CFISD NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR MILLSAP ELEMENTARY
Joy Dauphin, an assistant principal at Yeager Elementary School, was named the new principal at Millsap Elementary School on Dec. 17. Dauphin replaces Jodi Matteson, who was named the new principal for Arnold Middle School in November.
Dauphin’s 11-year education career, which began after two years in the business field, has all been spent in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Her teaching path began as a substitute for one semester, followed by one year apiece at Walker and Ault elementary schools and two years at Keith Elementary School.
She was then named instructional specialist at Jowell Elementary School, serving 9 months before being named assistant principal at Holmsley Elementary School. She remained in her role at Holmsley for three years before accepting her current position at Yeager in 2012.
Dauphin earned her bachelor of science in bio-medical science from Texas A&M University and her master of education in public school administration from the University of Houston.
“It is a privilege and honor to be selected as the new principal for Millsap Elementary, where I attended elementary school,” Dauphin said. “I look forward to building relationships with the dedicated students, staff, parents and community and continuing its traditions and positive culture of excellence in education that I still remember. I am thrilled to be a Millsap Mustang once again.”
CFISD NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL FOR WILSON ELEMENTARY
Tamera Felder, an assistant principal at Emmott Elementary School, was named the new principal at Wilson Elementary School on Dec. 16. Felder replaces Pam Link, who announced her retirement this fall.
Felder has 14 years of experience in education, all within Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She began as a classroom teacher at Farney Elementary School, serving five years, then moved to Sheridan Elementary School as a teacher, behavior specialist and testing coordinator for four years before accepting her current position at Emmott. She also served as the summer school principal at Hairgrove Elementary School in 2015.
Felder earned her bachelor of arts in English and her master of science in human science from Prairie View A&M University. She received her educational leadership certificate from the Region 4 Educational Service Center. Felder is a member of the current Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) class, with an expected graduation date of May 2016.
“I feel extremely blessed and honored to be named the principal of Wilson Elementary,” Felder said. “Wilson is an amazing school with rich traditions and an expectation of excellence. I look forward to building strong relationships with the students, staff and community to continue our path of greatness for the 21st-century learner. I am humbled and proud to become a Wilson Wrangler.”
HOUSTON METHODIST WILLOWBROOK NAMES NANCY KEENAN VP AND CHIEF NURSING OFFICER
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital announces Nancy Keenan, RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC, as the new vice president and chief nursing officer. Keenan will be responsible for advancing nursing and clinical practice as the hospital continues to grow and expand in 2016 and beyond.
“Nancy brings more than 40 years of nursing experience and more than 20 years of senior leadership experience to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital,” says Keith Barber, CEO, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital & senior vice president, Houston Methodist. “We look forward to Nancy’s leadership as we continue our commitment to provide the highest quality of patient care to Northwest Houston.”
Keenan most recently served as vice president and chief executive for CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana where she led the implementation of new clinical services and enhanced electronic documentation while creating an environment focused on excellence in patient care, safety, and professional development.
Keenan will lead Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital as they seek Magnet resdesignation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and will also serve as the hospital’s business practices officer.
“I am excited to return to the Houston Methodist family and to be part of an organization that places patient safety, quality and service excellence as their highest priorities,” says Keenan. “The Houston Methodist I CARE Values – integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence – align with my personal philosophy, and I look forward to working with the hospital leadership team to advance health care.”
Keenan holds a masters in nursing administration from Walden University, a master of business administration and bachelor of science in healthcare administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, as well as a nursing diploma from Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing.
CFISD BOARD APPROVES 2016-2017 INSTRUCTIONAL CALENDAR
The CFISD Board of Trustees has approved the Calendar Committee’s recommendation for the 2016-2017 instructional calendar. Aug. 22 will serve as the first day of school. District calendar committees worked to construct a calendar using the 75,600 minutes needed to complete a school year now required by House Bill 2610, which replaces the former requirement of 180 instructional days. The committees agreed to recommend a calendar to the school board that added 15 minutes to the instructional day, which will allow the 2016-2017 school year to end May 25, 2017 with 173 days of instruction for students.