Our Staff & Teacher Biographies

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”            

Proverbs 22:6

Teacher and Student

Administrator and 7th through 12th Director

Dayna Zbylot

Many people ask if I am the headmaster of LEAD Academy. The answer? Jesus is the Headmaster of LEAD Academy, and I am simply blessed to be able to follow him through every avenue that He guides and directs for LEAD. He has been so faithful, and I am constantly in awe of His amazing ways. My amazing husband, Brian, and I have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with 5 wonerful children. I graduated from Texas A&M University, College of Education with a minor in Biology. I have been teaching for 16 years. Before having children, I taught Biology, Algebra 2, and Anatomy and Physiology for Hudson High School.  The last 13 years, I have homeschooled my children, as well as taught many other students through homeschool cooperatives and LEAD Academy. God has given me a passion to minister to students through educational courses that are grounded in truth and taught from a biblical worldview. I love to see students get excited about the areas that God has gifted them in and make and pursue goals that use those talents for the glory of God. 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”            Proverbs 22:6

 

 

Kindergarten through 5th (K-5) Director

Missi Perkins

I have been married to my husband Stacy Perkins for over 30 years. We have four wonderful children and two precious grandchildren! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, fishing, camping and traveling. My degree is in education from the University of Texas at Tyler and I am a certified teacher for Early Childhood through 6th grade. I have taught for the last nine years at Central Elementary in both Kindergarten (2 years) and second grade (7 years). In 2016, I was awarded teacher of the Year for the district. I have a passion for teaching young minds, making learning fun, and motivating them to reach their full potential. Most importantly, I desire to see each of my students love Jesus and walk with him daily for the rest of their lives.

“If you have a child’s heart, you have a child’s mind!”            (Original quote by Edward Mooney, Jr.)

Teacher Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

Sharon Berry

Hello! My name is Sharon Berry. I have lived in Huntington all of  my life. I received my teaching degree from Stephen F Austin University. I taught 31 years at Huntington Elementary. Since retirement in 2017, I have continued to do substitue teaching and tutoring at HISD. I am the proud mother of Jase and Jessa, mother-in-law to Justin and “Nana” to Wyatt and River. I love spending time with my family and serving in the preschool and Action Ministry at Harmony Hill Church. 

Jeffie Burns

Hello! I am Jeffie Burns. I have been married 42 years to Ben. We have 3 grown married children and 10 grandkids. I became a Christ follower at 15 years of age. I love to be outside, drawing and teaching the Bible. Laughing is my favorite thing!

I have a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a M.A. in Theological Studies.

Cheri Colemen

Greetings! My name is Cheri Coleman, and I am thrilled to say this is my 15th year teaching. I have been married for 30 years to Craig Coleman, who is a wonderful man and my best friend. We are blessed with two amazing sons, a beautiful daughter-in-love, and we recently became grandparents to our first grandson. I am a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and certified to teach Early Childhood, Reading/Language Arts, Special Education and English as a Second language. The first 13 years of my teaching career, I worked at a very small 1A school district, which afforded me the opportunity to wear many hats teaching numerous subject areas and students ranging from grades Pre-K to 12. I have taught grades 3-6 Reading/Language Arts, Pre-K-6 Special Education, 3-6 Dyslexia and Pre-K-6 Response to Intervention. I have also had the privilege of implementing a technology program at the Jr. High and High School level teaching Keyboarding, Computer Applications, Digital Citizenship and WebTech. For the past 2 years, I have taught at Central Elementary teaching 3rd and 4th grade Reading and Language Arts. I have a true passion for working with children of all ages. Making the learning environment fun while helping children progress in all areas of their development by encouraging creativity, inspiring curiosity and promoting positive moral values and outstanding character. 

Jamie Fowler

Hello! I am Jamie Fowler. My husband, David, and I have been married almost 53 years. We have four children and nine grandchildren, one of which lives with us and will attend preK this year at St. Cyprians. I have twenty seven (27) years teaching experience, fifteen(15)  of those teaching history to middle schoolers.

Debbie Owens

Saved by God’s grace and mercy through His Son, Jesus Christ and I am living to serve Him daily! Lawrence Owens is my wonderful husband of 50 years and we have 2 amazing children. Both of our children are graduates of Texas A&M University. They have blessed us with 7 beautiful grandchildren. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. I have 39 years of teaching experience with a specialty in Mathematics. The courses I will be teaching at Lead are Algebra 1, 6th grade math and sewing for Home Economics. My goal is for students to love math and enjoy creating products from sewing. 

Lawrence Owens

My wife, Debbie Owens, and I have been married for 50 years. We have 2 children and 7 amazing grandchildren. I graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Mechanical Engineering For 40 plus years, I worked as an engineer in places all over the world from the Lufkin, Texas paper mill to South Africa. After retiring, the Lord has called me to ministry in different areas. One of those areas is teaching higher level mathematics for Lead Academy students. I have taught 4th grade math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 with LEAD. I love encouraging students to learn and enjoy math. However, the greatest blessing is being able to pray with my students, share the love of Christ with them, and inspire them to walk in integrity. 

Lyndsey Smithhart

Hello! My name is Lyndsey Smithhart. I am married to the love of my life, Seth Smithhart. We have two daughters, Charli and Libbi. This year will be my 9th year teaching. I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade along with directing a middle school drill team. I love the Lord and look forward to showing His love through teaching each year!

Misti Statham

Hi!. My name is Misti Statham. I am a Registered NICU nurse and am married to a Paramedic/Firefighter. We have taken care of patients for 20 plus years. Our family loves to serve others! We have 4 beautiful children ranging in age from 3 to 18. Our oldest daughter began a bakery business immediately after graduating from high school. I am happy to report that her business is booming and she is becoming quite the business woman. Our other 3 children attend LEAD Academy where I teach the Health Occupations classes. These junior and senior age students have the opportunity to graduate from Lead’s program with certifications for CNA, Pharmacy Tech and Phlebotomy. These classes are great ways for students to explore interests in the medical fields. My goal is not only to teach them how to proficiently do their job, but to help them find ways to give hope to each patient/customer they encounter by being the hands and feet of Jesus.

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school hours

Mondays and Wednesdays: 8AM – 2PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays:  8AM – 4PM (Course Instruction)
Kindergarten: 8AM – 12PM
 Two (2) or Four (4) Days Options
After School Care Available until 5:30PM Daily

Address

1121 Winston 8 Ranch Rd.
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Phone

936.707.1564