I have known I wanted to be a teacher since I was in 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.

Alan Frishman

Modern World History