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Tammy Holbert Wells (WV '05)


Leadership Coach


At the time of the Award, Tammy Holbert Wells was:

Valley High School
Pine Grove, WV

Biographical Information

Tammy Holbert Wells served as superintendent of the same school district where she graduated from - Wetzel County Schools. Wells began her tenure as superintendent in April of 2021. Focused heavily on Wetzel County's two strategic goals of 1) Instructional Leadership, and 2) Family Engagement and West Virginia's Seven Standards of Effective Schools, she lead her district through five focused teacher leadership teams, specific principal and district office professional development, and working intently with Southern Regional Education Board and the West Virginia Department of Education to make achievement and overall student and staff well-being the best in West Virginia.
Mrs. Wells is raising two grandchildren who she officially adopted: Laurel and Zailee Wells. Her other two grandchildren, Sean and Fitz O’Malley, reside with their parents in Sykesville, MD. Tammy is a fierce advocate for addiction recovery, a firm believer in rehabilitation, and a tireless optimist.
Tammy was the Director of Secondary and Vocational Education, Student Assessment and Strategic Planning prior to being named the Superintendent.  She served as principal of Valley High School for 7 ½ years prior to moving to the County Office. A graduate of Valley High School, Mrs. Wells completed her BS in Elementary Education with a specialization in middle school language arts at West Virginia University and began her teaching career at Waitman Barbe Junior High School in Monongalia County. Upon obtaining her MA in Education Administration from WVU, Tammy moved to Baltimore, MD where she taught for the Baltimore City Public Schools for nine years. During that time, she married John Wells and had two children before deciding to venture back to Wetzel County to become assistant principal of New Martinsville School. Both of her children, Sara and Jack, are graduates of Valley High School (Wetzel County).

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Additional Information


1989 M.A., West Virginia University

1985 B.S., West Virginia University