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.
Head of School
Sunny returns to Southfield as Head of School with 23 years of experience in education and independent school leadership. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and a Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education and Louisiana Preschool Certification from Northwestern. Her journey began as a second grade teacher where she received Teacher of the Year recognition. After enrolling her two children at Southfield in 2008, she decided that Southfield’s engaging and nurturing environment would be home for her, as well. She began teaching and quickly moved into an administrative role as Preschool Director, also serving on the Technology Committee and guiding the design, development, and construction of the newly built preschool facilities. Sunny spent 2016 -2019 as Southfield’s Assistant Head of School for PS2 through second grade, where she cultivated a fair and compassionate approach to administrative leadership. After serving as the Head of Lower School at Spartanburg Day School for the past two years, Sunny is thrilled to be returning to a community that she loves. LEARN MORE
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.
Nicci Feathers- Bandermann
Lower School Director
Nicci joined Southfield’s administration in 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and 17 years of classroom experience teaching first and third grades. Recently, Nicci completed the New and Emerging Leader Program at Vanderbilt University and through the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, she relocated to Shreveport with her husband and two children, both of whom will attend Southfield this fall.
Middle School Director
Kirstin was born and raised in Maine. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Maine and a master’s degree from Northeastern University. She started teaching in 2005 and has taught special education, preschool, middle and high school. She moved to Shreveport in 2011 and completed advanced certification in educational leadership. Prior to joining the administrative team at Southfield, she served as a Mentor Teacher and Educational Leader Site Coach. Kirstin’s two daughters also attend Southfield.
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.
Director of Finance
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.
Business Office Manager
Shannon joined Southfield School in 2021 as the Business Office Manager.
Shani has returned to Southfield after five years at home with her children. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baylor University and six years of classroom experience teaching several grade levels. She will be working as the Admissions Assistant this school year. Originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, she moved to Shreveport in 2013 with her husband and Southfield Alum, Andrew Crawford. Their two children attend Southfield School.
Director of Technology
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.
IT Support Specialist
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.
Director of Advancement
Sumer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in advertising. She comes to Southfield with six years of experience in non-profit fundraising and grant writing. Most recently, she worked as the Development Director at the Strand, where she helped enhance downtown Shreveport through the preservation of the historic theatre’s mission.
Brenda St. Andre
Main Office Administrative Assistant
After 32 years with the Bossier Parish School System, Brenda came to Southfield in 2015 to work as a teaching assistant in the preschool 4 program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, her hometown. She has two children and two “in-law” children who have given her five wonderful grandchildren, two of which are/were Southfield students.
Middle School Administrative Assistant
Shelia joined Southfield School in 2012. She has two grandchildren who graduated from the school.
Preschool Administrative Assistant
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 joined Southfield School’s Preschool program in 1997. She earned her BS from Centenary College and has three daughters enrolled at Southfield.
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.
Preschool-2 Exploration, Summer Camp Director
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Kelli is a Southfield alum and is joining Southfield in the fall of 2021. Since moving back to Shreveport five years ago, Kelli has been a PreK-2 teacher as well as a homeschool teacher. She cannot wait to return to the school that holds her earliest childhood memories.
1st Grade, Yearbook Director
Allison is a New Orleans native and a college graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in early childhood education. This will be her fifth-year teaching, where she strives to create a community of learners that nurtures growth in a positive, fun environment.
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.
This will be Amanda’s second year at Southfield, but her thirteenth year in the classroom where she has spent 10 years in first grade and one year in third. Amanda graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. From there, she continued her education journey and obtained her master’s degree in reading from the University of Texas at Tyler.
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.
3rd Grade, Summer Camp Asst. Director
Katie was raised in Shreveport. She graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2011. She obtained her teaching certification in 2015 from LSUS. While obtaining her certification Katie worked at Southfield School as the 1st and 2nd grade assistant from 2014 to 2016. Katie has been a 1st grade teacher in Caddo Parish for the last 6 years. During this time she continued to work at Southfield Summer Camp. In 2021 Katie began a new role as Assistant Summer Camp Director.
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 3rd Grade. Carolyn earned her degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University.
Susannah was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Louisiana State University in 2017 and a master’s degree in gifted education from Louisiana State University in 2019. She started teaching in 2019 and has taught 4th grade for two years at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge.
4th Grade, AfterCare Director
Genevieve joins us with over 14 years of teaching experience, primarily in 4th and 5th-grade math and science. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with her bachelor’s and went on to obtain her master’s in 2006 at UF with an emphasis in math and science. Her philosophy on education centers around creating strong and supportive relationships with her students and their families and helping each child develop a passion and love for learning.
Middle School Math
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.
7th Grade US History
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.
5th Grade Math and Science
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.
Sarah Kate Barr
Sarah Kate was born and raised in Shreveport. She graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2016 and a master’s in teaching in 2017. She has been teaching 5th grade English Language Arts for 5 years in Caddo Parish. She is excited to continue teaching 5th graders at Southfield this year and get to know all the wonderful people in the Southfield community!
Dr. Pete Shumate
Middle School Science, MathCounts Coach
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.
Middle School World Geography and Language Arts
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.
Middle School Language Arts
Holli joined the Southfield faculty in 2021 as a Middle School English teacher. Certified in Secondary Education and Gifted Education, she holds a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Arts from Texas A & M University. Holli has taught English for 27 years and has four grandchildren who are currently attending the school.
Director of Athletics
Coach Walsworth has a history degree from LSUS served and has served as both a teacher and a coach for over 13 years. This is his first year at Southfield School, where he brings former boys basketball head coach, cross-country, and track-and-field coaching experience. He developed a tutoring program and an academic accountability to improve the grades of athletes at his former school and is committed to the development of excellence in both Southfield classrooms and competition.
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. Her daughter is a Southfield alum.
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.
Health and Physical Education
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.
Middle School MBA Teacher
Christian Garrett has vast life experience. Having grown up in Louisiana, he has since lived in eight countries and six states. He has also acquired the ability to communicate in three languages. He earned a BA in Interpersonal Communication and Dance from Western Kentucky University in 2001, an MA in Adult Education & Training in 2009 from the University of Phoenix, and an EdS in Adult Education with an emphasis in Online and Distance Education from Walden University in 2017. Christian has been certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Wellness Coach. He has spent the past twenty years working in education teaching professionals, children, teens, and clients of all ages. Christian has completed a marathon, a triathlon, and several half marathons, as well as 5 and 10k runs. He was also a dancer for the Walt Disney Corporation in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Math and Science Specialist
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. This will be her first year as Math and Science Specialist.
Originally from DeForest, Wisconsin, Joy brings a lifelong love of and participation in music with her to Southfield. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Utah University and a Master of Music in Music Education from Boston University. Mrs. Yang has taught band, choir, elementary and general music across three different states: Utah, Massachusetts and Louisiana. Joy is an active oboist, playing in summer musicals, area churches, bands and other ensembles whenever she has the chance. Joy and her husband, Michael, met while serving in the Marine Corps, and their two youngest children currently attend Southfield. In addition to music, Joy loves to read, quilt, play board games, and enjoy time with family.
Maria Angelica Contreras Stroobants
Angélica was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Later on she moved to Monterrey, Mexico where she attended the University of Monterrey graduating with a bachelor’s degree in labor law. She moved to Shreveport in 2012 with her husband and two children. She has been working for Caddo Parish Public schools since 2015 with the English as a Second Language Department. She enjoys reading, gardening and traveling with her family. She looks forward to the upcoming school year and starting the next chapter of her career as part of the Southfield family.
Reading & Dyslexia Program Specialist
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.
Middle School String Ensemble and Lower School/Preschool Composer of the Month Program
Brett Andrews is currently principal cellist of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and is an active musician in the Ark-La-Tex area, frequently playing as a member of the Emerald Piano Quartet and Trio. He performs with orchestras across Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas including Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. Brett is also a founding member of Dynamix String Quartet, an innovative ensemble aiming to offer popular and new music for string quartet in venues outside of the traditional concert hall, and Carrefour Chamber Music Project, a Shreveport-based group of musicians grounded in building community within the Shreveport-Bossier City area through chamber music.
Lower and Middle School French
Keely was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. After spending a summer as an au pair in France, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in French from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2014, and then earned her master’s in teaching from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2020. She began teaching in 2017 and this will be her first year at Southfield.
Director of Drama
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.
Tiffany moved Shreveport in 2011 from Monroe, LA, and has been in early childcare off and on for 13 years. While attending college in Monroe, she worked at a local school as an early childhood development assistant and really fell in love with being in a classroom after starting at Young Years here in Shreveport. During her five-year tenure, she grew as a preschool teacher and obtained her CDA (Children’s Development Associate) Credential. Tiffany is also TS GOLD (Teaching Strategies) certified with the ability to observe children in their everyday experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lily was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science with a concentration in child development. She also plans to work on her master’s degree in early childhood education this upcoming year. Lily is a proud alumnus of Southfield School.
LeeAnn is a military spouse and has two daughters that go to Southfield. She was born in VA, but has lived all over the world because of the military. She has her A.A. from St. John’s River State College and attended University of North Florida. LeeAnn’s husband is a B52 pilot and they have lived in Bossier City for two years. A former lifeguard for more than a decade, she now loves swimming and teaching her girls how to swim. Her hobbies are mostly spending time with her family, two dogs and Disney! She is very excited to work as a teacher assistant!
Charlotte worked as a paraprofessional & behavioral specialist at Pinetree High School ISD in Longview, TX for 15 years. She also worked as a paraprofessional at White Oak ISD in White Oak, TX for two years and has been a substitute at Southfield School for several years. Her twin sister, Shelia Huckaby, is our middle school administrative assistant!
Marion has over 15 years of childcare experience, both in and outside of the classroom. For the last 11 years, she has been a full-time nanny for the Neeley family. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, she moved to Shreveport with her nanny family in 2014. Marion is currently finishing her associate’s degree in care and development of young children from Bossier Parish Community College, with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Brooke comes to Southfield School this fall with a background in social work and counseling. She has a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. With over more than five years of working with adolescents, she looks forward to joining a school setting and bringing her experience to our preschool families.
Megan graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduating, she began teaching kindergarten. Since moving to Shreveport, she has taught Preschool 4. Her husband, Brad, is a Southfield alumnus, and together they have two children, Bear and Sully. Bear will be in Preschool 4 and Sully will attend Preschool 2 this school year.
First and Second Grade Assistant
Anne was born and raised in Plano, TX, She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University. She has over 10 years experience in education; including five years as a preschool teacher and an all-division substitute here at Southfield. Anne’s two daughters Claire & Stella also attend Southfield.
Director of Maintenance
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.
Co-Director of Maintenance
Don worked at Libby Glass for 34 years and held numerous roles including Facilities Maintenance Supervisor, manager of various departments, and technician. Before working at Libby Glass, he served in the U.S. Army and was a deputy for the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. Don has a bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Louisiana Tech University. He’s a lifelong resident of Shreveport and has six children and fifteen grandchildren.
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 and/or alumni.
Dawn Ward is a Southfield parent, Board of Trustees member, and one of our new Café chefs. She holds a BS in Biology and recently retired to share in the joy of Southfield School. She and her husband have been proud Eagle parents for 14 years with their three boys – one alum and two current students. They enjoy traveling and cheering on the Eagles, Flyers and Dawgs. She is excited to help continue the culinary excellence that our school is known for and that our students are used to.