Laura Springer to Receive Cliff Long Leadership Award

Laura SpringerCHS Principal Laura Springer will receive the Cliff Long Leadership Award at the Coppell Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Members’ Choice Awards & Community Gala on Jan. 29.  

Springer, who was named principal of CHS in 2019, has served Coppell ISD as a head coach, teacher, and administrator for more than 35 years. The Cliff Long Leadership Award celebrates a community member who exemplifies dedication, integrity, and honorable service. 

“I don’t think I have ever been speechless in my life, but finding out about this award had me coming close,” Springer said. “I am so grateful to the Coppell Chamber for this recognition and to Cliff Long for his example in leadership.” 

The Coppell Chamber of Commerce presents the award to a local hero who epitomizes the spirit of service, who volunteers their time, and who has made the community a better place.

“Anyone who has met Laura knows she has a tremendous heart for kids and is the epitome of what it means to be a servant leader,” said CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt. “I am so proud of her for receiving this well-deserved recognition.” 

In a press release from the Coppell Chamber of Commerce, 2018 Cliff Long Leadership award recipient Jason McCann said, “Laura Springer pours her heart and soul into our students, our families, and our teachers here in Coppell.“

He added, “She exemplifies true servant leadership in everything that she does. By developing strong, meaningful relationships with her students, Laura has made a positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of students and families in her 35-year career, creating an incredible ripple effect of optimism and hope across the community and the globe. She continues to inspire and lead by example, showing what true Cowboy grit is. We couldn’t be prouder.” 

To honor Springer’s leadership, she will receive $5,000 in academic scholarships to award to Coppell students for the 2021-2022 school year. Springer will identify students that exemplify Coppell Cowboy GRIT, servant leadership, teamwork and love of learning. Students will receive $1,000 to support ongoing learning, education, and development. 

The 2022 academic scholarships were funded by Vari CEO and co-founder Jason McCann and his wife Cari McCann through a donation to the Coppell Community Development Foundation (CCDF), a 501c(3) that provides assistance for business, philanthropic, and educational programs in Coppell. To learn more about contributing to the Coppell Community Development Foundation, visit www.coppellchamber.org/ccdf/

“I am all about kids, loving them and serving them,” Springer said. “To have Jason and Cari help our kids continue in their success by funding these scholarships means so much to me and to our students. I am so thankful and appreciative of their generosity.”  

The award’s namesake, City of Coppell Councilman Cliff Long said in the Coppell Chamber’s press release, “It is often said that folks move to Coppell for the public school system. There are many reasons for these family decisions, and they may not know it at the time, but Laura Springer is one of those reasons.

He added, “Our youth are our future and there is no one better than Laura to nurture our young people and prepare them for the trials and successes they will face as adults. Coach Springer brings her unique communication skills and empathy for people to her students, their families, the faculty, and the administrators with which she works. Her relationship with students is stunning – just ask one of her former students. Laura is a gifted educator and true leader, and the world is a better place because of the thousands of Laura Springer disciples in it.”       

Community members are welcome to share well wishes for Laura Springer on the Coppell Chamber of Commerce Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoppellChamber

This year’s Coppell Chamber Members’ Choice Awards & Community Gala will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott at 2200 Bass Pro Court in Grapevine, Texas. Tickets are available for purchase at coppellchamber.org.