Dr. Ben King, Executive Director of Secondary Student ServicesDr. King’s educational career spans 13 years, 12 of which have been in Magnolia ISD. Most recently, he served as the principal of Magnolia West High School for the past three years.
His educational career includes being principal at Bear Branch Junior High, teaching junior high, high school, and college-level English. He also served as the curriculum coordinator for English/Language Arts and Reading for grades 6-12, Academic Coordinator at Magnolia Junior High, and coached junior high boys basketball.
“It has been a privilege to work in Magnolia ISD for almost my entire career, and I will miss the students and staff at Magnolia West. But I’m excited to start in a new position and to work on the Student Services team, and I’m looking forward to working with our students, parents, and staff within the district,” shares Dr. King.
Dr. King holds a Bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist University, a Master’s degree in English from Belmont University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Suzy McKinney, Director of Elementary and Intermediate Student Services
She holds a bachelor's from the University of Texas in Austin and began her teaching career in 1982. Suzy taught multiple grade levels of English Language Arts and was a cheer coach in Killeen, Temple, and Humble ISD. In 1998, she earned her Masters of Administration from Tarleton State University.
Over a span of 16 years, Suzy served as an elementary and middle school principal. During this time, she helped lead campuses to Exemplary and Recognized status, was named a Texas semifinalist in HEB Elementary Principal of the Year, a district Principal of the Year, semifinalist for HEB Secondary Principal of the Year, and the TASSP Region 12 Outstanding Principal.
In 2014, Suzy made the move to Magnolia where she served as the Director of Elementary ELA for 4 years. Her new role in Student Services began in June 2018, and she is thrilled to work with campuses on student issues and Safe and Civil Schools.
Suzy has two grown children and a son-in-law; Brad, an architect in NYC. Brooke is an interior designer and her husband, Heath, is completing his ER residency in Tulsa, OK.