Mr. Willis became a science teacher at Shawnee Heights the first year the district came into existence, which was 1963.  During his time at Shawnee Heights High School, Mr. Willis was the first president of the Shawnee Heights Education Association, served on the KNEA Board, was an active member of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers and received many awards for teaching, including being a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1981. He also actively participated in many community organizations.  Mr. Willis retired from teaching at Shawnee Heights and later became an elected member of the Shawnee Heights Board of Education.