Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas
Assistant Professor of Education
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Ph.D., Leadership and Education, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL., 2005; M.A., Counselor Education, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL., 2000. National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL). Educational Leadership K-12 (FL).
National Director of Counseling, Academics, (International Consultant) ResCare 2007-2011. Principal Excel Middle and High School Orlando, FL. 2005-2007, Assistant Principal PACE Center for Girls/ Orange County Public Schools 2002-2005 (FL) Exceptional Education Dean Lakeview Middle School/Orange County Public Schools 1999-2002. Varied Exceptionalities Teacher West Orange High School/ Orange County Public Schools (FL) and Laurel Oaks Hospital 1997-1999.
Dr. Christmas Thomas has just joined Concordia University and is in the School of Education. For the last several years she led national counseling/educational services for a large national human services provider and consulted internationally in Europe and the United Arab Emirates in the areas of counseling, education and special education services. She has hosted several national conferences for counselors and educators and presented on these topics across the United States and the United Kingdom. Prior to her national position she was a principal at Excel Middle and High School, a school designed exclusively to serve expelled students. The school became a national model during her stewardship for agencies who seek to serve the “hardest to serve” populations of young people.
During her Ph.D. research and while completing her clinical supervision for her licensure in psychotherapy (FL) she completed her dissertation on the effect of counseling interventions on the academic achievement and behavior of secondary at-risk youth. Beyond her primary career, she has served as an adjunct professor and curriculum writer of Psychology and Education at Belhaven University since 2005.