Mr. Tom MarshallSchool Board Member Leesburg District
Email Contact: Tom MashallPhone Contact: 703-727-2318Term of Office: Mr. Marshall was first elected the School Board in 2007 for a four year term and then was re-elected in 2015. His term of office will expre on December 31, 2019.
Tom Marshall Committees
Mr. Marshall chairs the Student Support and Services Committee and serves on the Discipline Committee, and the Joint Committee with the Board of Supervisors. He also serves as the liaison for the Career and Technical Education Foundation.
Tom Marshall is currently serving his second, albeit non-consecutive, term on the School Board, representing the Leesburg District. Tom has had an interesting political career. He first ran for School Board in 2003 and lost by TWO votes! He then ran in 2007, unopposed, and much to his delight and wonderment, won! In 2011 he ran for re-election but lost in a three-candidate race by 84 votes. Being persistent, however, he ran in 2015 in another three-man race and won by 283 votes. Tom sits on the Student Support and Services Committee and the Discipline Committee. Tom is Chairman of the Human Resources and Talent Development Committee and held that position for four years during his previous term. He is a strong supporter of teachers and advocates for them as Committee Chairman and as a voting member of the School Board.Tom and his wife, Barbi love Leesburg and have raised both of their children for the past 25 years in the older section and historical section of the Town. Amy graduated from Loudoun County HS and Cory from Tuscarora HS. We didn’t move but the boundaries did.Tom and Barbi are veteran educators from Fairfax County Public Schools. Tom served as a teacher, guidance counselor and as an administrator and Barbi was a special education teacher. Tom spent the last 18 years of his career at James Madison HS in Vienna, Virginia where he served as counselor for School Board Member, Jeff Morse and Chief of Staff to the Superintendent, Dr. Michael Richards.Tom earned his BA in European History from Randolph-Macon College, an M.Ed from the University of Virginia in Counseling Education and a MA in Communication from American University. After two years of teaching he wanted some more life experiences, therefore went on to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in Banga, Aklan Philippines, after spending a year at Boston University with a scholarship from WGBH-TV/Ch 2 where he studied educational television.Many people have or have had a hobby or an interest that consumes much of their free time. Tom Marshall is/was an aviculturist. Aviculture is defined as the keeping and breeding of birds in captivity. His enthusiasm for parrots, in particular, led him to travel to Mexico and Central and South America to see them in the wild and to breed them for pet owners and pet shops that specialized in exotic pets. In 1987-89, Tom served as president of the national organization, The American Federation of Aviculture with headquarter is San Antonio, Texas.Currently, Tom is a working Realtor and is affiliated with an office with McEnearney Associates in downtown Leesburg. His discretionary time is now devoted to his work on the School Board.As an active advocate and supporter of the diversity existing within Town of Leesburg, Tom is proud of his fight to preserve a balance of demographics in our schools during boundary changes in 2011 and 2016. He continues to strive to provide differentiated staffing to those Leesburg elementary schools that need greater services.Tom enjoys his service on the School Board and appreciates the LCPS hard-working staff and his dedicated colleagues, all of whom want what is best for the students of Loudoun County Public Schools.
Schools Represented within the Leesburg District
Tom Marshall Citizen Communication
Attempting to balance demographics in Leesburg District’s elementary schools has characterized the boundary adjustments necessary with the opening of our newest school, Frederick Douglass ES in 2011 and addressing the over-crowding of Evergreen Mill ES in 2016. Studies addressing ways to close the achievement gaps found that students living in poverty do better when attending low poverty schools than schools with high concentrations of poverty. The highest correlation among students with high scores on standardized tests is the affluence of the parents. My support for balancing demographics in our Leesburg schools is largely based on the 2013 Socio-Economic Tipping Point Study of Elementary Schools in Fairfax County, Virginia. This study also shows that non-poverty students can lose ground in achievement if the percentage of poverty students goes beyond a “tipping point”. Click here to view study.