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Thomas Mulder

Thomas Mulder

Principal, ITW David Speer Academy

Born in Chicago and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Mr. Mulder attended Purdue University and earned B.A. in Health and Safety Education along with a B.A. in Exercise Physiology (and a minor in Mathematics).  He earned his Master’s Degree from Concordia University in School Leadership. After graduating from Purdue, he held a position at Noble Street College Prep for 2 years. Wanting to pursue a football coaching position, Mr. Mulder left Noble Street to coach football and teach math, health and physical education at Lake Central High School in Indiana. He ultimately returned to the Noble Network to become the Founding Assistant Principal at Pritzker College Prep for six years.  Noble’s mission to provide a rigorous education and to graduate students from college is why he was proud to rejoin the Noble Network.

One of Mr. Mulder’s proudest professional achievements was becoming the principal of Henry Ford Academy: Power House High School.  In 2012, Power House was a low performing school in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.  To address Power House’s challenges, a partnership with Noble was formed.  Noble provided the principal in Mr. Mulder and his responsibility to implement the Noble expectations at a non-Noble campus.  In the two years under his leadership, Power House has become one of the safest and top performing high schools in Chicago.

Mr. Mulder is excited and motivated to execute Noble’s vision for all Speer Academy students: to earn a great education and graduate from college with a STEM degree.