Michael Thomasian

Michael R. Thomasian has served St. Anthony Catholic School for 18 years as a teacher, associate principal, and for the past 7 years, as principal. Thomasian counts expanding cultural horizons as one of his most significant accomplishments as a principal at this urban school. St. Anthony now boasts a rigorous Spanish language program, and the school has introduced celebrations of Latino cultural events and holidays into its traditions. This program both gives St. Anthony students advantage in a culturally diverse world and is an enticement to prospective students and families. As principal, Thomasian led the effort to replace the school’s outdated technology with Smart Boards, iPads, and ChromeBook carts working to achieve 1:1 technology integration. He has also ensured that teachers are supported in adapting to and integrating the new technology through intensive trainings. In 2017, Thomasian introduced the Danielson Framework for Teaching to his instructors and staff in order to boost effective teaching and robust learning. Positive results have already been seen in more motivated, engaged students and in more focused, productive staff meetings. Described by a colleague as a humble servant leader, Thomasian’s passion for nurturing the development of each of his students and staff shines through all his work. Thomasian holds a B.A. in Psychology from Assumption College, an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity College, and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame.