K-12 Private Christian School in Northwest Houston, TX

Arts

Fine Arts Mission


We know that our God is the author of all creativity, and by forming us in His image, He has passed on a love of creativity to all of His children. The fine arts are an integral part of our make up as human beings and providing students the opportunity to experience and be well trained in these disciplines is vital to their overall development.

The mission of the Fine Arts Department at Cypress Christian School is to provide students with excellent performing and visual arts training that honors God by acknowledging that our gifts and talents are bestowed on us by Him, and therefore should be used to glorify God and serve others.

Psalm 139:14: “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”


Fine Arts Faculty


Art

Beth Brubaker

Mrs. Brubaker is a graduate of Baylor University. She is certified in Art Education for K-12 students and is a published author/artist. Her work has been published in the following magazines and books: School Arts, Somerset Studios, Art Doll Quarterly, Keittoodles, Mixed Media Artists by North Light Books. Her awards include: Artsonia Most Published MS Art in Texas #2 2011-2013; Texas Art Education Association Electronic Gallery Grand Prize 2013; and Texas Art Education Association Artists' Sketchbook Competition Grand Prize 2012. Mrs. Brubaker's art has been exhibited at Pearl Museum of Fine Arts Community Gallery 2010 and Tate Modern (London) online gallery juried by Peter Blake 2011.

Greg Bretz

Coach Bretz is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, where he majored in Commercial Art. He is finalizing his ACSI certification and holds a CDL license. He taught and worked in the field of graphic arts before joining the Cypress Christian team in 2007. Over the years, Coach Bretz has competed in various art competitions and won awards for his work. His talent in graphic arts can be seen throughout the campus. Over the last two years, our campus has come alive with school spirit as a result of the Coach's "Warrior Design" projects. From the baseball dugouts to the gym to the hallways of the classroom buildings, Warrior Spirit is alive and well thanks to his talents and hard work.


Performing Arts

John Nance

Mr. Nance is the CCS Director of Performing Arts. He is teaching high school choir and theater. He is a native Houstonian with formal education in the public and private sectors of Houston. His first publication was his senior year in the National Poetry Press. His undergraduate education is from Southern Nazarene University with a double major in Keyboard/Vocal Performance and Music Education. His graduate degree was conferred by the School of Music at Boston University with a masters degree in Music Education. Mr. Nance’s career began post-undergraduate in church music ministry, and migrated to music education in 1990 where he taught at Katy ISD’s Hutsell Elementary. He then moved to secondary music education, teaching for 13 years at Katy High School as the Director of Choral Studies and Music Theater. Beginning in 2004, he spent 12 years with the Aramco Oil Company SAES school system in Saudi Arabia where he was Director of Secondary Music (vocal/instrumental and theater). Highlights of his career include having his student perform for Tony Orlando in Branson, Missouri, working on stage with David Copperfield, conducting an all-Aramco’s student band for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, having students perform through Europe and Asia, being invited to perform for Prince Khalid of the UAE, performing/directing over 100 productions, recording two albums for Scherling Records, being awarded KISD’s First Year Teacher of the Year 1991, as well as concertizing throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Jessica Mynes

Mrs. Mynes has a Bachelors degree in Theater with a minor in education from Abilene Christian University. She is certified in Secondary Theater Arts 6-12. She has taught in both public and private schools, as well as many youth theater programs, including the Alley Theatre. She has directed students and placed in several Middle School UIL One Act Play competitions. Her passion is leading student artists to discover their God-given talents and use them in a way to bring Him glory.