Faculty & Staff Directory

We have an open door policy at Southfield School. Parents are always welcome to join their child for lunch, Flag Ceremony, class plays, and more. We want to be available when you need us. Part of what makes this school so special is the open line of communication we enjoy with our parents.


Justin Smith

Head of School

(318) 213-6332

This is Justin’s second year serving as the Head of School for Southfield.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Independent School Leadership from Vanderbilt University, a mini-MBA from Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Washington College in Maryland. Justin currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS). He moved to Florida in 2008 to teach 3rd Grade at St. John’s Episcopal Day School, where he was later asked to serve as Athletic Director and Middle School Assistant Principal before becoming the Middle School Principal. Justin became Southfield’s new Head of School in 2019 after an extensive national search conducted by an eleven-member Head of School Search Committee and supported by Southern Teachers Agency.

Clare Coburn

Preschool Director

(318) 213-6333

Clare is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She joined Southfield in 1990 as the Preschool Director and as a Preschool teacher. Clare left the classroom in 1997 to add the position of Admissions Director to her responsibilities. She became the full-time Admissions Director and Parent Relations Director in 2005 before transitioning back to Preschool as the Director in 2019. Clare has more than 30 years experience in education and three children who graduated from Southfield.

Carly Feightner

Lower School Director

(318) 213-6357

Carly joined Southfield School in 2006 as a Physical Education Specialist before assuming the position of Lower School Director in 2019. Carly earned her BS from Centenary College and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She is also a certified school counselor in the state of Louisiana. Carly has three children attending Southfield School.

Eric Lee

Middle School Director

(318) 213-6337

Eric joined Southfield as a Middle School social studies teacher in 2013 before transitioning to Middle School Director in 2019. Certified in Secondary Education, Eric holds a BA from Centenary College and a Masters of Arts from Louisiana Tech University. Eric’s wife, Kate, is a Southfield Alumna, and they have two children attending the school.

Lesley Brice

Admissions Director

(318) 213-6344

Lesley joined Southfield in 2007 teaching math and serving as the Student Advisory Coordinator in the Middle School. She then held the position of Assistant Head of School for 3rd through 8th Grade before becoming the Admissions Director in 2019. Lesley earned her BS and MS from Texas Christian University and has more than 25 years of experience in education. She has two children who are Southfield Alumni.

Adnan Samhan

Director of Finance

(318) 213-6366

Adnan started working at Southfield in 2017. He earned his BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and completed his CPA Educational Requirement at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Adnan previously served as the Director of Accounting Services at Louisiana State University in Shreveport for 20 years.

Vicky Muehleman

Business Office Coordinator

(318) 213-6334

Vicky joined Southfield School in 2020 as the Business Office Coordinator.

Kealey Barnes

Accounting Coordinator

(318) 213-6346

Kealey joined Southfield School in 2019 with more than 20 years prior accounting experience. She attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport, with a focus on Elementary Education.

Brian Rowell

 Director of Technology 

(318) 213-6340

Brian joined the Southfield School faculty in 2000, and spent four years as a 4th Grade teacher and nine years as Lower School Technology Director. He earned his BA in Elementary Education (K-8) from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and he holds certification from the Louisiana Technical College system in Computer Technology.

Matt Burt

IT Support Specialist

(318) 213-6884

Matt joined Southfield in 2015. He graduated from Shreveport Cyber Academy and is CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certified. Matt has more than 10 years experience in the IT field.

Jeanette Conaway

Director of Advancement 

(318) 213-6331

Jeanette joined Southfield in 2017. She previously worked as a VP for Development in healthcare system foundations and served as Advancement Director for Holland Hall, an ISAS School in Tulsa, OK. Jeanette completed her undergrad at Oklahoma State University and her MBA at the University of Texas in Tyler.

Casey Cipoletti

Director of Marketing

(318) 213-6335

Casey began working at Southfield School in 2021. She earned a BS in Public Relations from Marshall University and MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, and has more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing strategy.  Both of her sons attend Southfield School.

Chris Hutchison

Alumni Director

(318) 213-6886

Chris’s love of Southfield began 15 years ago as a parent to three children who are now Southfield Alumni. She has served in several volunteer capacities at the school, including PA President, member of the Board of Trustees, and Yearbook Adviser. Chris joined the staff as the Alumni Director in 2018. She has a Business Degree from Texas Tech University.

Gale Kimball

Administrative Assistant

(318) 868-5375

Gale worked at Rusheon Middle School in Bossier Parish as a Library Clerical Aide and then as the School Secretary for 23 years before joining Southfield School’s staff in 2019. Her daughter, Katie Jackson, is a kindergarten teacher at the school.

Shelia Harrison

Middle School Administrative Assistant

(318) 861-6867

Shelia joined Southfield School in 2012. She has two grandchildren who graduated from the school.

Roslyn Rushing

Preschool Administrative Assistant

(318) 213-6385

Roslyn joined Southfield in 1987. She works in the Preschool and was involved with Southfield Summer Camp from 1991-2019. Both of Roslyn’s daughters are Southfield Alumnae and she has four grandchildren currently attending the school.


Abby Hale

Preschool-2 Exploration  

(318) 213-6870

Abby joined Southfield School’s Preschool program in 1997. She earned her BS from Centenary College and has three daughters enrolled at Southfield.


Lacie Kennedy

Preschool-2 Exploration

(318) 213-6871

Lacie joined Southfield in 2012 as a Preschool Assistant. After teaching Kindergarten and 1st Grade, Lacie is now a Preschool Lead Teacher. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education and her Masters of Education (specializing in reading) from Louisiana Tech University.

Samantha Scott

Preschool-2 Exploration, Summer Camp Director

(318) 213-6872

Samantha began teaching Preschool at Southfield in 2015. She earned her BS in Early Childhood Education from Louisiana Tech University and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern State University. 

Susie Collier

Preschool-3 Discovery

(318) 213-6874

Susie joined Southfield in 1994 and has over 15 years of experience in education. After taking several years off to have children, she returned to Southfield with her youngest in 2006. Susie has a BS in Child Development from Northeast Louisiana University and a M.Ed. She is the parent of three Southfield Alums.

Cathy Frizzell

Preschool-3 Discovery

(318) 213-6879

Cathy first joined Southfield as a Preschool Readiness Lead Teacher in 1994. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University and certification in Early Childhood Education from Centenary College. She started her teaching career in 1982. All three of Cathy’s children are Southfield Alumni.

Melissa Wyss

Preschool-3 Discovery

(318) 213-6873

Melissa started as a Lead Teacher in the Southfield Preschool program in 1999. She earned her BS from Centenary College and has more than 27 years experience in education. Melissa has two children who graduated from Southfield School.

Denise Joffrion

Preschool-4 Readiness

(318) 213-6878

Denise began working at Southfield School in 2012 after retiring from the Caddo Parish School System with 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. Denise received her degree from Louisiana State University and her two daughters are Southfield Alumnae.

Kari LaBorde

Preschool-4 Readiness

(318) 213-6877

Kari joined Southfield School in 1998. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Centenary College, and also has an additional certification in Early Childhood Education. She has two daughters who graduated from Southfield.

Lauren Rhodes

Preschool-4 Readiness

(318) 213-6876

Lauren began teaching Preschool at Southfield in 2017 with three prior years of experience in education. She earned her BS and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern State University.

Lower School

Shannon Bohanan


(318) 213-6330

Shannon joined Southfield in 2018 with more than 12 years of experience in education. She has two children who attend Southfield. Shannon earned her BS in Early Child Development from the University of Louisiana in Monroe.

Katie Jackson


(318) 213-6352

Katie joined the Preschool team as an Assistant in 2010. She became a Lead Teacher in Kindergarten in 2013. Katie received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern State University.

Becca Giglio

Kindergarten Assistant,    AfterCare Director

(318) 213-6352

Becca joined Southfield’s faculty as a Kindergarten Assistant in 2019 after substituting at the school the previous year. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

Ellen Lockhart

Kindergarten Assistant

(318) 213-6330

Ellen joined Southfield in 2018 as a Preschool Assistant. She earned her BS in Arts (Communications Studies) from Louisiana State University and is enrolled in Northwestern University’s Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Ellen previously worked as a nanny in both Australia and Italy. 

Shannon Martinez

1st Grade, AfterCare Director

(318) 213-6403

Shannon started teaching at Southfield School in 2017 with more than 12 years prior experience. She has her BS in Geography and Environmental Sciences with a minor in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. She has two children enrolled at Southfield.


Jackie Singleton

1st Grade

(318) 213-6402

Jackie returned to Southfield in 2012 as a 1st Grade teacher after previously teaching kindergarten at the school for 13 years. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and holds a Masters plus 30 hours in Learning Disabilities with a minor in Reading from Louisiana State University. Jackie has more than 35 years experience in education and is certified in areas of special education. Her two children are Southfield Alumni.

Nancy Bynum

2nd Grade 

(318) 213-6418

Nancy joined Southfield School in 2004 to teach 2nd Grade. She holds degrees from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in Art and Centenary College in Elementary Education. She is also certified in Art and Early Childhood. Nancy has over 28 years of teaching experience.

Kate Wimer

2nd Grade

(318) 213-6408

Kate joined Southfield School in 2020. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and taught at University Elementary for 3 years. She was also previously a Behavioral Therapist for Janey Macey and Associates.

Kayla Barker

3rd Grade 

(318) 213-6407

Kayla joined the Southfield faculty in 2007 as a 3rd Grade teacher. She earned her BA in Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her M.Ed. from Centenary College. Kayla has 33 years of teaching experience.

Kay Batte

4th Grade

(318) 213-6406

Kay joined Southfield in 2012 as a 4th Grade teacher. She is certified in Elementary Education and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. She has more than 30 years teaching experience in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades.

Carolyn Pearce

4th Grade

(318) 213-6409

Carolyn joined Southfield’s Lower School faculty in 2013 as a 3rd Grade teacher. Before joining Southfield, she had more than 14 years of teaching experience in 1st and 2nd Grades. This year, she will be teaching 4th Grade. Carolyn earned her degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University.

Middle School

Holly Berry

Middle School Math

(318) 213-6414

Holly teaches Middle School mathematics for Grades 6th through 8th. She joined Southfield in 2000 with over 10 years experience in education. Holly has a BS from Mississippi College and a M.Ed. from Mississippi State University. She is the mother of three Southfield graduates.

Emily Felty

7th Grade US History

(318) 213-6355

Emily is a Southfield Alumna ’09 and joined the faculty in 2019. She earned her BA from Wheaton College in Illinois and is pursuing her MA in Teaching from Louisiana Tech. Emily has experience with private tutoring for middle and high school students. Her two brothers are also Southfield Alumni and her mother previously taught Spanish at the school.

Bria Mayeux

Middle School Math and Science

(318) 213-6405

Bria began teaching kindergarten at Southfield in 2010 before transitioning to 4th Grade in 2017 and Middle School in 2019. She earned her BS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University. Bria’s oldest daughter is an Alumna and her youngest daughter is a current student.

Susan Murrell

5th Grade Language Arts and World History

(318) 213-6413

Susan joined the Southfield faculty in 1986 and has held a number of positions, including: teaching 4th-8th Grade, Summer Camp Director, and After-School Care Director. Susan earned her BA from Centenary College, is Louisiana Certified, and has more than 30 years of experience in education. She has two sons who are Southfield Alumni.

Dr. Pete Shumate

Middle School Science,  MathCounts Coach

(318) 213-6416

Dr. Shumate joined Southfield School in late 2015. He earned his BS in Chemistry/Mathematics from The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and then his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alabama. He has 11 years prior collegiate teaching experience.

Leah Thelen

Middle School World Geography and Language Arts

(318) 213-6354

Leah joined the Middle School faculty in 2010. She teaches 6th Grade Language Arts and World Geography.  She earned her BS from the University of Houston and has over 20 years experience in education. Leah’s oldest son is a Southfield Alumnus and her youngest son is a current student.

Paige Wolcott

Middle School Language Arts

(318) 213-6411

Paige joined Southfield School in 2009 in the Middle School teaching 7th and 8th Grade English and Language Arts. She has a BA from Texas A&M University and over 14 years experience in education. Paige has two daughters who are both Southfield Alumnae.


Phyllis Anderson

Reading Interventionist

(318) 213-6382

Phyllis joined Southfield in 2019 after previously serving as a substitute teacher at the school. She earned her BA in Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and is a Louisiana Certified Teacher. She is an Associate in Training with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is completing the practicum to become a Certified Associate. Phyllis has 32 years prior teaching experience in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Laurie Bridel

Library Director

(318) 213-6339

Laurie joined Southfield School in 1994. She taught 4th Grade for many years and then taught language arts and social studies to 6th Grade students. In 2010, she became the Library Director and the AfterCare Director. She earned her BA from Oklahoma State University. Both of Laurie’s children are Southfield Alum.

Amy Calhoun

Health and Physical Education

(318) 868-5803

Amy joined Southfield’s team in 2019. She earned her degree in Health and Physical Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, is certified in teaching K-12, and holds a lifetime certificate type B. Prior to joining the school, Amy taught Health/Physical Education for 18 years in Bossier Parish public schools plus 2 years at Loyola College Prep. She has experience coaching softball, basketball, cross country, has been a FCA sponsor, Jump Rope for Heart organizer, and was a cup stacking team coach.

Baron Capers

Middle School Digital Art and Design

(318) 213-6382

Baron, a professional 2D/3D artist and adjunct faculty member at the Digital Media Institute, is a native of Shreveport who recently returned after living in Texas for several years. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Guildhall, which is considered the premier graduate program in video game design.

Vicki Cockerell

Math and Science Specialist, 7th Grade Math 

(318) 213-6880

Vicki joined Southfield in 1991 with 10 years teaching experience. She has a BA from Texas A&M. Vicki has taught Preschool-4 through 7th Grade at Southfield. In 2010, she became the Math and Science Specialist and teaches Lower School science labs. Vicki also teaches Preschool-4 through 5th Grade math enrichment programs and 7th Grade math. Her three children are Southfield graduates.

Debbie Davis

Music Director

(318) 213-6882

Debbie has been teaching music at Southfield since 1975. She provides musical direction for the Holiday programs as well as the Maypole celebration, Civilization Fair, Fine Arts Festival, and Eagle Singers. She has her BME from Northwestern State University and Orff Certification from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Debbie’s two daughters are Southfield Alumnae.

Janine Demerath


(318) 213-6347

Janine joined Southfield in 2010 as the Middle School Spanish teacher. Janine has a BA from Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial in Quito, Ecuador (her native country) and earned her MA from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has more than 20 years experience teaching Spanish. Janine’s youngest child is a Southfield Alum.

Jennifer Fortune

Reading & Dyslexia Program Specialist

(318) 213-6356

Jennifer started at Southfield School in 2006 as a Reading Specialist. She has a BA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and over 27 years’ experience in education. Jennifer received her certification as a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner in 2004 and is currently training to become an Orton-Gillingham Associate. She has two children that graduated from Southfield.

Jenny Gauthier

Art Director

(318) 213-6881

Jenny joined Southfield in 2016 teaching Lower School art. She won the National Art Education Association’s 2019 award for New Professional Art Educator. Jenny is a former architect, and incorporates STEAM projects and art history in her classroom. She collaborates with teachers and specialists to reinforce the students’ curricula with art. Her two daughters attend Southfield and her husband is a Southfield Alumnus.

Elizabeth McShane

Suzuki Strings, Ensemble Director

(318) 869-0048

Elizabeth joined Southfield School in 2011. She holds a MM degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has a BM degree in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy and iBASE Certificates from the University of Evansville. She completed Violin training, ECC through Book 10, with Carol Dallinger and Mark Bjork.

Elizabeth Lyles

Lower and Middle School French

(318) 213-6419

Elizabeth is a Southfield Alumna and joined the staff in 2016. She previously taught French in Saint Landry and Lafayette Parishes and worked as a bilingual partner relations advisor at Apple, Inc. in Austin, Texas. Elizabeth earned her MA in Teaching from Centenary College and utilizes the Accelerated Integrative Methodology of foreign language instruction. She teaches 2nd to 8th Grade French.

Courtney Young

Director of Drama

(318) 213-6345

Courtney joined Southfield School in 2013 and became the Director of Drama in 2015. She earned a BA from Northwestern State University with a major in Theatre and minor in Dance. Courtney has directed, produced, choreographed, and played lead roles in numerous stage productions, television shows, film roles, music videos, and commercials.

Teaching Assistants

Cindy Apple Hobgood

Extended Day


Cindy became a Preschool Extended Day Teacher in 2020 after previously working as a substitute teacher at Southfield. She earned a BS in Home Economics with a Secondary Teaching Certificate at Texas Christian University. Cindy has over 20 years teaching experience, including positions at St. John Berchmans, St. Mark’s Cathedral School, homeschooling, and tutoring. 

Jennifer Bryant

Preschool Assistant


Jennifer joined Southfield in 2012 as a substitute before starting as a Preschool Assistant the following year. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and holds her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Jennifer also has experience teaching both Sunday school and youth groups at church.

Maddie Collier

Extended Day


Maddie came to Southfield in 1999 as a student and later worked with Southfield Summer Camp and as a substitute before joining our Preschool staff. She has previously worked with children as Super Nanny, Mary Poppins, and Fairy Godmother and is working toward her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Maddie’s mother, Susie Collier, is a Preschool teacher and her brothers are also Alumni.

Mariah Ford

Preschool Assistant 


Mariah joined Southfield in 2018 as a substitute teacher before becoming a Preschool-4 Assistant in 2019. She attends Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in First Aid, served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), has received Stewards of Children training, and serves at her church as a youth leader. 

Debbie Green

Preschool Assistant


Debbie began at Southfield in 2012 as an AfterCare Specialist before becoming a Preschool Assistant in 2018. She earned her BA from Louisiana Tech University and earned her Master’s Degree plus 30 graduate hours from Centenary College. Debbie has prior experience teaching kindergarten in Caddo and Bossier Parishes from 1975-2012.

Jason Hanes

Preschool Assistant, Boy’s Basketball Coach 


Jason joined Southfield in 2013 as a Preschool Assistant, and has since added the position of Boy’s Basketball Coach to his responsibilities. He earned his BA at McKendree University, his MA in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco, his M.Ed. at Concordia University, and holds a USA Basketball Coaching Certificate – Gold Level. Jason’s two daughters are current Southfield students.

Heather Harvey

Preschool Assistant 


Heather joined Southfield as a Preschool Assistant in 2020. She previously was a nanny for a Southfield family for six years. Heather is a Children’s Minister and is the Youth Director at Calvary Pentecostal Church.

Valerie Henix

Preschool Assistant 


Valerie came to Southfield in 2016 as a Preschool Assistant and left the following year to work with special needs children before returning in 2017. She previously worked for Bossier Parish Head Start. Valerie has her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and more than 17 years experience working with children. Her daughter is also a Preschool Assistant at the school. 

Tiffany Kindred

Preschool Assistant 


Tiffany joined Southfield’s staff in 2017 after having previously served as a Room Mom and on the Teacher Appreciation Committee. She has a degree in Business and Accounting from Bossier Parish Community College and is earning her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Tiffany heads the Square 1 Art fundraiser and her three sons are current students.

Vicky Mashburn

Preschool Assistant 


Vicky has served in various capacities at Southfield School since 1999, including Room Mom, chairing the Book Fair and Field Day, Board member, and Yearbook Adviser. Vicky has worked with Preschool-2 since 2015. She earned a BS in Child Psychology with a focus on abused children and is also bilingual (Spanish). Vicky’s two daughters are Southfield Alumnae.

Donna Mitchell

Preschool Assistant 


Donna joined Southfield School in October 2017. She earned her BA in Speech and Language and is a Hearing Specialist. Donna has 33 years prior experience in Caddo Parish Schools as a Speech Pathologist.

Shannon Phillips-Kelly

Preschool Assistant 


Shannon joined Southfield School’s staff in 2019. She earned her BS in Human Development and previously taught school for five years before joining Southfield. Her oldest son is an Alumnus and her two younger children are current students.

Lori Smith

Preschool Assistant 


Lori joined Southfield in 2006. She earned her BS in Education and is certified in Secondary Education in both Louisiana and Texas. Lori has prior experience teaching middle and high school students. Her two daughters are Southfield Alumnae.

Brenda St. Andre

Preschool Assistant 


Brenda joined Southfield in 2015 after retiring with 32 years from the Bossier Parish School System. She earned her BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Northwestern State University. Brenda’s son-in-law is an Alumnus and two of her grandchildren are current students at Southfield.

Support Staff

Dean Wheeler

Head of Maintenance 

(318) 213-6338

Dean joined Southfield School in April of 1987. He has lived in Shreveport all his life and looks forward to retiring from Southfield in a few years. 

Ronald Jordan


(318) 213-6338

Ronald returned to Southfield in late 2018 after previously working at the school from 1991 to 2013. He loves working at Southfield.

Officer Brandon Mckean

School Resource Officer

Officer Mckean joined Southfield School’s team in 2020. 

Danette Colvin

Southfield Café, School Nurse 

(318) 868-5118

Danette joined Southfield’s staff in 2000. She is a Registered Nurse and also owns Three Sisters Catering, dba. Her two children graduated from Southfield. 

LaJuan Wagoner

Southfield Café 

Kelly Ferris

Southfield Café  

Kristin Stephens

Southfield Café  

Southfield Café

Danette, LaJuan, and Kelly are sisters whose father owned several restaurants ranging from fried chicken to a nationwide pizza chain. They worked for him at different times throughout their lives. In 2000, when Danette’s children attended Southfield, she wanted to find a way to work for the school as she loved the environment and wanted to see her children as much as possible. The cafeteria had been closed for 10 years, so she spoke to the Head of School at the time about opening it back up. She wrote a business proposal to the Board and surveyed the parents and the rest is history!