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Kristi Andrews Named New Glen Oaks Principal as Molly Hovan Moves into District Leadership Role

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Friday, May 5, 2023

McKinney, Texas – McKinney ISD announced two key leadership updates on Friday, May 5: Glen Oaks Principal Molly Hovan will now serve as MISD Senior Director of Teaching and Learning, and current Glen Oaks Assistant Principal Kristi Andrews will be the new principal of Glen Oaks.

Combined, Hovan and Andrews account for 40 years of experience in education and nearly 20 years in campus leadership.

Molly Hovan—Senior Director of Teaching and Learning

Head shot of Molly HovanAfter 8 years as principal of Glen Oaks Elementary, Molly Hovan will now move into district-level administration as a senior director in the Department of Teaching and Learning, an area in which she has a proven leadership record.

When Hovan was an assistant principal at McNeil Elementary from 2009–2015, her contribution helped the school increase its student achievement across all subject areas by 20–30 percent. Later, under her leadership as principal of Glen Oaks, she led the staff in aligning instructional practices to increase student achievement, resulting in an improvement in STAAR writing scores from 74 percent to 91 percent the first year.

“Mrs. Hovan is an exceptional campus leader who will now bring her knowledge and experience to the Department of Teaching and Learning to make a significant, positive impact on our staff and students,” said Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Accountability Dr. Amber Epperson. “Mrs. Hovan is a results-driven leader who understands the value we place on relationships across our school district and in our community. I am thrilled to have Mrs. Hovan serve our district in this capacity.”

Hovan began her career as an elementary classroom teacher in Frisco ISD in 2003. Six years later, she joined the administrative team at McNeil Elementary as an assistant principal and served there until she was chosen as principal of Glen Oaks in 2015.

“It has been an honor to lead Glen Oaks Elementary, and I am so proud of all that we accomplished together,” said Hovan. “I look forward to my new role and the opportunity to impact even more students, teachers and families in McKinney ISD.”

Hovan holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in educational administration from Dallas Baptist University.

Kristi Andrews—Principal, Glen Oaks Elementary

Kristi Andrews head shotGlen Oaks’ new principal will be no stranger to the school’s community of students, parents and staff as Kristi Andrews moves into an expanded leadership role after five years as assistant principal. With 20 years in education—19 in MISD—she brings a wealth of instructional knowledge and experience to the job.

“Kristi Andrews leads with heart and high expectations,” said Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Leadership Melanie Raleeh. “Without a doubt, Mrs. Andrews will continue a culture of academic excellence where all students will achieve at high levels. The Glen Oaks school community will flourish under her leadership. I am proud to announce Kristi Andrews as the principal of Glen Oaks Elementary.”

Andrews’ educational journey began as an elementary classroom teacher where she would go on to serve as a team leader and mentor teacher. In 2017, she was hired as an instructional coach at Dowell Middle School. There, her talent as a leader became quickly apparent, and a year later she became the assistant principal at Glen Oaks where she helped foster data-driven instructional strategies alongside Molly Hovan while also serving as a first year assistant principal mentor and as an AP work group leader.

Now, she takes the next step in her journey as an educational leader.

“I am delighted to be named the new principal of Glen Oaks!” said Andrews. “It’s exciting to take on this role and continue to serve our wonderful community. My goal is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to reach their highest potential while also having fun and exploring new possibilities. I will continue to uphold a spirit of excellence and dedication to our students, staff, and families.”

Andrews earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Oklahoma and her master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University.

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