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Thomas Pereira is a secondary social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. Westhill is extremely diverse, with a student body of roughly 2,500 students and nearly 200 certified staff members. The school boasts a multitude of AP course offerings, numerous electives, a JROTC program, agricultural science program, AVID program, and dozens of clubs and sport offerings. In his six years at Westhill, Tom has immersed himself in the many opportunities available – he currently serves as Facilitator of the School-Wide Data Team, and sits as one of four teacher members on the School Governance Council, as well as teaching an AVID elective class. He is also assistant football and head wrestling coach. Tom received a B.A. from Sacred Heart University in 2004 and a M.A.T. in 2006. He is most looking forward to learning how other schools and teachers employ best practices and raise student achievement, so he can bring some fresh perspectives back to his place of work.