Dr. Thomas A. (Tommy) Wallis is a career educator with more than two decades of experience as an administrator, teacher, mentor and coach. He was selected as superintendent of Bryan ISD in the Spring of 2011.
He began his career in Lamesa, Texas, in 1991, where he taught social studies. He moved to Mesquite in 1993 and served nine years as a teacher, coach and administrator. Following that, he served as assistant principal at Rockwall High School before becoming principal at Mabank High School, where he served for five years. He was then selected as superintendent of Palestine ISD, where he served until his appointment as superintendent of Bryan ISD.
In 2016, the Texas Computer Education Association named Dr. Wallis the Superintendent of the Year. The award recognized him for advancing the district-wide use of technology and for his active use of social media and video technology to promote learning and celebrate the successes of students.
The Administrative Leadership Institute honored Dr. Wallis with the “John R. Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership” in 2015. Named after John Hoyle, a renowned former Texas A&M University Professor of K-12 Administration, the award honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children. Prior to that, the Texas Association of School Boards named him the “Region 6 Superintendent of the Year” for 2014. Among other accolades he has earned, Dr. Wallis has been named the “Texas High School Principal of the Year” and the “Region 10 Assistant Principal of the Year.”
Utilizing his philosophy that all children can learn and that relationships are the key to success, Dr. Wallis helped propel Mabank High School to a national “Top 1,000 High School” ranking for two years. During his tenure in Palestine, the high school improved from “Low Performing” to become a “Recognized” school.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and history from Angelo State University, a master’s degree in administration from Texas A&M-Commerce, and in 2007 he received his doctoral degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
An active member of the community, Dr. Wallis has served, and continues to serve, on a number of city and state-level committees and has presented at conferences in Texas and across the country.
He is married to Nicole, a registered nurse, and they have two boys, Luke and Hunter—both of whom attend Bryan schools.