Teachers should impart their own passion and curiosity of a subject onto their students, showing them that school is not just about learning but wanting to learn more.”

Thomas’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Chemistry

“I am fascinated with chemical structure and how seemingly insignificant changes to structures can have profound effects on how a molecule behaves.”

Professional Experience

Thomas worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. Also, he worked as a research assistant at Dartmouth College for a year developing a fluorescent cyanide sensor.

While earning a doctorate at Stanford University, Thomas worked as a teaching assistant in organic chemistry and biochemistry, and he studied antibiotic biosynthesis. He also worked as an outdoor educator at YMCA of the Rockies.

Thomas began his teaching career at DDST Stapleton High School during the 2017–2018 school year.


Thomas enjoys running and long backpacking trips. He has travelled to Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, and New Hampshire to backpack.

Academic Background

  • Relay Graduate School of Education (Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Science)
  • Stanford University (Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry)
  • Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry)