About Tom


  • There is no more important job for this generation than to train up the next.
  • Every student deserves the best education possible.
  • Teachers and staff should be well compensated for their work.
  • We should all expect excellence in all areas of D-20. Mediocrity is not acceptable.
  • Education decisions are best kept at the local level.
  • The School Board is accountable to the parents, voters, and taxpayers of D-20.
  • The CRT worldview has no place in District 20
  • Money must be spent frugally and wisely.
  • Parents should make all health decisions for their children including masking and vaccinations. These should not be mandated.


  • Board Member – Academy District 20 2017-Present2004 9-30 T-38 Holloman Tom LaValley 2
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics – United States Air Force Academy 1982
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – New Mexico State University 1989
  • US Air Force pilot/instructor 1982-1989
  • US Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Retired
  • Mathematics Instructor- US Air Force Academy 2005-2006
  • Pilot with United Airlines 1991-Present
  • Pilot Instructor – United Airlines 1992-2000
  • Board Member – The Classical Academy 2014-2017 – Vice Chair first year, Chairman last 2 years
  • Member Colorado League of Charter Schools Governmental Affairs Committee 2015-2017A10 - Tom
  • Member/Chair of several School Accountability Committees (SAC)
  • Graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies 2015
  • Former Member of the Executive Committee
    – El Paso County GOP
  • Local Precinct leader
  • Church Board member for 9 years
  • Adult Sunday school teacher for many years


  • Married for 39 years to Nona
  • Four adult children; 2 are former school teachers
  • 30 year resident of D-20
  • Climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers
  • Completed 3 marathons including Boston