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Cy-Fair Business March 2017

| March 1, 2017



David Raffield, campus athletic coordinator and head coach at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, was named the incoming head coach and campus athletic coordinator for Bridgeland High School on Jan. 25.

CFISD’s 12th comprehensive high school, Bridgeland will open at 10707 Mason Road in the 2017-2018 school year.

Raffield owns a career coaching record of 102-65, including a 19-11 playoff record. He has coached at A&M Consolidated for six seasons, reaching the postseason every year including one trip to the regional final and two regional semifinal appearances.

Prior to A&M Consolidated, Raffield opened Cypress Falls High School as an assistant in 1992. He took over as head coach in 2003, helping lead the Golden Eagles to a Class 5A state final appearance in 2006 and two regional final appearances in 2004 and 2005. Prior to joining CFISD, Raffield served as offensive coordinator at South Houston High School.

Raffield earned his Associate of Arts from Kilgore College, his Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and his Master in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University.

“I am ecstatic to have an opportunity to return to Cypress and open Bridgeland,” Raffield said. “The entire Raffield family believes that this is an opportunity to build a great athletic program that will connect the entire community to our school.”


Michelle Rice

Michelle Rice


Michelle Rice, the principal at Copeland Elementary School, was named the incoming principal for Hoover Elementary School on Jan. 18. She will officially assume the new role on March 20.

Opening in the 2017-2018 school year, Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School will serve pre-K through second-grade students and be located across from Jowell Elemen­tary School at 6425 Greenhouse Road.

Rice has 16 years of service in public education, including the last seven years in CFISD. Her career launched in Magnolia ISD, with three years as an elementary teacher followed by two years as a gifted and talented teacher/coordinator. She was promoted to assistant principal in Magnolia ISD, serving four years before arriving in CFISD as an assistant principal at Warner Elementary School. Rice served one year at Warner before taking over her current position at Copeland.

Rice earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of the Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) and a Texas Principals’ Visioning Institute participant.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the new principal of Hoover Elementary School,” Rice said. “This is a new endeavor for our district and the possibilities are extremely exciting!”


Shawn McAnear

Shawn McAnear


Shawn McAnear, head band director at Cypress Falls High School, was named the incoming band director for Bridgeland High School, which will open for the 2017-2018 school year. McAnear’s official start date will be July 1.

McAnear is in his 22nd year of teaching and his 20th year as a band director at Cypress Falls. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Texas State University and his Master of Education Administration from Lamar University. He served as Cypress Falls’ percussion specialist and assistant band director from 1997-2006 before being named director of bands.

His bands have been a consistent University Interscholastic League (UIL) Sweepstakes award winner, four-time State Marching Band Participant, seven-time Bands of America (BOA) Regional Finalist and were named Best in Class at festivals in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Corpus Christi. Under his direction, the Cypress Falls symphonic band performed at the 2008 BOA National Concert Band Festival, advanced to the area level of the TMEA Honor Band process finishing third, and was a national winner for the “National Wind Band Honors” competition.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Bridgeland High School band,” McAnear said. “I am very excited to begin building a nationally recognized program that will make our community proud. I am forever thankful for Mrs. Becky Denton, the band staff and students at Cypress Falls for an amazing journey.”



Cy-Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing hope to kids who are economically, relationally, or spiritually disadvantaged in Cy-Fair, has named its new board members. Joining the Cy-Hope Board of Directors are Rev. Mark Klein of Klein Funeral Homes, and Benny Agosto Jr. a partner with Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend of Houston. Agosto frequently speaks to students on the importance of jury service and the Constitution of the United States. Also joining the board is Scott Vrana of Consolidated Mills, a food contract packing company. Vrana is active in the Cypress Chamber of Commerce as well as Cypress-­Fairbanks Independent School District. Keith Barber, CEO of Methodist Hospital Willowbrook, also joins Cy-Hope with over 16 years in hospital administration. Joining the Advisory Board are Kenny Baldwin, the founder of Spring Spirit Base­ball and Linda Creswell, Human Resources Director for Cy-Fair Medical Center.


The Seedlings Montessori School in Cypress.

The Seedlings Montessori School in Cypress.


The Seedlings Montessori School is now officially open and enrolling children ages 12 months to 12 years. The school is located at 19414 Cypress North Houston Road and open from 6:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. Meals are provided for students in all programs offered: Infant, Toddler, Primary and Before and After Care.

The owners, Cypress residents Aditi and Amit Atri, invite parents to visit The Seedlings Montessori School to meet the teachers and learn more about what makes it different from other preschools, such as its programs Passport Around the World, Our Eco Code and Our Pledge to the Earth.

The School gives every child the opportunity to develop into a happy and confident learner who is prepared for success in school and in life. They support Maria Montessori’s belief of “Learning for life.” The director and the teachers are Montessori trained and certified with more than 30 years of experience.

“Our curriculum is designed around American Montessori Society’s guidelines, with focus on language, math, sensorial, practical life, cultural and science aspects of brain development,” Aditi said.

Programs for children 12 months through 6 years of age are customized for each child’s academic need and give each child an excellent foundation for an independent, self-directed learning. Amenities include a library, full kitchen, large playground and a Splash Pad. The center’s enrollment capacity is 217 students, and discounts are available for teachers and military families.

For more information, call The Seedlings at 281-205-8120 or 281-640-0140, email info@theseedlings.us, and visit the website, theseedlings.us.


(L-R): Board of Trustees President Darcy Mingoia, Melvin Doran, Louie Villarreal and Joelle Ballariel, American Heart Association community CPR manager.

(L-R): Board of Trustees President Darcy Mingoia, Melvin Doran, Louie Villarreal and Joelle Ballariel, American Heart Association community CPR manager.


Representatives from the American Heart Association’s Gulf Coast Division visited Cypress Woods High School on Feb. 2 to award two CFISD employees for helping save a co-worker’s life. Joelle Ballariel, AHA community CPR manager, and Michelle Mason, director of communications, awarded Cypress Woods Athletic Trainer Louie Villarreal and groundskeeper Melvin Doran with AHA Heartsaver Hero awards for their life-saving actions on Dec. 29. The award recognizes individuals who perform the heroic act of CPR, a critical link in the AHA’s chain of survival. “When we heard about the lifesaving actions of Mr. Doran and Mr. Villarreal, we knew we needed to award them for their efforts,” Ballariel said. “Any CPR is better than no CPR, and because these two men knew when and how to jump into action, they were able to save a life. We commend these two gentlemen on their life-saving actions. They are truly an inspiration to us and we hope they will inspire the rest of the community to learn CPR.”

Doran shared that Jim Sikora, the head groundskeeper who he helped rescue, is on the road to recovery and even found the strength to call him on Feb. 1.

“He told he dreamed that me and some other guys had saved his life,” Doran said. “We had a special connection anyway, but now I consider him more of a friend than a co-worker. This award is very humbling. I feel like I was blessed to be used to help save someone.”

Villarreal agreed. “Hearing the update that Jim was able to call Melvin and be able to communicate was awesome,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about — that he’s able to have a second chance.” Learn more at cpr.heart.org



After nearly two decades of exceptional service to the Memorial Hermann Health System, Scott Barbe, Sr. Vice President & CEO at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, has announced his retirement, effective July 8.

“Scott has been an invaluable member of the Memorial Hermann Health System team. We can’t thank him enough for his years of strong leadership, including his most recent efforts in the construction and development of our Memorial Hermann Cypress Campus, set to open in March,” said Craig Cordola, Sr. Vice President & Regional President – West, Memorial Hermann Health System.

Throughout his tenure, Barbe led Memorial Hermann hospitals during an era of tremendous change and unprecedented growth and success. Among his greatest achievements, Barbe was instrumental in the relocation of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital from Pin Oak Road to its current location on the Katy freeway. In 2014, Barbe was tapped to lead the charge in overseeing the construction and the opening of Memorial Hermann Cypress on March 31.

A tireless advocate of the community and lifelong Houstonian, Barbe has served as a leader and board member for many community organizations including Greater Houston Hospital Council and the Texas Hospital Association.

Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President & CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy, will work alongside Barbe through the opening of the Cypress hospital and transition into the role of CEO for both facilities following Barbe’s retirement.

“Heath is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to our patients and is passionate about getting to know the community he proudly serves. Between his leadership experience at Memorial Hermann Northeast, as well as his overall 15 years of service to the System, I know he will help lead Memorial Hermann Cypress to become the go-to choice for healthcare in this area,” says Barbe. “I am confident that Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy are in excellent hands under his leadership.”

For more information, visit memorialhermann.org/cypress

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