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MISD Hires Veteran Educator Melanie Magee as Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Melanie Magee

McKinney, Texas – McKinney Independent School District has hired veteran educator Melanie Magee to serve as the district’s new senior director of curriculum and instruction, a crucial leadership position that impacts instruction in classrooms across the district every day.

Magee is the former principal of Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD where she has served the past four years. She comes to MISD with eight years of middle and high school administrative experience and a total of 17 years in education.

“I am excited about the opportunity to bring Melanie Magee to our curriculum team,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “It goes without saying that this position is extremely important to our district in terms of maintaining the high level of academic excellence we exhibit annually. I look forward to her implementing structures and support systems for our campuses in order to bring our students the highest level of academic success possible. She will be a welcome addition to our already strong curriculum and instructional team.”

As the senior director of that team, Magee’s purview will include a host of vital programs and departments. She’ll oversee the district’s content area curriculum coordinators at both the elementary and secondary level, professional development, summer school and RtI (response to intervention). MISD’s college and career readiness, gifted and talented and advanced academics departments will all report to her as well.

“We have hired a top-notch educator in Melanie Magee,” said Asst. Supt. of Student Services Dr. Melinda DeFelice. “Throughout her years in education, Melanie has served in a variety of roles. She is extremely knowledgeable in the area of curriculum and instruction and has taught at the elementary level. She’s also been an assistant and associate principal at the high school level as well as a principal at the middle school level.

“Her experience as the supervisor of student services in Carrollton-Farmers Branch gives her not only a campus perspective, but a central office perspective as well. We are extremely excited about our decision to hire Melanie Magee as our new senior director of curriculum and instruction,” said DeFelice.

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Magee earned her bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware, and before joining the ranks of teachers, spent nearly 10 years working as a reporter for two top 10 newspapers.

She left journalism nearly 20 years ago and launched her career as an educator in Dallas ISD where she taught fourth and fifth grade for four years before moving to C-FBISD. There, she was tasked with creating an Adult Education Program that provided literacy and GED instruction to more than 600 adults each year. In addition, she served as a parent educator for the district as well as the supervisor for student services, helping parents and schools resolve enrollment and other issues. She was the assistant principal at Ranchview High School for four years and the associate principal at Ranchview for two years before moving to Polk Middle School to serve as principal.

Her driving force as an educator has been to provide the best learning opportunities for students.

“I am looking forward to learning about the educational growth that McKinney ISD provides its students, educators and staff,” said Magee. “I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the excellence that permeates the district. McKinney is a district designed to support and grow a vibrant community. I am excited to be part of this dynamic learning environment.”

Melanie has served on the board of Metrocrest Social Services (a local benevolent organization that assists families, individuals and senior adults in need), has been a Girl Scout leader and served as the education director for the Hall of State Museum at Fair Park for a year. Currently, she is on the board of the Simmons School of Educational Policy and Leadership at SMU, and she is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Irving.

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