Employee Shout-Outs

A simple thank you can brighten up someone's day. Giving a shout-out is a great way to recognize a CFBISD employee, team or department for their work, talent, and contribution to a culture of appreciation, community, and kindness.

Employee shout-outs will be updated regularly as they come in. Send in your shout-out and thank a coworker for their excellent work in CFBISD!  

Thank an employee Today

May 26, 2022

Rocio Buckland, McWhorter Elementary Coach

Coach Buckland works our carpool line every morning (rain, sleet or heat)! She has also helped several of our parents when their cars have stopped, flat tires or ran out of gas. She also steps up to help our students when they need belts, shoes or pants. She has volunteered to help students bring food boxes to their homes when they couldn't carry them home. Coach Buckland doesn't get enough credit for ALL the hard work she does at McWhorter!

kim hall, mcwhorter elementary counselor

May 20, 2022

ECHS Operations Team (Minerva Saenz, Ivette Bocanegra, Maria Ramos)

These ladies work tirelessly to help facilitate the running of our school and the culture of our campus. They show up early and stay late, not just doing what needs to be done, but going above and beyond with every single endeavor. They treat every person with respect, and are the faces & voices of our campus, greeting guests day in and day out with a "How can I assist you?" attitude. That helpfulness extends to faculty and students, as well. I could list all that they have done just in the last few weeks alone, but I would run out of character space long before I ever made a dent in naming their contributions. Minerva, Ivette and Maria are such a valuable - and valued - assets to our campus.

whitney kelley, echs teacher

May 11, 2022

Michael Jones, SP Assistant

Mr. Jones is a phenomenal staff member and a great asset to LAV! He works hard to build rapport with his students, as well as those outside of his group. Many of my students look forward to talking to Mr. Jones during recess and lunch, and trust him to guide them when they have issues with their peers. He had even gone out of his way to motivate my students to achieve academically with treats. We appreciate him!

He goes above and beyond to foster relationships with his students. He doesn't stop there. My students adore him and trust him to help them mediate conflicts during recess. He even went so far as to reward my students when they achieved academically.

connie ho, la villita teacher

May 10, 2022

Chad Hunter, Field Middle School Principal

Principal Hunter was outside this morning greeting all students with fist bumps. Testing days are hard for kids, I appreciate his enthusiasm and support. He cares about our students and makes them feel welcome. Thank you Principal Hunter!

betty dominguez, parent

May 4, 2022

Tiffany Esparza, Blalack Counselor

Ms. Esparza, is an amazing counselor, not only did she work to form a bond and get to know our daughter, but when it came time to help her plan for high school we were very impressed with the system she used. She took into consideration and sought out feedback from the student, parents, current teachers and also looked at previous performance information to inform each and every choice. Best part, was when we had a question, she responded immediately. Nice Job!

chris julian, parent

April 22, 2022

Amy Bramhall, Digital Learning Specialist

Amy is a Digital Learning Specialist for another campus, but I texted her a quick question about Google extensions for one of my classes. Even though she's not assigned to our campus, she saw that I had a need that she could fix, and she did! I would have been happy to go through the proper channels when I realized it wasn't something I could solve on my own and would not have thought twice about it, but Amy's deep knowledge base and willingness to serve others showed up in a big way! So thankful for friends and co-workers who are willing to help one another get the job done. Thanks for being awesome, Amy!

whitney kelley, early college high school teacher

April 7, 2022

Maria Ramos, Early College High School Records Clerk

Ms. Ramos is the epitome of service and exhibits her calling daily on campus by helping us, her outreach with students, parents and supporting teachers. She also has helped build a strong reserve for our Sunshine committee. I am glad to get to walk in to work and say "Good Morning" to this amazing person!

jonathan cody talley, ECHS Teacher

Carly Stevens, Landry Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Stevens came into my daughters Kindergarten class mid-year and I have seen so much growth in Math and Reading in my daughter (Nikyla Johnson-5 years old) since she has arrived. My daughter has struggled so much with Social Behaviors/Conflict Resolution and Self Behavior but Mrs. Stevens constantly champions for her and encourages her to use skills to help her succeed in these areas. Although Nikyla hasn't yet mastered these areas of (major) opportunity, Mrs. Stevens hasn't given up on her, she is still kind and caring and I am so very grateful that my daughter has had the opportunity to learn from her this year. I pray that my daughter grows and matures through the summer but without Mrs. Stevens I am not sure where she would be. Thank You Mrs. Stevens, you are an amazing teacher and the Education System is very blessed to have you.

natalie wingard, cfbisd parent

April 1, 2022

Yolanda Flores, Thompson Elementary Teacher

Ms. Yolanda works tirelessly day in and day out to ensure that our campus is clean. She has taken on extra shifts due to staffing shortages on the custodial team, but never complains once about the extra responsibilities she has had to cover. Ms. Yolanda is also prompt with cleaning up any spills, messes, and other requests with a smile on her face. She is such an amazing asset to Thompson and we are lucky to have her here!

ivy chan, special education teacher at thompson elementary

Adam Duc, Carrollton Elementary Music Teacher

Today, parents and teachers had an opportunity to watch our students sing during Open House at Carrollton Elementary. I know that it took a lot of patience and dedication to get our students to sing so beautifully. I want to take this moment to give a shoutout to Mr. Duc for working so diligently with our 2nd and 1st graders to put such a fabulous performance today. Mr. Duc, you are an amazing music teacher and our students are so lucky to have you. Thank you for everything you do for our students.

Susy hernadez, carrollton elementary teacher

March 9, 2022

Purchasing Department (Mayte Martinez, Shannon Baxter, Debbie Lehman, Doug Gammon, Laura Sanchez)

March 9th is Professional Buyers’ day and we want to thank the seven district employees that make up the procurement staff, five of which are designated Buyers.  Procurement is an important part of the business operation, as much of our effort includes contract establishment and negotiations, as well as supporting the instructional and operational effort of the district.

Because of our procurement staff, we had PPE for each and every student and staff member on the first day of school, school supplies, instructional materials, maintenance, custodial and food service items were procured and delivered and fuel needed for transporting students to and from school was secured and provided without interruption.  These, of course, are but a few of the tasks that are performed and put in place by the procurement staff, all done behind the scenes, with the objective to enable teachers, administrators and auxiliary staff to seamlessly perform their task in supporting the instructional effort of the district.

Gary kerbow, director of purchasing

March 8, 2022

Adam Duc, Carrollton Elementary Music Teacher

Today, parents and teachers had an opportunity to watch our students sing during Open House at Carrollton Elementary. I know that it took a lot of patience and dedication to get our students to sing so beautifully. I want to take this moment to give a shoutout to Mr. Duc for working so diligently with our 2nd and 1st graders to put such a fabulous performance today. Mr. Duc, you are an amazing music teacher and our students are so lucky to have you. Thank you for everything you do for our students.

Susy hernadez, carrollton elementary teacher

March 6, 2022

Dustin Womack, Physical Education/Coach

Thank you for always being supportive of the work we do with kids. I am so appreciative with how much you support the RTI/4545 team.

Kari enge, substitute

March 4, 2022

Jessica Stevens & Chris Wiley, Night School Teachers

These two outstanding educators took on a new role in night school this fall working with the Texas College Bridge program to help seniors become TSI ready according to the college and career guidelines. It was completely new and they have organized, communicated with students and staff, and done whatever they can to promote student engagement with the extra class. I appreciate all they do to ensure students in CFB, particularly seniors and in night school, are prepared for life beyond CFB. Thank you for your extra effort!

MARY REED, night school principal

Casey Jones, Tess Mueggenborg, Missy Cozart - R. L. Turner Teachers

These three ladies took on a huge task of collecting planning, copying, and organizing the March 2 testing day for all of the Freshman class. They all worked together and not only found activities for the students, but they were engaging and the kids enjoyed them. The day could have been extremely boring with EOC packets for test prep, but instead these ladies found and created activities that were still very much test prep, but also fun enough that the kids wanted to do them. I was so happy to be a part of the day they planned. Thank you ladies!

jenna otto, r. l. turner teacher

March 1, 2022

CFBISD Athletic Trainers

Today I want to thank every one of these great coworkers on March 1st which is the National Athletic Trainers Day and the kick off of National Athletic Training Month. These people work countless hours away from family and friends behind the scenes at games, practices, and events with very little recognition. I just want to thank each of you for being amazing ambassadors to the profession and doing an extremely important job. Keep up the great work and hopefully the Athletic Training profession will become as greatly respected as we all deserve! Happy National Athletic Training Day and Month 2022!

damon fudge, athletic trainer

January 28, 2022

Minerva Saenz, ECHS Secretary

Ms. Saenz is an absolute treasure. She is busy from the moment she walks in until the moment she leaves, and yet she always has time to assist others. For instance, I needed to make a sign to put on my door for tutorials, and she not only printed it in color but also laminated it and had it ready for me this morning. I am one of many, and she always makes me feel as though my requests are important. She does this for faculty and students alike. I know that her job is demanding supporting our principal and our campus, but she never complains. Instead, she does her job with a smile and puts great effort into making others feel welcomed, attended to and supported. I am so grateful to work alongside someone who embodies the #ECHSworkethic!

whitney kelley, ECHS Teacher

Katie Willis & Amy Estrada, Special Education

Carrollton Elementary staff, especially Mrs. Willis and Mrs. Estrada. They have welcomed me with open arms to their school and in their classrooms to help the children of CFBISD. I am so grateful for Mrs. Koen for taking the time to meet with me and hire me on their campus. I look forward to really making a difference in CFBISD and building relationships with more staff.

Nikki ellis, carrollton elementary

January 25, 2022

Davis Elementary, 3rd Grade Team

This group of amazing teachers have been so collaborative and helpful since Day 1 with me. Being new to the District there are so many things that are done differently than another District and my Team just took me under their wing and helped me through everything. Now, with so many things going on they do not hesitate to jump in and help when anything arises. I am truly blessed to have this group of excellent human beings to look up to and count on.

alejandra carmona, davis elementary teacher

November 24, 2021

Ivett Bocanegra, Parent & Community Liaison

We had our annual ECHS Feast today, and as always, it would not have happened without Ms. Ivett Bocanegra. She is a tremendous asset to any and all school functions and today was no different. She handled incoming food, organized utensils, corralled staff and students, took care of trash. She also facilitated the food sign ups, utensil donations and volunteers. She also called and made clarifications for the entire event as well. Needless to say, our campus is always in a great debt to the wonderful effort and energy of Ms. Bocanegra!

jonathan talley, early college high school teacher

November 4, 2021

Whitney Kelley, Early College High School Teacher

Ms. Kelley has been persistent with the school announcements in such a way that her journalism class continues to provide improved messaging each week. She was also helpful to me in finding research to support my e-sports class. I had no idea we had access to EBSCO, and she figured out how to look up the right articles. Thanks for all you do Ms. Kelley!

jonathan talley, early college high school teacher

Chauncy Stafford, Early College High School Teacher

Ms. Stafford has been a paragon of professionalism in her interactions with me, making me feel I am an equal since my first day subbing. She has always left detailed instructions, been timely in her responses to my contact with her, and has supported my authority in the classroom. All of this coming after I was her student during my time at ECHS. Its always a pleasure to sub for her class and I look forward to the days where I am called to serve in her room.

reggie morel, substitute teacher

November 3, 2021

Vicki McClure, Polk Middle School Clerk

Have you ever met someone that is the jack of all trades, there is no task too small or not in their job description, or gives all they are for the students and staff they serve? Well, I am thankful to say that I get to work across everyday from this person at Polk Middle School. Mrs. Vicky McClure is our Student Services secretary, and I witness daily, her tireless service and focus on the individual needs of our entire Polk Community. In a normal day, she is grabbing supplies for teachers in need, supporting staff in any request that needs to be tackled, responding to walkie calls to coordinate support as needed, to name a few of all she does. But it is her work with our students that is truly inspiring. No matter what she has on her long list of to-dos, she drops it instantly to focus on a child that comes to into the Student Services office. Regardless of the concern a student comes in to share- she models true servant leadership through her genuine presence she provides to them. It is because of this authenticity, our students feel safe to share what is on their hearts, so our staff can meet their needs. This professional never stops, and does it all with a positive outlook on all situations. She truly is a gift to our campus and our district as her influence reaches far beyond the walls of this office.

jenny Mcgowan, title 1 at-risk coordinator

November 1, 2021

Eva Guerrier, Clinic Assistant

Eva is the best nurse clinic assistant. She has made Perry Middle School very lucky to have her as an addition to the family this year. She is so kind, supportive, and really cares for our kids. You can always count on her to share a laugh and a smile every day.

Hayley tucker, mclaughlin strickland nurse

October 29, 2021

Creekview SPED Department

I would like to thank the entire Special Education department at Creekview High School--especially Coach Williams and the PAS employees. They have welcomed me with open arms and advocated for my advancement since the beginning. They inspire me to continue on my journey from parapro to teacher, and I am thankful for them. They are the best group of coworkers I have ever had. I am extremely proud to be a Mustang!

Destini owens, SPed assistant

October 26, 2021

Meghan Vanderstelt, Pre-K Assistant

Meghan has been a ray of sunshine on each cloudy day. Her positivity radiates amongst everyone she encounters, and her students are so lucky to have someone so loving, dedicated, and understanding. Having worked with Ms. Vanderstelt for two years now, she has brought so many good ideas and such enthusiasm to our team that I couldn't imagine that I'd be gaining not only a wonderful coworker, but a lifelong friend.

paige maldonado, Pre-k teacher

October 14, 2021

Karin Busby, Bea Salazar Teacher

I would like to recognize Karin Busby, The High School Science teacher at the Bea Salazar Learning Center DAEP. This outstanding teacher teaches all levels of High School Science. She has a passion for teaching and learning. She is also very knowledgeable in all areas of technology . Karin is so generous in sharing her knowledge and helping everyone in the building solve tech problems. Karin is our "go to" person because in addition to solving our tech problems, she takes the time to teach us how to do it. Karin is such an asset to this district. Thank you, Karin, for everything you do, for both the students , and the staff. We appreciate you.

marty pitts

September 29, 2021

Ivett Bocanegra

I could not possibly do my job without Ms. Bocanegra's assistance! She supports our faculty in so many ways, but most importantly, she has been serving as a translator for me to speak/communicate with our Spanish speaking parents during phone calls, in-person meetings and via emails. Establishing continued and consistent parent contact is essential to building a strong partnership between home and school, and Ms. Bocanegra helps to bridge the language differences so that teachers and parents can communicate fully, with clear understanding of what each has to say. She has been indispensable, and I would be remiss if I didn't thank her for all of her assistance!

whitney kelley, early college high school teacher

September 28, 2021

Kimberly Hall, McWhorter Elementary Counselor

Mrs. Hall consistently goes above and beyond to not only support all students and staff, but also to create a positive culture of acceptance, growth and change. She provides a safe space in her office to allow for decompression for students and staff members. She stocks her room with coffee, snacks, and drinks AND is involved in making Fridays amazing with scrumptious treats from charcuterie board style to sweet and salty buffets for staff members! Thank you, Mrs. Hall, for exemplifying the characteristics of a loving, encouraging and supportive counselor.

lisa burns, positive behavior facilitator

Leslie Draper, Blalack Middle School Nurse

Hi there! I'm not only new to the district, but to school nursing as a whole. Today was my first substitute nurse shift and Ms. Draper helped guide me through it with ease. She took the time out of her day to show me where things were and the best way to go about certain situations. I greatly appreciate her patience and kindness that she showed me during my first day. Thank you so so much!

Kathryn finch

September 15, 2021

Sonia Saldana & Dominique Villalobos

Tirelessly and cheerfully assist parents and staff in a constantly moving environment. Y'all are awesome!

allison payne, counselor at carrollton elementary school

McWhorter Elementary Staff

This year has greeted us with a lot of challenges at McWhorter. I want to say THANK YOU to our entire staff for always showing up and showing out for our students. They work so hard each day to move the kids academically, but what many don't know is our teachers and staff provide so much more for our students. They provide them with love, support and a shoulder to lean on. They build relationships with our students and their families. They know our students and the community they live in. McWhorter is a powerhouse of educators and we work hard everyday! At McWhorter, Together we CAN and WILL!

kim hall, counselor at Mcwhorter elementary school

September 3, 2021

Esmeralda Leal, Thompson Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Leal goes above and beyond for her students and families. She sends out frequent Parent Square messages with videos where she talks to parents on how to support students at home with letter sound practice, reading and discourse, numbers and counting, as well as how to use the iPad. She is dedicated and deserves a shout out! Blessed to have her as my child's teacher.

brenda lacroix, student services coordinator/parent

Rabia Bhatty, Special Ed. Assistant

Mrs. Bhatty has been a magnificent addition to the Blanton Staff family. Apart from lending a hand when she can, she has gone through great efforts to connect with staff and students. She assisted my classroom as an aide the first week of school when we were short staffed. She quickly learned students names and often checks on them to see how they are doing. Mrs. Bhatty also helps with Pre-K dismissal at the end of the day. She takes time to ask them what they learned for the day. She serves with a smile and is always glad to help. I know she brings a smile to my face and I can already see the impact she is making in the lives of our students. Your hard work hasn't gone unnoticed Mrs. Bhatty.

Evangelina Ross, Blanton Elementary Teacher

September 2, 2021

Logan Dunn, Early College High School Teacher

Mr. Dunn has been developing a masterful geometry curriculum that reflects insight and depth, which has been inspiring. He is always available to help those in his department with help. And as his door partner, I hear him encouraging students as well! In addition to his work teaching and as math department head, he has provided resources to the faculty, continued with good ideas and solutions directed at campus goals, and enriched our campus with his positive attitude.

jonathan talley, Early college high school teacher

August 31, 2021

Kristen Schroder, IB Coordinator

This is Kristen's first year as the IB coordinator for Las Colinas Elementary and Good Elementary. You would never think that she is split between two campuses because she is ALL IN! She has stepped in wherever she is needed from planning PD, supporting staff and even subbing in classes a few times when we have been short for a few hours. I am so thankful she is part of our school family!

farah rehman, principal of las colinas elementary

August 30, 2021

Admin Team at Creekview High School

I want to publicly thank the ENTIRE Admin team here at Creekview. Starting with a new district can be overwhelming but THIS TEAM went above and beyond preparing me and the other new hires with everything we needed to start our year with success. I am so blessed to be a member of the CFB family and call Creekview my home.

Karle stoll, sped - inclusion/coach

August 25, 2021

Jonathan Talley, Math/AVID

This is one example of so many instances of help I've received from my colleagues. This morning Talley took time out of his schedule to get my SmartScreen connected to my computer before the faculty meeting was held in my room. He didn't have to do that when I'm sure he was crunched for time, but it reflects his willingness to take action when he sees a situation where he can be of help! He represents the spirit of ECHS.

whitney Kelley, teacher at early college high school

August 5, 2021

Timothy Isaly, Principal of Early College High School

Mr. Isaly has been working tirelessly to implement new district strategies and best practices while remaining available to the staff with a service-minded approach. He is making sure everyone's voice is heard while progressing our campus forward.

jonathan talley, faculty member

Maria & Bob, Custodians

Our custodial staff at Blanton is beyond amazing! Though they have a heavy work load, they go the extra mile and make teachers feel special. Anytime we need something they're extremely efficient at handling things and they are very friendly! If we have questions about cleaning chemicals (I always do), where to put things.  They listen to us- really listen. Just as a good doctor would, and offer their knowledge without making us feel bad for flagging them down when they're in already in the middle of something.

I would go into detail about all the times they have helped me or one of my teammates out, but this shout out would quickly become a thesis, because they are always lending us a hand! As an example of one of the situations, my desks had been moved, and I mentioned that they were moved to another room for summer school. I also noted that I wouldn't need them until the day before students arrived. Before the day was even out, Bob had already shipped them all to my room early, made sure they weren't wobbly, checked on whether I had enough chairs. He went above and beyond! Another example would be in 2020 when I was concerned about all the cleaning chemicals we were using. Bob took the time to explain what the different types were, what they were made of, their purpose, etc. Mrs. Maria has saved the day for many teachers, as well! Any time we see a wasp on the playground and she finds out, she's out there in seconds making sure they haven't built a nest, so our Bulldogs will be safe. If there's an accident/spill/ anything that requires immediate attention she has an "I'm on it" personality. What's special about these types of behaviors is that our custodial staff has so much to do on their daily checklists, but they always have a positive attitude and treat us like family by making sure we are taken care of. They are a huge part of our school's success! We love and appreciate them!

Stacy jones, blanton elementary teacher

July 15, 2021

Lyndsey Caban, Senior Buyer - Construction and Contracts

Lyndsey you are a blessing to work with. You are uplifting and joyful. You are a great example to others with your positivity and professionalism.

jill hickman, COO & bonds secretary

Jennifer Bakare-Brown, Facilities Rental Coordinator

I would like to shout our Mr. Kilpatrick, for always helping me and going the extra mile!

jill hickman, COO & bonds secretary

Donald Kilpatrick, Custodian

I would like to shout our Mr. Kilpatrick, for always helping me and going the extra mile!

jennifer bakare-brown, facilities rental coordinator

Kim Galvez, Secretary to Chief of Technology

Thank you Kim for all your support. You have always been so kind and helpful when I needed guidance. You are a true asset to the district and a great role model to everyone!

jill hickman, COo & bonds secretary

July 14, 2021

Daniel Herndon, Enterprise Systems Director

Recently Daniel addressed my immediate need to make some adjustments in TEAMS. He is undeniably the best at his job. I appreciated him taking the time to understand my needs and resolve it promptly. Daniel has always provided excellent customer service and I value him greatly!

Thank you for all you do Daniel!

laura grant, associate superintendent secretary

July 1, 2021

DeWitt Perry Middle School Staff

I am sending a shout out to the wonderful staff and teachers, and everyone that has been supporting Perry this school year. I am so glad to be a part of this team and having them as a second family. I truly value your time, effort, persistence, courage, and smiles.

Hayley Tucker, nurse

June 23, 2021

Alixx Johnson Hubbard & Joe Perez

Alixx Johnson Hubbard and Joe promptly obtained clinic supplies needed to care for our students.
Working with you both was a pleasure, and seeing you work on this project with such dedication made me really appreciate your work.
I look forward to working with you again.

sandra lieck, director of health services

Summer & District Testing Assistants

I would like to recognize Clint Brown, Nicole Lokken, Stephanie Lopez and Ruth Root for going the extra mile to make summer testing work by volunteering to come in and work on the Friday before the test to make sure all of our scholars were ready to go.

Chris julian, district testing coordinator

Security Officers

Thank you to the security officers for being team players and for their hard work, dedication and helpful attitude they bring to the department. I am so happy to have them as part of my work family.

maria jimenez, security support specialist