Bob Thomas is the second Head of the Laurel School of Princeton, as of July 2021.
Most recently, Bob was the Director of Enrollment Management and Communications at The Churchill School & Center in New York City. Churchill is a school that is similar to Laurel in that its mission is to serve students with language-based learning differences, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, executive functioning, and ADHD. Bob’s affinity for Laurel stems from his work at Churchill, where he saw firsthand the creativity and intelligence of its students. Bob offers a thorough grasp of the Laurel Mission, its culture, and knowledge of children with learning differences.
Bob has gained a reputation for his down-to-earth, authentic, and inspiring approach, a strategic relationship builder, classroom teacher, athletic coach, and school leader. He began his educational career in the Philadelphia Parochial School system, teaching at two urban schools. After several years in Philadelphia, where he grew up, Bob joined his first independent school. He would ultimately begin teaching at Princeton Day School. After four years, Bob moved into administration and served as director of admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, and as the director of community at several independent schools, including The Haverford School, Haddonfield Friends School, and The Churchill School & Center.
One of Bob’s top priorities will be growing Laurel’s enrollment, including its high school and 1:1 individualization philosophy. Bob will also ensure that the pedagogy meets the children where they are in their educational journey; help execute the Laurel Education Group’s Strategic Plan; and offer a sound partnership between Laurel and Newgrange Schools, the Robinowitz Center, and the community at large.
During his free time, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and teenage daughter. He also loves cheering for the Phillies, Eagles, and Red Sox, and likes cooking, playing golf, and woodworking.