Tom came to teaching through his work at Camp Kieve during college summers. There he first worked with middle school aged children and met a number of independent school faculty and administrators. It was one of the camp administrators who hired him to work at The New School (now the Pennfield School) in Rhode Island following his graduation from Hamilton College in 1984. Tom worked at Pennfield through the 1991-92 school year, teaching sixth through ninth grade history, running the school’s modest athletic program, and directing several plays. Following his time in Rhode Island, Tom entered the corporate world as the vice-president of a small company that manufactured high-end audio components, while beginning to pursue a master’s degree in Private School Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Columbia’s Teachers’ College. Completing his degree in 1996, Tom worked at the Woodland Country Day School in southern NJ, teaching history, math and Latin, and coaching soccer. That year, through a camp friend Tom heard of an administrative opening at Indian Mountain. He was hired as Dean of Students. He and his wife of eight months, Judy, moved onto campus during the summer of ‘97; they celebrated their first anniversary camping up at The Chimney. Tom and Judy are parents of two IMS graduates, Ellie (‘16) and Hannah (‘18). At IMS, Tom has taught history, English, and a variety of skills courses, including Study Skills, Ethics, and Global Citizenship.