Former Superintendent, Coquitlam School District 43
Tom Grant was appointed as Superintendent of Schools for Coquitlam School District, the third-largest school district in the province of British Columbia, in 2008. He was formerly Associate Superintendent in Vancouver School District following a long career in education as a secondary school principal, vice-principal, department head and teacher.
In his diverse roles, Tom has served on a number of committees and advisory boards advocating enhanced opportunities for children, particularly vulnerable youth. He has played an integral part in Vancouver School District’s Community LINK
Program and the Inner City Schools Project and has chaired the Inner City Advisory Committee. Tom was a Leader/Facilitator of the Macdonald Community Visioning Project and North Area Action Research Project, has headed up a number of school-community partnership projects and has acted as liaison to a variety of charitable organizations dealing with youth.
In addition to his involvement in committees and youth initiatives, Tom has long been involved in administrative leadership and mentorship programs as well as a myriad of
committees dealing with health and safety, budget, and technology. He has chaired a number of leadership teams and accreditation committees, and is an experienced
workshop leader and presenter.
Tom holds a BA from SFU, is certified in SFU’s Professional Development Program and has attained his MA in Educational Administration at Western Washington University. Based on his experiences, his study of the work of others, research, and the evidence of his own work, Tom’s fundamental commitment is to the preservation and improvement of public education, and his fundamental belief is the principle of inclusion of all learners. His primary focus is on serving the needs, interests and possibilities of each child as a learner and a citizen. He firmly believes that schools operate with the context of larger communities and must play an active role in community development as the district moves towards it’s dream of Learning Without Boundaries.