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.


Gordon Walker

Interim Head of School

(318) 213-6332

Clare Coburn

Preschool – 2nd Grade 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.

Eric Lee

3rd Grade – 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.

Shannon Elder

Business Office Manager

(318) 213-6334

Shannon joined Southfield School in 2021 as the Business Office Manager.

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.

Sumer Cooner

Director of Advancement 

(318) 213-6331

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.

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.

Ashley Timmons

Director of Alumni

(318) 213-6886

Ashley was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology.  For the past five years, she has held roles in marketing, communications, and school admissions for another private school in the area. Two of her three children will be attending Southfield School this fall.

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.

Kelli Reynolds

Kindergarten Assistant

(318) 213-6352

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.

Allison Taylor

1st Grade, Yearbook Director

(318) 213-6403

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 fourth-year teaching, where she strives to create a community of learners that nurtures growth in a positive, fun environment.

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.

Amanda Bunnett

2nd Grade

(318) 213-6418

This will be Amanda’s first year at Southfield, but her twelfth 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 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.

Carolyn Pearce

3rd 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 3rd Grade. Carolyn earned her degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University.

Susannah Jaques

4th Grade    

(318) 213-6352

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.

Genevieve Saulter

4th Grade

(318) 213-6352

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

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.

Holli Hagler

Middle School Language Arts

(318) 213-6411

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.

Ron Walsworth

Director of Athletics

(318) 868-5803

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.

Leigh Ann Thompson

Middle School Math

(318) 213-6345

Leigh Ann earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. After having children, she found her passion in teaching and has experience teaching sixth grade math. She enjoys reading, puzzles, and traveling with her family. Her two boys are excited to be attending Southfield this fall.


Donna Mitchell

Reading Interventionist


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 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.

Kay Batte

Math and Science Specialist

(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. This will be her first year as Math and Science Specialist.

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.

Keely Kitchura

Lower and Middle School French

(318) 213-6349

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.

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

Lily Huggs

Extended Day


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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Charlotte White

Preschool 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, Sheila Harrison, is our middle school administrative assistant!


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.

Marion Christopher

Preschool 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.


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.

Tiffany Aaron

Preschool Assistant


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.

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  

Tiffany Kindred

Southfield Café


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.