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MISD Schools Welcome New Campus Leadership

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

McKinney, Texas – Three McKinney ISD schools will welcome new leadership in the coming days as Jennifer Harrison has been named principal of McClure Elementary, Holly Rogers will transition to the principal position at Scott Johnson Middle School and Mitch VandenBoom has been named principal of Faubion Middle School.

Jennifer Harrison, Principal—McClure Elementary

Head shot of Jennifer HarrisonJennifer Harrison has served as assistant principal at McNeil Elementary for the past five years and brings 15 years of experience in education to her new role as principal of McClure. Harrison was chosen for the McClure position following the departure of Matt Arend, who left earlier this month to spend time with his family.

“We have been really fortunate to watch Jennifer grow as a leader through the variety of roles that she’s already had in the district,” said Suzy Woodard, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Student Support. “She’s been an instructional coach and an assistant principal and has been instrumental in developing programs that impact students. She has experience with special education, and she is a leader among her peers. Jennifer is dynamic and kind and wants everybody to be successful—kids, teachers and parents.”

Harrison began her career in 2005 as an elementary classroom teacher, serving first in Garland ISD and then in Allen ISD. In 2014, she joined the staff at Minshew Elementary as an Instructional Coach and then moved into campus administration during the 2015–2016 school year as the assistant principal of McNeil Elementary.

“I am extremely grateful for my time serving the McNeil community and have learned so much about being a servant leader from [Principal] Tracy Meador,” said Harrison. “McNeil values a family culture, and I will always cherish my time with the amazing staff, students and parents at McNeil.

“I am excited to join the Marshal family,” she said, “and look forward to partnering with Heather Piñero to serve our McClure students, staff and parents. I am so grateful for this opportunity to continue the amazing work in place at McClure to support all students.”

Harrison earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.

Holly Rogers—Principal, Scott Johnson Middle School

head shot of Holly RogersLongtime MISD campus administrator and current Dowell Middle School Principal Holly Rogers has been named principal of Scott Johnson Middle School. The decision comes after SJMS Principal Dr. Mitch Curry announced his plan to retire earlier this month.

Rogers brings 27 years in education and a wealth of experience in MISD campus leadership to her new school, having served nine years as an assistant principal in the district and the past four years as principal of Dowell Middle School.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Holly Rogers for many years,” said Dr. Melinda DeFelice, MISD deputy superintendent of secondary student support and human resources. “She is amazing and is just what Scott Johnson needs.”

Rogers began her career in 1993 in Paris ISD as a third grade teacher and served there until 2002 when she joined the faculty at Vega Elementary. Over the next five years, she served as a third grade teacher/team lead and instructional specialist at Minshew Elementary. From 2005 – 2013, she served as assistant principal at McGowen Elementary and Dowell Middle School before accepting the principal position at Dowell in 2016.

“I am honored and excited to make the move to Scott Johnson Middle School,” said Rogers. “I look forward to getting to know the campus and community. SJMS has a great reputation, and I’m privileged to have the chance to be a partner in taking the campus to the next level. Go Tigers!”

Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (early childhood) from East Texas State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Dallas Baptist University.

Mitch VandenBoom—Principal, Faubion Middle School

head shot of VandenBoomMitch VandenBoom will take the next step in campus leadership as he moves from his assistant principal position at McKinney High School to the principal position at Faubion Middle School. VandenBoom was chosen for the job after Dr. Jimmy Bowser announced that he would be leaving to pursue another professional opportunity in education. VandenBoom brings 13 years in education to his new role, including six years as a campus administrator.

“Mitch has been in our district since 2009 and has served as an incredible math teacher at Dowell and McKinney High School and an assistant principal at McKinney High School,” said DeFelice.  “Not only is Mitch smart and well-spoken, he also plays the piano and violin, is an avid golfer and speaks Spanish!”

VandenBoom began his career in 2007 as a teacher and coach at Faith Family Academy Charter School of Oak Cliff. He came to MISD in 2009 and served as a math teacher at Dowell Middle School and McKinney High School before accepting an assistant principal position at McKinney High School in 2014.

VandenBoom has served as principal for MISD summer programs, leading six administrators and 62 teachers. He has also been a presenter for district professional development sessions and the district’s Aspiring Administrators Institute as well as a presenter at the College Board Southwest Regional Symposium.

“Faubion Middle School is an exceptional place, where the faculty provides a safe, challenging, and supportive learning environment,” said VandenBoom. “I am thrilled to meet the students, staff and families of the Lion Pride and to help further the culture of excellence. Go Lions!”

VandenBoom earned his bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in Spanish and his master’s degree in accounting from Tulane University. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lamar University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Texas.

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