Kelly McBride joined International School of Texas in August of 2018 as an IBPYP co-coordinator with 18 years of experience as a school administrator in Texas and 14 years as a classroom teacher. She has worked with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program since 2002, has a passion for the IB’s vision, and is excited to continue working with the program.
River Oaks became one of three Houston elementary schools to be authorized as IB-PYP in February of 2005 — the first three elementary schools authorized in the state of Texas. As the first elementary representative elected to the Texas I. B. Schools Board of Directors in 2005, Kelly has served on the board continuously since then and has acted as secretary, vice president and is currently serving as president. She is authorized by the IB as a professional development trainer, consultant, and evaluation site team member (since 2005) and has been fortunate to work with schools around the nation in that capacity.
Originally from Nebraska, Kelly is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. She has spent most of her professional career in Texas. After teaching near McAllen and in Dallas, she spent a number of years in the West Houston district of Alief I.S.D. During these years she was a classroom teacher, technology, research and media specialist, instructional coordinator and Annenberg Grant Coordinator. Her elementary school was named a U. S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School and a Walter Annenberg Beacon School, recognized as a model for other urban elementary schools around the nation. This allowed her to travel and learn from the National School Reform Faculty and the Harvard Institute for school change. During this time she was awarded first place nationally in a Scholastic/ Compaq Technology staff development grant based on a technology staff development plan that she co-wrote. This brought the opportunity to speak at conferences around the nation with this group. The technology plan was also named in the Top 20 staff development programs nationally by the U. S. Department of Education. Kelly received her masters in administration and management from the University of Houston, became a school administrator in 2000 and was named principal of River Oaks Elementary in Houston in 2001. She was named an area principal of the year for Region IV in 2009.
Kelly’s certifications include: School Administration; EC-8 – classroom teacher; English as a second language (ESL); learning resource specialist endorsement K-12; and eligible for Special Education certification (K-8)