CFISD NAMES NEW PRINCIPALS
Connie Roberson, an assistant principal at McFee Elementary School, was named the new principal for Willbern Elementary School on June 3. Roberson replaces Dr. Carrie Marz, who was named principal for Bane Elementary School in May.
Roberson has 21 years of experience in education, including 15 in CFISD. Her career began with six years at The Fairhill School in Dallas before she arrived in CFISD as a teacher at Reed Elementary School. After four years at Reed she took a position outside of education for six years.
She returned to CFISD as a teacher at Lamkin Elementary School, serving six years before being named to her current assistant principal position at McFee.
Roberson received her Bachelor of Science in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education from Concordia University.
“I am beyond thrilled and honored to join the Willbern family as principal,” said Roberson. “I am looking forward to the relationships I will build with the students, staff, parents and community as we continue the legacy of excellence that has been established at Willbern.”
Dr. Laura Perry, the principal at Thornton Middle School, was named the new principal at Campbell Middle School on June 24. Dr. Perry replaces Dr. Cheryl Henry, who was named principal at Cypress Springs High School on June 2.
Dr. Perry has 30 years of experience in public education, 25 of them in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Following five years as an educator in Humble and Aldine school districts, Dr. Perry joined CFISD as an eighth-grade teacher at Truitt Middle School. She served three years in that capacity before being named assistant principal at Truitt and serving seven more years.
She returned to the classroom in 2000, serving two years as a fifth-grade language arts, social studies and ESL teacher at Hancock Elementary School. Dr. Perry then accepted the director of instruction position at Campbell Middle School, serving three years before accepting the director of instruction role at Spillane Middle School in 2005. Following two years at Spillane, she was named director of instruction at Cypress Creek High School, and spent two years there prior to accepting her current position as principal at Thornton.
Dr. Perry earned her Bachelor of Arts in education from Sam Houston State University and her Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. She received her Executive Education Doctorate in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston in 2013.
“I feel honored and blessed to be named the next principal of Campbell Middle School,” Dr. Perry said. “I am excited to rejoin the Campbell community to proudly serve our Gator scholars! The faculty and staff at Campbell have worked hard to implement many extraordinary initiatives and well-established traditions. I look forward to working with the staff to build on these in order to provide the best educational experience for our students. Additionally, I am eager to begin developing a productive, collaborative relationship with parents, guardians and community members. Together, we will help each and every student achieve success at Campbell and beyond – in high school, college and life.”
Susan Epperson, an assistant principal at Lieder Elementary School, was named the new principal at Lee Elementary School on June 25. Epperson replaces Dr. Tonya Goree, who was named the new principal at Francone Elementary School on June 5.
Epperson has 17 years of experience in education, including 14 years in CFISD. She came to CFISD in 2001 as a third-grade math and science teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, serving two years before taking a third-grade math teaching position at Birkes Elementary School for one year.
Epperson was named instructional specialist at Birkes and served six years before being named assistant principal at Emery Elementary School. Following three years at Emery, she accepted her current position as assistant principal at Lieder, where she has spent two years.
Epperson earned her Bachelor of Science in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University and her Master of Educational Administration from Lamar University.
“It is an honor and a blessing to be named principal of Lee Elementary School,” Epperson said. “I am excited about the opportunity to build relationships with the students, staff, parents and community. Together, we will continue building on the tradition and standard of excellence set forth. I am thrilled to become a Lee Labrador!”
NORTH CYPRESS MEDICAL CENTER NOW OFFERING 3D MAMMOGRAPHY
North Cypress Medical Center is now offering 3D Mammography or breast tomosynthesis at two of its locations – North Cypress Women’s Breast Center at the main hospital, and the North Cypress Towne Lake Imaging Center. 3D mammograms will be the standard for all routine screening mammograms performed at North Cypress.
3D mammography is the newest screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool and is used to improve the early detection of breast cancer, the most-diagnosed cancer in women, affecting 1 in 8 in the U.S. 3D mammography helps to detect cancer earlier. Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have a 93 percent or higher survival rate in the first five years.
Digital breast tomosynthesis (Tomo) is better known as 3D mammography. During the 3D part of the mammogram, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. These images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by the radiologist as a separate image or an interactive animation. 3D mammography is used in combination with 2D mammography.
Patients or physician offices can schedule 3D mammograms by calling the North Cypress Scheduling Line, 832-912-3724. For more information about 3D mammography, visit ncmc-hospital.com.
BRIDGELAND BREAKS GROUND ON FIRST COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Executives from The Howard Hughes Corporation, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Development Company broke ground recently on Lakeland Village Center in which CVS/pharmacy will be the anchor retail tenant. Lakeland Village Center is the first commercial development in Bridgeland, an award-winning master planned community in Cypress.
Set on 20 acres along Fry Road, Lakeland Village Center will include 84,000 square feet of mixed-use development in Phase One consisting of retail, restaurants, and professional and medical offices. The center will feature abundant landscaping, views of two bordering lakes and expansive sidewalks. The contractor for the project is VCC, LLC. Completion of Phase One of Lakeland Village Center is slated for spring 2016.
Lakeland Village Center is within walking distance for residents of Lakeland Heights, a traditional neighborhood development in Bridgeland, and provides easy accessibility for those in the remaining enclaves of Lakeland Village, the first of four villages planned for the community.
“We are excited to announce Lakeland Village Center as the inaugural commercial venture in Bridgeland. The new village can be accessed through Fry Road and is in close proximity to the Grand Parkway and Highway 290,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of master planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Having CVS/pharmacy as the anchor will offer even more convenience to residents and nearby communities.”
“The debut of Lakeland Village Center and CVS/pharmacy really solidifies the Main Street concept we envisioned for the first commercial site in Bridgeland,” said Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “Bridgeland’s walkability and easily accessible amenities are distinguishing features of the community, and we’re excited to see Lakeland Village Center further that precedent.”
The store is scheduled to open in early 2016. Learn more at bridgeland.com.
WILLOWBROOK MALL ANNOUNCES RENOVATION PLANS
Willowbrook Mall, one of the premier shopping destinations in northwest Houston, recently commenced a large-scale construction project on the 1.3-million-square-foot property that will incorporate aesthetic updates to both the interior and exterior of the mall. The project is expected to be complete by December.
The mall entrance will be enhanced by a contemporary, two-story clear structure. This feature, along with the existing skylights, will flood the space with natural light. There will also be new landscaping features, including hardscape elements and dedicated areas for seasonal plantings.
Renovations to The Food Court will bring new eateries to the mix, and many of the mall’s favorites will remain. New modern tables and comfortable chairs will enhance the look and feel of the Food Court. Throughout the project, some restaurants will close during renovation. Work on the interior will take place after mall hours to ensure an optimum shopping experience for customers and retailers.
In the past year, Willowbrook Mall welcomed big-name stores, such as beauty retailer LUSH Cosmetics, Nordstrom Rack, the new women’s fitness retailer SIX:02, and fashion favorites Michael Kors and White House Black Market. Additionally, Forever 21 recently redesigned and renovated its almost 20,000-square-foot space and reopened in late May and Bar Louie opened its second location in the Houston market. Willowbrook Mall is located at FM 1960 and Texas 249 in northwest Houston.
For more information, call 281-890-MALL or visit shopwillowbrookmall.com.