Elementary School No. 51 is named after Dr. Debbie Emery, who retired from CFISD in 2008 after 30 years in public education.
Emery began her career teaching in Aldine ISD’s Inwood Elementary for two years, then came to CFISD in 1978. She served nine years at Lieder Elementary as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher, librarian and assistant principal; then as principal at Bane and Metcalf elementary schools and Truitt Middle School. She served as assistant to the superintendent and as associate superintendent of school administration and human resources for six years.
Emery was active in professional organizations, serving as president of the University of Houston College of Education Alumni Board. She was also a member of Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Emery and her husband, Karl, have a son, Scott, who is a graduate of Cypress Falls High School.