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11-Sept-2013 (HHS) – Nationally renowned educator, author, consultant and school motivator “Principal EL” comes to Hoover High School on Thursday, September 12th for a special visit with students and faculty. 

Mr. Salome Thomas-EL, “Principal EL,” became acquainted with Hoover High School administrators through the school’s popular Twitter chats held on Monday nights (#ALedchat) coordinated by assistant principals Mrs. Jennifer Hogan and Dr. Holly Sutherland.  Principal EL will address student-athletes and faculty on the “immortality of influence” – also the title of his newest book.

“Principal EL is known for his work with educators around the country.  His philosophy is relatively simple, ‘I have the belief that every child can and will learn as long as the adults in their worlds care enough not to give up,’ Dr. Sutherland said.  “Hoover High School administrators are highly-impressed with Principal EL and are honored that he has agreed to visit our school.”

Principal EL arrives at Hoover High School at 3:00 p.m. to meet with senior athletes.  His address to the Hoover High School Faculty begins at 3:30 p.m.

More on Principal EL:

Salome Thomas-EL is a national education expert and consultant.  He was a teacher and principal with the Philadelphia School District from 1987-2009. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL is a regular contributor on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of mentoring, parenting and service to others. The Walt Disney Company optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay. Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral candidate. Principal EL lives in Delaware County, PA with his wife and two young daughters.  He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award.  Principal EL was honored as a Reader's Digest Magazine, "Inspiring American Icon" and recently appeared on The Oprah Radio Network.  Visit Principal EL's official website.

For more information, contact HCS Coordinator of Public Relations Jason Gaston at 205.439.1054

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