HPCF Board of Directors Biography
Tom Koulentes Ed.D
Tom has been working as a high school teacher and administrator for nearly 25 years. Tom began his career teaching Social Studies and ESL at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois. After teaching for several years Tom spent a year in Costa Rica where he taught English and created an adventure-based travel study course for high school students that integrated Latin American history and culture, environmental science, Spanish and physical education. Upon returning to the United States, Tom was the Director of Bilingual Education and an Assistant Principal at Highland Park High School.
In 2014 Tom became the Principal of Highland Park High School and coordinated the school’s rollout of 1-1 technology for students, oversaw a three-year referendum construction project and led the design and implementation of the school’s dual language program which stands today as one of the few high school dual language programs in the State of Illinois. As a public school administrator, Tom faces the challenge of meeting the ever-increasing needs of students with constantly diminishing resources. To tackle this challenge Tom connects his schools to community partners– including corporate, small-businesses and nonprofit organizations–who share a passion and commitment for serving the community’s youth. The school-community partnerships Tom has helped create have provided a wide variety of high-quality education, athletic and artistic enrichment programs to hundreds of children in the Highland Park/Highwood communities.
Tom is currently the Principal of Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Illinois.