Tom Zobel is a retired educator with 35 years of high school experience. He has served as a teacher, coach, and building-level administrator, as well as 15 years as a high school principal.
Tom Zobel is a retired educator with 35 years of high school experience. He has served as a teacher, coach, and building-level administrator, as well as 15 years as a high school principal. As president of the local teachers’ association, he led several school improvement initiatives.
In the early stages of his administrative career, Tom was an advocate for change on the local, state, and national levels to address the national dropout crisis. As part of his efforts, he was invited twice to Washington, DC, to speak with members of Congress about local efforts to address the crisis.
During the last six years of his administrative career, Tom served as the principal of Whiteland Community High School in Indiana, one of the first high schools to receive High Reliability School (HRS) certification on the first two levels of the HRS certification model. Whiteland’s staff used parts of the original The Art and Science and Teaching as part of its instructional model, and later used all elements of The New Art and Science and Teaching in its daily practices.
Tom has presented on a variety of topics at both state and national conferences. For five years, he served on the board of directors for the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) and the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute. He has been a finalist twice for the IASP’s High School Principal of the Year Award.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Marian University, and a master’s degree in secondary leadership and supervision from Butler University.
- One School’s Journey to Address the Dropout Crisis
- Standards-Based Grading at the Secondary Level