New assistant principals, instructional coaches named for 2017-18

Assistant Principals and Instructional Coaches for 2017-18


Jun 2017
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Melissa Schools has named new assistant principals and instructional coaches for the 2017-18 school year at Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate.

The district is gearing up for future primary campus restructuring, with plans to have three K-5 elementary schools beginning in 2018-19.

Womack, Thornburg Join Leadership at Harry McKillop Elementary

Krissy Womack Headshot

Krissy Womack was selected as the new assistant principal at Harry McKillop Elementary. Womack has served as a teacher in Melissa for nine years.

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to continue my professional career serving the Melissa community as Assistant Principal of Harry McKillop Elementary. I am grateful to be a part of the Melissa family and enthusiastically look forward to a bright and successful relationship with the students, staff, and community. Working together, we will continue to build and grow the future of HME with our mission of high expectations for all.” – Krissy Womack

Tanya Thornburg Headshot

Tanya Thornburg will join the team at Harry McKillop Elementary as an instructional coach. Thornburg comes from McKinney ISD and has served as an educator for over 20 years. She was named the McKinney ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2009 and the Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2010.

“I am excited to be joining the Cardinal team at HME as an Instructional Coach. I look forward to working with the HME teachers and students to build on the already amazing things going on in Melissa.” – Tanya Thornburg

Nally, Jezek Join Leadership at Melissa Ridge Intermediate

Julie Nally Headshot

Julie Nally was selected as the new assistant principal at Melissa Ridge Intermediate, joining newly-named Principal Michele Austin. Nally has served as an educator for over 10 years, including the last two years in Melissa as a special programs coordinator.

“Melissa ISD is a wonderful school district, and it is a blessing to live and work in the MISD community. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my journey here by joining the team at Melissa Ridge Intermediate, and I am excited to work with the students, staff, and community toward continuous growth and success. Go Cards!” – Julie Nally

Annamaria Jezek Headshot

Annamaria Jezek was promoted to instructional coach at Melissa Ridge Intermediate. Jezek joined Melissa last year as a teacher, and she has served as an educator in North Texas for over 25 years.

“What a wonderful opportunity to be Melissa Ridge Intermediate’s instructional coach. I look forward to working with all of MRI’s amazingly dedicated teachers to move students to their highest potential. Without a doubt, assisting fellow professionals with innovative teaching practices as been my life-long passion.” – Annamaria Jezek

Hiring with Future Restructuring in Mind

All candidates were interviewed by a selection committee that included district administrators and teachers from Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate.

Kim Boedeker, Executive Director of Academic Leadership, spoke on Wednesday of the hiring process and future elementary school restructuring.

“The goal of the selection committee was to fill specific needs on both campuses, and seek out candidates who are fit for Melissa Schools with the future in mind as we restructure to three K-5 campuses in the fall of 2018. This process allowed us to look not only within our current organization, but also externally, and select candidates with certain skill sets that are needed to keep each campus moving in a positive direction.” – Kim Boedeker

Of the four individuals selected, three were internal candidates.

“We were able to look internally and restructure some of our current positions to add the needs to the campuses,” Boedeker added. “Students and staff at Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate will benefit from having these individuals join their teams. I am excited for the future of both campuses and the leadership team that has been built.”

Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations

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