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Katy ISD Names New Principals for Taylor HS and Golbow Elementary


June 9, 2020

By Jennifer Miko

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski has promoted two internal campus leaders to new principal roles. Starting this fall, Dr. Melinda Stone will be the new principal of Taylor High School and Jessica Hale will be the new principal at Golbow Elementary.

Dr. Melinda Stone (left) and Jessica Hale (right)

Two Katy ISD administrators will work over the summer to prepare for leading new campuses when the 2020-2021 school year begins. Dr. Melinda Stone will leave the Wolf Pack at WoodCreek Junior High to head up Taylor High School, while Jessica Hale will leave the Gators at Mayde Creek Junior High to move to Golbow Elementary.

Mustangs Get New Leader

Taylor High School's new principal, Dr. Melinda Stone, has worked in Katy ISD for 22 years. She has been a teacher, coach, instructional technologist and administrator.  Her first job in the District was as a Spanish teacher at Mayde Creek High School. 

In 2004, she was promoted to an instructional technology facilitator there, where she assisted teachers with the implementation of technology in various content areas.  Some of Dr. Stone’s other responsibilities included facilitating instructional design, administering training, exercising project management and technical support. Five years later, Dr. Stone served as the sixth-grade assistant principal and student support at Mayde Creek Junior High. 

Between 2013 and 2016, she took on leadership roles, first as an assistant principal at Tompkins High School and shortly afterward as associate principal at Katy High School. For the past four years, Dr. Stone was the principal at WoodCreek Junior High.

Dr. Stone has a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications and Spanish from the University of Arkansas.  In addition to her undergraduate degrees, she holds a Master of Science in Educational Management and Instructional Technology, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Houston in Clear Lake.


New Blue Jay Lands at Golbow Elementary

Jessica Hale brings more than a decade of experience in Katy ISD to her new position as principal at Golbow Elementary.

In 2008, Hale began her educational career as a social studies teacher at Cardiff Junior High in Katy ISD.  While there, she made a commitment to educate and believe in every student at her campus.  In 2013, Hale became the assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High and worked closely with Principal David Paz to make significant changes in the campus culture. She implemented systems to enhance teacher instruction and improve student learning. 

Two years later, Hale became the Student Support Administrator for Mayde Creek Junior High, where she developed and led numerous programs that optimized student-learning experiences within a safe learning environment. 

Hale has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Houston as well as a Masters in Educational Administration from Lamar University.


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