is Brittany's fifith year at Cypress MDO & Preschool. 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.

Erin is married to Mike and they have two children.  Avelyn attends Benton Elementary and Jack is in kindergarten here at Cypress.  Their family attends Cypress Baptist Church.  Erin has been apart of Cypress as a teacher and sub for the last three years.  She is excited to be teaching in preschool this year! 

Denise Aldrich, Bridge
Connie Brian, Bridge
Shelley Harper, Explorers

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 being at Cypress MDO for a second year!

This is Dana's fourth 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 fifth year teaching at Cypress MDO.  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.     

Brittany Kendrick, Curriculum Coordinator
Christy Vining, Babies

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 teach with the staff and children at Cypress.

Emily Rhodes, Babies
Stacie West, Babies

This is Stacie's first year teaching at Cypress. She has two children: Kristin and Gabriel. She is married to Garrett West, the 6th and 7th grade minister at Cypress Baptist. She is so excited to have the chance to take care of your sweet babies!.

This is Suzanna's first year teaching at Cypress Baptist. She has a bachelor's degree in early childhood development and has experience working with schools around Shreveport and Georgia. She has been married to Reed for 5 years and they have a son, Corbin and a daughter, Clara..

Kelli Lee, Bridge
Peggy Holloway, Bridge

This is Nikki'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. Nikki has been married to her husband for 12 years and has two boys.  She is very excited about being a part of this ministry.

Carla Austin, Asst. Director

Nicole Gorman, Explorers
Dana Cooper, Preschool
Kristen Splurgeon, Toddlers
Ashley Grantham, Preschool

This is Angel'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. Angel has been married to her husband for 14 years and has two small boys.  She is excited about spending her days shaping the hearts and minds of the children of Cypress MDO and Preschool.

This is Kelli's first year to work at Cypress MDO and Preschool.  She is married to Jordan and they have two daughters, Tenley (6) and Raelynn (4). They attend Cypress Baptist Church.  She has been a stay at home mom for the past 6  1/2 years and couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this awesome ministry!

Rebecca Herrold, Preschool
Erin Stewart, Preschool
Jana Adcock, Bridge
Suzanna Elsbernd, Preschool


This is Crystal's first year to work at Cypress Baptist MDO and preschool. She has been married to Hank for 9 years, and they have 3 beautiful daughters: Scarlett (6) is a first grader at Legacy; Leia (3) and Evie (2) both attend Cypress. Crystal is a faithful member of Cypress Baptist Church, and is so excited to be a part of this ministry!

Kiara Lewis , Babies

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Sarah Font, Toddlers

Glenda has been Preschool Minister at Cypress since February 1992. She is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. She began the Mom's Day Out program in January 1999 and has been blessed to watch it grow into the fantastic ministry it is today! Reaching preschoolers and their families with the love of God is her passion and heart's desire.

 Christy and her husband Chris have been married for 16 years and have two children - Noah is 7 and in first grade and Landry is 4 and is in Bridge at Cypress. She has lived in Bossier for 7 years but is originally from Texas.

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. This is Emily's second year at MDO.  Emily is excited to be working with an amazing team of people who love working with children!

Kelli Payne, Explorers

This is Sarah's third 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.

This is Carla's fifth 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.

This is Denise's first year teaching at Cypress! She is certified PreK- 4th grade and has a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught Kindergarten before deciding to take a break and raise a family. Prior to joining our team, she subbed on/off for 3 years while her son attended school at Cypress. She and her husband Dan have two children, Abby and Seth, who attend Kingston Elementary.
 

Jessica Hicks, Bridge

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 Kristen's first year at Cypress Baptist MDO and Preschool. She has been married to Chris going on 4 years. They have two children, Corbyn and Jaci, who both attend MDO here at Cypress. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and Surgical Tech. Kristen and her family just recently moved back to the Bossier area from Alexandria, La. She is so thrilled to be apart of this wonderful ministry and looking forward to watching her students grow!

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Jana taught PreK in the public school system for 5 years and then worked as an Education Inteventionist for 4 years. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband, Chris, have two children; Chloe & Chandler. This is her first year at Cypress and she is very excited to be back in a PreK classroom! .

Kate and her husband, Justin, an instructional technologist for Caddo schools, have been married for 6 years and have an 18 month old daughter, Beatrice, and a 7 year old pup named Woody. Kate has a background in social work and occupational therapy and is happy to be back working with children after being at home with her daughter.

Gail, Babies