Born in West Milford, NJ, Thomas Easterbrook began his teaching career in 2001 as a member of the Eastside High School English Department after earning his B.A. in English from Montclair State University. While teaching at EHS, Mr. Easterbrook has taught nearly every course offered via the English Department: from Freshmen Seminar to AP Language and Composition. In 2013, he was the SOIT recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award and in 2014 he earned his MA in Educational Administration from Caldwell University. In October 2015, Mr. Easterbrook was appointed English Language Arts Supervisor and is thrilled to continue his career in education at EHS.
Since he was a small boy, one of his favorite hobbies has been to read and write for pleasure. In To read or not to read (2007), the National Endowment for the Arts stated that “Leisure reading makes students more articulate, develops higher order reasoning, and promotes critical thinking.” Mr. Easterbrook believes that being a voracious reader at a young age transformed him into an effective communicator which turned the key to unlock the door of success. As a result, he adheres to the wisdom espoused by a recent PISA report that “Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.”
As a new instructional leader, he attributes his success in the classroom to the collegial relationships that he has developed over the last 14 years with members of the EHS staff and administration. He currently resides in Little Falls, NJ, with his wife and two boys, Jack and Colin.