Alan Frishman

Modern World History

I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was the fifth grade. That passion has led me through two degrees from Yale University, many published curriculum units and two books, as well as leadership positions in the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, the Comer Institute, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and the Aurora Fellowship.

In 2004, as a high-school principal in Connecticut, I received The Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award. Most importantly -- and unknown to me -- I had been nominated for this national honor by one of my students. I have 52 years’ experience as a teacher, department head, principal, consultant, seminar leader, and educational leadership coach. I also owned and ran three different businesses, including an educational alliance with China. I have two adult sons, both of whom are teachers, and two grandchildren, with another on the way. Along with being a parent, I consider teaching the noblest of all callings.

I live in Point Richmond and enjoy spending time with my family, as well as reading, writing, poetry, golf, and discussing ideas with friends. I am delighted to be back at TMS since, given my association with so many schools, on so many different levels, I recognize how TMS embodies the best of personalized, inventive, caring, yet rigorous experiences for its students. I look forward with great enthusiasm to the new school year.


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