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Stephanie Zahra, Director
Stephanie Zahra, Director

Thank you for choosing to become a part of Champions Academy Family. I am committed to giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home. I have been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2003. In 2014, I decided to become a Director for Champions Academy of Cypress and I am enjoying the opportunity I was given. I moved to Houston in 2005, but I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and I have been happily married for 8 ½ years. I started working in childcare after I graduated high school and I have experience in Infants through School Age. I taught in all age groups for 10 years, but the main classrooms I taught were Infants and Toddlers. My goal for Champions Academy is to always improve and be the best Preschool in Cypress, Texas.

Miesha McBride-Smith, Assistant Director
Miesha McBride-Smith, Assistant Director

I have been working in childcare for over 10 years and I have experience in all age groups. I have been a part of Champions Academy since we opened in June 2014. Childcare is a fun environment and my passion has always been in managing staff in childcare that will prepare students emotionally, physically, and emotionally. I enjoy planning activities, field trips and more to see the excitement of their day. My goal is to foster each staff and child to grow in an awareness of God’s love and encourage each parent with the confidence of our program. I am the only child and I am originally from Beaumont Texas. I am a newlywed and have a Yorkshire Terrier named “Louis Vuitton”. We attend Lakewood Church and we enjoy praising the Lord.

Lori Strickland, Curriculum Director
Lori Strickland, Curriculum Director

I have over 20 years of experience working in childcare and for school districts. I have my degree in early childhood education and have worked with children from Pre-K through high school. I also have experience working in public school administration and as a Curriculum Director. My passion has always been working with children especially in the early years to help mold their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills is very rewarding. I have been happily married for 21 years and have 3 beautiful children. I moved to Cypress, Texas 5 years ago and have been part of Champions Academy family since we opened in 2014 and have loved every minute of it.



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Address & Directions

14530 Cypress Mill Place Blvd
Cypress, TX 77429



Monday - Friday
6:00am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Champions Academy of Cypress