The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees approved the namesakes for Elementary School Nos. 53 and 54 and Middle School No. 18 during its regular scheduled meeting.
Elementary School No. 53 will be named after Margie Sue Pope, who retired from Cy-Fair ISD in 2004 after 18 1/2 years with the school district.
During her tenure with the district, Pope served as a mentor and role model for numerous campus administrators and was a champion for all students. She served 5 1/2 years as a director of instruction at Cypress Creek High School, 3 1/2 years as principal of Campbell Middle School, eight years as principal of Cypress Falls High School and 1 1/2 years as an assistant superintendent for secondary school administration.
“I can’t describe what an honor it is to receive this recognition,” Pope says. “The dedicated individuals who served alongside me at the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD campus and administrative levels made it easy to fulfill my various leadership roles.”
Elementary School No. 54 will be named after Sadie Woodard, who retired from Cy-Fair ISD in 2008 after 39 years with the district. Woodward was a dedicated educator with a passion for students and their success, both before and after graduation.
While with Cy-Fair ISD, she was a teacher for five years at Cy-Fair and Jersey Village high schools, counselor for 10 years and assistant principal for three years at Jersey Village, director of guidance and counseling for 14 years, senior director of guidance and counseling for two years and assistant superintendent of guidance and counseling and special programs for five years. Prior to coming to CFISD, Woodard worked two years as a teacher in Victoria ISD.
“It’s a pleasure to be honored in this manner as a school namesake,” Woodard says. “Cy-Fair is a wonderful district because it has high goals and works hard to reach them. At Woodard Elementary, we are going to have those same high goals, and we are going to reach those goals.”
Middle School No. 18 will be named after Dr. David Anthony, who retired from Cy-Fair ISD in 2011 after seven years with the district.
Dr. Anthony served as a superintendent for 24 years. Prior to coming to CFISD, he was also superintendent of McKinney ISD, Texas City ISD, Mount Pleasant ISD and High Island ISD. Prior to his many years as a superintendent, Dr. Anthony served as a principal for nine years and a teacher for four years, both in Louisiana.
“The two greatest awards and accomplishments of my professional life are when I was hired at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and now this distinction of being a school namesake,” Dr. Anthony says. “I consider Cy-Fair ISD to be the holy grail of public school districts in Texas, and it’s because of all the great people in it. I’m receiving this award because the people here taught me how to be a better superintendent by the time that I left than I was when I first arrived.”