The opportunity to enhance secondary teacher certification programming brought Thomas R. Stretton Jr., Ed.D., to Cabrini College’s Education Department in 2002.
In his years here, he has furthered his studies in secondary school co-curriculum, current issues in education, and curriculum design.
“Cabrini is a fabulous place in which the faculty, staff, and administration are focused on creating a community that does indeed embody the College’s core values,” he says.
Stretton teaches in the English and Education departments, and has served for the last eight years as artistic director of the Cabrini College Theatre.
His teaching philosophy is based on the idea that the classroom is the garden from which all achievements outside of the classroom sprout, and those two worlds should be fused as often as possible.
“Students should see the classroom as a valuable place that relates directly and fully to their lives and aspirations outside the classroom,” he says. “Connecting those two worlds is essential for effective teaching and learning.”
Stretton earned a doctoral degree from University of Pennsylvania, a master’s from Temple University, and a bachelor’s from Dickinson College.
He participates in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at Cabrini, and in December 2005, he published the article “The Other Half of High School,” based on research with secondary school administrators in Pennsylvania about the role of co‑curricular activities in high school.
A published lyricist and playwright, Stretton counts theatre and music as two of his hobbies.
Stretton is an active member of St. Thomas Church in Whitemarsh, Pa. His hometown is Clark Summit, Pa., and he resides with his family in Newtown Square, Pa. His daughter is following in his footsteps in education, teaching Latin at Harriton and Lower Merion high schools. He has two grandchildren, ages 10 and 12.
Contact Information: Thomas R. Stretton Jr., Ed.D. Associate Professor, Education Grace Hall, Room 275 610 902-8328 firstname.lastname@example.org