• WCHE 5th Grade Team 2023-2024

    this is a photo of the 5th grade teaching team

    Pictured left to right:  Shea Bertrand, Cole Fowler, Brittney Ellis, Marybeth Balzer, and Elizabeth Lively


    Marybeth  Balzer Hi, I’m Marybeth Balzer!  I’m so excited to be jumping into my 3rd year at WCHE.  I’m originally from Roanoke, Virginia, and attended Radford University. This will be my 7th year of teaching and my 5th year in 5th grade!  In my free time, I love crafting, being with friends, and keeping up with my dog, Odin.


    Shea Bertrand -- Hello! I am Shea Bertrand. I am relatively new to the teaching profession.  I spent the past 6 months honing my craft at HBMS as an annual sub.  I come from a tech background and moved to Austin from Louisiana.  I have been a softball coach for the past 3 years. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in February, and we just recently purchased a home in Marble falls.  I’m excited to kick off the year!


    Brittney Ellis -- Hi Tigers! I am so happy to begin my 3rd year at WCHE!  I am the proud mom of two darling daughters, one precious son, and a funny Golden Doodle. We moved here 7 years ago and have been a part of the Tiger family since then. I graduated from Angelo State University in 2004, taught Kindergarten for a few years, and then took a small, 12- year maternity leave.  Ha!  I love being back in the classroom and look forward to a great year ahead!  In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, playing games, hiking, cookie decorating, and spending time with my friends! Cheers to a great year!

    Cole Fowler I am very excited to join the West Cypress Hills 5th Grade team!   I was born and raised in Austin and spent over 10 years living in Los Angeles, where I worked in the television industry.  I have a B.A. in Cinema-Television Critical Studies from the University of Southern California. During the past two years, I have been a substitute teacher, including a long-term assignment.  I was also the Theater Artist in Residence at an elementary school the past two years.


    Elizabeth Lively -- Hi!  My name is Elizabeth Lively, and I am excited to be joining the WCHE family this year!  This will be my 10th year teaching.  I received my bachelor's degree from Texas State University but consider myself an honorary Aggie!  I love to spend time with my husband, 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.  When I am not chasing my grandkids around, I love to watch John Wayne movies, read a good book, or work in my garden.  I'm looking forward to a great year!!