October 24, 2017
Jim (left) and Pam Wells, both former longtime CFISD educators, acknowledge friends, family and former colleagues at the dedication for Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School on Oct. 22.
Oct. 24, 2017—The CFISD community gathered Oct. 22 to celebrate the namesakes of the district’s 55th elementary school at a dedication ceremony for Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School.
The campus is named in honor of former longtime CFISD educators Jim and Pam Wells, who spent all but 12 of their combined 78 years in education for the district in various roles.
Jim (left) and Pam Wells, both former longtime CFISD educators and the namesakes for Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School, share a laugh with Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent, on stage during the dedication ceremony Oct. 22
Jim began his teaching career in 1975 at Spring Woods Junior High School in Spring Branch ISD. After four years, he moved to CFISD, serving two years at Cypress Creek High School and later moving into administration as an assistant principal for seven years. He then moved to Watkins Middle School as an assistant principal and also served as the district’s secondary health education coordinator.
The Wells Elementary School choir performs during a dedication ceremony for the school Oct. 22.
Jim opened Thornton Middle School as the principal and served 10 years before returning to Cypress Creek where he served from 2002 until his retirement.
Pam also began her career in Spring Branch ISD in 1975, serving at Landrum Middle School for four years before moving to CFISD. She spent three years as a history teacher at Arnold Middle School before being appointed to director of instruction. Pam then moved to Cy-Fair High School where she served as director of instruction and secondary social studies coordinator for CFISD for 13 years. Former superintendent Richard Berry appointed Pam as assistant to the superintendent and three years later as associate superintendent for facilities, planning and community relations.
Jim (left) and Pam Wells (right), both former longtime CFISD educators and the namesakes for Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School, are joined by their family during the dedication ceremony Oct. 22. They were joined (from left) by son Matthew, daughter-in-law Arlene, son Benjamin, and grandson Larson.
Pam also was interim superintendent in 2004 during the transition between Berry and Dr. David Anthony. She was selected as one of the CFISD 75th Anniversary Honorees and currently serves as the executive director of the Region 4 Education Service Center.
“It’s been about the entire journey leading up to today and so it was nice to take the time to celebrate Jim and Pam,” said Cheryl Fisher, who was named Wells’ inaugural principal on Jan. 19. “They have been behind everything we have done, they’ve been such encouragers and just been so excited all along the way. They’ve been a part of it but they deserve a day to be just about them.
“So it’s special to be able to take time to celebrate them and honor the legacy that will continue here at Wells.”
Jim Wells, one of the namesakes of Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School, poses with a bronze statue he and his wife Pam donated to the school. Titled “Global Scholar,” the statue shows a young student with a graduation cap reading while sitting atop a globe.
The dedication program included opening remarks and introductions from Fisher and CFISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry. The Wells choir, under the direction of David Kastor, performed for guests and attendees, before guest speaker Butch Milks addressed the crowd. Following a video tribute by CFISD Cinema staff, Board President Darcy Mingoia proclaimed the dedication to Jim and Pam, who closed with acknowledgements.
“With the birth of our grandchild Larson and the naming of the school this year, it’s been a very good year for us,” Jim said. “Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think this day was possible.”
Fisher and fellow Wells administrators presented Jim and Pam with gifts, including a globe with the fingerprints and names of every student at the school.
And though already on display, Jim and Pam spoke of their gift to campus – a bronze statue titled “Global Scholar.” It depicts a young student sitting atop a large globe while reading and wearing a graduation cap.
“It’s truly a gift,” Pam said. “Never did I think that I would be sitting on the stage instead of in the audience clapping for someone having a school named in their honor. Not bad at all – this is awesome.”
About Wells Elementary School
Wells Elementary School was designed using CHPS Designed Building guidelines set forth by the criteria for Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools. The structure is oriented on the site and designed to take advantage of natural light to promote visibility and transparency aiming to improve health, productivity and well-being in the learning environment.
Demonstration tools and sustainable features of the building include solar array panels which generate power and tie back to the power grid, select LED light fixtures, light spectrum bench, feet and meter measurements in the sidewalk, protractor amphitheater and an analemmatic sundial. The utilities and equipment throughout the building are designed and installed to operate efficiently and responsibly while aiding as teaching tools.
An educational kiosk has been strategically placed in the common area to display the building’s performance and design elements for students and visitors. Sustainable materials were used in the construction of this school and the building itself was created to be a teaching tool for the long-term success of CFISD’s students and community.