K-12 Private Christian School in Northwest Houston, TX


Senior Administration

Dr. Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D
Executive Director

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


Mr. Stephen J. Novotny, J.D.

Mr. Novotny has enjoyed a career of providing successful leadership to organizations in the fields of law, the military, business and education. For 10 years, Mr. Novotny provided leadership as the Executive Director for Cypress Christian School. Recently, he partnered with the school's board of directors to recruit and transition the school to a new executive director and Mr. Novotny now serves as special advisor to the board and school administration. Mr. Novotny has a track record of focusing on serving others and helping organizations achieve greater levels of effectiveness in their mission. As an attorney, Mr. Novotny has represented and advised corporations from the very top of the Fortune 500 list to small, privately-owned companies. Prior to his work in law, Christian ministry and education, Mr. Novotny served as an officer in the United States Army, leading and training combat arms units, and was also qualified as an Airborne Paratrooper.

  • Bachelor of Science, Liberty University
  • Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Air Defense Officer’s School
  • Distinguished Military Graduate, Liberty University
  • Admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • Washington State Licensed Attorney
  • Active Member of the State Bar of Texas
  • Juris Doctorate, Baylor University School of Law


Mr. Craig Cleveland
Dean of Students

Mr. Cleveland has faithfully served at Cypress Christian School since 2003. In his role as Dean of Students, Mr. Cleveland oversees all disciplinary matters for secondary students (grades 6-12). He is known for being a Godly mentor and encouraging students to be the best that they can be. Additionally, he assists the middle school and high school principals with campus logistics, student accountability and maintaining a positive, safe, Christ-like environment that is conducive for learning. His credentials and experience are as follows:

  • B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Houston Baptist University
  • Member of Tulsa University Basketball Team
  • Member of Houston Baptist University Basketball Team
  • Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Encourager Christian Academy
  • Interim Principal at Encourager Christian Academy
  • Licensed and Ordained Minister
  • State of Texas Teacher Certification
  • ACSI certified as All-levels Principal and Secondary Teacher 


Mrs. Becky Fredrickson

Mrs. Fredrickson holds teaching certifications with both ACSI and the State of Texas, and has over ten years of distinguished service as an educator in both Christian and public schools. As CCS's Academic Advisor, Mrs.Fredrickson strives to engage students and their parents to ensure that they are informed and prepared for the road to success during their high school years and beyond. Mrs. Fredrickson provides personalized assistance to students by encouraging them to explore college and other post-high school options, and guides them through college testing and the admissions process, while keeping them on track during the rigorous CCS academic experience.

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University
  • Texas Educator Certificate in Elementary Reading, Speech Communication, Gifted and Talented and ESL
  • ACSI Teaching Certification
  • Quantum Learning Certification
  • Praise and Worship Leader at The Foundry Church for 14 years
  • Computer & Technology Liaison (SBISD)
  • Science Liaison (CFISD)
  • Science at Risk Teacher (CFISD)
  • Teacher of the Year (Keith Campus - CFISD)


Mr. Jim Hill
Athletics general manager

Mr. Hill has over 30 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach, athletic director, elementary principal, high school principal and superintendent of schools. His coaching career spans 25 years coaching volleyball, basketball, baseball, track and field and soccer, winning numerous coach of the year honors and amassing over 500 wins in his basketball coaching career. Mr. Hill was a twice-elected member of the Association of Christian Schools International Northwest Committee for Accreditation of Schools. It has been his goal to teach young men and women how to live, work and play for the Lord and to help guide organizations to operate professionally and with a Biblical worldview.

  • Bachelor of Arts from West Coast Christian College
  • Master of Science in School Administration from Capella University
  • ACSI Accreditation Chair
  • ACSI Lifetime Certificate Superintendent


Mrs. Marsha Martin
Athletic Director | Head Girls Basketball and Track Coach

Coach Martin has served CCS since 1996. Her love for the students of Cypress Christian is evident in her roles as Athletic Director, teacher, coach and friend. Her credentials and experience are as follows:

  • B.S. in Physical Education/Health Education/Secondary Education from Lamar University
  • ACSI Certification in Physical Education and Health Education
  • State Educators Certification in Physical Education and Health Education
  • Athletic Director (23 years)
  • Youth And Recreation Director at local churches (10 years)
  • Former Band, Bible, and History teacher
  • Former collegiate athlete in basketball and track and field


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 Tennesse
  • 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


Mrs. Joy Bezner
Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Bezner brings extensive experience as a teacher, special education specialist and administrator in both private and public schools to her role as Elementary Principal. Mrs. Bezner loves using the experiences and gifts that God has given her to motivate and encourage teachers and students, and she feels incredibly blessed to serve at Cypress Christian School. Her credentials include:

  • Bachelor of Science from Hardin-Simmons University
  • Master of Education from Texas Tech University
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Texas Educator Certificate (Generalist EC - 4, Special Education EC - 12, ESL EC-12)
  • ACSI Certified at all levels - Teacher, Special Education Specialist and Elementary Principal


Dr. Christopher Witschonke
Dean of Instructional Development

Dr. Witschonke is a proven Christian servant and educational leader. For five years, Dr. Witschonke served on faculty with the University of Houston-Downtown teaching and training teachers and undergraduate college students majoring in education. Prior to this, he spent ten years as a secondary classroom teacher, distinguishing himself as an innovative educator who knew how to successfully teach and reach young people. Dr. Witschonke serves at Second Baptist Church as a deacon and as a volunteer in children’s and youth ministry.

  • Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston
  • State of Texas Teaching Certification
  • ACSI Certification

School Operational Leadership

Mrs. Angie Ramirez
Admissions Director

Mrs. Ramirez has served in various capacities at CCS since 2005. Mrs. Ramirez states: “My job at Cypress Christian School is to clearly communicate the mission of the school to prospective families. As I have opportunity to get to know the families, I must discern if there is a spiritual match, an academic match, and a behavior match for the family and for the school.” Ramirez represents CCS through the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and promotes public relations efforts by giving individual tours of the campus, staging preview nights and student visitor days, organizing grade-specific events and working one-on-one with families as they navigate the admissions process.

  • Completion of admissions courses through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Houston Area Independent Schools (HAIS)
  • Northwest Private School Preview Coordinator
  • Ambassador Council Sponsor
Mr. Robert White
Director of Advancement | General Administrator

Mr. White holds ACSI certifications as both a superintendent and as a principal, and he has served as an elementary principal, high school principal and head of school for a multi-campus Christian school district of over 670 students. His strong experience at every level of Christian school administration enables him to effectively lead and to help organizations achieve excellence in their mission.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Pensacola Christian College
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College
  • Master of Ministry from Northwest Baptist Seminary
  • ACSI Certified as a Superintendent and Principal
  • Chair for ACSI School Accreditation Teams


Mr. Jacob Spenn
Athletic Administrator | Head Football Coach

Coach Spenn is known to CCS families as an effective coach with a heart for Christian discipleship. Along with coaching, he works as an administrator of athletic programming. His academic and professional management background are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics/Environmental Science from Taylor University
  • Four-year letterman with the Taylor University Football Team
  • Master of Science from the University of Illinois in Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in hydrology and hydraulic engineering
  • Texas Professional Licensed Engineer, who has served for more than eight years as a project manager with the Harris County Flood Control District overseeing major planning projects, as well as the public affairs and media coordination associated with these public projects


Mrs. Donna Rhodes
Business Manager

Mrs. Donna Rhodes, since coming to CCS in 1998, has used her vast experience and education to manage the school finances.

Her credentials and experience are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance from University of Houston
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Internal Auditor
  • Employed in Public Accounting (performed audits of schools and not-for-profit organizations for 8 years)
  • Internal Auditor (2 years)
  • General Accounting (4 years)
  • Accounting Experience (Total of 36 years)
Mr. David Swan
Director of Operations | Head Baseball Coach

Mr. 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