Tom Schimmer has been an educator for 20 years. He is currently in his second year as a District Principal in School District #67 (Okanagan-Skaha) in Penticton, British Columbia. Prior to his move to central office, Tom spent 11 years as a vice-principal (in five different schools) and 7 years as a classroom teacher.

Tom has worked extensively in the area of staff development and educational leadership. He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of Assessment for Learning, Sound Grading & Reporting, Educational Leadership & Organization, and Positive Behavior Support models. Tom has presented at conferences and workshops across North America. He is an experienced presenter whose practical approach to putting theory into practice has been widely received by the schools and/or districts he has presented to. He has been a regular presenter at both the July & December ATI Conferences in Portland, Oregon, was the featured presenter on the British Columbia Educational Leadership Council's provincial-wide webcast (Oct. 2008) on Assessment for Learning, and has delivered several keynote addresses at numerous professional development events.

Tom's first book, The Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading, is set for release in May of 2011. Tom holds a Teaching Degree from Boise State University (1990) and a Master's Degree (Curriculum & Instruction) from the University of British Columbia (1999).