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MISD Announces New Assistant Principals at Boyd and Cockrill

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

McKinney, Texas – As the school year moves steadily toward its conclusion on May 21, McKinney ISD has announced some administrative personnel moves for next year. Two Boyd educators will be transitioning into assistant principal positions at McKinney Boyd High School, and one teacher will be joining MISD from Prosper ISD to serve as assistant principal at Cockrill Middle School.

They bring a combined 50 years of experience in education to their new leadership roles.

Colin Bado — Assistant Principal, McKinney Boyd High School
head shot of Colin BadoMcKinney ISD has chosen Colin Bado to serve as an assistant principal at McKinney Boyd High School. He brings eight years of experience in education to the job.

“We are super excited to have Colin Bado join our admin team at McKinney Boyd,” said McKinney Boyd Principal Dr. Jennifer Peirson. “Colin is a product of McKinney ISD schools and prides himself on giving back to our community. The McKinney Boyd family has watched Colin grow from being a teacher and a coach to testing coordinator to now an assistant principal. He forms great relationships with our students, teachers and parents, and we look forward to the servant leadership that he will provide to our campus.”

A graduate of Mckinney North High School, Bado was a record-setting receiver in high school and at Missouri Southern State University where, in addition to holding the MSSU record for career pass receptions and the top two single-season reception records, he also earned various MSSU, conference, region and NCAA recognitions. He is a member of both the MISD Athletics Hall of Honor and the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bado returned to Texas in 2013 to join the Boyd team as an AP U.S. History and AVID teacher, while also serving as a football and track coach.

In pursuit of his desire to make a greater impact, Bado returned to school in 2019 to earn his master’s degree in educational administration and made the difficult decision to leave the classroom. Now, he moves into a broader leadership role on Peirson’s campus administrative team.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve McKinney Boyd in a new capacity as an administrator. Working amongst these talented teachers and administrators for the betterment of our students and greater community has always been a dream of mine.”

Bado earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Missouri Southern State University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M–Commerce.

Jennifer Dixon—Assistant Principal, McKinney Boyd High School
Jennifer Dixon headshotMcKinney ISD has chosen Jennifer Dixon to serve as an assistant principal at McKinney Boyd High School. Dixon is a longtime educator with 22 years of experience and has served as a science instructional coach at Boyd for the past two years.

“McKinney Boyd is very excited to welcome Jennifer Dixon to our admin team,” said Boyd Principal Dr. Jennifer Peirson. “Jennifer joined our Bronco family as our science instructional coach a couple of years ago, and she has done an amazing job in serving our Bronco family. Her strong instructional background and dedication to our students and teachers has had a huge impact on our campus. Jennifer prides herself on taking the time needed to be a problem solver and to provide support where needed so our teachers and students can be successful. We look forward to her leadership as a part of our admin team.”

Dixon began her career in 1999 as a 6th grade science teacher at Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She taught middle school science for four years before joining the staff at McKinney High School in 2004. There she served as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach and taught a broad range of sciences over the course of 16 years: Geology, Meteorology & Oceanography; Integrated Physics and Chemistry; Environmental Systems; and Biology.

Dixon was the MISD summer school assistant principal in 2017 and 2018, and for the past two years, she has been an instructional coach at Boyd. Now, she moves into a full-time administrative role.

“McKinney Boyd High School is an exceptional school with high standards for learning, as well as a loving and supportive culture. I am excited and honored to continue working alongside this group of amazing educators and leaders,” said Dixon. “Go Broncos!”

Dixon earned her bachelor’s degree in science education from Centenary College of Louisiana and her master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University.

Heather Wainscott—Assistant Principal, Cockrill Middle School
Heather Wainscott head shotHeather Wainscott has been named assistant principal at Cockrill Middle School where she will join Dr. Amber Epperson’s campus leadership team. Wainscott has 20 years of experience in education that includes 17 years in the classroom and 3 years as a campus administrator.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Wainscott to our CMS family,” said Epperson. “Her professional experiences and background will bring positive value to our entire team. Her passion for seeing students grow academically and socially is apparent immediately. I am confident our families will love working with her.”

Wainscott comes to MISD from Prosper ISD where she has served for the past four years as a fourth grade ELAR teacher. Prior to her time in Prosper, Wainscott served for 3 years as an assistant principal at the Frenship ISD Ninth Grade Center.

Over the years, her journey as an educator has taken Wainscott to far-flung locales such as Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD, and she has also served in Dallas ISD and Prosper ISD. Now, she brings her expertise to McKinney.

“I am extremely honored for this opportunity to serve in the reputable McKinney ISD,” she said. “Cockrill Middle School is an exceptional school under the amazing leadership of Dr. Amber Epperson. I look forward to serving the Cockrill students, staff and families in creating a positive learning environment that focuses on the whole child.”

Wainscott earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University.

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