Tom Marrs is currently a mentor coach for the Washington State Leadership Academy (WSLA). His goal in this role is to serve as a resource to district coaches new to WSLA work effectively with leadership teams in their assigned systems.
During his 48-year educational career Tom has worked at the superintendent, ESD, central office, principal and classroom levels. Since retirement as Anacortes superintendent and as the Northwest ESD 189 special education director in 2007, he has focused on improving student learning at the instructional core as an independent educational leadership consultant. He believes that influencing the collaborative thinking of superintendents, district leadership teams and principals will expand the capacity of these leaders to increase their own effectiveness. Eight years as a WSLA Coach and two years a WSLA instructor have provided an exceptional platform to do this work.
In the past Tom worked as WSLA instructor in the Olympic ESD 114 and as district leadership team coach at Southside, Elma and North Kitsap School Districts. Piloting the AWSP Leadership Framework as a Leadership Criteria Feedback Specialist (LCFFS) for WSLA and training superintendents and principals to use the framework as evaluators for AWSP is also part of his effort to support educational leaders at all levels. He is also starting his fourth year as a co-facilitator of the Capital ESD 113 Superintendent WALK Network.
Tom’s academic credentials include a B.A. degree from Whitworth College, an M.A. from the University of Puget Sound and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.