As the Director of Middle Level Services for the Association of Middle Level Education, Dr. Dru Tomlin has a commitment to educational improvement and a passion for teaching, learning, and middle school. The spark for middle school ignited early for him and continues to burn brighter than ever!
He began his work in the middle grades as a young adolescent at Lynnhaven Junior High School in Virginia Beach, trying to fit in with other kids while also playing tuba in the marching band in an orange and blue polyester suit and beret. Then Dru began his formal career in education as an English teacher at Harrisonburg High School in Virginia. A few years later, he discovered the joys of middle school in Georgia as a language arts, reading, and social studies teacher and later as a school principal and assistant principal.
Dru is also an experienced staff development trainer for school systems and a faculty member for AMLE’s Leadership Institute. He believes—fervently—in the power of professional learning.
For his work, Dru has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year and as Georgia’s Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, a B.A. in English/Secondary Education from James Madison University, and a certificate of perfect attendance from Lynnhaven Junior High School.