About the Superintendent
Nola H. Wellman, Ph.D.
Under her leadership, state accountability ratings have climbed continually, including a clean sweep of Exemplary ratings for all schools and the District the past two years. Dr. Wellman has shared a strong vision and forward-thinking approach to planning for the District’s future, with a focus not only on maintaining excellence, but also adapting and improving the Eanes educational experience in order to prepare students for success in years to come. She continues to guide the District through financial challenges created by decreased state funding, including identification of various cost-saving measures and creative methods to keep cost containment from adversely affecting the classroom. She has guided the planning and implementation of two successful bond elections that included extensive district-wide upgrades in the areas of security, technology and accessibility, as well as major renovations to Westlake High School Library and Fine Arts Facility.
Dr. Wellman institutes professional learning as a high-priority goal to encourage staff to continually improve their craft, and directs resources to achievement of that goal. Her Partnership in Teacher Excellence Program (PTEP) supports up to 50 percent of teachers’ tuition to obtain their master’s degree. To date, 16 teachers have completed the program and 27 are in progress.
As a leader in the field of education, Dr. Wellman participates in several national consortiums dedicated to improving the quality of public education. She is among a group of 35 public school superintendents who formed the Public Education Visioning Institute, which released the document “Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas” in May of 2008. She chairs the Texas Center for Educational Research and serves on the legislative committee of the Texas Association of School Administrators. Dr. Wellman sits on the Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League, the organization that oversees educational extracurricular academic, athletic and music contests in the state.
An active leader in the community, Dr. Wellman serves on the Board of Directors of the Westlake Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Westlake Rotary. In addition, Dr. Wellman supports campus activities and events as well as Eanes Education Foundation fundraisers throughout the year. She is thoroughly involved with students, staff and parents on a day-to-day basis.
Prior to joining Eanes ISD, Dr. Wellman enjoyed 16 years in the acclaimed Cherry Creek School District in Denver, including five years as the Assistant Superintendent for Performance Improvement and five as Executive Director of Middle Schools. Previously she was a middle school principal in Cherry Creek ISD as well as in Estes Park, Colorado. Dr. Wellman began her career as a middle school English teacher.
Dr. Wellman earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, majoring in English Literature. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Reading and Administration from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado.
She was honored as the Westlake Chamber of Commerce 2005 Citizen of the Year and received the Texas Tech College of Education's Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009.
She and her husband, Wally, have three grown children, David, Wendy and Ryan.
Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado
Master's degree in Reading and Administration from Colorado State University
Bachelor's degree in Education from Texas Tech University