Tom began his career in education as a Latin and Greek instructor at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He then moved to North Carolina where he taught high school Latin in Guilford County Schools. Tom left the classroom to pursue a doctorate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he focused on issues of teacher quality and instructional improvement, integrating technology into instruction, and program evaluation. Tom has worked for HGSE as a statistical support specialist, and a strategic data fellow in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). He now works for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as the Director of Educator Recruitment and Support, collaborating with state, district, and local leaders on developing measures of educator effectiveness and opportunities for professional growth and development.