Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Salome Thomas-EL to serve as a Consultant in CUSD

I first met Mr. Salome Thomas-EL at our Vital Issues Breakfast on October 16, 2010. He was the Keynote Speaker for the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Xi Chapter. He is indeed a motivational speaker because he sure got me and the crowd going. He gave a great speech that day. He is from Philadelphia. He has been an educator for over 20 years. He started as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School and has served as Principal at several traditional public and charter schools. He is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, DE and National Education Expert. He frequently appears on C-Span, CNN, and NPR Radio. He is also a regular contributor on The Dr. OZ Show. He is the author of the best-selling books I Choose to Stay, which the Walt Disney Company has the movie right, and The Immortality of Influence (Foreword by Will Smith).

So when I read the press release that Mr. Thomas-El was going to serve as a consultant to TCF, The Chester Fund for Education and the Arts, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the Chester Upland School of the Arts, CUSA, I was pleased to hear the news. Founder of TCF and CUSA John Alston believes Thomas-EL “will be an invaluable asset.” Thomas-EL believes that “Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” He has “transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children…he brings to the process a powerful combination of passion, caring, and leadership to craft a refreshing, common-sense roadmap to help kids achieve their dreams, no matter the odds.” I think now we can continuing to feel and to keep hopeful.

For further reading, see my recent posting on CUSA.
For more on Thomas-EL, go to http://www.principalel.com/ 
To see him on The Dr. OZ Show go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CNGlAiO2mk
For more information on the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, see recent posting on Xinos

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