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Reed College B.A. History
University of New Mexico B.S. Education
University of New Mexico, M.B.A
Thomas discovered his calling as a volunteer when 70 children of Southeast Asian and Ethiopian refugees showed up one evening for open gym in Seattle. A son of newly arrived immigrants as well, Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated with a degree in History from Reed College in Portland. He lived in New Mexico for fifteen years, teaching history, geography and civics to grades 6-12, coaching basketball, and Model United Nations. During that time he earned a second Bachelor’s in Education and an MBA at the University of New Mexico. He was a middle school director and as head of school for two different schools from 2001 to 2012 before joining Scattergood as its Assistant Head of School in 2013.
Thomas has presented at a number of regional and national conferences about curriculum design and has collaborated actively with other schools on initiatives designed to deepen understanding of students and educators about diversity issues.
He is married to a textile artist Amy King Weber, who, along with her own work, has been active in building arts organizations in three different communities. Cooking, music, and hiking top the list of Thomas’ many interests, and there’s always time for good conversation, staying in touch with his two grown daughters, and playing or watching a game of basketball.
For a glimpse at what Thomas is thinking and reading about education, take a look at his Twitter feed.
“Out beyond all notions of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. “~ Rumi (1207 – 1273), 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic“What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. ” ~Chris Abani (1966), Nigerian author