K-12 Private Christian School in Northwest Houston, TX

Announcing Jeffrey D. Potts Ed.D. as Head of Cypress Christian School

The Cypress Christian School Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Potts has been unanimously selected as our next Head of School. Dr. Potts joins us at a time of great prosperity and growth for CCS. His appointment comes after a six-month search by the Board with the assistance of the national search firm, Carter Baldwin. CCS was blessed to see great interest in the Head of School position from high quality candidates all around the country due to the success and health of our school. Over 100 individuals showed interest in the position, 21 made formal applications with the search committee vetting nine finalists. After much prayerful consideration, the Board selected Dr. Potts due to his strong Christian faith, strength in academic administration and successful history of leadership in Christian education. He will begin his role as the next CCS Head of School, to succeed Mr. Stephen Novotny, after transitioning from his current position at the end of this school year. 

"Dr. Jeff Potts possesses strong conviction in his Christian faith, living out his walk with Jesus Christ in his personal life and encouraging similar conviction in those around him. This strength of faith will benefit the Cypress Christian School community as we continue to fulfill the Vision for CCS of 'positively impacting the culture by promoting truth, advancing the Christian faith and equipping students to serve and lead with excellence. Jeff has strong academic administrative and theological training from well-respected universities and years of experience in the K-12 Christian education arena. Beyond these incredible attributes, Jeff's heart for ministry to children mirrors that of our current leadership team, demonstrating the strong cultural fit the Board sought for our next Head of School."

~ Trey Nicholson, CCS Board of Directors Chairman

Dr. Potts earned his bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Education from Columbia International University in Curriculum and Instruction. He has also earned a Doctor of Education from Liberty University (with High Honor) in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Potts will be joining us from Pantego Christian Academy of Arlington, Texas where he has been serving as President. Dr. Potts has 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, coach and administrator, including the last four years in his current position. As President of PCA, Dr. Potts has significantly improved the school's financial footing while operating on two campuses. He has implemented systems to increase re-enrollment rates and has led the school through ACSI/AdvancedED accreditation. He and his team have also tripled the merit-based college scholarships offered to graduating seniors during his tenure as President. 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 has been 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.

"We are very pleased with the intentionality of Jeff's approach to leadership and specific experience with leading Christian K-12 schools in the very fast-growing suburbs of Dallas. As we look to the future and our desire to build upon the strong foundation which Steve and his team have forged, our next leader needs the ability to understand and respect the past, while crafting a strategy for further improving and growing our excellent academic and biblical training. Jeff's experiences and temperament prepare him for this challenge, and we are excited to have him as the next leader of our school."

~ Lyle Williams, Head of School Search Committee Chairman

Dr. Potts and his wife, Kristin, along with their three boys - J.D. (13), Jackson (12) and Justice (7) - are active members of The Church on Rush Creek in Arlington. Their family enjoys sports, hunting, fishing and golfing together.

"Last summer, after letting the Board know that this would be my last year leading the school, I appreciated the prayerfulness and dedication our Board brought to the task of leadership transition. Partnering with the nationally recognized executive search firm Carter Baldwin, I have continued to be impressed with the dedication, professionalism and prayerfulness of this search process. I celebrate with the Board and this wonderful school, the selection and appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Potts as the next Head of School. I am truly looking forward to working together with Dr. Potts to ensure a smooth transition of leadership as we continue to move forward in our mission of honoring the Lord Jesus Christ by providing students an education based on academic excellence and biblical values!"

~ Stephen Novotny, CCS Head of School

Please join the Board in welcoming Dr. Potts, his wife Kristin and their boys to our CCS family. We praise and thank God for His provision, allowing continuity in leadership of Cypress Christian School. We humbly ask His continued blessing on our school.

Go Warriors!