McKINNEY (April 13, 2015) — McKinney ISD teachers and administrators gathered with family, friends and community members at Eldorado Country Club on Thursday (April 9) for the annual 2015 Teacher of the Year Dinner to honor the district’s Campus Teachers of the Year and to announce the district’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

“Tonight is a special night,” MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel told the audience, “because we get to honor the best of the best faculty members that McKinney ISD has to offer. Every one of these individuals would tell you that they are surrounded by many excellent teachers that they work alongside every single day and that McKinney ISD has the finest teachers that this area has to offer.”

Each of the Campus Teachers of the Year was selected by his or her colleagues at the campus level and then participated in a portfolio and interview process for consideration to be selected as the 2015 McKinney ISD Elementary or Secondary Teacher of the Year.

This year, Jeremy Pryor, a first grade teacher from Minshew Elementary and Allen Parr, a calculus teacher from McKinney Boyd High School were chosen as the district-wide representatives. They will now move on to participate in the Region 10 Teacher of the Year competition.

“I am truly honored to have been named the Elementary Teacher of the Year,” said Pryor. “To be recognized in such a way is something I had never imagined for myself. I am surrounded by dedicated teachers, encouraging administrators and committed district leaders, so ultimately I am just delighted to be a part of this community. McKinney ISD is without doubt the best district and I hope I am able to represent it well.”

“Being selected as Teacher of the Year is an honor I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Parr. “I am grateful to God for giving me a gift to teach, the faculty and staff for giving me the opportunity to teach and our great students for providing the motivation to teach."

Ruben Lopez from Finch Elementary was chosen as the Elementary First Runner Up and Stephanie Cravens from Vega Elementary was chosen as the Elementary Second Runner Up. At the secondary level Amanda Hughes from McKinney High School was the First Runner Up and Rebecca Farr was chosen as the Second Runner Up.

In addition to the honor that they received by being named district Teachers of the Year, Pryor and Parr also learned that Eldorado Chevrolet is donating the use of a new vehicle for each of them at no cost for one year.

        Click here to view the 2015 Teacher of the Year Dinner program.

        Click here to see photos from the Teacher of the Year Dinner.

Click on the next page (page 2) for the complete list of Campus Teachers of the Year.



The complete list of Campus Teachers of the Year:


Bennett Elementary — Robin Latson

Burks Elementary — Robbye McClanahan

Caldwell Elementary — Kelly Phillips

Eddins Elementary — Tara Zappe

Finch Elementary — Ruben Lopez, Elementary (First Runner-Up)

Glen Oaks Elementary — Wendy Dickerson

Johnson Elementary — Christine Biscarro

Lawson Early Childhood School — Erica Johnson

Malvern Elementary — Roberto Dominguez

McClure Elementary — Lisa Rich

McGowen Elementary — Nick Relle

McNeil Elementary — Amanda Bush

Minshew Elementary — Jeremy Pryor (Elementary Teacher of the Year)

Press Elementary — Cathy Vance

Slaughter Elementary — Donna Gregg

Valley Creek Elementary — Joan Terry

Vega Elementary — Stephanie Cravens (Elementary Second Runner-Up)

Walker Elementary — Jennifer Philbrick

Webb Elementary — Kelsi Powers

Wilmeth Elementary — Pam Brownrigg

Wolford Elementary — Amy Thomas


Cockrill Middle School — Michelle Rumley

Dowell Middle School — Judith Anderson-Bruess

Evans Middle School — Rebecca Farr (Secondary Second Runner-Up)

Faubion Middle School — Roger Hay

Johnson Middle School — Valerie Schraplau

McKinney Boyd High School — Allen Parr (Secondary Teacher of the Year)

McKinney High School — Amanda Hughes (Secondary First Runner-Up)

McKinney North High School — Kelly Slate

County Residential Center (CRC) — Rebecca L. Sanchez

District Alternative Education Placement — Tracy Linnebur

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