Meet the Shady Oak Staff!


Joyce Trigger


Joyce Trigger founded Shady Oak Christian School in 1987.  Her life has been blessed immeasurably by the hundreds of families who have trusted the school in the nurturing, education, and guidance of their children.  Joyce graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Elementary Education and from the University of Houston with a MS in Curriculum and Instruction. Her passion is Parent Education, understanding fully that parents are the REAL teachers of young children.  She and her husband, Tom, have lived in the Pecan Grove Community for almost 30 years!  They enjoy being grandparents to Ella, Kate, and Sammy.  What a gift to have Ella, age 5, come to Shady Oak in the Bridge class!


Ashley Schmidt

Assistant Director

Ashley is excited to begin her second year at Shady Oak as the Assistant Director.  My favorite part of being at Shady Oak is getting to know each child and their family and seeing children begin to develop into who they were divinely created to be!  Ashley is also a Yoga Instructor and enjoys spending time with her husband, Casey; son, Silas; and their dog, Shiloh.  In their free time, Ashley's family spends weekends around the fire pit in their backyard, countless hours playing Uno at the dinner table, and as much time as they can at their family's land in the country.

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Selena Humphrey

Readiness Teacher:
 Selena will be starting her 6th year with Shady Oak, this fall. This year will be her second year as lead teacher in Readiness. She is excited to start another great year! Selena and husband, Brandon, have an 8-year-old son, Jaeden, and a 2-year-old daughter, Aubrie. Outside of Shady Oak and being a mom and wife, Selena will be continuing her Education degree. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, sports, and being outdoors. 

Jessicca Jordan

Readiness Teacher



Crystal Dowdle

Readiness Assistant:

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Lyndsay Forsythe

Pre-K Teacher

Lyndsay is so excited to begin her third year as a Lead teacher. She worked as a teacher in the public school setting before she took time off to spend time and learn from her children. Lyndsay has an Elementary Education degree with a concentration in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently working on her Wonder certification. Lyndsay and husband, Richard, have two children, Caden, who will be in 3rd grade and Addison, who will be in 1st grade. Lyndsay enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and cooking. She can’t wait to begin another great year at Shady Oak.


Brandy Keagy

Brandy Keagy

Pre-K and Bridge Teacher

Brandy joined Shady Oak as a substitute teacher during the 2015-2016 school year. This year she will be an assistant in kindergarten. Brandy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. She has taught Pre-K, kindergarten, and has been a Math Remediation teacher in grades 3-5. Brandy and her husband Shaddick have been married for 10 years and are the parents to Liam,8, and Fynn,7. Liam will be a second grader and Fynn will be a first grader at Shady Oak Primary this year. The Keagy family also includes two dachshunds, Mica and Moose. Brandy's hobbies include baking and scrapbooking.


Veronica Barr

Pre-K Assistant

 Veronica joined the Shady Oak staff in the fall of 2013.   She has worked as Pre K Assistant, as a substitute and After School Assistant. This school year she will be the Pre K Assistant.  Veronica and husband, Jason, have been married for 12 years and have 2 children. Jayden,, will attend 6th grade this Fall and Olivia will be in 2nd grade.  They have a cat, Lightning. In her free time Veronica enjoys time with family, Zumba, reading, running, and being outdoors.




Kathy Strode

Kindergarten Teacher

Kathy has been a teacher at Shady Oak for almost 30 years and is currently our Kindergarten teacher.  Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lock Haven State College in Pennsylvania. Kathy and her husband, Dan, have been married for 42 years. They have 2 daughters: Erica (husband, Nathan and Granddaughter, Elayna) and Lindsay (husband, Stephen and Grandson, Jay-Jay ). Kathy loves bowling, show tunes, theatre, and spending time with her family and dogs, Bart & Lucy. Kathy is a lover of all God’s creatures, great and small.


Brandie Trigger Mitchell

Wellness Consultant

Brandie Trigger Mitchell, Wellness Consultant:  Brandie joined Shady Oak in the summer of 2007 as Wellness Consultant and taught alongside Mrs. Strode in the 5-day Pre-K class for the 2007-2008 school year. Brandie is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Wellness Coach and has a private practice supporting families with massage therapy and wellness coaching in Houston. Additionally, she contributes to the policies and practices at Shady Oak regarding nutrition and health.  Brandie and her husband Mark live in Sugarland and she loves swimming, crafting, and mothering her daughters, Ella (7 years old) and Kate ( 3 years old).

Alicea Gardner

Afterschool Teacher