Namesakes chosen for future, current CFISD campuses

November 14, 2016

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CFISD namesakes were chosen for future and existing campuses during the CFISD Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 14. Pictured, from left, are Jim and Pam Wells, namesakes for Elementary School No. 55; Janet Hoover, namesake for Elementary School No. 56; and Maybelline Carpenter, namesake for the former Adaptive Behavior Center. 

Nov. 14, 2016—The CFISD Board of Trustees approved the namesakes for Elementary School Nos. 55 and 56 and the Adaptive Behavior Center during its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 14.

Elementary No. 55 will be named after Jim and Pam Wells. Pam spent 33 of her 41 years in education in CFISD. She began her teaching career in 1975 at Landrum Middle School in Spring Branch ISD. She served in CFISD from 1979-2012 as a teacher at Arnold Middle School for six years, director of instruction at Cy-Fair High School for 13 years, an assistant to the superintendent for three years and an associate superintendent for 13 years at the Instructional Support Center. She also was interim superintendent from January-June 2004. She currently serves as the executive director of the Region 4 Education Service Center.

Jim also spent 33 of his 37 years in education in CFISD. He began his teaching career at Spring Woods Junior High School in Spring Branch ISD from 1975-1979. Beginning in 1979, Jim served in CFISD for two years as a teacher and seven years as an assistant principal at Cypress Creek High School. He continued his career in education as an assistant principal at Watkins Junior High School for five years then became principal of Thornton Middle School for 10 years and principal at Cypress Creek from 2002-2012 before retiring in June 2012.

Designed by IBI Group, Inc., and built by Gilbane Building Co., Jim and Pam Wells Elementary School will open in August 2017 at a multi-campus site that will include Bridgeland High School and a future middle school at 10607 Mason Road.

“There is no greater honor for an educator than to be chosen as a namesake for a school. We humbly thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Henry and the administration,” the Wellses said. “We were honored to be able to serve the CFISD students, staff and community for 33 years. We have always been so proud of this district where we lived, worked and raised our two sons. They were both fortunate to have excellent teachers and mentors, many of whom have become school namesakes themselves. Cy-Fair ISD will always be home to us. Our colleagues whom we had the privilege to work with will always be like family. We have been truly blessed in our careers.”

Elementary No. 56 will be named after Janet Hoover. Hoover, a Cy-Fair High School graduate, retired in 2010 after 36 years with CFISD. She began her career with CFISD in 1974 as a special education and general education teacher for Post Elementary School. She spent six years at Holbrook Elementary School as a team leader, served as an assistant principal at Holmsley Elementary School for two years and transitioned to assistant principal at Millsap Elementary School. After four years, she was promoted to principal at Millsap, serving nine years. She then opened Gleason Elementary School, staying three years before being promoted to assistant superintendent for elementary administration at the Instructional Support Center. She retired in 2010 after seven years in that role.

Hoover continues to benefit district leaders by serving as a principal coach.

Designed by VLK Architects and built by DivisionOne Construction, Janet Brenner Hoover Elementary School will serve pre-K through second-grade students and be located across from Jowell Elementary School at 6425 Greenhouse Road.

“I am shocked, surprised and extremely humbled to have been considered for such an honor,” Hoover said. “When I think back on my life and career in CFISD, I remember fondly my colleagues, the parents, students and community, and I cherish the lasting relationships to this day. Most meaningful are the students who have grown up to be such special adults. I am thrilled and grateful to be a forever member of my beloved Cy-Fair ISD family!”

The former Adaptive Behavior Center will be named after Maybelline Carpenter. Carpenter spent 36 of her 42 years in education in CFISD. She began her career in 1973 as a teacher counselor at the Western Mental Health Institute then on to teach at Memphis City Schools until 1977. She continued her teaching career in Houston ISD from 1977-1979 when she came to CFISD as a teacher at the Clara Scott Learning Center, later renamed the Adaptive Behavior Center. She became a supervisor at the campus in 1983 and was promoted to director in 1992. She retired from the district in December 2014.

The Maybelline Forbes Carpenter Center is located at 12508 Windfern Road. 

“You’re nobody if you don’t have great people around you, and I have been blessed to be surrounded by some of the greatest,” Carpenter said. “For me, it has always been about the kids and not about my recognition. Although I am having a hard time embracing my name on a building, it is quite an honor.”

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