All Faculty & Staff

It is both my privilege and my pleasure to work at Eden Gardens Magnet. I have been employed by Caddo Parish Schools since 1985. I became the counselor at Eden Gardens in 2000, then the Principal in December of 2014. I am happily married to Mark Allen, who also works for Caddo Parish Schools as Classified Personnal Administrator. We have two sons, Tyler and Ryne, both of whom received the very best elementary education here in the garden. I was a mom here for ten years before I became part of the faculty. I personally know the amount of commitment and personal attention that it takes to both be a parent and a faculty member here at Eden Gardens. Even though our nest is “empty,” my husband and I stay very busy keeping up with our jobs and our boys. In my free time I love to cook, scrapbook, entertain and play tennis. Your children are the very best of each day here as the principal of our great school. Thank you for sharing them with us. They are a blessing.

DeAnn Bazzell graduated from LSU-S with a BA degree in Elementary Education.  She has been teaching since 1989 and has been at Eden Gardens since 1999.  She is currently teaching the Communications Lab.

I completed my undergraduate studies in Secondary Social Studies at USL and moved to Shreveport to finish my student teaching at LSUS. In 2008 I completed my degree in elementary education. This will be my 19th year to teach and my experience includes teaching 1st-12th grades in both public and private schools. I have been married for 20 years and we have 3 children.

Marylyn Cahn graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Special Education in 1985, received her Masters in Educational Technology and gifted certification from Northwestern State University in 2007, and completed Plus 30 Graduate hours. She has taught Special Education mild-moderate in middle and elementary school, facilitated as a reading coach, and has been teaching gifted for 10 years. She will be teaching K-1st, 4th and 5th grade gifted students this year at Eden Gardens.

Zara Collins Fifth Grade Science/Social Studies

Zara Collins, here. When students are dropped off in my classroom, their education is in their hands and mine. My great passion is molding these young minds to be great citizens and great thinkers. I help them to try, fail, and try again. I help them to learn and grow individually and with each other. I help them to use technology as a tool for their education. That’s what I do and why I’m here.  

I know that there are many approaches to teaching however, I’m trained in computer literacy and Web 2.0 tools, which means you’ll likely see a lot of tech use in my room. My educational background includes a BS in Elementary Education from LSU Shreveport. When I’m not shaping minds, I enjoy museums, theme parks, and taking care of my indoor plants.



Christa DiPaul graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Texas Baptist University.  She began teaching in 2002, and and has been at Eden Gardens since 2004.  Mrs. DiPaul is the Physical Education teacher at Eden Gardens.

Stacy Erwin attended Northwestern State University and received her B.A. in Elementary Education.  In 2017 she received her Master of Education degree from Louisiana Tech University.  She has taught in Caddo Parish since 1996 and has been at Eden Gardens since 1997 where she currently teaches computer lab.

Sherrie Gaddie graduated from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She received her Masters degree from Northwestern State University in 2007 with gifted/talented certification.  She has taught second and fourth grade, Discoveries, and Gateway. She will be teaching second and third grade Gateway at Eden Gardens.

Minette Gilbert earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana Tech University, where she also completed her Supervision of Student Teachers Certification. At ULM she completed her Early Childhood/Kindergarten Endorsement and earned her Master of Education/Special Education Early Childhood at Texas A&M, Commerce, Texas. She began teaching in 1988, coming to Eden Gardens in 2000 where she teaches kindergarten to her “busy bees.”

Lana Gilliam earned her degree in elementary and early childhood education from Ouachita Baptist University. She began teaching in 1975, and in 1978 joined the eagle’s nest at Eden Gardens teaching her kindergarten “duckings.” She holds a Supervision of Student Teachers Certificate.

Felecia J. Gipson Instructional Coordinator

I am very excited and honored to be a member of the Eden Gardens family!  I cannot express how rewarding it is to work with the staff and students in “the garden.” My educational experiences include a Bachelor of Science degree from LSU in 2003 along with a Master of Education Supervision and Administration in 2007 from LSUS. In addition to these certifications, I have completed +30 hours in Education Curriculum and Instruction through the Louisiana Education Consortium. During my ten years in Caddo Public Schools, I have enjoyed teaching students in grades 3, 4 and 5, as well as serving as an administrator prior to my appointment at Eden Gardens. My absolute favorite things to do during my free time are spending time with my husband, Frank, and our two daughters, Giana and Leigha.

Shawn Greer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  She has taught more than thirteen years.  She has been at Eden Gardens since 2005, and she teaches third grade ELA.

Brandy Griffies is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She has taught in Caddo Parish since 1997, mostly in second grade.  She is married and has one son.  Brandy is very excited to be a part of Eden Gardens!

Sammy Guy graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and again in 2013 with an MAT in Elementary Education.  Mr. Guy begins his seventh year in education this year; he teaches 4th grade Science and Social Studies, two of his favorite subjects, and is proud to call Eden Gardens home for many years to come.

Cindy Harrison graduated from Baylor University with her BS in Elementary Education.  In addition she has her Supervision of Student Teachers Certificate.  Having begun her career in 1982 in early childhood, she has taught kindergarten at Eden Gardens since 1999. 

Angela Hayes graduated from Louisiana State University of Shreveport with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently seeking her Masters degree in Education with a Concentration in Computer Science.  She has taught in Caddo Parish for 15 years and has been at Eden Gardens since 2014. She is married and has a son and a daughter.   ​


Julie Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Centenary College in 2002. She then attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she earned her Masters Degree in 2005 and her Elementary Teaching Certificate in 2011. Julie has been teaching fourth grade students in Caddo Parish since 2010 and is excited to join the Eden Gardens family. She will be teaching fourth and fifth grade gifted students this year at Eden Gardens.

Becky Lary graduated from LSUS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has taught in Caddo Parish since 1995, with most of those years teaching first grade. Mrs. Lary’s became an Eden Gardens first grade teacher in 2005.

Stephanie Lopez received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  She has taught in Caddo Parish since 2000 and teaches third grade Science/Social Studies at Eden Gardens.  Mrs. Lopez is married with 3 boys. 

Leigh Ann Madole graduated from LSUS with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2010. In May of 2017, she graduated with her Masters in School Counseling. She has taught in Caddo Parish for 7 years. This will be her first year teaching Third Grade at Eden Gardens.

Kristin Crew Milligan graduated from LSU with a BS degree in Elementary Education and was awarded the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award for East Baton Rouge Parish in 1995. Over the years she has taught first, second, and third grades, including self contained gifted classes, special education inclusion classes, and seventh and eighth grade math.  She has taught first grade at Eden Gardens since 2007.

Jennifer Minton graduated from LSUS with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with Kindergarten certification, and she recently added Supervision of Student Teaching to her teaching certificate.  She began teaching in1995 and has been a kindergarten teacher at Eden Gardens since 2005. 

Brittany Nelson graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2011. In May of 2016, she graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership. She has taught in Caddo Parish for 7 years and this will be her first year teaching Fifth Grade Math at Eden Gardens. Mrs. Nelson is an alumni of Eden Gardens and excited to be back home! She is married and has two boys.


Mrs. Roach received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas A&M University where she also completed her Kindergarten Certification, and she received her library certification from LSUS.  She has taught since 1992 and has been at Eden Gardens since 1998.  She taught fifth grade for five years, and has been the Eden Gardens librarian since 2003.

Deanna Wagner received her degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport.  She has taught fourth grade since 1997 and has been at Eden Gardens since 2006.  She will be teaching social studies and ELA this year.

Shannon Wicklund graduated in 1998 from Northwestern State University in Elementary Education.  She has taught at Eden Gardens since 2007.  She graduated with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Gifted Emphasis, from LSU-S in June 2010. 

It is with great pleasure that I serve as counselor at Eden Gardens! I have been in education for 20 years, the last 13 as an elementary counselor in Caddo Parish. I am here to serve the children, parents, and our wonderful staff. I am available for listening, talking, and helping in any way possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a need or request for you or your child. My husband and I have one son, Zachary, who currently attends Eden Gardens. In my free time I love to watch or attend sporting events and spend time with my family and friends.

Brittany Lyman graduated from LSUS with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, then went on to add an Elementary Teaching Certificate.  This will be her third year teaching first grade, but her first year at Eden Gardens.

Colleen Santos Wray earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1987 and also completed coursework to be certified in Early Childhood Education.  In 2004 she earned National Board Certification.   She has been teaching second grade at Eden Gardens Elementary Magnet since 1993.  She supervises student teachers and is trained as an assessor/mentor for the Louisiana New Teacher Certification Program.  She plans and presents in-services for correlating the teaching of language and vocabulary with math problem solving skills and has had three grants funded to provide new technology and math materials for her classroom.  In addition to teaching second grade, Mrs. Wray has worked on the Yearbook Committee and sponsored the Fifth Grade Spirit Squad.