Dr. Luci Higgins
Prior to serving in the role of Superintendent, Dr. Higgins served as the Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Principal, and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Cornerstone Christian Schools.
She has dedicated her professional career to serving children in both public and Christian K-12 school systems as well as graduate students at the university level. While in Florida, she served on the Florida Music Educators Association Board and the Florida Kindergarten Council Board. She further supports schools and children through her work on accreditation visiting teams for Southern Association of Independent Schools, Association of Christian Schools International, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and Cognia (AdvancEd).
Dr. Luci Higgins received her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, her Master of Science in Emotional Disturbances/Learning Disabilities from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Science in Emotional Disturbances/Learning Disabilities, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
Assistant Superintendent, Elementary Principal, & Director of Fine Arts
Peter Barnes has served students and families in Christian schools for over thirty years. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Louisiana State University in Music & Fine Arts with advanced graduate studies in Foreign Language and Educational Leadership.
Mr. Barnes taught high school French, Bible, Speech & Theater, and Music for sixteen years at Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge. He transitioned into school leadership in 2002 and has since served in numerous capacities including Assistant Principal, High School Principal, and Headmaster. He has served as an officer in numerous professional organizations including the Southeast Louisiana Rally Association, the Baton Rouge Area Officials’ Association, and as President of the Louisiana Association of Independent Schools.
Dr. Andrew Riley
Director of College and Career
Director of College and Career, Dr. Andy Riley, has spent more than two decades in higher education. Trained as a specialist in ancient Near Eastern languages, history, cultures, and religions, with expertise in Biblical studies, he has experience in teaching at all academic levels (primary, secondary, university), academic advising, graduate student development, study abroad, and publishing.
Prior to joining CCS, Dr. Riley worked as an academic adviser (The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2016-18) and visiting professor (University of Oregon, 2013-16, and Xavier University, 2010-13). He holds degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Ph.D., M.Phil.) and Ohio State University (M.A., B.A.).
Dr. Riley is eager to help CCS students find success and understand that God is shaping our destinies for His glory and our nurturing.
Mr. Harrison began his teaching career in NEISD where he also taught 4th and 5th grades for nine years. During this time he served as a vertical team leader, grade level chair, robotics sponsor, Leader in Me committee chair and assisted in the Lighthouse school certification process for two elementary schools in the district. Prior to his tenure in education, Mr. Harrison served five years in the United States Army as a Russian Linguist where he was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal by the Secretary of Defense.
Brent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cross Cultural Communications and Biblical Studies from Evangel University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University. Mr. Harrison holds a Principal Certification in the state of Texas and is honored to join the administrative team as Secondary Assistant Principal at Cornerstone Christian Schools.
Elementary Assistant Principal
Mrs. Janet Harrison is honored to serve as the Elementary Assistant Principal at Cornerstone Christian Schools. Janet earned her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Hardin-Simmons University and holds a master’s degree in Counseling from St. Mary’s University. Mrs. Harrison is a Licensed Counselor in Texas and began her career in public schools over 20 years ago.
Janet has worked in all levels of education, as well as private practice, where she has focused on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. She has previously served as a teacher and school counselor and possesses a passion for creating a learning environment that educates and engages the whole child.
Director of Elementary Academics
In this role, Mrs. Wallace-Jones serves as an elementary administrator with a particular focus on elementary academics, curriculum, and instruction. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Wallace-Jones serve our school in this capacity. She is a gifted teacher with a breadth of experience across grade levels, academic disciplines, and student learning styles. She has distinguished herself as a servant leader whose heart is for the students. She is profoundly creative in instructional style with a unique gift for building success with students. We are excited to have her inspiration and influence on the continued academic growth of our elementary school.
Mrs. Wallace-Jones is a graduate of Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Special Education. Mrs. Wallace-Jones has served in the educational community for 16 years as a special education teacher working with Pre-K through 3rd grades. She has also served as a classroom teacher for grades 2, 3, and 4. She was elected Teacher of the Year in 2007. Mrs. Wallace-Jones believes strongly in differentiated instruction, providing each student with exactly what is needed to excel. She sees CCS as a place where every child can feel secure to explore, question, create, and take their learning to a higher level.
Cynthia Hughes, with two decades of experience in marketing, community relations, public affairs, and communications, is excited to serve as Director of Admissions. Her knowledge and passion for CCS is felt by everyone she encounters. She believes in the importance of breaking down the admissions process into manageable steps and is excited to provide expert guidance and structure throughout the process.
Cynthia is a native of El Paso, Texas, and speaks fluent Spanish as a second language. Along with her uncompromising commitment to God, Cynthia enjoys spending quality time with her family, being active in the community, and serving through volunteering opportunities in the church family.
Dr. Jaime Villarreal