CFISD Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Robert Walker

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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 Robert Walker, a CFISD grounds department foreman since 1994.

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

I have worked in CFISD for 23 years.

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

I’m passionate because I love working in the community and also working with good-hearted people and helping everybody when they need me. As long as I can satisfy at least one person, then my job is complete.

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

CFISD has impacted me because it has given me an opportunity to grow in my work field and I have had two kids graduate from the district and continue to be successful.

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

Hard work pays off. Always keep pushing toward your goals.

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

My favorite thing to do and see is anything to do with sports and spending time with family and friends. I like experiencing the different variety of restaurants and entertainment in the community.


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 Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: Shawn McAnear

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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 Shawn McAnear, head band director at Bridgeland High School and the former band director at Cypress Falls High School.

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

I have served 21 years as a band director in CFISD.

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

I am passionate about being a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks community because it allows me to do what I love each and every day. I get to teach life lessons through music to help students develop the skills needed to be successful citizens.

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

CFISD has continued to support the vision of fine arts programs throughout the district. With their support, we continue to challenge ourselves individually and as an ensemble to be better than the performance before. In return, we as a band program work extremely hard to represent our school and community throughout the state and nation at the highest levels possible.

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

We talk all the time with the Bridgeland band members that the only variable you can control is you. Set goals, work hard, focus on the task at hand, do everything you can to be better each time and always make your bed!

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

We love attending fine arts events throughout CFISD. The amount of talent on display by the many student performers is truly amazing. From the many marching and concert bands, choirs, orchestras, art displays and theater productions–there is always something great going on at a campus near you!


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: April Kowis Thomson

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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 April Kowis Thomson, vice president of member access at the Associated Credit Union of Texas.

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

Four years.

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

I’m amazed at the passion and dedication of the CFISD staff. They inspire me to seek out one of the many opportunities to serve my community and make an impact. I enjoy the Bus Buddies program and helping with teacher appreciation and volunteering when I am called. I also love volunteering with the many events the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation puts together. The mission of the CFEF is to raise funds to increase college access for graduates of Cy-Fair ISD by awarding scholarships. With 12 high schools in the district, I know I am helping make an impact.

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

Our family is very excited about my oldest daughter, Aubrey, beginning kindergarten at Birkes Elementary next year. My mother-in-law retired from Birkes and has told Aubrey all about her new school and the great people that work there.

I believe the growth in our community is attributed to the great schools in CFISD. My business has grown as more residential developments and businesses have come up along Fry Road. Growth in our area presents Associated Credit Union of Texas more opportunities to meet the financial needs of the community.

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

Don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Maybe it’s an activity, a sport or speaking in front of your class. Challenge yourself and reap the reward.

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

I enjoy visiting local parks and watching my kids run and play. My kids LOVE to go to the Chick-fil-A in Towne Lake.


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: Allison Payne

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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 Allison Payne, second-grade math and science teacher at Moore Elementary School. Payne was also named the school’s 2016-2017 Spotlight Teacher.

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

Eleven years.

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

I love my Cy-Fair community. We are all one big family who helps one another and cheers each other on!

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

Cy-Fair has helped grow and mold me into the teacher I am today. I’ve had the amazing experience to work with and learn from some of the best administrators and teachers. I’ve met some of my best friends by working here in Cy-Fair. We really are one big community that supports one another!

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

Never give up! You can achieve anything you set out to do! If you can dream it, you can achieve it!

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

I love trying new restaurants, attending movies, concerts and sporting events!


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: Keith Nix

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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 Keith Nix, ninth-grade biology teacher and cross country and soccer coach at Cypress Park High School. Nix was also the school’s 2016-2017 Spotlight Teacher.

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

Four years.

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

Cy-Fair is a very student-centered school district that you don’t see in every district. I am a coach so have been in several districts and Cy-Fair is solely focused on its students! I am given the flexibility to teach to the style of the students, which helps me as a teacher.

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

When I got to Cy-Fair I had been a classroom teacher in other districts, but was mainly a PE teacher. So this was my first high school classroom teaching position, and when I got here I found nothing but support. I was supported in my teaching, and was even honored to be asked to help conduct a professional development seminar the first year I was in the district! But the support is the important thing. They hire the best teachers and then find a way to support them and give them what they need!

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

Soak up every bit of knowledge and experience you can while you have the chance here is Cy-Fair. You are only in school once, and it is important to be a student and a kid and have fun. But if you don’t learn from the leaders, educators, administrators and other students you really have done yourself a disservice. So many good people in and around this district, learn and gain as much as you can while you are here!

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

The community atmosphere is the best thing you see. Its not just about the sport you play, or extra curricular club you are in. Everyone is supportive. You see football players at kickball tournaments to raise money for an organization. You will see the student body president waiving flags on the sideline with their face painted. The atmosphere is amazing and its mostly done by the 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 Classroom Cheerleader Spotlight: John Skelton

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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 John Skelton, LIFE Skills vocational training teacher at the Carlton Center and the school’s 2016-2017 Spotlight Teacher.

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

I am starting my fourth year with CFISD.

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

When we decided to move to the Houston area from El Paso, Texas, my wife and I visited all the areas around Houston. We found the friendliest people in CFISD. They made my wife and me feel welcomed.

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

Working for CFISD has really shown me a school district that cares for its students in all aspects of their education–academics, extracurricular activities, and their physical and emotional needs.

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

Trust what the educators in the district are telling you. We are here to help you grow as a person and to send you out into the world with the knowledge to be the best that you can be.

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

I love golf, and Cypress has some of the best. All my free time is on the golf course. My wife and I are always looking for the next best restaurant and Cypress has its share of them.


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: Casey Blades

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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 Casey Blades, Cypress Lakes High School girls’ soccer coach.

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

I am beginning my ninth year as a teacher in CFISD.

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

I love being a part of our district because we are determined to provide opportunities for all students. Our district aims to create students who are the “whole package” with chances for learning and success in all aspects of the educational experience.

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

CFISD has allowed me to find my dream job. Each and every day I get to combine my passions for art, athletics and education.

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

I try to teach my students to be persistent. Above all else, consistent effort and a can-do attitude lead to success.

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

I love seeing our community come together around athletic events, from Friday night football games to hosting the state wrestling tournament. In addition, I love seeing the turnout for charity fundraising events like the Superintendent’s Fun Run and Heart Walk. I always leave those events feeling inspired.


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: Erik Lane

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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 Erik Lane, Langham Creek High School boys’ soccer coach.

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

Four years.

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

CFISD and Langham Creek High School have a great family feel. We as teachers and coaches have tremendous community support both in the classroom and on the game field.

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

CFISD has given me a “second wind” in my teaching and coaching career. At Langham Creek, we have great parent and community support, and I always feel that I am being challenged and that I am appreciated for what I do for our students and the community.

In retrospect, coming to CFISD has been a great decision for me!

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

Work hard! You have all the support that you will need to help you achieve your dreams as long as you make the effort to be the best that you can be!

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

Romero’s Las Brazas and Towne Lake are great places to relax and eat! You can also catch some great athletic events at all of our 12 high schools!


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: 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!

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.

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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!