Interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas O'Neal

  • Thomas O'Neal

    Dr. Thomas O’Neal is an experienced school administrator with deep roots in the Sherman community, having previously served as principal of Fairview Elementary and Sherman High School. He is entering his 32nd year in education with past experience as a deputy superintendent, chief financial officer, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent of human resources and high school principal in Anna ISD. He rejoined Sherman ISD in June 2022 as deputy superintendent. 

    Dr. O’Neal began his career as a high school science teacher in Lamesa and Midland ISDs before moving to Sherman. While he was the principal of Fairview Elementary, the campus earned recognition at the national level for parental involvement and also received ratings of exemplary and recognized from the Texas Education Agency for student performance. Under his leadership at Sherman High School, the campus was named to Newsweek’s list of top high schools in the nation, as well as Texas Monthly’s Best Public Schools list.

    Dr. O'Neal earned his superintendent’s certificate and doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of North Texas. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and his bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. Dr. O’Neal is also certified as a Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA) through the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).

    Dr. O’Neal has resided and been a part of the Sherman community since 1998. His wife, Jill, is the former principal at Crutchfield Elementary and former executive director of human resources for SISD. He is the proud father of Brittney and Bethany, both Sherman High alumni.