Park Forest Elementary School Principal
State College Area School District Board of Directors approved Thomas Weed to be the new Park Forest Elementary School principal for the 2017-2018 school year.
Weed formerly was a high school principal in Rawlins, Wyoming. During his 18 years in education, he has worked as an interim elementary principal, assistant elementary principal, and middle school assistant principal in Charlottesville, Va., as well as a middle school principal at the San Roberto International School in Monterrey, Mexico.
“Park Forest Elementary has an incredibly dedicated staff that works hard to ensure that every student receives the best possible education,” he said. “My goal is to assist the staff in perpetuating the stellar reputation that already exists.”
Before recommending Weed for the position, SCASD conducted a national candidate search that included input from teachers, parents, administrators and board members.
“We’re very excited for Mr. Weed to work with our Park Forest Elementary community and the district at large,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said. “His educational leadership and diverse experiences to date will have a positive impact on his staff and his students’ learning.”
A fluent Spanish speaker and Radford University graduate, including a master’s degree, Weed also has been a high school Spanish teacher and elementary English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in the Floyd County and Fairfax County school districts in Virginia, and a middle school counselor in the American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
He and his wife, Fabiola, have four children ages 2 to 14 and a fifth on the way.
“We chose to apply to SCASD because of the district level leadership, the excellent reputation of the schools, and the abundant opportunities that the State College area provides to families,” Weed said. “Ultimately, I want to be part of a school community that is family oriented and that focuses on the well-being of the whole child.”
“I have 11 years of school administration experience in which I have been very fortunate to have worked at all levels of the pre-K-12 spectrum,” Weed said. “After having worked as an elementary administrator for six years, I purposefully sought out leadership positions at the middle and high school levels. I felt a professional need to gain perspective and knowledge about instruction at the upper levels. These experiences have proven to be very valuable and they will definitely help me as I move back to the elementary level. As an educator, there is nothing more fulfilling than working with our young students and just watching them grow as learners and citizens on a daily basis.”