Principal EL, a nationally-acclaimed educator and inspirational speaker, will address students at Indian River High School and Selbyville Middle School on Thursday, March 2. He will speak to Indian River High School students at 7:50 a.m. and Selbyville Middle School students at 9:45 a.m.
His appearance is being funded through a federal College Access grant.
Salome Thomas-EL, or “Principal EL,” is an award-winning teacher and principal and a nationally-recognized educator. His mantra, “Every child needs someone to be crazy about them,” shapes his life-long commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?”
For more than 20 years, Principal EL has taken on this challenge with the belief that every child can and will learn as long as the adults in their world care enough to not give up. Starting as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia and through his years as principal at several traditional public and charter schools, Thomas-EL has transformed the attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents and members of the community to help hundreds of troubled children not only graduate from high school but go on to earn higher degrees from major colleges and universities. 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.
Thomas-EL is currently the Head of School at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington. Principal EL received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as eight-time National Chess Champions. His students at Edison are also two-time national champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on the first season of “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of leadership, mentoring, parenting and service to others. The Walt Disney Company optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay.
Thomas-EL speaks to groups around the world and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN and NPR Radio. He has studied in Cambridge and London, England and is currently a doctoral candidate. He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award. Educational Leadership and Reader’s Digest Magazine recognized Principal EL as an “Inspiring American Icon.” Principal EL has also appeared on “The Oprah Radio Network.”
For more information about Principal EL, visit www.principalel.com