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WISD’s Most Valuable Player for August 2015 Keeps the District Online

“Stephen is the backbone of our department,” stated Executive Director of Technology, Deborah Menefee. “From the wiring in the wall, to the creation of every user account, Stephen knows this district’s technology better than anyone else.”

“Willis ISD has always been my home,” stated Shannon. “I grew up in this community and have never wanted to be anywhere else.”

The 1995 graduate of Willis High School holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. He has worked for the district since 2001, serving stints as a field technician and the database/network manager prior to his current position.

“Stephen plays a critical role in our digital transformation of instructional practices,” stated Superintendent Tim Harkrider. 

Shannon’s job is not always an eight-to-five endeavor. Weekends might find him repairing cut fiber or rebuilding crashed servers. 

“Stephen is a great asset to Willis ISD,” explained Assistant Superintendent for Business Tammy Moore. “He takes great pride in his work and is always willing to help anyone who needs assistance.”

Staff across the district attest to Shannon’s generosity of time and talent when it comes to their digital needs.

Assistant Principal at Brabham Middle School Eric Burns explained that he can call, text, email or stop by his office and he is always welcoming. “As a leader of 21st century learners, I find confidence and comfort in playing on the same team as Stephen Shannon.”

“The district has given me opportunities to grow and advance my skills,” stated Shannon. “I appreciate the team atmosphere and the support of the district leaders.”

The next MVP Award will be presented at the regular meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the Cargill Education Center, 204 West Rogers in Willis.