McKinney ISD trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to hire David Spann as the District’s new Chief Information Officer. The position became open when Chief Information Officer Allen McDaniel relocated to Maryland after accepting a position with a school district in that state.
Spann is no stranger to education in North Texas. He has served public education in the heart of Collin County for some 32 years with the Allen, Plano and Wylie school districts.
“I’ve known David for many years,” said Dr. Kennedy. “We worked together in Allen in the past, and one thing that I’ve always noticed about David is his sincerity and his ability to get things done in an organized manner. He’s very thorough and understands classroom teachers and the challenges they face and will gear his efforts to make sure that we are providing the right technology for our teachers.”
Spann began his career with Allen ISD as a teacher and coach at Ford Middle School and then at Allen High School. From 1992–1999, he served as an assistant principal at Allen High School, Curtis Middle School and Carpenter Middle School, and in the fall of 1999, he transitioned to Wylie ISD to serve as Director of Technology Services.
Ten years later, he returned to Allen ISD, this time serving as Executive Director of Technology Services. Now, after five years in Allen, he joins McKinney ISD as Chief Information Officer.
“I’m really excited to come to McKinney,” said Spann, addressing the Board on Tuesday night. “Technology can have a tremendous impact on the quality of education our kids receive. In the future, students will have to be able to problem solve and think and be able to create solutions to problems. Technology can enhance that, so I look forward to working with all the principals and all the kids throughout McKinney, and I thank the Board for giving me this opportunity.”
Spann’s leadership in the area of technology has been marked by progress and improvement with an emphasis on enhancing student learning through technology integration in the classroom. Projects under his leadership in Wylie ISD and Allen ISD have been featured in several case studies by Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Safari Montage among others.
Spann earned his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and his Master of Education in Education Administration from East Texas State University.
Story submitted by Shane Mauldin, MISD