From Facebook: Dr. Tom Wallace is a candidate for Greene County’s Superintendent of Education. As a 3rd generation public school educator and a 17 year veteran teacher and administrator himself, Tom values the importance of education and holds the profession in high regard. Beginning his career as an Agriculture teacher at Richton High School, he then moved to Greene County Vo-Tech to teach Agriculture and has been employed by the Greene County School District since 1999. During his career with Greene County, Tom has taken on various roles that have shown his dedication and commitment to Greene County School District. Tom has been serving as the administrator of Greene County Vocational-Technical Center since 2006 and is a Qualified Candidate for Greene County’s Superintendent of Education.
Attending Greene County Schools through elementary and part of his high school years, after his family move to Marion County, Tom graduated high school in 1992 from West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi. While attending Jones County Junior College, Tom began his college career focusing in business with a concentration in the areas of accounting and marketing. In 1994 he transferred to Mississippi State University and completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture Education in 1997. After teaching several years, he was encouraged to become a school leader and enrolled in the Educational Leadership program at the University of South Alabama, where he completed a Master’s of Science Degree in 2005. After serving as a building level administrator for a few years, he felt led to continue his education and enrolled in the Executive Doctoral Cohort Program at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in 2012 in Educational Leadership. Tom’s experience and education make him a Qualified Candidate for Greene County’s Superintendent of Education.
Tom is married to Dawn Hodges Wallace. Dawn is a native of Leakesville and a product of the Greene County School District herself being a member of the first class to complete 4 full years of high school as a Greene County Wildcat. Dawn currently is the Counselor and Intervention Specialist at Leakesville Junior High and has shown her commitment and dedication to the Greene County School District through 18 years of service in the district. She also is an adjunct instructor with Jones County Junior College, at various times teaching English Composition and Psychology. Dawn shares her commitment to children and high values of a quality education with her husband. She has recently completed her Educational Specialist degree at Mississippi State University. Tom is also, dedicated to his church community. As active members of County Line Baptist Church, Tom is a deacon and currently teaches the adult Sunday school class and Dawn leads the song service for the church. The couple resides in Leakesville and have two children, Kyle (22) employed with the Greene County School District as a part-time custodian, and Kallie (14) 8th grade. Tom understands the realities and struggles that our students, staff, and teachers alike face on a daily basis, making him a Qualified Candidate for Greene County’s Superintendent of Education.
During his career Tom has reached many milestones and been recognized for his leadership abilities. One of the more notable accomplishments includes bringing the Greene County Board of Supervisors and Jones County Junior College together to build the JCJC Greene County Learning Center, the first JCJC satellite facility, on the same campus as Greene County Vo-Tech. This partnership has allowed adult education programs to expand and has served several hundred adults since its inception. This facility also provides high school students and area resident’s access to academic course offerings for college credit. Being recognized for his participation and leadership ability in professional organizations and committee work, Wallace has been acknowledged or participated in the following:
• 2014 Mississippi School Board Association, Prospective Superintendent Leadership Academy
• 2014 Mississippi Association of Secondary Career and Technical Administrators, Administrator of the Year
• 2014 Mississippi Association of Secondary Career and Technical Administrators State Vice President (President Elect)
• 2013-2014 Mississippi Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee
• 2013-2014 Elected as the Mississippi Association of Career and Technical Education (MSACTE) District 5 President
• 2011-2013 The Center for Educational Testing & Evaluation, Career Pathways Assessment Specialist, University of Kansas
• 2010 Served on the Beefmaster Breeders United, National Finance Committee
• 2009-2010 Mississippi Department of Education, Career and Technical Education Oversight Taskforce
• 2008-2009 Mississippi State University, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Strategic Planning Committee
• Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Paul F. Newell Award for Outstanding Leadership
Making Tom Wallace the most Qualified Candidate for the Office of Greene County Superintendent of Education!