Strength through diversity

Posted by Dr. Mark Henry on 1/13/2022 5:00:00 PM

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear CFISD Community,

Nearly 11 years ago when I arrived in CFISD, one of my goals that was adopted by the Board of Trustees was to recruit educators and staff that reflected a changing community. I am proud to say that CFISD has continued that effort. We have been able to recruit, retain and promote an outstanding team that not only reflects the community, but has achieved success recognized by the nation and state.

CFISD is more committed than ever to continue to recruit educators who reflect our district’s demographics.

We now have leadership teams at the district and campus level that more reflect our community. That has opened up access to professionals from all different backgrounds.

Our minority educators have added great value to our district. Research tells us that visibility of a diverse workforce helps all students succeed to higher levels.

It is our goal for students to be inspired by this diverse group of leaders and teachers. Our commitment is to value and promote all deserving educators. CFISD has shown that a large diverse district can succeed in academics, athletics and fine arts when all employees, students and parents are valued.

On Monday, we will observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dr. King routinely expressed a vision of opportunity for all Americans that we carry forward with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students.

I know that, with the continued support of our outstanding community, CFISD will remain a destination for all.



Mark Henry, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools