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Neely, Pryor, Rice named to admin positions

Neely, Pryor, Rice named to admin positions
Posted on 03/04/2022

College Station ISD Superintendent of Schools Mike Martindale will recommend the hire of Chris Neely as Director of Business Services, Stoney Pryor as Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach at College Station High School, and Shelly Rice as Director of Early Education Services to the Board of Trustees at its March 8 meeting.

Chris Neely, Director of Business Services

Chris Neely will be recommended to be the new Director of Business Services after serving roles as Assistant Director of Business Services and Accounting and Budget Coordinator in CSISD since 2011.

“Chris has grown to be an exceptional leader in our business office,” Martindale said. “He is an expert in our systems and has a tremendous understanding of school finance, specifically as it pertains to College Station ISD.”

In his role as Assistant Director of Business Services, he managed districtwide budgets, helped develop processes and procedures to improve district compliance and was instrumental in increasing the reporting capabilities of the district’s finance system.

Prior to his work in the district, Neely was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche in Dallas.

Neely earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008 and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems in 2009 from the Texas A&M Mays Business School.

Neely and his wife Noel have two kids: Landon and Elise, who are in second grade and kindergarten at Spring Creek Elementary.

Stoney Pryor, Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator, College Station HS

Stoney Pryor will be recommended for the position of Head Football Coach and Campus Athletic Coordinator at College Station High School, after an entire career of teaching and coaching in College Station ISD.

“Stoney was an easy choice to continue the great success of the College Station High School Athletic Department,” Martindale said. “Stoney is well-respected among his peers as both a teacher and a coach and is positioned to continue the positive and winning culture at the school.”

Pryor has been the football offensive coordinator and head girls soccer coach at College Station High School since the school opened in 2012.  In eight years of varsity football competition, Pryor led the offense in a program that went 100-26 overall, including a record of 19-8 in the playoffs, a 5A-Division II State Championship in 2017, and a runner-up finish in 5A-Division I in 2021.

From 1996 to 2012, Pryor was an assistant football coach and soccer coach at A&M Consolidated High School.  Pryor was the offensive coordinator for Head Coach Jim Slaughter for three seasons.  In his 14 years at the school, he helped the Tigers reach the Playoffs 10 times, including a run to the state 5A semifinals in 2005.

Pryor began his career in education in 1995 with a one-year stint at College Station Junior High.

Pryor was named the campus Teacher of the Year three times at AMCHS and once at CSHS.  He’s earned numerous accolades including seven district soccer coach of the year honors (2003, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASCO) Region 3 Coach of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 1995 and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Sam Houston State in 2006.

Pryor and his wife Mandy have three children: Paige, who is a senior at CSHS, Annie, a sophomore at CSHS, and Grady, an eighth-grader at Wellborn Middle School.

Shelley Rice, Director of Early Education Services

Shelly Rice is being recommended for a promotion to the position of Director of Early Education Services from her current role as Interim Director.

“Shelly is the perfect fit to lead the education of our youngest learners,” Martindale said. “She has a tremendous amount of passion for early education and has developed meaningful relationships with the families her programs serve.”

Prior to being named Interim Director in January, Rice served in the CSISD Early Education Department as a Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist since 2015.  From 1997 to 2015, she was a Head Start teacher at Forest Ridge and Rock Prairie Elementaries.  In 2009, she was named the Forest Ridge Teacher of the Year.

While teaching, Rice took on additional roles as the ESL Bilingual Summer School Coordinator from 2010 to 2015, and from 1998 to 2015 was an educator in ESL Summer School and Enrichment Summer School.

She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Milam Elementary in Bryan ISD.

Rice received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University in 1996, and a Master of Educational Administration from Texas A&M in 2011.

A life-long resident of College Station, Rice attended College Hills Elementary, Oakwood Intermediate, College Station Junior High (now AMCMS) and was a 1990 graduate of A&M Consolidated High School.


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