Staff Appreciation - Shout Out

CFBISD staff continue to go the extra mile during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may have observed an employee going up and beyond to assist our students, staff, co-worker or families during the crisis.  Share your “shout out” to the staff member who you have witnessed making a positive difference even during these challenging times.

Thank an employee Today

Katy Bondies

Ms. Bondies has done a remarkable job serving the Early College High School school community. Her quick and thorough responses to parent concerns, transcript adjustments, data and website resource requests have enabled our campus to professionally function better. Thank you Ms. Bondies.

Timothy Isaly, Principal of early college high school

Kelly Beach

Mrs. Beach took the time to write each one of her students a handwritten note today. I know this because 3 of them came to my small group session waving it in the air asking me to read it. ‘It’s the simple things that we as teachers do to love and inspire our students! Mrs. Beach, not only made the day of each child, but she made mine as well. That handwritten note was like gold to the students. Their smiles made my heart happy! Mrs. Beach, your students are truly blessed! Keep loving, inspiring and teaching our scholars! You Rock!

deana white, k-5 Instructional facilitator

Victor Melton/Mark Lugge/Mario Flores

Thank you Victor Melton, Mark Lugge, and Mario Flores for filling up the generator at the MPF and TLC with diesel so we can continue to provide critical network resources to staff and students during the rolling blackouts!! Much appreciated!!

BJ Welsh, director of technology services

Dr. Lance Hamlin, Susan Machayo & Maggie De La Rosa

Our Chiefs of School Leadership (Dr. Lance Hamlin, Susan Machayo, Maggie De La Rosa) have provided important updates and critical information consistently during this pandemic. Their intentional support has enabled our principals to lead with the most up-to-date information at a time when things often change on a daily basis.

dr. dana west, associate superintendent for teaching & learning

Michelle Bailey

Mrs. Michelle Bailey is currently leading a team focused on putting systems/resources in place regarding Restorative Practices at our campuses. Of note, Restorative Intervention Specialists recently joined our CFBISD team!

dr. dana west, associate superintendent for teaching & learning

Tracy Smith

Ms. Tracy Smith has put in countless hours leading the team who is engaging with stakeholders regarding TIA. There's more work to do, but so much has been done! Way to go, Tracy and team!

dr. dana west, associate superintendent for teaching & learning

Loretta Almanza

Mrs. Almanza is a fiercely loyal parent and supporter of Vivian Field Middle School. Last year she dedicated months of her time to ensure that ALL cheer members were able to attend the Nationals Competition in Florida. When the pandemic hit, she was the strongest most supportive voice for grace and patience for our teachers, campus and district. Mrs. Almanza actively participates in all of her children's education and builds solid relationships with all teachers. Her thoughtfulness is evident when she participated multiple times in adopting a teacher and even goes out of her way to send encouraging notes. Field is grateful for parents like Mrs. Almanza, that model what it means to be caring and kind.

Chad hunter, principal of Field middle school

Victorino Cruz

Mr. Cruz is our head custodian who has done so much thus far to take care of our staff and students health. He has worked two shifts since we started traditional learning because we have been short a custodian since September. He is willing to do only what is best for our campus and does not complain what so ever with all he has to do to keep us safe. We appreciate his happy go lucky personality regardless when working long hours.

Luz soto-dimas, principal of central elementary

Cecilia Flores

Cecilia is a staff member who went above an beyond as soon as we go back to work this school year. She took on two roles at once to help us get through the first semester since we were down an office staff member. Her willingness and passion to make sure our students and teachers get all they need is appreciated.

Luz soto-dimas, principal of central elementary

Jennifer DuPlessis

I have been continually impressed with how Jennifer has pitched in across the board in all aspects of Finance. Even though she is new to school business, she has not let that stand in the way of improving our department. She rolls up her sleeves and does her best to support the directors and the entire team. Her initiative, willingness to learn, work ethic, and positive attitude have really helped us build a strong team at CFB Finance!

Steve Bassett, Chief Financial Officer

Laura Grant

Laura did an amazing job coordinating the Christmas decorations and celebrations at central office. She has such a high work rate and she does a great job keeping up with the frantic pace at CFB Finance. We strive to improve and we have many irons in the fire. Laura does a great job, not just supporting me, but all of the Finance team!

Steve Bassett, Chief Financial Officer

Nikki Pendlay

This year has thrown a lot of curveballs and required a great deal of teamwork. Nikki will be the first to duck and point to the rest of the team for everyone's collective contributions, but she truly led a Herculean effort to compile the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) following a successful financial audit with no findings this year. She worked long hours over the break and ensured that the report was completed on time and we appreciate everything she does for CFBISD!

Jennifer duplessis, executive director of finance

Gisselle Rivera-Franco

Gisselle has done a phenomenal job of seeking and attaining as much funding for the district as possible. From COVID funds to improving indirect cost calculations, she works diligently to ensure every possible dollar is received. She understands campus needs and is inspired to find ways to ensure our students get everything we can and we are thankful for her efforts!

Steve bassett, chief financial officer

Computer Technicians

We are blessed in CFBISD to have an awesome team of Computer Technicians that put in long hours ensuring technology works flawlessly for in person and remote learning. This great Team offers after hours opportunities for remote students and parents to get support on devices in a drive thru fashion at Newman Smith and the Technology Center. Thank you, All. You make a difference!!

bj welsh, director of technology services

Chad Hunter

Mr. Hunter is a prime example of leadership. He has a clear vision and mission, and works diligently to support each and every staff member. His passion and enthusiasm are contagious, but more than anything, he works alongside each team member to provide the very best for our students. Vivian Field is a better place because of his leadership!

KARA Miller, Assistant Principal of FIeld middle school

Dr. Debby Millican

Dr. Millican is tireless in her efforts to help each and every campus regardless of the need and size of the task. She has been on the campus to assist faculty, staff, scholars and parents. Newman Smith considers Dr. Millican a Trojan through and through!

Stephanie Jimenez, Principal of newman smith high school

Elementary Language Arts Coaches & Sandy Meyer

CFB is the only district I know of that has 550+ kindergarten through third grade teachers + all special education, Instructional Facilitators and administrators attending Reading Academy training! Sandy and the Language Arts coaches are putting forth TONS of extra hours to support our teachers through instructing, modeling, coaching and grading the work alongside our teachers. We thank you for your grit, perseverance, and PASSION!

Tracy smith, assistant superintendent of school leadership

Stacy Jones

As the new and only counselor at ECHS it appears Ms. Jones has found a groove. She worked during her holiday break to get our traditional and mostly virtual (remote) students their second semester schedules. The complexities associated with college courses combined with a high school infrastructure, all the while not being permitted to be physically on campus, is stressful. She has successfully launched our school community into the second semester. Hug Kudos! 

Timothy Isaly, Principal of early college high school

Athletics Office Staff

Our Athletic Staff in the Athletic Department always goes above and beyond for everyone. I would like to thank them all (Erick, Lynn, Steven, Mike, Jonathan, Jay) for putting in the extra work, extra effort, and keeping track of every reschedule due to COVID cancellation/postponements, and for always staying on top of COVID protocols to help keep our coaches, student athletes, patrons and fans safe at every event! A HUGE SHOUT OUT to my staff - I couldn't do my job without all of you!

Renee Putter, Director of Athletics

Child Development Academy Staff

My staff at the Child Development Academy is so awesome. They work long hours making sure all the children at the CDA are safe and well cared for. They all help accommodate when we have other co-worker quarantined or out sick. This past 2 weeks we have had 25 teachers out and everyone has pitched in to help out with out any complaints. I can't express how much I appreciate all of them. From my Lead Sonya Ruf, our nurse Lizzie Thrasher and the rest of my staff makes the CDA is truly an awesome TEAM!!!

Penni Nelson, Director of Child development center

Malcolm Mulroney

We are blessed in CFBISB by Malcolm’s zest and creativity toward leading all of us to go beyond thinking of our buildings in the present tense. Think big, CFBISD! Mr. Mulroney & the team he leads will work to make dreams a reality.

Dr. Dana West, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Ms. Heba Nuru

Ms. Nuru at McCoy Elementary has worked hard to help our son be the best 1st grade student that he can be. She supports him, encourages him but also holds him accountable to realistic expectations. She's taken the time to communicate with us when necessary in order to help us understand how to best support him at school. She has taken her first two years teaching, during a pandemic, like a champ all while teaching first graders online and in person! She continues to amaze us each day, we are so thankful for Ms. Nuru.

Shelly Gloyna, CFBISD Parent

Mrs. Lashandralyn Harrison

Mrs. Harrison has taken such good care of my kids from the moment we walked into McCoy! We are so grateful for the guidance she has provided. From showing kindness and redirecting my nervous kindergartner to maneuvering difficult student relationships, she has been a warm guiding light. SO grateful for her!

Sarah Amond, CFBISD Parent

Dr. Kathryn Schaeffer

I know that she always has my back. She is dedicated to her team of specialists and puts their needs above her own. During this pandemic, she's always reaching out to make sure her team has what they need and are taken care of. Dr. Schaeffer has an amazing ability to think through the minute details of different projects to make sure that they run smoothly. She is passionate about the Advanced Academic Program and how it benefits students. I'm grateful to work for her.

MaryAnn Condie, Advanced Academics

Dr. Patty Parker & Data Team

Dr. Patty Parker and her team are not only a joy to work with, they also support SO MANY with testing, data and how to use that testing data! This team and their expertise are critical to our success as a District in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 Slide. Educators and professionals need quick and reliable data so they can meet each student's need. Dr. Parker and her team deliver!
Thank you, All! You make a difference!

Dr. Dana West, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Teresa Smith

Ms. Smith, at Blanton Elementary, has been so helpful and reassuring since before the new school year began. With everything being so different this year due to Covid-19 and remote learning, she has reached out several times when my son or I have needed extra help with his classwork. She is really on top of it, making sure she sends out messages to parents if students are not logged on when they are supposed to be (we all know how 4th graders can be very easily distracted). But above all she is an extremely gracious, loving teacher! I don't doubt for a minute there would be no way my son would be able to excel this year without her! She has really made all the difference this year. When my husband and I still didn't feel safe sending our son back to school with so many unknows- Ms. Smith has been an amazing constant help for our family as we successfully continue my sons remote learning at CFBISD!

Megan Gallegos, CFBISD Parent

Kate Harvey

Mrs Kate Harvey in my opinion is one of the best teacher. She is always smiling, energetic, and ready to start with lot of patience and excellent teaching skills. Mrs Harvey makes learning so fun and interesting that my daughter always waits for her class. We are soo so thankful for all you do Mrs Harvey.

Sujay Verma, CFBISD Parent

Roberta Fremgen

Roberta is the 1st person that I see each and every school morning and she always has a very bright and peachy smile. Roberta has an outstanding attitude and is ever helpful when I am requesting something. Roberta, thanks for making my job easier.

Adelina Tomerlin, CFBISD Counselor

Jennifer Medina

Jennifer is very quick and thorough expediting address changes for employees which impacts the service the Benefit & Risk Management Department provides enabling employees to receive insurance benefits, cards, and payments from insurance companies. I really appreciate her!

Kimberly Graham, Business Support Services


Myesha Nichols

I watched her greet families and students like family. She is fun-loving and high energy for staff at Freeman Elementary. The day that I subbed at Freeman was pure joy and she was a take charge person with a loving heart.

Jo Gillen, Executive Director of Career & Technical Education

Melissa Hardwick

Mrs. Hardwick makes learning really fun and exciting. Our son, Jialiang Dutton, is mesmerized and focused by her energy and drive.

Xuejiao Dutton, CFBISD Parent

Veronica Mercado

Ms. Mercado has worked above and beyond to locate and communicate the importance of attending classes each day. She follows through daily with attendance from the teachers to contact both parents and students to ensure students are getting the best of each day's learning. Ms. Mercado continues to come up with creative ways to encourage students at Perry to attend each day and they support students and staff in need constantly without hesitation!

Lisa Bates, Assistant Principal at Perry Middle School

Jessie Frishman

Mrs. Frishman is our At-Risk Coordinator at DWP. She goes out of her way to make sure students know how their attendance and grades impact their future. She has come up with creative ways to collect desk shields to track attendance of our Traditional Learners day to day. She also checks on the attendance of the remote learners and makes daily phone calls to both parents and students to encourage attendance and participation of their learning. She has been the voice of many students who were struggling and now have clarity of expectations and how to move through their day online.

Lisa Bates, Assistant Principal at Perry Middle School

Finance Department

Steve Bassett and his team have worked wonders to support scholars, educators and other CFBISD colleagues. His team has been creative in supporting solutions for student recruitment, employee incentives and technology enhancements. Steve and his team are leading the way in making greatness happen for all in CFBISD.

Dr. Dana West, Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Amy Johnson

Amy is always willing to help out whenever you ask. Whether it's a "thank you banner" or logo for a project she always goes above and beyond. She is valuable asset to her department and to the district overall!

Bobby Shaw, Construction Department Head

Dawn Fisher

Ms. Fisher is engaging as she teaches. We can hear her use different voices to simulate different emotions in order to create a wonderful and immersive learning experience. Our son, Jiaming Dutton, loves her and really enjoys her teaching.

Xuejiao Dutton, CFBISD Parent

Lisa Phillips


Lisa is a CFBISD standout! She is one of the nicest most positive people I have ever met. She has a very difficult job but manages to do it with kindness and grace. She is the definition of exceptional customer service. No matter what the problem or question is, Lisa is someone you can count on to help you. Lisa Phillips is a blessing to CFBISD and someone I am proud to work with.

Amy Johnson, Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Willis

Nurse Willis is doing all things during this pandemic! All the while, remaining calm, and serving our community with grace and grit! She has stepped up and handled everything from protocols, PPE, contact tracing, and communicating with parents, staff, and students!

Jo la puma, creekview high school principal

Dawn Fisher

Ms. Fisher is an amazing teacher. She gets the kids really involved in the learning. Despite being a remote learner, my son Abdullah Sheikh absolutely loves her!

Gazala Jabin Memon, CFBISD Parent


Ann Shafer

Mrs. Shafer helps our son, Jiaming Dutton, focus on details and quality. She pushes for excellence and challenges him to continue to do better. Our son absolutely enjoys her class.

Xuejiao Dutton, CFBISD Parent

Rebecca McDowell

Rebecca is tireless in ensuring all of our valued employees receive accurate paychecks. This is so much more complicated this year with the influx of special payments and substitutes, etc. She works evenings and weekends and never complains. Her positive, can-do attitude and continual lifting up of those around her makes her stand out as giving above and beyond of herself to help others.
Jennifer DuPlessis, Executive Director of Finance