Teachers

Kindergarten

Hannah Jeter

Mrs. Jeter is in her third year as a full-time elementary school teacher. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor's degree in Health and Kinesiology. After spending a few years in the corporate world, she realized that her real passion in life was teaching in early childhood. Not long after, she earned her teaching certificate for grades K through 6. This is her second year with Coppell Classical Academy and third year with ResponsiveEd.

Karen Porter

Mrs. Porter graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communication Disorders. She worked as a speech-language pathologist for six years before becoming a classroom teacher. She has taught for nineteen years in both public and private schools in grades PK through 3. This is Mrs. Porter’s second year at Coppell Classical Academy.

Alison Tyndall


1st Grade

Dorothy Kadane

Tiffany Wheeler

Mrs. Wheeler comes from a long line of teachers. It has become her passion and lifelong pursuit to become the best teacher she can be. She attended Abilene Christian University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Applied Sciences. While she has enjoyed teaching children of all ages, teaching 1st grade is her favorite.

Watching her students grow and learn is one of the most rewarding parts of what she does. Her passion for teaching continues to grow each day as she sees their little light bulbs illuminate with understanding when they finally grasp a lesson.

Rachel Wiseman

Ms. Wiseman is in her second year teaching first grade at Coppell Classical Academy. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Counseling from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. After graduating college, Ms. Wiseman worked for Grapevine/Colleyville School District and then as an Educational Counselor at East Central University. She received her master’s in School Counseling from East Central University in 2012.

In 2015, Ms. Wiseman and her family moved back to Texas, and she decided to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. She loves working with children and helping them develop a love for learning.

2nd Grade

Michelle Callis

Mrs. Callis graduated from East Central Oklahoma University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She loves learning and will be graduating in 2018 from the University of North Texas with a Master’s degree in Education. She has taught for a cumulative 18 years in public school districts and in the charter school setting. This is Mrs. Callis’ 4th year at Coppell Classical Academy.


Kayla Doolittle

Hello, everyone! My name is Kayla Doolittle, and I am excited to be teaching second grade this year at Coppell Classical Academy and honored to be a part of this outstanding community. It is important for my students to love learning as much as I love teaching. I am a certified teacher in Texas and have successfully taught second and third grades for the past few years, developing a passion for this age group. It is my role to help students learn the skills, motivations, and tools needed to academically and socially master the world around them. I earned my B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver. I’ve been happily married for 25 years, and we have a daughter and a son in high school. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, cooking, and long, morning walks! I especially enjoy boating at Lake Texoma where my parents live. My goal is to give each of my students the best education possible in a caring and supportive learning environment. I believe every child should be valued and treated with respect. I also believe that the student, parent, and teacher must unite as a team and work together to make school an enjoyable, successful experience with measurable results. I am looking forward to a positive, productive school year!

Lindsey Lancaster

Ms. Lancaster is in her fourth year as a full-time elementary school teacher. In 2010, she graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and a minor in Business. Shortly after, Ms. Lancaster earned her teaching certificate for grades K through 8. It has been a joy for her to teach at Coppell Classical Academy for the past four years, her second year teaching second grade. Ms. Lancaster hopes to positively influence all her students to love learning and enjoy going to school each and every day.

3rd Grade

Misty Bennett

Mrs. Bennett graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1993 with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduating, she taught first grade for five years in Arlington ISD, after which she decided to take a break from teaching to raise her children. Mrs. Bennett’s return to the field of education led her to Coppell Classical Academy where she is the third grade ELAR teacher. This will be Mrs. Bennett’s third year to teach these awesome children, and she couldn’t be happier!

Kendra Eriksen

Ms. Eriksen teaches science and Core Knowledge at Coppell Classical Academy. She graduated from the University of Memphis in May of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Studies: Elementary Education. While attending the U of M, she had the opportunity to be a part of the teacher education program, Ready2Teach. During Ms. Eriksen’s time in the rigorous program, she was able to participate in a year-long student teaching residency which prepared her tremendously for the world of education.

After graduating, Ms. Eriksen spent a year teaching pre-k at Collierville Christian Academy just outside of Memphis. The school held very high expectations of the students. The curriculum was based on the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards (TN-ELDS) that directly correlate to the standards for teaching kindergarten in Tennessee. This experience taught her a lot about classroom management and lesson planning, as it was the first time she had a classroom of her own.

Ms. Eriksen moved to the Dallas area in June of 2012 to be close to her family and immediately sought out teaching opportunities. She prepared for and passed all of the required tests to earn her Texas Teaching Certificate. Ms. Eriksen became a substitute teacher for several schools and districts in the area. She jumped at the opportunity to become a part of the ResponsiveEd family and is very excited about what the future holds. She is passionate about her job and has enjoyed bringing new, creative, and innovative learning experiences into her classroom.

Jennifer Thimesch

I received a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009. I have served as a substitute teacher in a local school district, and I have volunteered for many years in the district’s Gifted and Talented extracurricular program. This is my first year at Coppell Classical Academy, and I enjoy the rich curriculum that the school provides.

4th Grade

Stephanie Blackmon

Ms. Blackmon is in her second year teaching kindergarten at Coppell Classical Academy. She graduated with a B.A. Degree in Journalism and a minor in English from Colorado State University. After graduating college, she worked for an advertising agency and then as a copy editor for an information technology firm. In 1994, MS. Blackmon moved to Dallas and worked as a copy editor for an international risk management publishing company.

Turning her attention to working with children in both faith-based and homeschool environments, she decided to obtain her teaching certification and did so through the Texas Institute for Teacher Education. Ms. Blackmon is excited to share her passion for learning with the little ones just starting their school journey. She loves to see the students have fun and to see them learning, discovering, and growing!

Lindsey Caughlin

The spring 2017 semester is my first semester with Coppell Classical Academy. I am glad to be a CCA Coyote! I graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. This degree prepared me to become certified to teach Early Childhood through fourth grade general studies, fourth through eighth grade math, and ESL. Prior to teaching at Coppell Classical Academy, I taught seventh grade math in the DFW area.

Delaine Keenum

I teach fourth grade Core Knowledge and science at Coppell Classical Academy. I received my degree in Regional Geography and English Literature and teaching certificate from the University of North Texas. I have taught for eighteen years. Two of those year were spent in Bhutan teaching fifth through eighth grade English Literature. I have two daughters who will graduate from university this year. I am an avid reader and love camping and anything history.

5th Grade

Barbara Bailey

Mrs. Bailey is in her third year of teaching fifth grade language arts and social studies at Coppell Classical Academy. She was born and raised in Arkansas and is the daughter of a teacher and school superintendent. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in English, Mrs. Bailey taught in the public school system for nineteen years. She taught fifth grade language arts and social studies for sixteen years, English and speech at the high school level for two years, and reading/math remediation in grades 4 to 6 for one year. In 2009, she and her family moved to Texas where she worked as a long-term substitute teacher in grades 2 to 5 before accepting a full-time position with Responsive Education Solutions.

Angel Formby


Justin Mullikin


Middle School

Billy Walker

I am the science teacher for sixth and seventh grade here at Coppell Classical Academy. I grew up in East Texas where I also graduated high school. After high school, I spent four years in the army. When I came home, I decided to pursue a teaching career. I wanted to become a teacher so that I could be a support for my students in a way that my teachers were unable to do for me in my youth. I now hold a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History. When I am not focused on school matters, I enjoy playing or watching sports and doing things with my family. I am looking forward to this school year and getting to know each of my students. I know it will be a great one!

Seth Herrell

I was born and raised in the great state of Texas. I am from the eastern part of Texas but moved to Denton in 2008. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 2011, and I am currently pursuing my master’s in Public Administration. I began teaching in 2012 in Mesquite and have continued teaching since. I enjoy playing guitar and singing. I also enjoy coffee and a great book.

Patricia McCormick

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas in 2007, graduating magna cum laude. I am state-licensed as a generalist and have taught social studies and math at previous schools. I have additional licensure in ESL and Social Studies for middle school. I have a wonderful husband, Tim, and we have five children and six grandchildren. We have a home in the Piney Woods of East Texas.

This is my tenth year as a teacher. It is my first year with Coppell Classical Academy where I currently teach language arts, reading, and Latin. The students at this campus are greeted with the best and brightest staff who care for their students’ academic as well as social success. I really love our students and their families here at Coppell Classical! I believe every student is capable of doing his or her “excellent best” every day.

Marady Briggs

Mrs. Briggs is the new middle school science teacher at Coppell Classical Academy. Previously, she was a high school science teacher for another charter school district for six years and, also, an Instructional Coach for two of those years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Arlington. She will be married two years this coming July. Her hobbies are calligraphy and watercolor painting. Mrs. Briggs feels very proud and lucky to be part of the CCA family!

SpED Teachers

Sheilina Bernard

Ms. Bernard is a mother of three children, two daughters and a son, and she loves spending time with her family. She graduated from Polytechnic University with a MS degree in Management of Technology. After many years in the corporate world, she realized her true calling and passion is teaching in Special Education. She further went ahead and got her MS in Special Education from Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City. She has taught for the past 5 years in Public Middle and High Schools. She recently relocated to Texas from NYC to be closer to her family. Ms. Bernard is happy to be a part of CCA's family and this is her first year with Coppell Classical Academy.

Christina Benavides


ESL Teacher

Kristen Zamarippa

My name is Kristin Zamarripa and I am the ESL teacher and coordinator here on campus. The ESL program works on the fundamentals of the English Language, conversational speaking, and reinforces concepts taught in the classroom. My goal is to cohesively celebrate academic success and cultural backgrounds. This is my 6th year at Coppell Classical Academy and this school has been my extended family since day one! I love working here and meeting so many great students and their families. I reside in Coppell with my husband and our three kids, Tripp, Hayden and Ellison. My family and I enjoy family game nights, vacationing in Broken Bow and Colorado, and going to the drive-in movies. I look forward to meeting you!



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