Dr. Thomas Van Soelen enjoys creating and participating in collaborative experiences everywhere he goes. Currently, as the President of Van Soelen & Associates, a professional development and leadership coaching consulting firm based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Thomas influences schools and school districts that are ethnically, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse.  His client list includes organizations in Georgia (e.g., Gwinnett County Public Schools, Fulton County Schools, Georgia State Superintendent Association), Texas (e.g., Lewisville ISD, Garland ISD, Arlington ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Learning Forward Texas), and in Canada and Guyana.

His primary expertise areas include teacher evaluation, instructional coaching, leadership development, and learning communities. In particular, Thomas prepares district, school, and teacher leaders to organize effective and efficient collaborative sessions, focused on student learning using structured conversations, called protocols, promulgated through The School Reform Initiative.

Prior to this entrepreneurial venture, Thomas worked in multiple states and in public and private schools, teaching every grade level pre-Kindergarten through graduate school at some point in his career. His most recent school district leadership position was functioning as the Associate Superintendent in the City Schools of Decatur, Georgia, a post he held for eight years. During that time, he began a gathering of principals engaged in critical friendship through The School Reform Initiative. This voluntary group first met in 2010 and still regularly meets to learn with and from each other.

Thomas, his wife and two sons live near Atlanta, where Thomas now enters his third decade as a church musician, leading choirs and playing piano and organ.
Education
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2003
Ed.S., Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2000
M.Ed., Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 1999
B.A., El Ed and Music Ed, Dordt College (IA) 1994
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
teacher evaluation
learning communities
instructional coaching and strategies
SRI critical friendship
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