McKinney ISD


MISD Leadership Update: Summer 2017

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Thursday, July 27, 2017

McKinney, Texas – With summer drawing ever more rapidly to a close, the start of the McKinney ISD 2017–2018 school year is just around the corner. And, when parents and students arrive amid the bustle and excitement of the first day of school on August 28, some will be greeted by new faces among the campus leadership—and in some cases, by familiar faces in new administrative roles.

“I’m really excited about the new assistant principals that are coming on board this year,” said Suzy Woodard, MISD assistant superintendent of elementary student support. “They’re all highly qualified, very talented individuals who are going to bring a lot to their individual campuses and to our administrative group.

“We’re also very excited to have Trey Wright join the student support team as the elementary GT coordinator. Having worked as a GT teacher in the district and as an administrator, he’s uniquely positioned with established relationships at Webb Elementary [where the ALPHA program is based] and among our other administrators that I think are going to help us make the program even better,” Woodard said.

Trey Wright — MISD Elementary Gifted and Talented Coordinator

Head shot of Trey Wright

After five years as the assistant principal of Eddins Elementary, Trey Wright is now the district’s elementary gifted and talented coordinator.

As the title implies, Wright will oversee MISD’s GT program at the elementary level, and the move finds him in familiar territory; he began his career 10 years ago working with GT students from Valley Creek, Burks, Walker and McGowen elementary schools before moving into administration as an assistant principal at Minshew—and then subsequently transferring to his most recent position as an assistant principal at Eddins.

In February, Wright was named a finalist for the state 2017 TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Administrator of the Year Award. He is passionate about BreakoutEDU, coding, educational technology integration, mathematics, science and educating kids.

“I am excited to work closely with the elementary GT team, the curriculum coordinators and our elementary campuses to meet the diverse needs of all our amazing students,” Wright said.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University.

Ashley Williams — Assistant Principal, Eddins Elementary

Head shot of Ashley WilliamsWilliams joined Principal Sharon Havard’s staff at Eddins Elementary this summer as the school’s new assistant principal.

Williams has nine years of experience in education and has taught math and science at both the elementary and middle school levels. For the past three years, she has served as the gifted and talented specialist at Webb Elementary where she has worked with students from multiple campuses at the third, fourth and fifth grade levels. Prior to her work in McKinney, Williams taught in Cleburne, Electra and Seymour ISDs.

The assistant principal position at Eddins opened up in June when previous assistant principal Trey Wright became the MISD elementary gifted and talented coordinator.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Eddins family,” Williams said of her new position. “I am looking forward to serving the students and staff as well as beginning my first year as a Wildcat!”

Williams earned her bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University and her master’s degree from Lamar University.

Rachel Corbin — Assistant Principal, Reuben Johnson Elementary

Head Shot of Rachel CorbinPrincipal Michelle Baumann welcomed new Assistant Principal Rachel Corbin to her leadership team at Reuben Johnson Elementary this summer.

Corbin possesses a wealth of expertise collected over the course of 19 years in education. She began her career as a third grade teacher in Ohio and served in that capacity for 14 years before moving to Richardson ISD. Once there, she moved relatively quickly into an administrative role as assistant principal. In 2015, Corbin was honored as the Richardson ISD Assistant Principal of the Year.

Corbin holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a master’s degree from John Carroll University.

Iliana Gonzalez — Lawson Early Childhood School

Head shot of Iliana GonzalezFor the first time in her 13 years with MISD, Iliana Gonzalez will start the school year at a campus other than Finch Elementary.

Gonzalez first came to MISD as a bilingual aide at Finch in 2003. Not long thereafter, she was hired as a first grade classroom teacher where she served four years. Over the past eight years, Iliana has been a member of the instructional support team at Finch, serving most recently as a bilingual academic coach.

Now, the district has chosen Gonzalez to serve as the new assistant principal at Lawson Early Childhood School.

“I am honored and excited that I will become a Lawson Sea Lion this year,” Gonzalez said. “I can’t wait to work with everyone at Lawson to help build a strong educational foundation for these children.”

Mandy Bourland — Assistant Principal, Minshew Elementary

Head shot of Mandy BourlandAfter five years as the assistant principal at Valley Creek, Mandy Bourland will start the 2017–2018 school year in new surroundings as the assistant principal at Minshew Elementary.

The transfer comes following Inetra Nelson’s recent move from assistant principal of Minshew to principal.

Bourland is a McKinney native and McKinney High School alum who married her high school sweetheart and, after earning her degree, began her educational career in the city where she grew up. She has 17 years of experience in education: eight years in the classroom, four years as an instructional coach at Malvern Elementary and five years as assistant principal at Valley Creek.

She earned both her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

Lisa Paine — Assistant Principal, Valley Creek Elementary

Head shot of Lisa PaineLisa Paine has worn a lot of hats during her 20 years in education, and MISD has been fortunate to benefit from her expertise for the past 15. She’s been a special education teacher, a classroom teacher, and most recently, she’s served as an instructional coach supporting seven MISD elementary campuses.

This summer, Paine moved into a new role as the assistant principal of Valley Creek Elementary, a position which became available after previous Valley Creek assistant principal Mandy Bourland moved over to Minshew Elementary.

“I am very excited and passionate about providing quality learning opportunities for all students, and I look forward to joining the Valley Creek Elementary education community as their assistant principal,” Lisa said.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her master’s degree from Texas A&M–Commerce.

Melanie Machost — Assistant Principal, Cockrill Middle School

Head shot of Melanie MachostFormer Cockrill Middle School Instructional Specialist Melanie Machost is now the new assistant principal at Cockrill. Machost has 13 years of experience in education and has served as an instructional specialist at Cockrill for the past 7 years.

“I am very honored to serve in the role of assistant principal at Cockrill,” Machost said. “I consider CMS home and its wonderful staff my family. Amazing things happen every day at Cockrill, and I look forward to continuing to contribute in any way that I can. I am excited about the upcoming school year! Go Cowboys!”

The new assistant principal position at Cockrill was added to accommodate recent growth in the school’s student population.

Machost earned her bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin and her master’s degree from Lamar University.

Roberto Dominguez — Assistant Principal, Faubion Middle School

Head shot of Roberto DominguezRoberto Dominguez will serve as the new assistant principal at Faubion Middle School.

And, although he is new to the assistant principal job, Dominguez is certainly no stranger to the students and staff of Faubion where he has served as an ESL teacher for the past two years. Well-known and well-respected around the district, Dominguez brings 14 years of experience as an educator to his new leadership role.

Dominguez has spent his entire career in education thus far as a member of the MISD team. He started out as a bilingual teacher at Finch Elementary and served there for five years before transferring to Malvern Elementary. After seven years at Malvern, Dominguez moved up to the middle school level at Faubion in 2015.

He has been chosen as a campus Teacher of the Year four times, and in 2005 was recognized by Walmart as a local Teacher of the Year.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University and his master’s degree from Lamar University.

Chris Turner — Assistant Principal, McKinney High School

Head Shot of Chris TurnerMISD is pleased to announce a new addition to the MHS leadership team this year. Chris Turner comes to the district from Garland ISD where he has served for the past 14 years in various roles as a middle school math teacher, math facilitator—and for the past 5 years—as an assistant principal.

Turner has also served since 2016 as an AVID staff developer, working with educators across the country to foster positive transformation of school wide practices.

The new assistant principal position at MHS was added to accommodate growth in the school’s student population.

“I am excited to join McKinney ISD and McKinney High School as an assistant principal,” Turner said. “I always enjoy meeting new people and establishing successful relationships with students and fellow educators. This is an excellent opportunity for me to do just that. In just the short period that I’ve been here, I have already experienced the genuine warmth of the McKinney ISD family.”

Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University and his master’s at Lamar University.

Angela Ceyphes—Assistant Principal, CRC/JJAEP

Head Shot of Angela CeyphesNot quite a newcomer, Angela Ceyphes joined the administrative team at the County Residential Center (CRC)/Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Placement (JJAEP) in January after then Assistant Principal Grace Harris moved over to serve as assistant principal at Scott Johnson Middle School.

Before that, Ceyphes taught English at the DAEP for two years. Over the course of her 13 years in education, Ceyphes has served as an assistant principal, a classroom English teacher, an English Department chair and team lead, a girl’s basketball coordinator, a teacher mentor and a UIL coordinator.

Now she brings her broad range of expertise to the assistant principal job at CRC/JJAEP.

“It has truly been rewarding to be part of our alternative education campuses—serving as an extension of the home campus,” Ceyphes said. “Our aim is to grow our students academically, socially and emotionally as they transition back to their home campus and mainstream society. When the opportunity became available to move into the administrative position at CRC/JJAEP I leapt at the privilege to be more interactive with our young adults.

“I absolutely love what I do—develop strong relationships, confidence and lifelong critical thinkers and learners,” she said.

Ceyphes earned her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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