faculty & staff

Who We Are

Faculty and Staff

 

Anita Watson

Anita Watson

Principal

Education

Bachelors of Education, Home Economics Education, University of Louisiana @ Monroe
Masters of Education, University of Louisiana @ Monroe

Credentials

6 years experience teaching 7th grade math

Employed at NBS since 1999

Biography

Mrs. Watson is married to Woods Watson, Pastor to Singles and Senior Adults at First Baptist West Monroe.  Together they have six children.  A Mississippi Delta native, Mrs. Watson moved to Monroe when she enrolled at ULM and subsequently decided to make Louisiana her home.  On Sundays she teaches a Ladies Life Group class.

 

Lee Anne Womack

Lee Anne Womack

Business Manager

Education

B.A., Bible
M.S., Accounting

Credentials

Employed at NBS since 2011

Biography

Miss Womack loves the Lord and His church and has a heart for missions.  She also enjoys working at the same school where her mother teaches.

 

Candi Martin

Candi Martin

Office Manager

Credentials

Community Trust Bank, 2008-2012
CPA Assistant, 2006-2008
Church Secretary, 2004-2006

Employed at NBS since 2015

Biography

Mrs. Martin is the mother to two precious children, her son, Luke, and daughter, Bella.  Mrs. Martin attended NBS as a student during the school’s first three years.  She says, “I am thankful to be back here now, working as the office manager, along side some truly wonderful people.”

Monna Lee

Monna Lee

PTO President and Improvements Director

Credentials

Employed at NBS since 2014

Biography

Mrs. Lee is a long time supporter of NBS. Her son Paul is a graduate of our school. She is actively involved in Highland Baptist Church.

Amanda Yates

Amanda Yates

Receptionist

Credentials

ABecka curriculum training, Pensacola Christian College
Employed at NBS since 2016

Biography
Mrs. Yates is married and has two children currently at NBS, Lennon and Jett. She lives in West Monroe and attends Community Baptist Church. Mrs. Yates absolutely loves children and is very thankful to be a part of the NBS family!

 

Kelly Ervin

Lunchroom Manager

Credentials

Degree in surgical science

Mrs. Ervin spent many days working in surgery before starting NBS in 2021.

Biography

Mrs. Ervin has been happily married for 21 years to Chuck Ervin. They have two wonderful children together. Their first-born Triston , 19, is a Specialist in the United States Army and works as a Deputy for Ouachita Parish Sheriffs dept. He is doing all this while also pursuing his passion in Biology. Shirellyn is their baby and keeps them busy with all her activities and interest. She attends NBS and is actively involved in Varsity Cheer, Girls Basketball and choir.

Mrs. Ervin is the coach of the Junior Cheerleaders.

She has a passion for working with children and loves her job and the kids at NBS.

Jennifer Shirley

Lunchroom Staff

Credentials

Graduated in 1994 from Ouachita Parish High School

Passed the Paraprofessional test in 2009

Employed at NBS since March 2021

Biography

Mrs. Shirley has been married to her husband, Bobby Shirley, since 1998. They have one son, William. Mrs. Shirley and her family attend Cheniere Baptist Church. She has been involved with cub scouts/ boyscouts since 2011 until present.

Sarah Shapley

Sarah Shapley

Choir

Credentials

Began teaching at NBS in 2021

Biography

Tim Shapley

Tim Shapley

Maintenance & Bible Teacher

   Began working for NBS in August 2019

Credentials

 In 2006 Mr. Shapley earned a BA in Bible with a Minor in Pastoral Studies from Southern Methodist College. Ordained as a Minister in the Southern Methodist Church. Mr. Shapley has been preaching for 17 years and a Pastor for 13 years. Mr. Shapley has 20 years of pupeteering and working in youth camps. 

Tim worked for the Ouachita Parish School Board for 11 years as a custodian. 

Biography

        Mr. Shapley was born and raised in South Carolina. He is a pastor’s kid, and received salvation at the age of 11 at church camp. Tim has lived in West Monroe, LA for 11 years. He is married and has 2 children that attend NBS.   

 

Stacy Lockard

Stacy Lockard

K3 Class

Credentials

Abeka Curriculum Training at Pensacola College

Has worked in children’s ministry for over 30 years serving as Preschool Sunday school teacher, Preschool master teacher, and Preschool music director

Employed at NBS since 2014

Biography

Mrs. Lockard is married to her husband, Mark. Her children are Sydney, who currently attends NBS, and Monica, who was a member of the 2014 NBS graduating class. She lives in Swartz where her family is actively involved at Bayou Baptist Church.

 

Shae Gooden

Shae Gooden

K4 Class

Credentials

Undergraduate hrs at University of Louisiana @ Monroe
ABeka Curriculum Training, Pensacola Christian College

 Employed at NBS since 2010

Biography

Mrs. Gooden is a member of Rocky Branch Baptist Church.  She has 2 children who currently attend NBS.  Mrs. Gooden’s favorite thing about preschool is loving watching the children’s faces light up when they learn something new or accomplish something they thought they could not do.  She especially enjoys teaching preschool because she like the idea of laying the foundation for their future, not only academically but spiritually as well.  Her students hold a special place in her heart as soon as they enter her classroom and remain there forever.

Proverbs 22:6  Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all their lives.

 

Lindsey Sullivan

Lindsey Sullivan

Kindergarten

Credentials

Abeka Curriculum Training, Pensacola Christian College

Undergraduate Elementary Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Biography

Mrs. Sullivan began teaching at NBS in 2021. She is married to her husband, Scott. She has five children, four boys and one girl: Tanner (14), Easton (8), Harper (7), Keaton (5), and Toryn (2). She has worked with the Abeka curriculum for several years and homeschooled her three oldest children. Mrs. Sullivan loves watching the growth of each child and seeing the expression on their little faces, as they begin to read.

 

Lauren Hankins

Lauren Hankins

Kindergarten Assistant

Credentials- Coming Soon

Biography- Coming Soon

Glenda Branford

Glenda Branford

1st Grade

Credentials

Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, Nicholls State
Educator for Over 30 Years

Employed at NBS since 2015

Biography

Ms. Branford considers it a joy to have been able to work with two-year-olds through sixth graders.  She has been teaching in the ABeka program for several years.  Ms. Branford is a mother of six children, two boys and four girls.  She says, “I truly am blessed and believe the secret to life is living for Jesus Christ.”

 

Deborah Womack

Deborah Womack

2nd Grade

Credentials

B.Sc., Elementary Education, Spanish, East Texas Baptist College
20+ years teaching experience

Employed at NBS since 2004

Biography

Mrs. Womack is a pastor’s wife and has two daughters and two grandsons.  Her favorite verse is Galatians 2:20.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

 

Nikki Castaldi

Nikki Castaldi

3rd Grade

Credentials

B.Ed. in Elementary Education, ULM
Masters, American College Education

Employed at NBS since 2020

Biography

Mrs. Castaldi is married to Pete Castaldi, has 4 adult children, and one grandchild, Carter, who attends NBS Pre-K3. She retired from Ouachita Parish with 20 years and taught at OCS for 3 years.

 

Kitty Smith

Kitty Smith

4th Grade

Credentials

BS in Early Childhood Education and Graduate Hours from NLU (ULM)
35+ years of teaching experience.

Employed at NBS since 2015

Biography

Mrs. Smith has taught for over three decades in public schools. Her true passions are gardening, traveling in the summer, and most of all teaching. She says, “I have been very blessed with one beautiful daughter and two beautiful grandchildren. God has blessed me with this wonderful job at NBS!”

Lisa Townsend

5th Grade

Credentials- Coming Soon

Biography- Coming Soon

Kelci Brewer

6th Grade

Credentials

Began teaching at NBS October 2022.

Graduated from ULM in 2016 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science.

Biography

Kelci’s husband’s name is Jack, and they have 2 children, Jude and Quinn. Mrs. Brewer’s husband and herself graduated from NBS in 2012, and their son, Jude currently attends NBS. “This school has been a part of my life for a long time, and I am excited to be back working alongside such wonderful people.”

 

Amie Johnson

Amie Johnson

Upper School Director, Math, Band

Credentials

B.MEd., Music Education, University of Louisiana @ Monroe
M.M., Music Theory/Composition University of Louisiana @ Monroe

Employed at NBS since 2003

Biography

Mrs. Johnson and her husband have four daughters, Abby, Gabby, & Aly, who currently attend NBS, and Maddy, a 2016 NBS graduate.  She is a long-time member of Swartz First Baptist Praise Band.  Besides seeing her chilldren grow in Christ, her greatest joy is praising God through music with her husband Don.

Maggie Avant

Maggie Avant

Learning Lab, Math, 7th Bible

Credentials

Maggie is a recent graduate of Louisiana College in 2021 with a Bachelors of Arts in General Education with a concentration in Mathmatics.

Biography

Miss Maggie Avant is a West Monroe native and recent graduate of Louisiana College. Upon graduating, Miss Avant felt the Lord calling her back home to West Monroe where she began working at NBS. When not teaching, Miss Avant is an active member of McClendon Baptist Church seving as a vocalist on the praise team and spending as much time as she can with family and friends. She strongly believes in living life according to Colossians 3:23 and brings that to the classroom.

Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright

Upper School English

Credentials

NBS Graduate Class of 2005

ULM, BA of Arts in English, Minor in French

ULM, Master of Arts in Teaching
Taught in Baton Rouge for 3 years

Employed at NBS since August 2019

Biography

Mrs. Wright is a graduate of NBS. Her husband also attended NBS. Mrs. Wright has recently been living and teaching in Baton Rouge where her husband was attending LSU Law School on a Dean’s Scholarship. Mrs. Wright believes education is deeply rooted in the Bible, and many of God’s rewards are bestowed through learning. She is on a mission to make every class a memorable experience for students. She hopes this year will bring your family many blessings. If there is anything she can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. In Mrs. Wright’s words, “I am here to serve and help students and families of Northeast Baptist School.” 

 

Virginia Hicks

Upper School Science

Credentials:

Ms. Hicks is a retired Registered Nurse and nurse educator. She has been a nurse for over 50 years with the last 30+ years of her career in education. When Covid hit, she decided to retire her nursing license in 2019. She taught at ULM, Grambling State, and retired from Louisiana Delta Community College. She has over 30 years of educational experience at the college level. She received her nursing degree in 1968, Bachelor of Science degree in 1983, and her Master of Science degree in 1984. Having substituted for NBS for 5 years, God blessed her in giving her the opportunity in 2022 to be the Science teacher for upper school students grades 7-12. Her favorite subject is Science! 

Biography: 

A widow, Ms. Hicks has 3 adult daughters, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She enjoys living with her beloved “4 legged fur babies” who keep her busy. She has been a member of North Monroe Baptist Church for many years of which her husband was a charter member. Ms. Hicks is honored and blessed to be part of the NBS family. 

David Willoughby

David Willoughby

Upper School History

Began teaching at NBS in 2018

Credentials

B.A., from Louisiana College

MDiv., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 

 Biography

Bro. Willoughby is a native of Castor, Louisiana. He is the third generation of his family to attend Louisiana College from which he graduated with a major in Philosophy of Religion and a minor in History. While in college he was a Program and Activities Director for Boys’ Clubs of Central Louisiana before God called him into the ministry. 

He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina with a Master of Divinity Degree with Languages.

Over the years he has served God in many areas. He has been a consultant with the Louisiana Baptist Convention for Royal Ambassadors and Disaster Relief, Director of Camp Living Waters in Loranger, Louisiana, and served local churches as Minister of Students, Education, and Pastor. He has a love for missions and has been involved in many mission projects here and oversees. 

Joyce Wood

Joyce Wood

Librarian, Technology Coordinator

Credentials

B.Sc., Medical Technology, Louisiana College
Graduate hrs., Library Science, University of La @ Monroe

Employed at NBS since 2000

Biography

        Mrs. Wood has been married for “more years than she was single” and has two children.  After being a stay-at-home mom for several years she continued her education in Library Science to become a school librarian.  Mrs. Wood has been a born again Christian since she was a child and loves serving Jesus one day at a time.  Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching movies, and traveling with her husband.

Thomas McBroom

Upper School Computer Science

Credentials and Biography coming soon

Donna Gregory

Donna Gregory

Library Assistant, Preschool Music

Credentials

13 years library service

Employed at NBS since 2002

Biography

Mrs. Gregory is married and has three children, two graduates of NBS and one daughter currently in NBS’s Upper School.   Her desire is to instill a heart of praise in the children because worship music is her passion.  Mrs. Gregory says her family has enjoyed their years at NBS and would definately recommend our school to other families. 

Melanie Douglass

Melanie Douglass

PE Teacher

Credentials

Employed at NBS since 2017

Biography

Coming Soon

Sherri Tidwell

Sherri Tidwell

Upper School Art

Credentials: 

High School Graduate, W.E. Boswell High School in Saginaw, Texas

Ogle School of Hair Design in Hurst, Texas

Paralegal studies at Texas Christian University

Child Developement Certificate, Ashworth College Norcross, GA

Ligionier Ministries- Biblical Studies

Christian Leadership Institute, Biblical and Ministry Studies

Bio:

Ms. Tidwell began working for NBS in 2021. Ms. Tidwell is originally from Saginaw, Texas; and has lived in several areas of NELA for just over 20 years. She is an active member at First West Calhoun where she serves as the Children’s Ministry Director. She is a mother of 2 wonderful adult sons, 2 precious daughter in laws, and 4 totally awesome and amazing grandchildren, whom she loves spending time with. She lives with her 2 “fur babies”, 1 cat and 1 dog, who keep her laughing! Having a heart to share the love of Jesus with children, she believes God called her to NBS in obedience to her prayer “here I am Lord send me”. Serving in many areas and ways in the lives of children of all ages for over 25 years she prays to continually walk in obedience to her life long ministry verse. Deuteronomy 6:6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. ” vs. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk  of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. “