CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Todd Ray

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Todd Ray of the Allstate Insurance Todd Ray Agency, a committed business partner of the school district and a CFISD parent.

Business:

Allstate Insurance – Todd Ray Agency

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

11 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

I have traveled the country and the world for business and pleasure, so I can say with conviction that the Cy-Fair community is one of the best places to live on the planet! We are blessed with so many attributes such as affordable housing, excellent schools and many employment and entertainment opportunities. My wife and I have lived, worked and raised our family in this community and we plan to be here for a very long time!

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

CFISD has impacted both my family and my business in a very positive way. From a family perspective, CFISD has provided both of my children with an excellent education in a safe, fun and challenging environment. On the business side, my Allstate agency has partnered with CFISD students, faculty and administration for the past several years and the benefits are countless. The most impactful engagement has been the CFISD mentoring program. The students we have mentored at Goodson Middle School have enriched our lives and our business beyond words. We are so grateful for that experience.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

I would advise the students of CFISD to simply enjoy their time in school and to follow their dreams. There are so many career and life opportunities presented by CFISD, and if they embrace those opportunities they will be setup for successful life, no matter what career path they ultimately pursue.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

One of my favorite things to do in our community is to watch a Friday night football game at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium. The Berry Center is an awesome facility, and the sense of community and the experience at the football games is second to none.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

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CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Jill Smith

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Jill Smith, team leader of The Jill Smith Team with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Gary Greene and a Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) trustee.

Business:

The Jill Smith Team with Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

Nine years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

Cy-Fair ISD is an outstanding school district that offers so many opportunities for our students. I enjoy volunteering at the schools as well as being a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

I have two children who are currently attending or have attended Cy-Fair schools. My daughter just graduated from Langham Creek High School and will be attending college in the fall. Prior to moving to Cy-Fair, my daughter was very unhappy at the elementary she attended. We relocated to Cy-Fair when she was in the middle of third grade when she begin attending Birkes Elementary School. I was amazed at the transformation in her and how happy she was to go to school. The move was such a blessing for our family. A year after we moved to the district I began a career in real estate. The growth in our area is so tremendous that my business continues to thrive year after year.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Follow your dreams. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve or do what you want. Take advantage of our district’s relationship with Lone Star College–CyFair so that you can get some college hours out of the way while you are in high school. Get involved in your school.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

Our family really enjoys dining and spending time at the new Towne Lake Boardwalk. I have personally enjoyed my new role as a trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. It is so rewarding to see the money we are able to provide to Cy-Fair ISD students to attend college that otherwise might not be able to attend because of financial constraints. I have also met many other business leaders and leaders within our district through my role as trustee that are so committed to helping these students.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Tracie Barton

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Tracie Barton, chairman of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board, as well as a parent volunteer and student mentor.

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

16 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

When moving to Texas from Louisiana 16 years ago, the deciding factor on which part of Houston to live was education since our oldest child was about to start kindergarten. We chose Cypress-Fairbanks because of the reputation of the school district. I began volunteering at Lamkin Elementary, where my daughter was a student and she has since graduated from college. My youngest will be a senior this year at Cypress Ranch High School and I hope to continue as a mentor and active volunteer for many years to come. I adore the students and employees of the district! This community is full of passionate, wonderful people. I am proud to live in the Cypress-Fairbanks community.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

Living in the school district has enabled my oldest daughter to attend her dream Ivy League school. With the guidance of her teachers starting in elementary school, they challenged her and planted the seed of dreaming big and to go after her dreams. Her teachers, coaches and staff members instilled in her that with hard work she could obtain anything she could imagine. They saw her potential and encouraged her.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

To follow your dreams because everything is within your reach if you just believe. We have Olympic athletes, professional athletes and television personalities who have all graduated from this district. No dream is too big!

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

Of course, my family would say SHOP! I would agree, along with working out at my local gym. Since moving to Cypress in 2001, our community has grown so rapidly. More great restaurants, the outlets and new gyms–all the while feeling like a small, quaint town. That’s what makes this community great!


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Cyndi Matteson

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As the third-largest school district in Texas and the largest employer in Northwest Harris County, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District impacts the lives of far more than the 115,000 students and thousands of teachers, employees and administrators across 88 elementary, middle and high school campuses and special program facilities that study and work within our walls. In fact, we’re proud that as a top-rated school district, the work we do within our school system extends beyond the schools and permeates within our neighborhoods and businesses, making the greater Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play. The Cypress-Fairbanks community excels because of our CFISD cheerleaders; the individuals and businesses that invest in and support our students and community at large.

Today, we highlight Cyndi Matteson, a global volunteer and member of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring more than five students at five different CFISD schools.

Business:

Retired, sales management at US Foodservice

How long have you lived/worked in Cypress-Fairbanks?

10 years

Why are you so passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community?

The CFISD community has allowed me the ability to “give back” to kids of all ages in several of the schools. I supported my own child in his CFHS activities while also being able to help in so many areas like hospitality, many school VIPS opportunities and mentoring.

How has Cypress-Fairbanks ISD impacted you, your family or your business?

This district has allowed me to become involved in so many areas now that I am retired. I love being a global volunteer and traveling around the district meeting new people and helping out wherever there is a need. I’m blessed to be a part of many students lives as a mentor too.

What piece of advice would you like to give to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students?

Each student has so many opportunities to excel and be all that they can be and never feel like they don’t have the support of the teachers and staff in their school. The resources, both during school as well as after school, within this district are exceptional and need to be taken advantage of by each student for growth and valuable experience.

What’s your favorite thing to do, see, eat or experience in our community?

I enjoy being outside walking or biking the many trails around the community with my family and friends. Having been in the food service/restaurant industry for 25-plus years, I enjoy checking out all the great restaurants, especially the new ones, that are all over the Cypress area.


Interested in getting involved, being featured as an upcoming Cheerleader (or featuring someone who you think makes our district great) or in learning more about how Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District makes the larger Cypress-Fairbanks community a better place to work, live, study and play for all of us? Visit CFISDSpirit.com to cheer along with our team!