Teachers win money for classroom makeover

Six teachers in Cy-Fair ISD will get to makeover their classrooms after Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union announced the winners and runners up of its Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Cy Springs math teacher Tyran Alfred, Cook Middle School teacher Hector Veronica-Gutierrez, and Holmsley Elementary reading, language arts and social studies teacher Lorena Carter each won $500, according to a district press release.

Alfred plans to use the $500 to redesign her classroom with her students’ needs in mind, including stations designated for specific purposes like group work.

“Having an opportunity to put into practice all I’ve stated will enable my school to participate in the 21st-century shift from teacher-focused space to a more student-focused one,” Alfred said in the press release.

Extreme Classroom Makeover competition runners up included Cy Lakes L.I.F.E. Skills teacher Cassandra Revella, Campbell Middle School sixth grade language arts and reading teacher Richarda Outley, and Reed Elementary kindergarten teacher Liliana Orozco. Each received $150.

“This year, with so many things that are different, harder or requiring reinvention, we are even more grateful to be able to help six CFISD teachers makeover their classrooms,” Cy-Fair FCU President and CEO Cameron Dickey said in the press release. “With COVID-19 and distance learning, some of our winners have had to adjust their makeover plans for the money we awarded, but they have come up with some very creative solutions.”

-Contributed by Cy-Fair ISD

Fine arts coordinator named Admin of the Year

The Texas Educational Theatre Association selected Cy-Fair ISD Coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts Tim Estelle as the 2020 Administrator of the Year in recognition of his support of fine arts education, a district press release announced.

Estelle was honored during an awards ceremony was held virtually on Oct. 2.

“Tim is very deserving of the Administrator of the Year award,” Cy-Fair ISD Director of Fine Arts Mary Running stated in the press release. “He is a true servant leader going above and beyond to support the fine arts students and teachers of CFISD. We are very proud of Tim’s recognition by the Texas Educational Theatre Association.”

-Contributed by Cy-Fair ISD

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