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!

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 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 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!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Brian Sandel

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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’re thrilled to highlight Brian Sandel, who has been an incredible CFISD supporter through his role as managing partner, fry cook and cashier for Raising Cane’s Cy-Fair.

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

I have been a CFISD resident for 10 years and in business in CFISD for five years.

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

It’s such a great community with great schools, neighborhoods and so much to do. It’s just the best place in the USA to raise a family!

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

My wife, Alli, is a Cy Creek grad; my oldest daughter, Hannah, is a Cy Creek grad and current student at Lone Star; and in 2019 my youngest daughter will be the third Cy Creek alum in the family! After opening Raising Cane’s, the partnerships with the district were absolutely instrumental in building a brand-new business that no one had heard of before.

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

Have a plan for the future, but never lose sight of the present moment. Your efforts right now are building the foundation that you will build the rest of your life on. Make it a strong and solid one!

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

What’s not to love? Great restaurants, great golf, great bike trails, great developments, Cy-Fair is simply the best part of a great city to live in!


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: Kyle Stanzel

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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’re thrilled to highlight Kyle Stanzel, who has been an incredible CFISD supporter through his role as vice president of operations and chief operating officer for Memorial Hermann Cypress.

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

Two years.

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

It is an amazing place to work and raise a family! A strong school district is the backbone of a strong community. It drives involvement, economic development, real estate values, and many other key indicators of a flourishing community.

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

Cypress-Fairbanks has helped Memorial Hermann Cypress to recruit and hire the most talented nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and other healthcare workers available. Without a strong district it would be much more difficult for us to bring the very best talent to this area.

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

Study hard in school, get a great college degree or technical training, and then come back to the area to help support our thriving businesses. We know we will need you in the healthcare field!

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

Getting to know new folks in Cypress. It is a place to meet some of the best and most genuine people in the world.


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!