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.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
instructional coaching and strategies
SRI critical friendship