Born in rural West Texas and graduating cum laude from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in communication, Tommy has spent the last 18 years of his career working with leaders in the corporate world, assisting them in building strong team environments in order to improve their effectiveness in the workplace. Tommy has won multiple recognitions and awards for leadership programs that he has created. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conventions as well as the annual International Conference on Work Teams.
Since 2002, Tommy has been an active parent volunteer with McKinney ISD. Because of his involvement, he was asked to serve as Reuben Johnson Elementary's representative on the MISD Rezoning Community Committee. It was through the rezoning process that Tommy realized his passion for being a champion for the students in McKinney ISD. His dedication to the students, parents, and teachers in McKinney ISD has grown over the past 13 years and is demonstrated through his service in the following areas:
School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) 7 years
McKinney ISD Council of PTA executive board
MISD Long Term Facilities Planning Committee
McKinney Community Action Network
McKinney Boyd High School Site Based Committee
MISD Long Term Strategic Planning Committee
Evans Middle School "Panther Pops" Leader
Reuben Johnson Elementary Jaguar Dads Steering Committee
McKinney Education Foundation George W. Bush Gala Committee
McKinney Education Foundation Grant and Scholarship Committees
McKinney Education Board of Directors - Vice President of Education
In addition to the above leadership roles, Tommy has never lost his campus and classroom connections. He has helped coordinate elementary school carnivals, volunteered in classrooms, and chaperoned field trips for elementary through high school level students. He assisted with the MISD 5th grade track meet for multiple years, as well as volunteered his time to MISD Special Olympics.
Tommy's commitment to serving others is seen not only through his involvement with McKinney ISD, but also his involvement with the community. From 2004-2006 he held the position of Mountain Man in the McKinney Adventure Princess program through the YMCA, a program designed to help fathers strengthen their relationships with their daughters. As Mountain Man, Tommy introduced a community service project to the program designed to teach children the importance of giving back to the community. This service project is still performed annually by the participants of the YMCA Princess and Guides Programs. As a result of his initiative and the dedication to the program, Tommy was awarded the YMCA Father of the Year Award in 2006. From 2007-2009 Tommy served on the Dallas Area Steering Committee for the National Father-Daughter Summit. The National Father-Daughter Summit is produced annually by the National Center for Fathering which is the founder of the Watch D.O.G.S. Program that is an integral part of many MISD elementary schools.
"Service above Self" is the motto of Rotary International. As a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney, Tommy exemplifies this motto in his daily life. In 2013, he was honored with the Rotarian of the Year Award for his dedication of service to others. Currently the president-elect of the Rotary Club of McKinney, Tommy volunteers countless hours to furthering their outreach to the community, and ultimately the world.
For years, Tommy has attended school board meetings to stay in touch with the decisions that are being made which impact MISD students, parents, and teachers. Tommy has voiced community concerns to the board both publically and privately over the last decade as a MISD parent and citizen of McKinney. Now, he would like to opportunity to be your voice as a member of the MISD school board.
"A strong educational system is the backbone to a successful and sustainable society. As a community we must work together to ensure McKinney maintains a strong educational system that supports the students, parents, and teachers. Our children should be successful in school, and graduate prepared and equipped for success in the 21st century global economy. We can continue to move McKinney ISD forward as long as the school board, administrators, teachers, and parents put our children first." - Tommy Stanley
Tommy and his wife, Trisha, have been married 25 years. Trisha has worked in education on the elementary and middle school levels for 18 years. Their daughter, Sarah, will graduate from McKinney ISD in June and plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University majoring in Elementary Education. The Stanleys have lived in McKinney since 1992, are owners of a seasonal children's entertainment company, and are members of First Baptist Church.
"I believe our children should come first. I believe your voice should be heard. I believe our teachers make a difference. Let's keep McKinney the #1 place to live in America. As a school board member I want to be the change we need and the voice you deserve. I want to work with you and for you. " - Tommy Stanley
for McKinney ISD school board place 5
"You can have everything you want in life and more, if you help enough other people get what they want."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."