Name: Title: Dr. Lanette Bellamy Principal Sandra Paiz Associate Principal Shirrey Burton Assistant Principal Hector Cano Assistant Principal Heather Elliott Assistant Principal Maribel Helton Assistant Principal Joseph (Jay) Janca Assistant Principal Susan Luce Assistant Principal Dr. Kay McDowell Assistant Principal
Principal, Lanette Bellamy
Dr. Lanette Bellamy graduated from Channelview High School and received her Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Houston- Clear Lake. She also received her Masters in Counseling from UHCL and her Principal Certification from St. Thomas University. She has earned her Doctorate in Professional Leadership K-12 from the University of Houston.
Dr. Bellamy started her teaching career in 1995 at Park View Intermediate teaching language arts. After that, she taught English I at Katy High School. Dr. Bellamy first came to CFISD as a counselor at Thornton Middle School and went on to serve as a counselor at Cy-Fair High School and also Truitt Middle School before becoming the Director of Instruction at Truitt. In 2012, Dr. Bellamy became the Director of Instruction at Cypress Ranch High School. In 2016, she became the principal at Labay Middle School. Dr. Bellamy is excited to have recently been named the principal of Cypress Lakes High School and is excited to continue the great things Cy Lakes is known for.
Associate Principal, Sandra Paiz
Ms. Sandra Paiz grew up in Rosenberg, Texas, attended Lamar Consolidated High School and graduated from Goshen High School in Goshen, Indiana in 1988. She graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in Journalism and a Minor in English from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Ms. Paiz began her teaching career in 1993 with grades K-8 at Living Water Christian School where she taught PE and English/Language Arts. Upon receiving her teaching certification from Houston Baptist University in 1995, she began teaching in Lamar Consolidated ISD and also taught in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and Ft. Bend ISD.
In 2004, Ms. Paiz was hired in Cy Fair ISD at Cy Springs High School where she taught English and was also a coach. In 2005, Ms. Paiz received her M. Ed. from Prairie View A&M University and became an assistant principal in 2006.
In 2008, Ms. Paiz opened Cy Lakes High School as an assistant principal and held the position until 2020 when she became the Associate Principal. She is proud to begin her 16th year at Cy Lakes and her 30th year in education.
Director of Instruction, Fran Williams
Fran Williams received a Bachelor and master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University. Ms. Williams began her career in education in 1998 at Aldine ISD where she served as a Math Teacher, Math Specialist, Testing Coordinator, and Curriculum & Instruction Assistant Principal. During her career she also served as Teacher Development Specialist for HISD. Her career in CFISD includes Math teacher, Academic Achievement Specialist and currently Director of Instruction.
Assistant Principal, Shirrey Burton
Mrs. Burton graduated high school in 1992 from Dwight D. Eisenhower, then attended Stephen F. Austin and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
She began teaching in 1997 at Truitt Middle School, then went on to receive her Masters in School Administration in 2002.
From 2002-2005, Mrs. Burton because the Academic Achievement Helping Teacher at ISC, followed by being the Academic Achievement Helping Teacher at Cypress Creek from 2005-2008. In the spring of 2008, Mrs. Burton became an Assistant Principal at Thornton Middle School.
Since, 2008, Mrs. Burton has been at Cypress Lakes as Assistant Principal.
Assistant Principal, Hector Cano
Hector Cano began his teaching career in HISD, where he served as a Spanish teacher, head tennis coach, and assistant boys soccer coach. In 2019, he joined Cypress Lakes High School, where he taught Spanish and served as the Behavior Interventionist. Hector earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas–Pan American in 2006 and his Master’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin in 2021. Mr. Cano was named Cy Lakes Assistant Principal in 2022.
Assistant Principal, Heather Elliott
Heather Elliott has 13 years experience in education at middle and high school levels. She has been an English teacher, Literacy Coach, Graduation Coach, and Assistant Principal. Before joining the Cy-Fair school district she had worked in Fort Bend ISD and Houston ISD.
Ms. Elliott earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston-Downtown, and her Principal Certification from the University of St.Thomas in Houston.
Assistant Principal, Maribel Helton
Mrs. Helton has 22 years of experience in education at middle and high school levels. She has been a Spanish teacher and Team Leader, Behavior Interventionist, and Assistant Principal. She has opened two schools in our district, Aragon Middle School and Cypress Lakes High School.
Mrs. Helton earned her Associates Degree in Biology from Blinn College, Bachelors of Arts from Texas A&M University, and Masters of Education in Administration from the University of Sam Houston.
Assistant Principal, Jay Janca
Mr. Janca received his Bachelor of Business Administration/Marketing from Schreiner University. He began his educational career at Dean Middle School teaching US History, coaching football, and was Social Studies Department Chair. After 10 years at Dean Middle School, Mr. Janca obtained his Masters of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and joined the Cypress Lakes High School administrative team in 2010 as an assistant principal.
Assistant Principal, Susan Luce
Susan Luce received her Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education from The University of West Alabama in 2004. She began her career in Cypress Fairbanks ISD in 2004 at Hamilton Middle School as a PE teacher and coach. Throughout her time in CFISD, she has served as a Resource Reading teacher and Special Education Liaison. In 2017, she received her Masters Degree in Administration and Leadership from The University of North Texas. She served as the High School Special Education Teacher Support at Cypress Lakes High School for two years before being named an Assistant Principal in 2020.
Assistant Principal, Dr. Kay McDowell
Dr. Kay McDowell graduated from Cy Fair High School and received her Bachelors in English Literature and a Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston in 2012. Dr. McDowell went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Educational Administration and her Principal Certification from Lamar University in 2018. Dr. McDowell then earned her Doctorate in Professional Leadership K-12 from the University of Houston in 2022.
Dr. McDowell began her teaching career in Alief ISD before moving to Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She has taught English I, English II, and English IV. She has served as an English Language Arts and Reading Content Curriculum Instructional Specialist at Labay Middle School, as an Academic Achievement Specialist at Cy Creek High School, and as an Assistant Principal at Labay Middle School. Dr. McDowell was named Cy Lakes Assistant Principal in 2022.