Right Reverend Doctor Thomas Stapleford has spent over 25 years in the field of education, as a teacher, principal, chief school administrator and university professor, focusing upon the legal needs and rights of children identified with disabling conditions. He served as a mediator in a state department of education, negotiating agreements between families and their school districts in the provision of special education services, and trained doctoral students in research-based approaches to teaching disabled children.
+Thomas earned a BA with highest distinction from Penn State University, a masters from Brown University and a doctorate in education from Columbia University in New York City. A lifelong student of religion, after retiring from education he pursued an S.T.L. through the external program at the University of Ottawa. He was ordained a priest in the Old Catholic Church in Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and a bishop in the Autocephalous Greek International Orthodox Christian Church Canonical, where he worked with aspiring seminary students in their formation programs. For his work with the Church he was awarded an honory Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mark's Orthodox Theological College and Seminary.
+Thomas is the proud father of three men in their 20's and the owner of a dog named Munchkin. He serves The Community of Saint George as Chaplain.