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?
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.