Thom Stecher and Associates - Bios

Thom Stecher

Thom Stecher is a nationally-recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant.  He specializes in self-esteem, wellness, and student assistance programs.  Raised in a family of educators, Thom believes that education is a life-long process and that we all teach best what we most need to learn.  It is therefore imperative that we teach each other.

Thom has spent over 40 years educating and mentoring students, teachers, administrators and board members.  He is one of the original developers of the nationally-recognized and acclaimed Masonic Model Student Assistance Program and has expanded the model to developmentally appropriate programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  The program is in use in over 30 states, and in Canada.

Thom's current passion is providing school board and administrative retreats and professional learning opportunities for K-12 staff.  The primary focus of this work is the integration of social emotional learning with academic achievement and helping school districts transform into Whole Child centered environments.  Thom believes that budgets and test scores must be subordinate to people.  Caring for students and staff must be our highest priority.  Connection, compassion, and courage are the future of education.              

e-mail: Thom@ThomStecher.com

Alex Fizz

S. Alex Fizz is an educator immersed in social emotional and service learning. Alex leads adventure-based and experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. His work with students addresses issues such as racism, sexism, bullying, harassment, violence and hazing while creating a safe space for solution-based problem solving. Additionally, Alex provides professional development to administrators, faculty and staff centered around wellness, resilience, diversity, classroom community, school-wide behavioral models, and district-wide social, emotional and academic change initiatives.

Raised in a family focused on service and the principle of passing on intergenerational wisdom, he brings perspective and scope to the impact positive mentors and role models can have in the lives of children and adolescents. To him it is essential to make clear, in the words of Mr. Rogers, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”

e-mail: Alex@ThomStecher.com

Scott A. Heydt

Born and raised in Boyertown, PA, Scott A. Heydt graduated from Moravian College in 2002 with degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. Upon graduation, he traveled for two years as a leadership consultant for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, working with undergraduate men on organizational and personal effectiveness. Eventually he settled down in Bucks County, PA with his wife Monika and his two cats Hilo & Kona.

Scott spent six years working for Central Bucks School District as a second and fifth grade teacher respectively. During that time, he coordinated Groveland Elementary’s Green Team environmental club, served on District curriculum development committees, and developed a nationally award-winning “6 Pillars of Leadership” program for his fifth grade students. In 2009, he graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate methods courses in the Education department of Holy Family University.

“Live, learn, teach” is Scott’s personal motto. Whether through his works as a published author for young adults or through his continued involvement as International Director of Academic Affairs for Delta Tau Delta, Scott strives to deeply connect with life experiences and lead others to do the same.

e-mail: Scott@RefinedCharacter.com

Krista Leh Rundell

Krista Leh Rundell is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kutztown University. Krista is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Leadership at Lehigh University while working as a graduate assistant for Lehigh’s Center for Developing Urban Educational Leaders (CDUEL) and the University School Study Council (LUSSC).

She spent the first ten years of her career in education as a high school social studies teacher in the Pottsgrove School District. For the last five years, she served as a Curriculum and Instructional Technology Coach supporting KL12 teachers across the district in Rigorous Curriculum Design. In this role she assisted data teams with writing units of study around standards, creating common formative assessments, analyzing student achievement data, selecting effective, research-based instructional strategies, and designing Authentic Performance Tasks.

As an educational consultant with Thom Stecher and Associates, Krista works nation-wide with school staff and students on topics such as social emotional learning, diversity, anti-bullying, building a community, and freshmen transition programs. She also teaches graduate and master’s level courses addressing educational research, curriculum, diversity, closing the achievement gap, and 21st century skills.

Most recently, Krista was one of twenty-six educators nation-wide selected for ASCD’s 2012 class of Emerging Leaders. She is participating in a two-year program that “prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.”

e-mail: KristaLehRundell@gmail.com