Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
Edward Tom left his executive position at Saks Fifth Avenue in order to pursue a career in teaching.After serving as a math teacher for more than five years, Tom rose to become District Mathematics Facilitator for grades 5-8 in Community School District 6 in upper Manhattan and later Regional Instructional Specialist for math, serving 32 Bronx High Schools in Region One. In 2005, he founded the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics High School (BCSM), a small, no-excuses high school in the Bronx modeled after the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in East Harlem where Tom taught from 1999 to 2002. Edward's hands-on leadership style, featured in the2008 PBS documentary Whatever it Takes, helped BCSM's first cohort achieve an impressive 84% on time graduation rate and earn more than three million dollars in merit scholarships for college. The four-year graduation rate currently stands at 92% for 2009-2010 with well over six million in merit scholarships for college. Tom received a B.S. in business marketing management from Binghamton University, an M.S. in multicultural urban education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and School District Administration (SDA) and School Administration and Supervision (SAS) certifications from Baruch College's Aspiring Leaders Program.