• 2011 Hometown Hero Nominees Announced

    The Public Services Academy is proud to announce the 2nd annual Hometown Hero project. The purpose of this project is to bring community recognition to outstanding citizens who inspire us to help others and make a positive difference in their lives. Last year’s winner was the founder of Taylor’s Gift, Mr. Todd Storch.

    This year, the academy has again selected five outstanding Coppell citizens as Hometown Hero nominees: Donna Cranston, Brad Hunt, Eileen Higgins, Candy Sheehan, and Laura Springer. Each has a story of heroism and may be voted on by the entire community. The 2011 winner will be announced at the Coppell Cowboy’s football game on Friday, October 21.

    Everyday Donna Cranston leaves for the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to greet troops returning home. She is the coordinator of “Welcome Home a Hero”, a job which she approaches with tireless energy as she and her crew of hundreds of civilian and veteran volunteers greet troops with cheers and hugs. But her noble role doesn’t stop there. After greeting the soldiers, she is known to help them find their families, make connecting flights, or offer a meal or her phone to call a loved one. She is often described as the mother of all soldiers.

    Mrs. Eileen Higgins was chosen because of her many heroic qualities. Besides being a role model and an amazing teacher for CHS children with special needs, she volunteers at Special Olympics and Circle of Friends on her own time. She has a heart and passion for helping all children experience success. What may seem to others as small achievements are monumental accomplishments in the lives of many of her students. Very few can say that they make such an impact in the life of a child and we are inspired by her dedication.

    Brad Hunt, former Principal of CHS, is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Administration in the Coppell ISD. Mr. Hunt is recognized for his outstanding leadership and his programs that inspire and empower leadership and service. The "I rock CHS" t-shirts are part of a continuing tradition to recognize exemplary students and staff at Coppell High School. He is quoted as saying "What gets recognized gets repeated." He is also responsible for stellateing several outstanding programs that focus on leadership and student achievement. Mr. Hunt is described by friends, family, students and staff as funny, outgoing, humble, and kind.

    Candy Sheehan is a perfect candidate for hometown hero. She was the first female mayor of Coppell, in office for six years. The most redeeming quality of Candy Sheehan is her determination. Then she got diagnosed with breast cancer, yet she still wanted to complete the Iron Man-even if that meant training during chemotherapy treatments. An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26 mile run, raced in that order and without a break. She completed the Ironman and is a breast cancer survivor. Candy is a very positive, strong, and kind person who has had to overcome many difficulties in her life-including yet overcomes those odds with a great attitude and incredible perseverance and is an inspiration to everyone she meets.

    Laura Springer is not only a principal at Coppell Middle School East, but is also a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration to all. Many teenagers experience a variety of problems in school and Ms. Springer always helps them find solutions and make good decisions. Her wisdom, experience, passion, and her unconditional love for her students are the tools she uses to make a difference in lives of all that know her. Students know she will always give them her full attention, making sure to ease their problems away. She always puts the needs of her students as her number one priority and that is why her campus functions as a family and that is why she is a hero.