Tom Brunzell began his career in education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member at NYC P.S. #28 in the Bronx. Tom co-founded KIPP Infinity Charter School as Dean of Students and literacy teacher. He worked with students and their families; supervised teachers through classroom observation and curriculum feedback; supervised KIPP's guidance staff of social workers and counselors, eventually serving as chair for all KIPP NYC's social worker development group. Additionally, he was team leader in the University of Pennsylvania/KIPP/Riverdale Country School three-year partnership to develop character education and the Character Report Card with Dr Martin Seligman and Dr Angela Duckworth.
Tom joined Berry Street in 2011 and developed the Berry Street Education Model for the Berry Street School.
Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, supervised by Professor Lea Waters of the Centre for Positive Psychology and Dr Helen Stokes of the Youth Research Centre, studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.