Former longtime educator recognized at Hoover ES dedication

October 24, 2017

Janet Hoover, former CFISD longtime educator, acknowledges friends, family and former colleagues at the dedication for Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School on Oct. 22.
Janet Hoover, former CFISD longtime educator, acknowledges friends, family and former colleagues at the dedication for Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School on Oct. 22. 

Oct. 24, 2017—The CFISD community gathered Oct. 22 to celebrate the namesake of the district’s 56th elementary school at the dedication ceremony for Janet Hoover Elementary School.

The campus is named in honor of former longtime CFISD educator Janet Hoover, a product of the Cy-Fair High School who later spent 36 years in various roles before retiring in 2010.

Janet Hoover (right), the namesake of Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School, and Roy Sprague, Jr. (second from right), CFISD chief operations officer, look on after a portrait of the school was unveiled during a dedication ceremony Oct. 22. The school was designed by VLK Architects and constructed by DivisionOne Construction.
Janet Hoover (right), the namesake of Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School, and Roy Sprague, Jr. (second from right), CFISD chief operations officer, look on after a portrait of the school was unveiled during a dedication ceremony Oct. 22. The school was designed by VLK Architects and constructed by DivisionOne Construction.

She continues to serve CFISD, benefiting district leaders as a principal coach.

Hoover began her career teaching at Post Elementary School in 1974 as a special education and general education teacher, later moving to Holbrook Elementary School as a team leader for six years. She assisted in opening Holmsley Elementary School as an assistant principal and moved to Millsap Elementary School as an assistant principal for four years before she was named principal in 1990. Hoover served in that role for nine years.

Hoover opened Gleason Elementary School, staying three years before being promoted to assistant superintendent for elementary administration. She retired in 2010 after seven years in her last role with CFISD.

The Hoover Elementary School second-grade choir performs during a dedication ceremony for the school Oct. 22.
The Hoover Elementary School second-grade choir performs during a dedication ceremony for the school Oct. 22.

“It’s still completely humbling that you get to be a part of something so bigger than yourself,” said Michelle Rice, who was named Hoover’s inaugural principal on Jan. 18. “I got to know her my first year (in CFISD) just because of the fact that I was working and aspiring toward becoming a principal in the district. When I was named principal, she called me and said, ‘You’re the one that I wanted.’ Being here with her is so humbling.”

The dedication program included opening remarks and introductions from Rice and CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry. The Hoover second-grade choir, under the direction of Courtney Cruz, performed for guests and attendees, before guest speakers Dr. Peggy Duryea, Suzanne Thompson, Sharon Barnes and Anne Wilcox addressed the crowd. Following a video tribute created by CFISD Cinema staff, Board President Darcy Mingoia proclaimed the dedication to Hoover, who closed with an acknowledgement.

Michelle Rice (at podium), Hoover Elementary School principal, shares a laugh with Janet Hoover (standing), a longtime CFISD educator and the namesake of Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School, which opened in September.
Michelle Rice (at podium), Hoover Elementary School principal, shares a laugh with Janet Hoover (standing), a longtime CFISD educator and the namesake of Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School, which opened in September.

“A friend shared that I must be successful because they want a school named after me. Well, it’s the biggest honor anyone could ever have in their career,” said Hoover, who continued her work coaching principals. “But I do believe, to be successful, my success has to be shared.”

Rice and the school staff presented Hoover with gifts, including a brick from the construction mounted on a display with the inscription, “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of their strength, but by the strength of their heart.”

A portrait of Janet Hoover was unveiled at a dedication ceremony Oct. 22. The longtime CFISD educator is the namesake of Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School. The portrait will hang near the school’s front entrance.

Hoover expressed her gratitude and humility.

“Seeing my name on the side of the building is like an out-of-body experience,” Hoover said. “Being singled out among all the deserving people is just unbelievable. It’s such an honor.”

About Hoover Elementary School

Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School is a single-story pre-kindergarten through second-grand campus, designed to accommodate 1,092 students as a collaborative environment with flexible teaching spaces and design elements tied in the curriculum.

VLK Architects worked with the district to meet the needs of today and the demands of tomorrow. The new 112,000-suare-foot- facility includes 12 classrooms and four flex areas for each grade level. The facility has been taken to the next level by adding strategically placed graphics that are aligned to specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for geometry and measurement at each grade level. Using bright colors and geometrical graphics increases the student’s mathematical literacy, increases learning opportunities and promotes ideas that foster student engagement.

To improve efficiency, flex spaces are equipped with teaching tools that extend the learning environment into the corridors. The design incorporates Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools initiatives, which will be monitored through an educational dashboard. The school’s energy usage will be measured and displayed as a teaching tool for students while sustainable learning opportunities will extend outdoors through the use of rain barrels and students planter gardens.

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