Midway ISD board of trustees names finalist for superintendent position
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Midway ISD Board of Trustees unanimously named Dr. Chris Allen as lone finalist for the district’s superintendent position.
From teacher to coach, to principal and more, Dr. Chris Allen has an extensive history in education. Including Midway ISD where he served as Midway High School principal from 2008 to 2011 and as Midway’s first assistant superintendent for administrative services in 2011.
And most recently he has been serving as superintendent of Marble Falls ISD since 2015.
Even though more than a decade has passed, he says his family is excited to be back in a community that aligns with their values and expectations.
He says his passion for education was discovered early, “from very early on, I had a passion for going to school and being successful in school. And when I was in 7th grade I had some teachers work with me in a way that I think really changed my life,” describing it as a calling more than a career, “in a way that I feel must be similar to when a young person feels called to the ministry. And from that day forward, I have always wanted to be an educator,” says Allen.
Allen says he strives to not only create a safe environment, but one where children feel like there is no limit to their growth.
“We help them take that next step in growth and development so that no student is being let down and no student is in a position where they are not getting the full educational experience that we want them to have,” Allen explains.
Allen has a doctorate of education in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies, and a bachelor’s degree with a history major and English minor from the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Midway ISD Board is expected to finalize the hire in late January following the state-required 21-day waiting period.
Allen says he is ready to hit the ground running and using his foundation in education to continue making Midway a top district in the state of Texas.
“I hope to be able to come in and learn and listen quite a bit, but also starting to take some action that would establish what it is that we want to do,” Allen says.
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