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“…it only takes a spark to get a fire going…” 
Pass it on – Kurt Kaiser

About Dr. Tom Kelchner


From his grandfather to charismatic President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Tom Kelchner takes inspiration from personal and global leaders. The common denominators among his heroes were their altruistic and modestly humble approach to the world. Actions speak louder than words. Dr. Kelchner has shown his belief in big action with big rewards throughout his career.


He is a 33-year veteran of public education with the bulk of that served in Dallas Independent School District. He has worked in nearly every level of education, from a teacher to assistant principal, dean of instruction, principal, and director positions.  He has served students at all levels, including elementary, middle, high school, and special education. The heartbeat of his pursuits has always been scholarship and learning.


Dr. Kelchner has served on numerous school, district, and community committees working with students, parents, board trustees, superintendents, executive-level management, and community leaders from all walks of life. 


In 2016 Dr. Kelchner retired from public education to venture into the educational sales sector. He found more work to be done connecting vital academic service providers to better systems and solutions. Thus, the Empowered Network was born. Dr. Kelchner’s dedication to working smarter, not harder, coupled with his belief in the power of education, blossomed into a network offering of quality systems and software.  The Empowered Network has grown to include health, wellness, and financial offerings.


Dr. Kelchner currently lives in Huffman, Texas with his beloved dogs, Bentley and Wadu.


Thomas R. Kelchner, Ed.D.



2015 – 2016 Region 4 Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy

2009 Superintendent Certification 

2005 Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt

2003 Doctor of Education, Educational Administration, University of North Texas

1993 Master of Education, Educational Administration, University of North Texas

1989 Master of Science, Special Education, University of Texas at Dallas

1978 Bachelor of Science, Physical Education, Texas Christian University


Professional Experience

2017- Present  CEO & Founder, Empowered Network

2019 Regional Advocacy Director, Raise Your Hand Texas

2017 Vice President of Business Development, Yellow Folder

2009 Director of Special Education, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District

2007 Director, I.D.E.A. Coordination/Specialized Programs, Special Education Department, Dallas Independent School District

2005 Executive Director, Department Operations, Special Education Department, Dallas Independent School District


Professional & Community Service

2021 - 2022 Assistant Governor, Rotary District 5890

Chairman, Board of Directors, East Harris County Navigation Center for the Homeless

Chairman, Board of Directors, Bay Area Rehabilitation Center, Baytown, Texas

Chairman, Board of Directors, Hands of Healing Residential Treatment Center, Baytown, Texas

Advisory Board, Digital Communications Academy, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District

Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Baytown, Texas

Huffman ISD Citizens Advisory Committee

Member, Huffman-Crosby Chamber of Commerce

Member, Baytown Chamber of Commerce

About Empowered Network
Empowered Network is an easy-access menu for time-strapped professionals, students, parents, and businesses. A superintendent, a department head, a business manager, and a project manager can get solutions alongside a parent, a student, a client, and a patient. It’s cutting-edge programs and services all in one place.

You don’t have time to be testing software and vetting solutions. That’s where Empowered Network steps in. Select from a variety of high-quality programs and products. Need a customized solution? Empowered Network provides personalized consultations and expert-driven plans that will have you overcoming obstacles and achieving success.

Efficiency saves you money, time, and headaches. Empowered Network strives to connect individuals and businesses with an easy place to find answers. No need to shop around or spend countless hours on Google. Your problems are solved right here by a passionate group of industry leaders led by a service-focused education veteran.

Feel free to explore the Empowered Network website. Also, if you have any questions or need further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help.

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