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Hampton named Cedar Creek head of school

Long-time educator given permanent title
Friday, March 25, 2022
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Ruston’s Cedar Creek School has elevated Cindy Hampton from interim to permanent head of school.

After working at Cedar Creek for nearly 30 years, Hampton was named interim head of school in October of 2021 following Andrew Yepson’s retirement.

This week the school’s Board of Directors made the position permanent.

“I’m truly honored,” Hampton said. “Words can’t express my gratitude to the people I work with. It is such a great place to work. I’m honored and humbled.”

Cedar Creek is a pre-K through 12th grade private school focused on college preparation.

Hampton served as an assistant principal for 11 years before her promotion. Before joining the school’s administration she taught biology, chemistry and physical science.

She said educating the next generation is at the core of what she loves about her job.

“I love working with kids,” she said. “I love to watch them grow and see them reach their potential. Now I see the children of the children I taught. It’s very heartwarming to me to be able to go up to a student and say, ‘I taught your daddy chemistry.’ It’s truly a joy.”

Hampton spent two years as a student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe before she married Bruce Hampton and moved to New Orleans.

There she completed her bachelor’s degree in biology education at the University of New Orleans and later obtained her master’s degree in the same subject from Delta State University.

She said she’s looking forward to furthering the school’s existing goal of equipping students to open any door and all doors to their futures.

“Seeing our students continue to achieve at the level they have been so they can enter into any university they choose,” Hampton said. “That’s what I want to continue striving toward: making it possible to do whatever they choose to do in life.”

She said Cedar Creek administration recently finished writing a strategic plan for the school’s next five years. One of her immediate goals is to start putting that plan into action, as well as completing the school’s reaccreditation process next year.

Hampton took the helm in the fall after Yepson’s sudden retirement as both he and the school were named defendants in civil litigation alleging a former high school student was bullied and sexually battered by several classmates while at school. That litigation is ongoing.