McKINNEY (Dec. 9, 2014) — Glen Oaks Elementary and McNeil Elementary will head into the new year under new leadership in 2015. 

McKinney ISD announced on Tuesday that Molly Hovan, currently serving as assistant principal at McNeil Elementary, has been chosen as the new principal of Glen Oaks Elementary, and Tracy Meador, currently serving as assistant principal at Slaughter Elementary has been selected as the new principal of McNeil Elementary.

The promotions follow a series of recent moves among campus leadership. In late November, Glen Oaks Principal Rhonda Gilliam took over the principal duties at Malvern Elementary after Malvern Principal Amber Epperson accepted the principal job at Cockrill Middle School. The District began the search to fill the McNeil position in November after Principal Debbie Kanar announced her plan to retire at the end of December.

Hovan and Meador are talented administrators poised to take the next step in leadership. “Both are high quality contributors to our district with a keen sense of direction and an understanding of how to enhance strong school communities,” said Joe Miniscalco, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Learner Support.

Molly Hovan — Principal, Glen Oaks Elementary

“Molly is a great fit for Glen Oaks,” Miniscalco added. “She has been a proven leader in our district with a diverse background serving different types of school communities. She is extremely supportive of her teachers and models high expectations daily.”

The transition from McNeil to Glen Oaks – which should be complete by the middle of next week – will offer some familiarity for Hovan who is well-versed in the project-based Engage! Learning Model that Glen Oaks launched last year. When the District began planning for implementation of that program, Hovan was chosen to be a member of the Engage! Learning Team as a coach and trainer and was a panel presenter at the Engage! Regional Superintendents’ Conference.

“I feel honored to be named the new principal at a campus with such a great reputation for innovation and high student achievement,” said Hovan. “There are many great programs and processes currently in place at Glen Oaks including the Engage! Learning Model and The Leader in Me, and I look forward to supporting the community, staff and students in continuing these initiatives.”

Hovan began her career in 2003 as an elementary classroom teacher in Frisco ISD and came to McKinney ISD in 2009 to serve as assistant principal at McNeil Elementary.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Dallas Baptist University.

Tracy Meador — Principal, McNeil Elementary

“Tracy is a great example of how a system can help develop leaders,” said Miniscalco.

Meador began her teaching career in McKinney ISD in 1997 as a special education teacher at Faubion Middle School. By 2001, she was lead special education teacher at Slaughter Elementary and then accepted a job as assistant principal at Cockrill Middle School in 2008. Since then she has served as an assistant principal at Dowell Middle School, Press Elementary and Slaughter Elementary.

“Tracy is skilled at analyzing needs and strategically building capacity to support improvement. Her services to the district have been exemplary, and we are confident she will build upon the great foundation that has already been laid at McNeil Elementary.”

Meador, like Hovan, will split time between Slaughter and McNeil during the transition over the next week. “I am thrilled to be named the new principal at McNeil Elementary,” said Meador. “I’m eager to meet the staff, students and parents and begin my partnership with them. I want to build strong relationships with the community. Reaching out to others, providing support and listening are important components of leadership that I will bring with me, and I am excited to be a McNeil Mustang.”

Meador holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Angelo State University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University–Commerce.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or


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