How would you describe your teaching style?
Students often describe my teaching as “enthusiastic.” I guess that’s accurate. I do approach my teaching with enthusiasm. I also approach it with a sober intensity.
I regard teaching as sacred work. My goal is to create a learning environment and experience in which students practice taking themselves and one another seriously, and playfully. My role is to expose them to wisdom traditions in a way that is respectful, critical, and curious.
I want students to come away from my courses thinking to themselves, “That was fun. Religion is cool.” I want them to find real, applicable wisdom in their study of religion and spirituality.
George School is a learning community in which truth-seeking can occur with equal passion and equal integrity in all disciplines—the sciences, the humanities, the arts, and religion. I want my classroom to be an arena in which students ask demanding, challenging questions, and in which they find personally relevant answers about how to live a meaningful life.
More about Tom:
Tom received a BA from Yale and an EdM from the University of Washington. He is a Dorm Head (Orton) and the head coach of junior varsity boys’ lacrosse.