(Orange, Texas)

April 1, 2013

Principal’s Appreciation Day

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated Independent School District celebrated “Principal’s Appreciation Day” on Wednesday, March 6 as a way of saying thank you for the hard work and dedication given by its campus leaders.

Buffy Knight, principal of Mauriceville Elementary, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ouachita Baptist University in 1994 and completed her Master’s Degree at Lamar University in 2003. She began her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher in the Port Arthur ISD, moving to Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD where she has remained for the past 18 years; all of which have been at Mauriceville Elementary School. During her tenure, she taught kindergarten for the first seven years, followed by four years as the assistant principal, and is currently completing her seventh year as the campus principal. She resides in Mauriceville with her husband of 19 years and their three children.

A graduate of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Kayla Casey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Lamar University in 1997 and began her teaching career at Little Cypress Elementary. She taught eight years in third grade, and one year in content mastery, then served two years as Campus Coordinator at Little Cypress Intermediate, during which time she completed a Master’s Degree in education. Ms. Casey then served for two years as Assistant Principal at Mauriceville Elementary before coming back to Little Cypress Elementary where she is serving her third year as the campus principal. Kayla, a strong supporter of the LCM School District, resides with her husband and two sons in the Orange area.

Julia Dickerson graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s Degree and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She has been an Elementary Educator for 19 years at LC-M CISD, including being Principal at Little Cypress Intermediate for the past five years. Her professional affiliations include membership in Theta Psi and Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. Julia truly adores working with young children and instilling a lifelong love of learning within them. She is excited about continuing to serve the community, staff, and students of Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD. She has been married to John Marshall Dickerson III for 27 years.

Todd Loupe is currently in his fifth year as Principal at Mauriceville Middle School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Lamar University in 1999 and began his career teaching at Stafford High School. After six years in the classroom, Mr. Loupe earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Lamar University. Prior to being named Principal at MMS, he served as an Assistant Principal at Little Cypress Junior High and Little Cypress Mauriceville High School. He resides in Mauriceville with his wife Melissa and their four children. He can be contacted at

Mitzi Conn is a native of Orange, Texas. After graduating from Mansfield High School in the Arlington area, Ms. Conn attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from Lamar University, where she also completed her graduate degree in Educational Leadership. With 23 years in education total, Ms. Conn has been employed with LC-M CISD since 1992. Before being assigned as principal at Little Cypress Junior High, she served as Campus Coordinator for Little Cypress Intermediate, and Assistant Principal for Little Cypress Elementary.

Dr. Terri Estes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University. She continued her education by earning a Master’s in Science Education from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas and a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Estes earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2008. She holds professional certificates in Composite Science, Virtual Network Instructor, Mid-Management Administration, as well as a Superintendent’s Certificate. Dr. Estes began her classroom experience by teaching science at J. Frank Dobie High School in Pasadena, Texas, and was an adjunct professor of Chemistry at Southern Arkansas University for four years. She has also worked with the teacher certification program at Lamar State College Orange. She began her career with Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD as a teacher at Mauriceville Middle School. Her career at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School includes duties as a classroom teacher and an eight-year assignment as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Career and Technology Education. Dr. Estes was named High School Principal in 2008.