WCHE 4th Grade Team 2022-2023
Pictured left to right: Noelle McDaniel, Brandy Sykes, Caitlyn Vilven (Seated,) Hannah Minyard, and Kim Roy
Noelle McDaniel -- I am a Texas State graduate with a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I am certified to teach EC-8th. I have taught grades 3, 4, and 5. This is my tenth year of teaching. Math and writing are my favorite subjects to teach. I have been married to my husband, Dusty, for 15 years. We have two lovely daughters. Finley and Charlotte play volleyball and softball. We love attending their games and cheering them on. We love to travel and we ventured to Costa Rica this summer. Our sweet 5-year-old black lab, Boone, completes our family.
Hannah Minyard -- I graduated from Appalachian State University (roll 'neers!) located in the beautiful mountains of Boone, North Carolina! This is my second year of teaching, and I'm so excited to be a part of the West Cypress Family! My goal is to create a classroom of empathetic learners who are ready to contribute to their community! Some of my favorite things include hiking, rock climbing, and running! If I'm not at school, I'm definitely outside somewhere! Go Tigers!
Kim Roy -- I am thrilled to be joining the 4th grade team this year! As an educator for the last 9 years in sub, tutor, and aide capacities, I have helped students find a passion and a confidence for learning. I was a social worker for several years before I decided to switch to the education field. I have lived in Austin for 11 1/2 years. I have a husband named Jarrod and 2 cats named Lilo and Oscar.
Brandy Sykes -- I am so excited to be back in the classroom this year, after taking a break to raise my babies, for my 6th year of teaching! I am also so grateful to be a part of the Tiger family at WCHE! I am a native Texan and grew up in the North Texas area. I went to Midwestern State University and earned my teaching degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in English. I am certified to teach Pre-K-8th grade. I met my amazing husband in college, and we have been married for 20 years! We have four precious children, and they all attend schools in LTISD, a 10th grader at LTHS, 6th grader at LTMS, and two at WCHE in 4th and 1st grade! They are my world! We also have the cutest Mini Goldendoodle, Goldie! I love spending time with family and friends, traveling, baking, decorating, and hiking. I am truly honored to have your child this year and absolutely love creating a classroom where everyone feels safe and loved, so they can learn and grow to their full potential! Go Tigers!!
Caitlyn Vilven -- My name is Caitlyn Vilven, and I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Since then, I have been teaching at West Cypress Hills Elementary in my favorite grade—4th! When I am not at school, I love spending time with my husband, grabbing coffee with friends, and visiting with family.