McKINNEY (Sept. 24, 2014) — With a unanimous vote, the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees appointed Stephanie O’Dell to fill the vacant Place 6 (At-Large) seat at their monthly Regular Board Meeting Tuesday night. O’Dell has a history of committed volunteer leadership and service in the District as well as the broader McKinney community.

Stephanie O'Dell

Stephanie O'Dell

The Place 6 seat became available last month when longtime Board member Wade Johnson stepped down in order to devote more time to family and career. After considering seven interested candidates, the Board chose O’Dell to serve in Place 6 through May, at which point the seat will come up for reelection.

“We were looking for somebody who is passionate about McKinney Independent School District with high standards for both students and staff and someone who would thoughtfully consider all the issues at hand,” said MISD Board President Amy Dankel. “We feel that Stephanie brings a fresh perspective to the Board because of her volunteer work within our schools. She’s certainly an advocate for public education and specifically McKinney ISD, and we felt that she would be a good fit as a School Board member. We’re excited to have Stephanie join us.”

O’Dell, a graduate of Texas A&M University, has lived in McKinney with her husband David for the past 11 years. Her involvement with the District began when their two children entered elementary school, and now, with one daughter off to college and another in middle school, her passion for education hasn’t diminished.

O’Dell served for seven years as a PTA Board Member for Valley Creek Elementary and currently serves as a PTO Board Member for McKinney High School and Faubion Middle School, positions she’s held since 2010 and 2011 respectively. She’s been a member of the McKinney Council of PTAs since 2006, and earlier this year, she joined the McKinney Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

In May 2014, O’Dell received the Volunteer of the Year Award for McKinney High School and Lifetime Member of Texas PTA recognition the same month.

“I enjoy being involved in my children’s schools and interacting with the teachers and students,” said O’Dell. “The School Board is the logical step for me to represent our great community.

“All three of our high schools received either Gold or Silver status in the recent U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools ranking,” she said. “McKinney ISD is growing and providing exciting new opportunities for students, and our Board is always looking toward the future. I am thrilled to be a part of this progress.”

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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