McKINNEY (May 20, 2015) — Dr. Melinda DeFelice has been chosen as the new Assistant Superintendent for Student Services for McKinney ISD. The Board of Trustees approved the decision at their regular monthly work study meeting on Tuesday, May 19.

The position was vacated when Dr. Rick McDaniel assumed his duties as superintendent for the district in January.

Dr. Melinda DeFelice photo

Dr. Melinda DeFelice


DeFelice is a familiar face in MISD, having served most recently as the district’s Senior Director of College and Career Readiness. Before that, DeFelice served as principal of Cockrill Middle School from the time the campus opened in 2008 until 2014 when she accepted the senior director position. In total, she brings more than two decades of education experience to her new job, much of it spent in leadership roles in MISD.

Now, as Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, DeFelice will directly oversee the district’s middle and high school principals in addition to a host of vital departments that includes College & Career Readiness, Administrative Services, Student Support, Health Services, Advanced Academics and Gifted and Talented.

“Dr. DeFelice has an amazing ability to balance many roles,” said McDaniel. “Her judgment is solid and always has been, and her experience on many different levels within our district will serve her well. She receives an extremely high level of respect from the secondary principals, and I expect that they will respond well to her leadership. She has a work ethic that is as strong as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and she is trustworthy and loyal to the district. Her kids are still coming through the system, and she has a strong desire to carry out the vision we have in place for what our district can become.”

DeFelice began her career in Richardson ISD where she taught reading at Richardson High School and then Lake Highlands High School from 1991–1998. She went on to serve as an assistant principal at Richardson Junior High School for three years prior to her arrival in 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 served four years before moving into her role as principal of Cockrill Middle School.

DeFelice earned her Bachelor of Science 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’m very excited about being chosen to be the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services,” said DeFelice. “I’ve served McKinney ISD for 14 years and plan to serve many more. I appreciate Dr. McDaniel’s confidence in me, as well as the Board’s, and I promise to represent MISD well.”

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About McKinney ISD

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