English Instructor, High School
thomas carlson has been a teacher of literature and writing at Perpich since 1989. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in teaching from the University of St. Thomas, and has completed coursework toward licensure in secondary administration at St. Mary’s University. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant early in his career allowed him to participate in a month-long summer institute in Ashland, Oregon, focusing on Teaching Shakespeare through Performance, and this shaped his pedagogy across his classes. An EdMN Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning technology grant allowed him to integrate iPads and other technology into the classroom. He has presented interdisciplinary models of teaching English at a number of national conferences while his students have performed on KFAI through the W.A.V.E. program and on the stage at the Walker as part of Teen Art Council’s “Bad Art Night”. Equity is central to thomas’ pedagogy, and he is a founding member of Education Minnesota’s Racial Equity Advocacy program. Through this program, he co-creates professional development materials around equity and travels the state leading workshops that help teachers become more culturally competent in their practice.