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Cy-Fair Business December 2016

| December 1, 2016

Ana Martin

Ana Martin


Ana Martin, principal at Kahla Middle School, was named the new principal at Cy-Fair High School on Nov. 10. Martin replaces Mike Smith, who was named principal at Bridgeland High School last month.

Martin’s 25-year education career, spent entirely in CFISD, all began at Cy-Fair High School. She started as a Spanish and French teacher, leaving Cy-Fair after two years to be the Spanish and French teacher at Cypress Falls High School. She transitioned to Spanish team leader after one year to serve six total years at the school.

Martin was then named counselor at Cypress Springs High School, serving six years before accepting an assistant principal position at Cypress Ridge High School. She was named director of instruction after three years, and served three years as DI before being named principal at Kahla in 2012.

Martin received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of Houston, her Master of Educational Psychology from the University of Houston and her Master of Educational Administration from Sam Houston State University.

“I am honored and excited to return to Cy-Fair High School to serve as principal,” Martin said. “I am committed to being a good steward of the traditions and pride of ‘BFND’ and am determined to continue to build on that spirit of excellence. I am eager to get started and look forward to getting to know the students, staff and community.”



Willowbrook Mall welcomes the addition of the Spanish, fast-fashion retailer Zara, which opened Nov. 16, to its impressive line-up of over 140 specialty stores. As a General Growth Properties (GGP) owned and operated shopping center, Willowbrook Mall has become a dominant shopping destination in the Northwest quadrant of Houston. With the recent opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods and a refresh of the food court, the new addition of Zara complements the already well-balanced mix of retailers and eateries.

Zara is the world’s largest apparel and accessories retailer with over 2,100 stores around the world. Its new home at Willow­brook Mall is an impressive, over 23,000-square-foot, single-level store, located next to Nordstrom Rack. Zara’s on trend merchandise selection features men’s, women’s and children’s apparel.

“We are excited to welcome the retailer’s first location on the North side of Houston,” said Sandra LaClave, senior general manager of the shopping center. “Zara represents our commitment to continuously bring the best in-class retailers to our mall.”

Zara is owned by the Inditex Group, one of the world’s largest fashion retail groups. In addition to Zara, Inditex has 7 other brands: Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe. The Inditex Group has more than 7,000 stores in 88 markets. Inditex entered the U.S. in 1989 with Zara, when it opened its first store in New York’s Lexington Avenue. Today, Zara operates 75 stores in more than 20 cities and also sells its products through its online platform zara.com.


(L-R): Melissa Rotholz, Roy Wooten, Steve Yates, Linda Yates, Eva Atkinson and Wayne Atkinson.

(L-R): Melissa Rotholz, Roy Wooten, Steve Yates, Linda Yates, Eva Atkinson and Wayne Atkinson.


Shield Bearer, a nonprofit with the mission of providing help and hope for hurting hearts, recently opened a new office in Montgomery County. The group is in partnership with Conroe Church of Christ and is providing services without regard to ability to pay at 1860 Longmire Road in Conroe.

“We have partnered with Shield Bearer to help couples, families and individuals for the past several years,” said Conroe Church Min­is­ter Steve Yates. In the past, those needing help would have to drive down to Tomball or into Cypress for Shield Bearer’s services. “We felt the need to bring their services here, to serve people in Conroe, Willis, The Wood­lands and surrounding areas.”

“We have seen an increase in the demand for Christian professional counseling services and prevention programs all over the Greater Houston area,” commented Executive Direc­tor Roy Wooten. “Victims of crime and abuse, veterans and active military personnel, human trafficking survivors, homeless women and children, struggling marriages, and thousands of additional hurting hearts are in desperate need of healing. Shield Bearer is committed to going where we are needed and providing exceptional services and programs at a reasonable cost.”

Shield Bearer’s counseling services, support groups, and prevention programs are offered on a sliding scale and the nonprofit relies on individual and business contributions to supplement costs. “Community supporters play an invaluable role in the hope and healing found at Shield Bearer,” said Associate Director Melissa Rotholz, “by volunteering, sponsoring events or making monetary donations.”

For more information, visit shieldbearer.org, call 281-894-7222 or attend a free Community Breakfast on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at 12340 Jones Rd., Ste. 290.

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