I'm Debbie Deen and I'm President of the Wills Point ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. I have been on the board since its inception in September of 2017. I grew up in Kaufman and graduated from Kaufman High School. I attended Tyler Junior College and received my Bachelors Degree from UT Tyler. Later, I received my Masters Degree from Texas A&M at Commerce. My education career spanned 32 years. 22 of those years were in Wills Point. I was the Principal at the Wills Point Primary School for 21 years.
My husband, Bobby, was raised in Wills Point. He, along with our children Taylor and Zach, all graduated from Wills Point High School. My connection to the Wills Point community and Wills Point ISD runs deep. That is why I feel privileged to serve on this Board of Directors. To be able to enhance the education process for the teachers and students of Wills Point ISD is very rewarding!
Melanie is a 1997 graduate of WPHS. She, along with her husband Doug, a 1990 graduate of WPHS, and their children still reside in Wills Point. Seth (2017), Abagail (2018), and Adasyn (2026) all attend/attended Wills Point ISD since Kindergarten.
Melanie earned her BS in English Composition and Literature and MEd Leadership from Texas A&M University- Commerce. She has taught secondary English, and was most recently the Principal at Woods Intermediate before moving to Central Administration to become the Communications Director for the district and Executive Director of the Foundation. Melanie is passionate about serving others in her community. The Foundation gives her the opportunity to give back to the teachers and students of Wills Point who supported and encouraged her to pursue a career in education.
Melanie was on the launch committee when the Foundation was formed in 2017 and the Gala Committee, helping coordinate the first annual WPISDEF Gala.
Education, and especially education in this town is important to me! I'm so thankful that this organization/foundation has been started to bless all of the children and teachers in WPISD!
Thank you to those who have donated their time and money, and expertise to make this a success!
- George and Jackie Winton
(former WPISD teacher/counselor)
I love that the Foundation shows growth and progress coming to Wills Point!
The Foundation builds the community from the ground up! It gives encouragement and support for our teachers and future leaders for our own community and abroad.
The foundation has been a blessing for our teachers and students! It provides teachers an opportunity to seek out resources for their classrooms and their students, present, and future. It is an opportunity for our community members to come together to support our teachers who are trying to provide the best education possible to the young minds of WPISD. I am a past grant recipient and I can say, the Chromebooks purchased with the grant money for my classroom has made it possible for me to integrate more technological skills in with our daily science lessons, as well as explore more individualized extended learning opportunities for students to practice what they are learning in class on their own level and at their own pace. Thank you Education Foundation for your support in the classroom!
Hali Thoele - 5th Grade Science Wills Point Middle School
The Foundation is important to me because it really helps in the growth and adding some "fun" in the learning for our children. I am very grateful for the love and help from the foundation for the help in educating my students.
Holly Hurley, 3rd Grade Teacher