Tom Lees is the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at Delaware Valley Friends School. He works with students and faculty at all grade levels. Tom runs the Diversity Committee. He also works closely with the faculty moderators of our Feminist Group, Black Student Union, and SAFE (DV's Gay-Straight Alliance). Tom has been at DVFS since 2003.


Q: Why do you like teaching at DVFS?
The students are very appreciative. It makes the work so rewarding.

Q: How is DVFS different than other schools where you have taught?
In other schools where I’ve worked I’ve had very driven and sometimes very entitled students. At DV, because the students have learning differences, they tend to be more empathetic and open to the issues of social justice and diversity. They can relate to a broader definition of difference.

Q: What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
My previous work in diversity and my years of experience as a teacher and coach.

Q: In your experience, what sets DVFS students apart?
Appreciativeness.

Q: How do your other roles at the school provide a different perspective?
It is really fun and interesting to get to know them outside of the classroom.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share about DVFS?
Quaker values help make DVFS a strong community.
In his own words:

"The students are very appreciative. It makes the work so rewarding."
- Tom Lees

What others say about Tom

"What can I not say about Tom Lees? He's awesome sauce! Supportive in my choir stuff, never really had him for a class, but he always wanted to talk and just be an all around cool guy. This dude is the bomb."
- Hilary Leonard, Class of 2010

"Good times with him coaching us for tennis and basketball!"
- Joe Monzo, Class of 2009

" Tom is amazing. He helped start SAFE with me and a few other students in 2004. He helped me in so many ways with history and in getting me to like current events. He is a great mentor!"
- Nicole Schultz, Class of 2008

" Tom Lees is a good man who I remember as loving his job and beginning class with important news updates, delivered with his fun sense of humor. I always enjoy touching base with him, whether it's catching up during my visits or arguing about politics here on Facebook. He's a committed teacher with a benevolent attitude and I consider him a friend."
- Tague Wilkins, Class of 2010

"Tom Lees not only cares about what he does, but he also cares, for every student that he's taught. Tom Lees really helped me when I was in a down, dark place, and anytime I run into him at WaWa, or where ever, he always asks how I'm doing, and how my family is. Thanks Tom!"
- Dan Clairmont, Class of 2007

"Tom, a great teacher and mentor!!"
- Emily van den Berg, Class of 2007

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Phone: 610.640.4150
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