Dr. Jeffrey D. Potts
Dr. Potts has over 20 years' experience as a classroom teacher, coach and administrator. At previous schools, he has a proven track record of significantly improving the school's financial footing while operating on two campuses; implementing systems to increase re-enrollment rates and leading the school through ACSI/AdvancedED accreditation. He was able to triple the merit-based college scholarships offered to graduating seniors during his tenure. Seeking to ensure graduates are better prepared to take on leadership roles in college and beyond, Dr. Potts began a partnership with Student Leadership University whereby he was able to take select students on international experiences to Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan. Dr. Potts has presented as a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally, is a published author and has previously served as a church elder and small group Bible study leader for over 10 years.
- Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University
- Master of Arts in Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Columbia International University
- Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University
Dr. Ryan Berens
High School Principal
Dr. Berens brings 17 years of educational experience to our school. He has previously held roles as Coordinator of Innovative Learning and Instructional Technology for the Georgia Department of Education. He also formerly served as Coordinator of Instructional Learning for a private independent school in Louisiana, where he implemented a 1-to-1 iPad program. Most recently, Dr. Berens served at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas for five years. He he led faculty integration, supervised the Chapel and House System, led the e-learning program and served pedagogical/professional development roles with faculty all through his role as Assistant Middle School Principal.
Dr. Berens lives as an example of Christian faith and brings an elite blend of pedagogical training, technological innovation and spiritual development with nearly two decades of leadership experience. His spiritual and professional calling overlap as shown in his mixed portfolio of educational leadership. Along with strong student, family and faculty guidance, Dr. Berens specializes in Christian growth and development for the whole community to better enable them to lead as the next generation of leaders.
- Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia
- Master of Education from Kennesaw State University
- Bachelor of Arts in History from Rhodes College
Mrs. Iva Nell Rhea
Middle School Principal
Mrs. Rhea has been affiliated with CCS in various roles since 1986. Mrs. Rhea has a special interest in and love for middle school students and enjoys seeing God work in them to produce young men and women of strong faith who can engage the world for Christ. Her credentials and experience are as follows:
- Bachelor of Science from Carson-Newman College, a Baptist liberal arts college in Tennessee
- Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX
- Master of Science in Reading Education from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX
- ACSI Certification in English and Reading
- Twenty years teaching experience
Dr. Melissa Allen
Dr. Allen taught math and science for six years prior to moving to administration. For the past 14 years, she has been in various administration roles at the elementary and secondary levels in public and private schools. Most recently she served as the elementary principal and Exceptional Student Education Director (ESE) K-12 for Berean Christian School in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Allen has a desire to ensure that students feel loved and cared for while receiving a top-notch education in a Christ-centered environment. She is excited to be part of the Cypress Christian Family.
Her credentials include:
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from The University of Oklahoma
- Master of Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University
- Specialist of Education Leadership from Southwest Baptist University
- Doctor of Education from Liberty University
- ACSI Certified Administrator
Mr. Kris Hogan
director oF culture | head football coach
As the Director of Culture, Kris Hogan’s goal is to equip Christians and develop the next generation of leaders while partnering with like-minded parents. His passion is training believers and helping them build a Biblical mental framework to interpret the world and boldly serve the Lord through decisive action. “I would rather train and help people develop a mindset based on Biblical principles, than do anything else in the world!”
Kris Hogan has over 24 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach, administrator and athletic director. During his coaching tenure, he has seen teams capture 18 state championships in multiple sports, including football, track, baseball, softball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball and swim. Coach Hogan serves as the Warrior head varsity football coach, and has been the recipient of the National Sportsman of the Year Award presented by AT&T and a multiple-time recipient of a national Character in Coaching Award.
- Bachelor of Science from East Texas State University
- Lifetime Texas Educator Certificate
Mr. David Swan
Director of Operations | Head Baseball Coach
David Swan joined the CCS team in 2012 and oversees both the development and operations functions of the school. He has over 15 years of business management experience, focusing on designing, managing and improving key business processes with companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Swan is a certified Six Sigma advisor, specializing in strategic planning, implementation, training, coaching and driving project closure. He has also written and presented papers on training and has co-authored articles for various engineering journals.
- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi
Mr. Drew Sells
Drew Sells is a highly relational and enthusiastic leader eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. He has a clear understanding of developing a winning culture through the platform of athletics and a proven track record of doing with so over 17 years of Christian education experience. In addition, he has over 15 years of experience leading and attending Student Leadership University from 101 through 401. He is motivated to teach the next generation of men and women to pursue Christ and change the world.
Mr. Sells is committed to athletic excellence in both girls' and boys' sports and is nationally certified in sports strength and conditioning. As athletic director or coach, Sells' teams have had great success, winning multiple district and state championships. He was an integral part of the staff and faculty that TAPPS twice awarded the Henderson Cup, awarded annually to the top overall school in each TAPPS classification.
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix