Judd Marshall graduated from Leonard High School in Leonard, Texas, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Henderson State University and his Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He holds a Mid-Management Certification and a Superintendent’s Certification from the state of Texas. Judd has been at Mount Pleasant Independent School District for 22 years serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
He comes from a family of educators where his father, mother, and brother have all been superintendents. He is married to the former Courtney Scally of Mount Vernon, Texas. He has a son named Tanner and a daughter named Tenley.
Mike LideDeputy Superintendent
Mike Lide is a graduate of Rockwall High School and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He earned his Superintendent certification from the University of Texas at Tyler. Mike began his career in education as a history teacher and coach with Fannindel ISD where he went on to serve as head football coach and high school principal. He is currently in his 14th year with Mount Pleasant ISD.
During his tenure with MPISD, Mike has served as an assistant high school principal, elementary principal at Annie Sims Elementary, and deputy superintendent. Mike and his wife Jennifer have two children.
Debra MaloneDeputy Superintendent
Debra Malone received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and her Master’s degree in education from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce). She holds teaching, Mid-Management, and Superintendent’s Certifications from the State of Texas. She has been with the District 29 years, serving as a teacher, principal, director, and deputy superintendent.
Debra and her husband Tony have one son, Matthew, a graduate of MPHS who left briefly to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. The Malone family is continuing the Tiger tradition as Matthew’s wife Bethany is a dual language teacher at Annie Sims Elementary and Beau William will be attending MPISD when he completes his preschool years.
Stacie ThompsonChief Financial Officer
Stacie Thompson graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a CPA and a Registered Texas School Business Official. Stacie has been with the district for 21 years.
Ritchie PinckardAthletic Director/Head Football Coach
Ritchie Pinckard is a graduate of Fordyce High school in Fordyce Arkansas and received his BSE from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. While at UAM Coach Pinckard played football and baseball for the Boll weevils graduating in 1991. Ritchie’s educational career began at the University of Central Arkansas as a Graduate assistant football coach and teaching in the PE department as well during that two year span. Coach Pinckard spent seven years as a coach/teacher in Arkansas before coming to Texas in 1998 working at West Sabine ISD. With 26 total years of service in education Coach Pinckard has spent eleven of those years as an AD/HFB coach with stints at Garrison ISD, DeKalb ISD, and Callisburg ISD where he has been a part of 5 District titles, 6 play-off victories, and three Coach Of the year Awards during that time period. Other accomplishments include four State Championship appearances. Most importantly Coach Pinckard has been able to make this journey with his lovely wife Amanda of 19 years and their three boys; Reid, Layne, and Landon.
Shelley DerrickDirector of Assessments
Shelley Derrick is a graduate of Paul Pewitt High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M-Texarkana and her Master of Education from Texas A&M-Commerce. She is currently in her 34th year of education with this being her 26th at MPISD. Her teaching career has covered teaching at all levels from Pre-K to Junior High school. She served MPISD as the Early Head Start Director and an MPHS Assistant Principal before moving into her current position. She and her husband Steve have four children and nine grandchildren.
Eva BelesDirector of Bilingual and ESL Education
Eva Beles graduated from Como-Pickton CISD and earned her bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M Commerce. Eva first joined the district in 2002 teaching at Frances Corprew Elementary three years and four at Annie Sims Elementary School. Eva was named the Annie Sims, MPISD and Region 8 Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2009.
She taught at Como-Pickton CISD for two years and worked with their Spanish dyslexia program. She spent two years at Mt. Vernon ISD working with the dual language program and the Spanish dyslexia program before returning to MPISD in 2014. She and her husband Leonard have two daughters, Andrea an MPHS graduate and Sidney an 8th grader.
Shirley PetersonDirector of State and Federal Programs
Shirley Peterson is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Baylor University and her Master of Science in Educational Technology, Principal and Superintendent Certifications from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Shirley was with Highland Park ISD for eight years as a high school teacher and department chair before returning to the Mount Pleasant area to serve as a Technology Consultant for Region 8 and then Director of Curriculum, Special Programs and Technology at Chapel Hill ISD.
Shirley joined the staff of Mount Pleasant High School in 2006 serving as Academic Dean, CTE Director and Associate Principal. She assumed her present position in 2014. She and her husband Ted have two sons, 11th grader Baker and 9th grader Matthew. They are members of First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.
Noe ArzateDirector of Technology
Noe Arzate is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He joined MPISD as a System Analyst in 2000 and was named Director of Technology in 2007. Before joining the district, Noe worked as an IT Consultant and a Systems Engineer for an East Texas Technology company. He consulted with East Texas school districts, banks and other East Texas businesses. He has worked in Information Technology for 20 years and has held many industry recognized technology certifications including Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix, Linux, computer forensics and Unix. His technology work has been published in national recognized technology publications. He is also a computer programmer and developer in several computer languages ranging from compiled languages to dynamic languages.
Laura StewartDirector of Food Services
Laura Stewart has been with the Mount Pleasant ISD Food Service Department for 21 years beginning as a bread cook at the High School. She has been the Food Service Director for MPISD for 11 years. Laura has spent a total of 22 years in commercial food service with 20 of those in management positions. She is a graduate of the Texas Association For School Nutrition Directors Academy and has over 425 hours of training recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees school food service programs throughout the state of Texas.
Kelly CowanDirector of Communication
Mrs. Kelly Cowan is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. She attended Kilgore College where she was a World Famous Kilgore College Rangerette for two years. She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) from Texas A&M at Commerce. She taught in Plano ISD for six years before moving back to Mount Pleasant in 2001.
Kelly joined Mount Pleasant Independent School District as the Director of the Tiger Dolls. She became a counselor at MPHS in 2003 and then an Assistant Principal in 2013. Kelly and her husband Collin have one daughter, Connelly, who is a sophomore at Mount Pleasant High School.
Russell LuckDirector of Maintenance and Operations
Russell Luck was born and raised here in Mount Pleasant, Texas and is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He graduated from Northeast Texas Community College with a degree in business. During the time that he attended both high school and college, Russell worked for a local air conditioning company where he remained for 16 years.
Russell joined Mount Pleasant Independent School District in 2005 and was named Director of Maintenance in 2012. Russell, his wife Michelle, and their three children are members of First Baptist Church. His hobbies include coaching youth sports, hunting and fishing.
Marilyn LoganDirector of Titus County Shared Services
Marilyn Logan is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from East Texas State University. Marilyn came to work for the district as a resource teacher at P.E. Wallace Jr. High in 1984, took a one-year break to work at Lancaster High School and returned to the district in 1987 as a Life Skills Teacher at Wallace. She joined Titus County Shared Services Association in 1996 as an educational diagnostician and took over her current position in 2006.
Marilyn says she has had the privilege of serving students with special needs for 25 plus years as a teacher, educational diagnostician, and administrator. Marilyn and her husband, Kenny Logan, have four children, Garett, Colton, Seth, and Faith. They are supporters in the community and both actively serve at Trinity Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.
Ronnie HumphreyChief of Police
Ronnie Humphrey was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas and graduated from Pittsburg High School. He is a graduate of the Northeast Texas Community College Police Academy, earned an Associate of Science Degree-Criminal Justice at NTCC and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas A&M Texarkana. Ronnie began his police career with the Camp County Constables office as a Deputy Constable then joined the Pittsburg Police Department as a Police Officer. He came to work for the MPISD Police Department in 2002 and was named Chief of Police in 2009. Ronnie holds a Master Peace Officer License with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is both a certified DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor and a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor. Ronnie has over 24 years in law enforcement.
Dr. Theodus Luckett IIIDirector of Fine Arts
Dr. Theodus Luckett III is a graduate of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He received his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Master of Music (M.M.) in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, and Doctor of Education (Ed. D) in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. His dissertation is entitled The Relationship between Musical Aptitude and Academic Achievement. He also holds a Mid-Management certification from Lamar University and Instrumental Adjudicator certification from the Texas Adjudicator Association. He previously served as assistant and director of bands at Daingerfield ISD, Longview ISD, and Paul Pewit CISD. Under his direction, his bands have received numerous UIL Sweepstakes Awards and superior ratings at UIL Marching, Concert, and festivals.
Theodus joined Mount Pleasant Independent School District in 2014 and was named Director of Fine Arts in 2017. Theodus also serves as Senior Dissertation Adjunct at Grand Canyon University. Theodus is currently conducting research on The Relationship between Fine Arts Participation and Academic Achievement. Theodus, his wife Karen, and son Drew are members of the Moses Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal church.
Van BowenDirector of Facilities
Van Bowen graduated from New Diana High School in Diana, Texas, and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Educational Administration from East Texas State University. He holds a Texas Teaching Certificate and Mid- Management Certification. Additionally, Van is certified in All Level Physical Education, History, Health, and Agriculture. He has taught every grade level in his teaching career for MPISD.
Van is starting his 34th year at Mount Pleasant Independent School District. He and his wife, Charla, a Special Education counselor for Mount Pleasant ISD, have two daughters, Caity and Carly, both graduates from Mt. Pleasant High School.