Degrees and Certifications:
Oakland University- Education Specialist in Leadership (EdS)- Administrator Certification Michigan State University- Master of Arts in Curriculum and TeachingMichigan State University- Bachelor of Arts in EducationMichigan State University- Certifications in Elementary Education, Earth Science, and Spanish
Let me introduce myself...my name is Tom DeGrand. I am currently in my 16th year of teaching. In 2003-04, I taught kindergarten at Gretchko Elementary School. From 2004-2007, I taught 3rd grade here at Scotch Elementary. In the fall of 2007, I was given the opportunity for which I had been waiting...to teach 5th grade. I am happy to be teaching 5th grade for now my 12th year. It's going to be a great one!
A quality education has always been a priority of mine. In 2002, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University (Go State!) with teaching endorsements in Spanish and Earth Science. In 2005, I earned my Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching (MACT) degree from MSU. This was a 3-year program that included a one-year teaching internship, where I was placed in a 5th grade classroom in Williamston School District. The MACT program was very intense and helped to strengthen my skills as a teacher and leader in my school and the school district.
In 2014, I represented West Bloomfield School District in the Oakland Schools Aspiring Principals' Leadership Academy. This 1-year program is designed to introduce teachers that are aspiring to be teacher-leaders and/or principals what a principalship looks like. It also entails a mentorship with a principal in Oakland County. I graduated from this program in December of 2014.
Lastly, in June of 2016, I completed my Education Specialist (EdS) in Leadership degree through Oakland University. This 2-year post-Masters graduate program focused on leadership in the classroom, school, district, and community. It is specifically designed for teacher-leaders and aspiring (or current) administrators. As you can see, I am excited to continue learning and growing as an educator.
My teaching philosophy is to create an organized, structured learning environment where each student is accepted at his/her level, and is given the opportunity to grow and develop academically, emotionally, and socially. I focus a great deal on developing an enjoyment in learning, as I find this to be an essential part in the learning process. We all play an important role in the education and development of children, and as a parent, your involvement and support are a valuable part of your child's learning process and success in school. I firmly believe in keeping you informed and involved in your child's education.