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Cy-Fair FCU awards 7 local teachers classroom makeovers

From left, Cameron Dickey, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union president and CEO, and Cy Springs teacher Eliza Dorsey.
From left, Cameron Dickey, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union president and CEO, and Cypress Springs High School Algebra I teacher Eliza Dorsey, pose with a $500 check after Dorsey was selected as the high school winner of Cy-Fair FCU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover competition. Three winners, three runners-up and a random drawing winner were chosen, with each using the money to makeover his or her respective classroom to improve instruction and learning.

Aug. 24, 2021—Three CFISD teachers were awarded hundreds of dollars to enhance their classrooms for their students as they were selected as winners of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union’s Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.  

The credit union, which was founded by 10 local educators and has historic ties to CFISD, recognized a winning elementary school, middle school and high school teacher, allowing each to reimagine his or her classroom in creative ways to maximize learning.

Cypress Springs High School Algebra I teacher Eliza Dorsey, Salyards Middle School special education teacher Laura Coulter and Bang Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Tiara Williams were chosen as the three $500 recipients.

Dorsey used some of her money to buy materials that relate to her students’ social and emotional needs, like motivational posters, banners and stickers that are placed all around her classroom.

“Providing motivation through words and a positive environment energizes the mind to push beyond the limitations to acquire success,” Dorsey said.

Salyards Middle School special education teacher Laura Coulter.
Salyards Middle School special education teacher Laura Coulter poses with a $500 check after being selected as the middle school winner of Cy-Fair FCU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

For Coulter, she said winning the money has helped her create a more welcoming and inclusive space for her students.

“I am so excited about my new teaching environment,” Coulter said. “It has been so exciting to put in place all of my ideas for a classroom that will help my students with various accessibility differences. I cannot thank Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union enough for choosing me to win this amazing gift.”

Bang Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Tiara Williams.
Bang Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Tiara Williams poses with a $500 check after being selected as the elementary school winner of Cy-Fair FCU’s Extreme Classroom Makeover competition.

Williams said being selected as one of the winners helps enhance her students’ education.

“I am thankful as a teacher that I can awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge,” Williams said. “Receiving the money for the classroom makeover has helped me buy supplies to decorate a colorful learning environment for my students and to buy hands-on learning materials for my students to explore.”

Emery Elementary School teacher Kiara Thompson, Aragon Middle School teacher Yolanda Figgs and Maybelline Carpenter Center teacher Deedra Wollin were recognized as runner-up honorees and each earned $150 for their classrooms. Black Elementary School teacher Dena Morrison was selected as a random draw $250 winner.

“Cy-Fair FCU was founded by 10 educators and we maintain close ties with CFISD to this day,” said Cameron Dickey, Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union president and CEO. “Our classroom makeover competition is just one opportunity when we can show our appreciation for the dedication that the district’s teachers demonstrate to educating our community’s next generation.”