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!

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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!

CFISD Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Alice Streit

cheerleader-streit-23As 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 Alice Streit, a veteran CFISD bus driver who started with the district in 1980. After 38 years on the job, she still feels that every day is important in the lives of her students. She works hard to make each of them feel like they matter.

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

I have lived in the Cy-Fair district most of my life and have worked for Cy-Fair 38 years.

 

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

I love the community for many reasons. One being the education my children got and that my grandkids are now getting. There are so many places you can go as a family and with friends. Cy-Fair still seems like a close-knit community, no matter how big it is.

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

My children are doing great because of this education. Our business is successful because of the larger businesses here in the community.

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

I would advise to take every opportunity the school gives you to be all that you can be, to better your future.

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

Anything and everything that is family friendly. We love to get together with friends and family and enjoy each other.


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: Amy Lippincott

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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 Amy Lippincott, The Lippincott Team leader with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene. The former CFISD PE teacher and mother of two CFISD students has worked in local real estate since 2008.

Business:

Real Estate — Better Homes and Gardens, The Lippincott Team

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

14 years.

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

Cy-Fair is an amazing place to work and also raise a family. The reason we moved here was because of the strong reputation of the school district. It is so important to live in a thriving and safe environment. The real estate values stay strong and the community continues to grow and prosper.

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

I am a previous teacher of 16 years. I taught seven of those years in Cy-Fair so I experienced our great district as an employee. I have lived here for 14 years and my two children are very involved in their Cy-Fair schools, so I also have experience as a parent in Cy-Fair and I love these experiences.

Being a parent and a teacher are the two things that led to my success as a realtor here. When I earned my real estate license I knew there would be no better place to sell homes than in my own neighborhood. It was easy to sell homes here because I could personally relate to my buyers and share the good reasons to live in Cy-Fair.

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

Get involved! There are so many different opportunities out there to take advantage of. Enjoy your teachers and school. Give 110 percent at everything you do so that you can look in the mirror and be proud of yourself. Also, I would tell them to make good friends and develop strong relationships.

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

I love being involved in our school and community events such as the Superintendent’s Fun Run. Friday Night Lights are my family’s favorite events. We also enjoy trying all of the new restaurants in our growing 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!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Joseph Fitts

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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 Joseph Fitts, a member of the Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Executive Board and a global volunteer in the district.

Business:

Retired HR manager, oil and gas Industry

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

Six years.

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

I have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the educational development of elementary students in CFISD.

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

CFISD has provided the opportunity to impact elementary-age students through working in the library and participating in classroom reading.

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

Take advantage of the many educational and extra-curricular programs offered in Cy-Fair ISD.

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

I enjoy dining at the wide variety of restaurants throughout the community. I also enjoy playing golf at a variety of courses both in our community and elsewhere in the metropolitan 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!

CFISD Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Kailyn Kolb

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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 Kailyn Kolb, a 2017 graduate of Cypress Falls High School and Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Choir student!

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

Seventeen years.

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

I love the environment Cypress-Fairbanks creates. We have such a powerful and caring community.

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

My family has enjoyed the schools that my sisters and I have attended, as they are all such welcoming and successful schools.

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

Be involved in all there is to offer! Join sports, clubs and extracurricular activities that you enjoy, as they are all such great environments to be a part of every day.

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

My mother and I attend the annual “Shop ’til you Drop” event held at the Berry Center every year. It is so much fun!


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: Julie Hinaman

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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 are excited to highlight Julie Hinaman, a CFISD parent and member of the Community Leadership Committee.

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

I have lived in CFISD for 14 years.

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

As a member of the CFISD Community Leadership Committee, I have learned just how important our school district is to the livelihood of the community. CFISD educates more than 98 percent of all school-aged children in the area and is the largest employer. Having a successful local school district maintains our property values and ensures that our community will continue to grow and be safe.

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

My children are receiving an exceptional education as CFISD students. While our local schools have met my high expectations from an academic standpoint, I also feel that my kids are learning compassion from the diversity of their classmates and by participating in community service activities. I feel that my children are being prepared for success after graduation.

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

Take advantage of the many opportunities to learn new and different things at school. Challenge yourselves to take an AP class, try a fine arts elective, learn a different language, seek a leadership role in a school club or get involved in student government.

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

Our family enjoys seeing friends and neighbors at our favorite local Tex-Mex restaurant on Friday nights!


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 Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Tara Willis

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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 Tara Willis, the 2016-2017 Spotlight Teacher from Ault Elementary School who teaches in the same elementary campus where she once attended as a student!

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

I have lived in CFISD for 20 years and worked in CFISD for six years.

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

CFISD creates an amazing community and is well-known for being a leader in education throughout the state.

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

CFISD is where I received my education from elementary through high school. For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me as a teacher.

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

Give your best effort in all that you do and always believe in yourself. You are capable of great things!

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

I love running into other CFISD families as well as my students at community events. It is great that CFISD has helped our area establish a small-town feel within such a large suburban 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!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Lily Jang

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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 Lily Jang, a CFISD “lifer” who attended Lowery Elementary School and Labay Middle School before graduating from Langham Creek High School. Jang worked as a reporter and anchor for KHOU Channel 11 for nearly five years before transitioning into her current career in real estate.

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

I graduated from Langham Creek High School.

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

I am a product of Cy-Fair ISD schools! I attended Lowery Elementary, Labay Junior High and Langham Creek High School. I am so proud of being a Lobo!

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

I owe everything I have to growing up in the Cy-Fair area my entire life. Langham Creek was a National Exemplary School while I was there and I am proud to have graduated in the top 10 percent of my senior class. My parents still live in the same home I grew up in!

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

You have the best teachers any district has to offer. Take every opportunity they give you and excel at it. This is the time of your life to learn who you want to be. And whatever that is, believe in yourself that you will crush your biggest dreams.

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

The Cy-Fair area has one-of-a-kind restaurants and neighborhoods. I spent many weekends at Copperfield Parks with my friends. That was many years ago. You have so much more fun things to do these days where you will make amazing memories.


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 Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Isabel Rodriguez

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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 Isabel Rodriguez, a beloved CFISD bus driver who joined our transportation team 37 years ago on Sept. 2, 1980. Her infectious smile for every student she transports exemplifies her love for the job, and she is grateful to be able to touch lives throughout the district.

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

I have lived in the Cypress area since 1978, and have worked for CyFair since 1980.

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

My husband and I were looking for the best education for our two daughters. Cy-Fair offered everything we wanted for our girls.

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

My girls received a wonderful education from Cy-Fair High School, and both girls went on to Texas A&M and received their degrees. The oldest daughter went on to get her master’s. Both daughters are very successful and I attribute a lot of that to their education in Cy-Fair.

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

Focus on your school work and you will reap your rewards.

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

I love all that this area has to offer. There are so many things to see and do and wonderful places to eat without having to go very far. I love the community atmosphere Cypress has. It’s just a great place to live and raise a family.


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!