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Tom Seaton

Dr. Tom Seaton is a recently retired elementary school principal from the greater Chicagoland area. He earned his doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, (2007) and focused his research on Transformational Leadership among principals in highly successful schools across Illinois.

Tom completed his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University. He also holds Master’s degrees in Pastoral Studies and Educational Administration from Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois University, respectively. He taught religion and Spanish at the high school level, and also served as a curriculum coordinator and associate administrator. Tom then became an elementary school principal where he served in urban and suburban Catholic and public school settings.

Providing equitable opportunity for all students, transforming failing schools through continuous improvement initiatives and promoting dual language education in high poverty, high English Language Learner communities were the passions for which Dr. Seaton advocated as principal.

He implemented turnaround initiatives that resulted in his school receiving the Bronze Level Lincoln Award, the NCLB Blue Ribbon from the United States Department of Education, along with several Spotlight School Awards from the Illinois State Board of Education. Tom participated in the creation of a continuous improvement model, called the S.T.A.R. Plan, which resulted in the school receiving an Academic Improvement Award from the Superintendent of Schools for the State of Illinois. Dr. Seaton is also a recipient of the INSPRA Distinguished Service Award of Merit from the Illinois Chapter/National School Public Relations Association.

In retirement, Tom has been sharing his reflections on aspects of teaching and leading in the twenty-first century.

Books authored or co-authored by Tom Seaton:

Goodbye for Now: True Stories of Life, Love, and Loss