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: Edward Torres

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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 Edward Torres, an area manager with CFISD’s operations department.

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

I have lived in and worked for Cypress-Fairbanks for more than 30 years.

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

I am passionate about Cypress-Fairbanks ISD because I have grown not only personally but professionally through my years. I have made lifelong friendships. Cypress-Fairbanks is passionate about their employees, so that motivated me every day to be the best I can be.

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

Cypress-Fairbanks has impacted me when I was able to see all my children go through Cy-Fair schools and prepare them for their future careers. I am grateful to work for a district that allows me to provide for my family and watch my children be products of Cy-Fair ISD.

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

To accept challenges, learn from your mistakes and show passion toward the career you choose. Always strive for the best, stay focused and become a productive citizen.

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

I like to attend high school craft shows and support local restaurants while seeing students working and being productive and making a difference in lives of others.


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: Tynesha Jackson

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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 Tynesha Jackson, CFISD transportation department charter.

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

I have lived in the Cypress-Fairbanks area for the last 20 years.

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

Cypress-Fairbanks offers amazing things within the community as well as the award-winning school district, which has truly fueled my passion for Cy-Fair.

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

My husband and I have five active boys that have been given the opportunity to find their own passion through CFISD. It has allowed them to thrive in their future endeavors. Our oldest son, Ron Jackson, graduated from Cypress Ridge High School with full academic and athletic scholarships. He signed with Concordia of Nebraska in 2012 and graduated with his bachelor’s and has become the newest graduate football coach for Concordia University. I have also been blessed to find a rewarding career within the district.

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

DREAM BIG! CFISD has so much to offer. Once you discover your passion, never let your light die out!

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

I love spending time with my family and friends. There are countless activities that Cypress has to offer, from amazing cuisines to endless shopping and so much more!


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: Aaron Perez

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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 Aaron Perez, Cypress Springs High School junior, who plays French horn and serves as drum major for the Cypress Springs Panther marching band.

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 am passionate about this community because of the wonderful people I get to interact with every day. Cypress-Fairbanks contains a multitude of cultures, all with their own unique ideas. I believe that having an understanding of all schools of thought grows empathy between all people, so that we may be accepting of each other and compassionate towards one another.

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

CFISD has been an enormous blessing to my family by not only providing a quality education for me and my brothers, but also opening many doors for us. My brothers, Yoel and Alex, are the first in our family to attend college. They were a part of the Cypress Springs High School band, just as I currently am. Being in a band in this school district has impacted me by teaching me a valuable lesson: music is not about playing the correct notes and rhythms, but it is about interpersonal connection. Music is simply a language used to tell stories or convey complex emotions that cannot be explained in words. Music should never be played for music’s sake, but rather as a medium for displaying empathy and humanity. Although I learned this lesson through music, the same concept applies to all aspects of our lives. We should always act with compassion and seek understanding.

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

Intentionally seek out moments to be compassionate. It is easy to get wrapped up in the daily stresses of our lives and forget that there are others around us who need kindness.

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

I enjoy going to the Boardwalk at Towne Lake with my friends because it has great restaurants and beautiful scenery!


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: 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:

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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!

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:

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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!

CFISD Community Cheerleader Spotlight: Todd Ray

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

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

Business:

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

11 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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