Fred Thomas

Polk History Content Coach

fthomas@accelerationacademy.org

 

Fred earned a master's degree in Sociology from the University of South Florida (USF) and an MBA from Central Michigan University. He also completed over 60 post-graduate hours in education from USF. Fred has served as an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Education at the local community college. Teaching is Fred’s second career. His first career was in the field of Juvenile Delinquency. He served in many positions, including Youth Counselor, Probation Officer, Facility Supervisor and Facility Superintendent. During the latter part of that career path, he worked as a senior administrator with a focus on developing, implementing and monitoring programs designed to reduce juvenile delinquency. Fred’s practical experience combined with his  academic background brought him to the conclusion that the strongest correlate to reduced recidivism is academic success. From this, he was highly motivated to become a teacher with the hopes of having a positive influence on the lives of students, especially “at-risk” students. Polk Acceleration Academies has allowed him to pursue his goal of helping students achieve academic success.

Favorite or most significant year in school and why: 6th grade- Sister Maureen Michaels.

Favorite historical movie: Ken Burns: The Civil War

Favorite book: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass