Meet Our Principal
When Tom was little, he thought his elementary school principal had the best job in the world – he played with the kids at recess, dressed up silly on Halloween, and he somehow always seemed to be around when cupcakes were being passed out for birthdays. Tom is happy to have followed in his old principal’s footsteps, although as the principal of Park Elementary School he eats more cupcakes than anyone should.
Tom is one of twenty administrators to have earned the Distinguished Principal Credential from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Before becoming a principal, he spent five years in the military, including a year as a platoon leader in Iraq. After leaving the army as a captain, Tom served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, taught ethics at Robert Morris University, taught elementary school in a few places, and grew a beard.
Tom went to West Point and earned masters degrees from Notre Dame and Carnegie Mellon. He has a doctorate from Johns Hopkins and professional certificates from Stanford, Duke, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom is currently working on a Master of Liberal Arts degree at the University of Chicago.
Tom lives on the South Side with his dog, Eppie. When he’s not walking with Eppie, Tom likes to read old classics, visit his family, and eat ice cream.
Dr. Tom Shaughnessy
Phone: 412-464-3600 x4505