McKINNEY (Sept. 17, 2014) — Dr. Melinda DeFelice has been named Senior Director of College and Career Readiness for McKinney ISD. The MISD Board of Trustees approved the decision at their regular monthly Work Study meeting.

DeFelice is a familiar face in MISD, having served as principal of Cockrill Middle School since the campus opened in 2008. She brings more than tow decades of experience to her new position, the majority of which has been spent serving in leadership roles in MISD.

“I’m really excited about Dr. DeFelice coming onboard as Senior Director of College and Career Readiness,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy. “I believe that she has served this district extremely well. I think her energy, her insight and her ability to grasp new information quickly will be very helpful in her new role. Through her knowledge and experience, I think she will lead very effectively in her new position, and I can’t think of anybody better qualified to serve in this role.”

DeFelice began her career in Richardson ISD where she taught reading at Richardson High School and then Lake Highlands High School from 1991-98. She went on to serve as an assistant principal at Richardson Junior High School for three years prior to coming to McKinney.

She joined the District as an assistant principal at Dowell Middle School in 2001, then transferred to McKinney High School in 2003 to serve as associate principal. In 2004, DeFelice was named principal of Scott Johnson Middle School where she led four years before moving into her role as principal of Cockrill Middle School.

Now, as Senior Director of College and Career Readiness, DeFelice will oversee the District’s broad range of Career and Technology programs, Counseling Services, eHigh and AVID programs, the K-12 Gifted and Talented program and Advanced Academics. She will transition to her new role once a new principal has been selected at Cockrill Middle School.

DeFelice earned her bachelor of science degree in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas (1990). At Texas A&M-Commerce, she earned master’s degrees in Secondary Education (1997) and Education Administration (1997) as well as a doctorate in Education Administration (1999). She is a member of the 2014 Region 10 Professional Development Advisory Board and numerous other professional organizations.

“I have been in education for 25 years, 17 of those as an administrator,” said DeFelice. “I have loved being a teacher and a principal and will miss my Cockrill staff and kids immensely. At the same time, I am excited about doing something new and different and can’t wait to get started.”

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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at