McCanless named Cleveland ISD director of operations

Stephen McCanless

Cleveland ISD has promoted Stephen McCanless to executive director of operations for the District. In this new role, McCanless will oversee District operations, including transportation, child nutrition, custodial services and health and safety.

McCanless has been with Cleveland ISD for eight years, serving as CHS principal, coordinator of student affairs and director of administrative services. He began his teaching career in Deer Park ISD in 1996. In 2005, he was promoted to assistant principal for Channelview ISD and promoted to principal in 2007.

McCanless has 25 years in education, with 16 of those in administrative roles.

McCanless earned his undergraduate degree in literature from the University of Houston in Clear Lake. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in education at the university. In 2009, he earned his superintendent certification.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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