CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Darcy Mingoia

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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 Darcy Mingoia, a CFISD Trustee who enjoys giving back to CFISD students as a Bus Buddy during the first week of school.

 

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

40 years.

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

Education is the great equalizer. It opens the door to opportunity for students. With education, you can accomplish whatever you want. In CFISD it doesn’t matter where you start or what zip code you live in; every campus, every principal, every teacher is committed to giving students what they need to be successful. I am proud of what we do!

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

My husband, Bob, and I bought our first home in CFISD because we did the research and knew that this district was the best in the Houston area. Our kids were 2 years and 6 months old when we got here. We had great experiences from day one. The academics were strong, the administrators and teachers were capable and committed to student learning and a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities were available. Both kids were well prepared for college. I am grateful for that preparation and for the success each experienced in college and in their careers.

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

Invest in yourself by taking advantage of everything that is offered at your school. Listen. Read. Join a study group. Get to know your teachers. Participate in extracurricular activities. You will be prepared for your future–the workforce or further education. Hard work always pays off.

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

I can’t just select one! Riding the school bus with my friends at Hancock and Yeager. Having the opportunity to mentor students. Visiting our schools–we have amazing principals and teachers. Reading to elementary kids. Football at the Berry Center. Dinner at Jaxton’s. Shopping at The Vintage. Christmas at Champions Golf Club.


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: Butch Milks

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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 Butch Milks, sales professional for Balfour All-American and a long-time announcer at CFISD football games.

Business:

Balfour All-American

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

I feel that my passion for being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community is largely because of the people that I have had the opportunity to meet over the years. Living in other parts of the country for a few years has given me the perspective to see the differences in other areas. While there are nice people everywhere, I have never seen or interacted with so many genuine, nice, concerned, involved and talented individuals as I have right here in Cypress-Fairbanks.

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

Obviously, because of our business relationship with the school district, the impact because of the growth of the district has had enormous business consequences. But much more than that, having two children who attended CFISD K-12 and watching the teachers and administrators become our partners in helping to develop our children’s potential has been even more important.

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

If there were any advice I could give to CFISD students it would be to take full advantage of the resources offered in CFISD. Working with other schools districts and knowing what a good job most of them do has given me a perspective about CFISD. There is not another school district anywhere that does more to give every student the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

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

Announcing football games for close to 40 years in CFISD, there is nothing better to see than about 700 young people out on that football field each Friday or Saturday supporting their teams. This includes not just the football players but also the bands, the drill teams, the student trainers and the cheerleaders of each school.


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: Keith Barber

cheerleader-barber-33As 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 Keith Barber, CEO of Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and senior vice president of Houston Methodist.

Business:

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

 

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

Cypress-Fairbanks is home to one of our emergency care centers and the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group practice on State Hwy. 290. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is committed to faithfully serving the health care needs of residents in this area and I personally see myself as a part of the Cy-Fair community.

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

CFISD is a rapidly growing school district with a long history of pursuing academic excellence. The district is not only a prized member of the immediate Cypress-Fairbanks community, but a contributor to the progress and success of the greater Northwest Houston community. Thanks to the publicity opportunities available in CFISD, our organization regularly places advertisements and other informational materials in the district’s newsletters and through other promotional avenues.

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

Stay focused on academics while taking advantage of the district’s various offerings from enhanced educational programs to arts and athletics to volunteering opportunities. Be open to new things and seek experiences that broaden your horizon. Take risks and see mistakes as learning opportunities. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the journey itself!

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

I enjoy attending the community events at the Berry Center.


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!