Tom Paulsen

Tom has been a resident of Wheaton since attending Wheaton College, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has a Masters Degree in History from Northern Illinois University and has been in the doctoral program in education administration at Northern and at the University of Illinois.

Tom’s wife Carole, now deceased, was a 4th grade teacher in Winfield and then a substitute teacher at the elementary level in District 200 for more than 25 years. Tom taught United States and World History at Maine Township High Schools North and South, where he coached boys’ soccer.

Tom was Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207 and then served as Dean of Students at Maine North. Tom served as Assistant Principal for Instruction at East Aurora High School before becoming Assistant Principal at Naperville Central High School. He later was appointed Principal at Naperville Central and finished his career in District 203 as Associate Superintendent for Operations.

Since retiring, Tom has mentored new principals through the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, supervised student teachers for the University of Illinois, served as interim principal for two years at Hinsdale Central High School, and served one year as Director of Partners for Success – the alternative to expulsion program for DuPage County.  Currently Tom serves as a Disciplinary and Residency Hearing Officer for four DuPage County school districts.

Tom and Carole’s daughters attended Sandburg, Franklin, Monroe, and Wheaton North High School. He has served in many leadership roles in our community. He is the Immediate past President and current Vice President of the Board of Directors of STARS Family Services, which provides residences for adults with disabilities. He has been an Elder and Chair of the Board of Christian Education at College Church in Wheaton. Tom also serves as a PADS volunteer.

In District 200, Tom has served on the Citizens Advisory Committee and a Referendum Committee. He also serves as an Express Grants Committee Member for the Naperville Education Foundation.