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About Mrs. Corbin:
With 24 years in education and 10 years of instructional leadership experience, Mrs. Corbin brings a broad range of experience to her leadership role at Press that includes expertise in assessment, curriculum, special education and other special programming.
“Rachel is outstanding in every way,” said Suzy Woodard, MISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Student Support. “She has a solid background of working with a variety of student and community needs, and doing what is most beneficial for students is at the heart of everything she does. She is an excellent communicator and a tireless problem solver. Rachel has developed great systems and structures, and she has an exceptional ability to bring data to life to tell the story about a child’s growth. We are very excited to have her as the principal at Press Elementary.”
In Spring 2022, TEPSA named Corbin the Region 10 Assistant Principal of the Year, only to select her as the National Assistant Principal for the State of Texas a few months later.
TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart’s sentiments echoed Woodard’s in his comments on why Corbin was chosen as the National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas. ”Rachel is a truly supportive leader – confidently disseminating critical student data to her team to improve instruction and learning while never losing sight of what’s best for her students and teachers.”
“Growing up, I was raised to work hard and do your best at whatever you do, not for notoriety or for recognition, but because it is the right thing to do,” said Corbin of receiving the recognition. “When I was named Region 10 AP of the Year, I was already lost for words. This honor is simply unbelievable. I have never seen myself as special or out of the ordinary. I just try to do my job responsibly and honorably, working to the best of my abilities, like all educators do. Learning and growing, trying and falling, reflecting and refining… all in the best interest of our children and for our future. I am deeply honored to represent McKinney ISD, and all the incredible educators in the state of Texas. But, as not one thing I do is done in isolation and without the support of my team, my staff, my district, and my educational network, I share this honor with the tribe that advises me, teams with me, trusts in me, and fights right alongside with me for the sake of our children. Thank you, TEPSA, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
My move to McKinney ISD has been the best decision I’ve made in my career. I have been so fortunate to find a work home that matches my professional beliefs and goals. My experience in McKinney ISD has tremendously impacted my growth as a servant leader in education, and I will forever be grateful. I am very thrilled to join the Press community and appreciate this opportunity to continue to grow with Press pride. The honor to join the distinct educators of Press Elementary is immeasurable, and I am so eager to learn from the best of MISD.”
About Mrs. Cotton:
Mrs. Cotton brings more than 20 years of experience as a classroom instructional leader to Press. She began her career in 1999 in Hattiesburg, MS teaching first grade as part of an initiative focused on closing the achievement gap for young learners. The following year she moved to Texas with her family and earned a leadership role as a grade level team lead for a Title I campus in Richardson ISD. Cotton came to MISD in 2003 and has been a staple in the community for the last 17 years, serving a diverse group of MISD students in a variety of classroom and leadership roles at Malvern ES, Minshew ES and Cockrill MS.
“I am motivated to ensure that all students have the necessary support and tools for success, no matter their situation or circumstances. Part of my charge is to empower all members of the learning community. The Pride Family has a culture of commitment and dedication and I’m eager to contribute to the campus’s success. Press Elementary feels like home!”
Mrs. Cotton earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and later received her Master of Education in Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She resides in McKinney with her husband and two teenagers and loves singing and reading outside of her time at Press.
About Mrs. Herrera:
Mrs. Herrera is thrilled to be joining the team at Press and supporting the staff, students and community alongside Mrs. Constantinescu and Mrs. Cotton.
The 2021-2022 school year marks her 17th year in education, 14 of which have been served at MISD. Over the years Mrs. Herrera has served as a bilingual classroom teacher and instructional coach. Both of her sons have attended McKinney ISD schools, the eldest is a Boyd graduate and the youngest currently attends McKinney High.
“I believe that, as educators, the community has entrusted us to educate, protect and advocate for every single child that we serve. I believe that while every child is different, all students can learn and want to learn. It is my duty to ensure that they have access to all of the necessary tools and supports to allow them to reach their full potential. Regardless of their background or current circumstance, I believe that it is our duty as elementary school educators to ensure that every single student we serve has the foundational skills necessary to be successful while they are with us and beyond.”
Mrs. Herrera holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics from Texas A&M International University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Austin, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler, and she will be completing a Post Graduate Program in Data Science and Business Analytics through The University of Texas at Austin’s Red McCombs School of Business in early spring of 2022.