January 23, 2014
Cypress Springs High School custodian Bobbie Cunningham has been named the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) Education Support Professional (ESP) Advocate of the Year for her outstanding service to students and staff at Cypress Springs.
The TSTA Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year award recognizes the contributions of education support professionals to their schools, communities and profession. The award is presented annually to one TSTA/National Education Association (NEA) member who demonstrates outstanding accomplishments and reflects the contributions of ESPs to public education. Individuals are nominated by a TSTA region or local association.
The award will be presented to Cunningham at the TSTA annual convention in April. She will also be honored at the NEA ESP Convention in March. Cunningham will also become the TSTA nominee for the NEA ESP of the Year Award.
“It is a real joy and blessing to work with the students and staff at Cypress Springs High School,” Cunningham said. “I count it as a ministry.”
Cunningham has worked in CFISD for 29 years, including 12 years at Jersey Village High School and 17 years at Cypress Springs. She and her husband, Derrick, have been married for 34 years and have two children and six grandchildren.
“Ms. Bobbie is a representation of what it means to be a true inspiration to others,” said Cypress Springs principal Travis Fanning. “Her infectious personality and words of wisdom have impacted the lives of faculty, staff and students at Cy Springs High School.”
Cunningham was named runner-up for the Support Staff Spotlight Award in 2010-2011 and the Operations Department Employee of the Year in 2012-2013.
Director of operations Tammy Blankenship said she has received letters from students thanking Cunningham for the difference she has made in their lives.
“Many stated that Ms. Bobbie is always there when they needed encouragement; she never judged them, just helped guide them,” Blankenship said. “She let them know that they are important, and was a rock of strength in their time of need. Bobbie is a special person who is always there, giving of her time to make a difference in the lives of our students.”
For more information on TSTA ESPs, visit http://www.tsta.org/about-tsta/educational-support-professionals.