Cypress Woods Director of Instruction Recognized With Chevrolet Spotlight Award

Cypress, TX (February 8, 2016) She is on the sidelines, in the bleachers, on the track and in the audience. Kelly Ellis, director of instruction at Cypress Woods High School, is everywhere all the time supporting her Wildcats.

“Kelly has been the  number one fan the Wildcats have had for over 10 years,” General Manager for Lone Star Chevrolet, Johnny Smith said, “It is such an honor for me to present this award to her.”

During halftime of the Cypress Woods Lady Wildcats basketball game on Feb. 5, Ellis was presented with the Chevrolet Spotlight Award by Lone Star Chevrolet for her incredible school spirit and leadership.

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Since Cypress Woods opened in the 2006-2007 school year, Ellis has only missed three football games. She sacrifices her Friday nights and multiple weeknights all in honor of the “212 spirit,” a number signifying the temperature at which water boils.

Through four years of being a part of the Wildcat family, Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator Trent Faith has recognized the devotion that Ellis gives to the school and nominated her for the Chevrolet Spotlight Award.

“When I got here she exemplified everything that Cypress Woods is all about with the 212 spirit,” Faith said. “She knows the pulse of the school, the community, athletics and every part of the school she is a part of. [The nomination] was a no brainer for me.”

Ellis has made it clear that 212 spirit goes above and beyond just doing well in your everyday job.

“It is always nice to be appreciated and I love coming to school, but I see this as an acknowledgement of me supporting student athletes and my appreciation of everything that they do,” Ellis said. “They go to school all day then practice and then they spend their weekends performing and laying it all out—whether it be the football field, the basketball court, soccer field or tennis court. No matter what kids do, they are going above and beyond. I couldn’t have done it in high school, so I am just very proud of everything that they do.”

As Ellis offers an abundance of support to the student body at Cypress Woods, she receives similar support from her school. Principal Gary Kinninger, Associate Principal Dirk Heath and the team of assistant principals all showed up on the night of her honor to offer their gratitude and support.

“212 means to me that we strive to be the best that we could possibly we in everything that we do,” Faith said. “I think that is a part of being in the Cy Woods community, we just support each other.”

Ellis’ efforts to uplift her school and its student body have been anything but selfish.

“I always want to lead by example, that extra degree of effort makes all the difference. And I think that I want my own children to see that, my teachers to see that and our students to see that.” Ellis said. “This school is successful because of all the staff members and students that don’t settle for being mediocre. It is our core belief that this is who we are going to be and we live to meet a high standard that we place for ourselves.”

Ellis’ award was featured on the Inside High School Sports show on KHOU Channel 11 on Feb. 6, and will be posted on the GameDay High School Sports website.