Submitted by Shane Mauldin, McKinney ISD
McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy has chosen Dr. Stella Uribe to serve as the District’s Director of Community Affairs and Educational Grants. The Board of Trustees approved the new director position at their regular board meeting in April. Uribe is a familiar face in McKinney ISD, having served in key leadership positions for several years. She brings 24 years of education experience to her new role.
As Director of Community Affairs and Educational Grants, Uribe’s duties will primarily emphasize three areas: creating partnerships with universities to help the district recruit and retain critical staff, particularly bilingual teachers; building a corps of future teachers from within the District’s Ready, Set, Teach program by assisting students and their families to secure educational grants; and providing resources and educational opportunities for parents, particularly those of at-risk students.
“I am really excited to welcome Dr. Uribe into this critical position,” said McKinney ISD Deputy Superintendent Mary Clark. “She brings a wealth of experience, talent and passion for partnering with key stakeholders to provide resources for MISD students that will ensure that they are college and career ready.”
“She will be directly involved in seeking out and providing resources and educational opportunities for our parents—adult literacy, GED, citizenship application—either through grants or partnerships,” Clark said. “She is going to be coordinating all those efforts that we already have in place with some of the efforts that she’s involved in with the city by looking at who needs the most resources and where we get those resources. Right now, we don’t have one specific person doing that.”
Uribe joined McKinney ISD in 2007 to serve as principal of Faubion Middle School. Since then, she has served as Director of Federal Programs and has led the District’s Bilingual/ESL program. Prior to her work with McKinney ISD, Uribe taught English Language Arts in Freer ISD where she went on to serve as a school counselor, federal program director and middle and elementary school principal. In addition, Uribe has worked in Dallas ISD as an assistant principal at David G. Burnet Elementary School.
Uribe earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and her master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&I University. Her doctorate in Educational Leadership came from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas.
“The opportunity to continue with MISD’s mission of providing quality education for all, as the Director of Community Affairs and Educational Grants, is exciting,” said Uribe.
“Focusing on promoting community outreach; forging higher education partnerships for students and MISD employees; and searching for educational grants at the campus and district level is ground-breaking. I am eager to work with fellow administrators and community leaders in this new capacity, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to create a valuable contribution to MISD’s future vision.”